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Our honeymoons, destination weddings, elopements, mini-moons and romantic weekend trips took us all around the globe and back again on Polka Dot Honeymoons this year. Here’s a look at all of the exotic, romantic trips we loved armchair travelling to in 2017!

Image by Anika Reynolds

A Long Weekend in Paris

“From grand boulevards to intimate cobbled stone streets, Michelin star meals to casual crepe stands, and luxe fashion houses to street art stalls, Paris offers an exquisite mix of history, style, food, architecture and culture.”

Images by Dan Cartwright

Brooke and Paul’s Romantic Venice Elopement

The couple met at home – they grew up on the same street! Brooke tells “We actually both lived in the same street and met when we were 13 years old. We had a crush on each other for years and finally got together at the age of 20.”

Images via Dilra Tours

Top 5 Honeymoon Destinations in Sri Lanka

“Sri Lanka is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. It is a small island located in the south of India, known as the “pearl of the Indian ocean.”

Image by Brooke Miles Photography

Amazing Wedding Locations in the Whitsundays

“What better place to say ‘I do’ than in the Whitsundays! Situated on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro and Tahiti, the region enjoys a tropical climate with an average of 274 sunny days per year.”

Image by Gold Hat Photography

Ash and Mitch’s Nusa Lembongan Destination Wedding

“Ash & Mitch wanted a day that was relaxed, warm and casual – the stunning resort offering the perfect backdrop to their day.”

Six Idyllic Islands for Rent in Australia

“Imagine having an entire island all to yourselves for your honeymoon, with not a soul to be seen, and nobody else but you and your beloved!”

Image by Maria Shiriaeva Photography

Laura and Justin’s Waterfall Bali Elopement

“The cascading waterfall in a hidden Ubud spot was the most incredible backdrop for today’s elopement. The newlyweds, who cast their eye far and wide across the world, searching for that perfect spot to say their vows, landed on beautiful Bali.”

Images by Angela Higgins

How to Take Honeymoon Photos like a Pro!

“Your honeymoon promises to be the holiday experience of a lifetime, so no doubt you’re hoping to capture some gorgeous photos during your romantic escape, to treasure for years to come.”

Image via Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort and Spa

Incredible Infinity Pools Around the World

“Infinity pools have long-held a mystical allure that captivates thousands of travellers. Blurring the line between man-made and nature, dive into these stunning infinity pools for an unforgettable swim.”

Image via Cape Hillsborough Resort

5 Best Places to Catch a Sunrise in The Whitsundays

“Captain Cook may not have been known as much of a wordsmith, but he did a pretty good job naming that part of the Queensland coast the locals affectionately call the “Whitsunnydays”. If ever there was a place that offered a million and one vantage points to capture the perfect sunrise, this is it.”

There is nothing we love more than curling up on the couch and reading Real Weddings submissions from our newly wedded couples. Do they ever get tiresome or repetitive to read? Absolutely not. No two weddings are ever the same and each couple puts their personal stamp on the day right down to every little detail. Beyond the venue, the dress, styling and everything else that goes into the wedding, what we love more than anything is getting a window into unique, loving relationships through these real weddings stories. Who doesn’t love love?!

We have some seriously stunning weddings lined up to share with you in 2018 but, before we forge ahead, let’s take a look back at the weddings you adored reading about most in 2017!

Image by Tru Photography

Mia and Dennis’ Glamorous Bayside Wedding

“It wasn’t love at first sight, but it turned out to be one of the biggest loves I have ever found. We spoke, there was no flirting, and became best friends!”

Image by Sherise Fleming

Laura and Joe’s Modern Australian Ballarat Wedding

“Even before getting engaged I saw a Karen Willis Holmes dress on Pinterest and knew I had to try it on when the day came.”

Image by Steve Wise 27 Creative

Mary and Magnus’ Pretty Perth Farm Wedding

“Organising our whole wedding with Magnus was so fun and easy. Quite a few friends told us ‘You’ll have so many fights and wish that you eloped’ but that was never the case. We had lots of fun and laughs planning it all.”

Image by Qlix Photography

Viktoriia and Jason’s Elegant Substation Wedding

“We were on one of our group hikes along the Great Ocean Road, when he finally got down on one knee – on the cliff tops overlooking the ocean with an iconic lighthouse in the background – and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him.”

Image by T One Image

Vanessa and Chris’ Boho Cammeray Water Wedding

“I was always planning other peoples’ weddings, always the wedding planner never the bride…then one December evening Chris asked me to spend the rest of my life with him!”

Images via Sylvia and Lew

On Love and Marriage – Sylvia and Lew

“In Sylvia’s words, she was ‘straight-up impressed’ by Lew and could tell he was a good man. Lew asked Sylvia to join him at a New Year’s Eve party on the beach a few nights later and the rest, as they say, is history.”

Image by  Lucinda May Photography 

Renae and Ben’s Garden Wedding at Mount Lofty House

“I was surprised to see Ben shed more tears during the ceremony than I did. It was such a beautiful moment and I loved hearing Ben’s own vows for the first time in front of our closest family and friends.”

Image by Leah Da Gloria

Rowena and John’s Sydney Summer Wedding

“After our engagement, I spent the next 15 months trawling through wedding magazines, Pinterest and Instagram for wedding inspiration and ideas.”

Image by Capture The Moment Photography

Kylie and Liam’s Bohemian Country Wedding

“It was there that Liam got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. I was absolutely surprised but I was totally ready. I said yes.”

Image by Hyggelig Photography 

Jessica and Sean’s Beautiful Melbourne Garden Wedding

“Sean and I were married at the Pioneer Women’s Gardens in Kings Domain Park, Melbourne on the 17th September 2016. We chose this place because it felt like a little secret garden filled with 1920’s charm, secluded from the busy city nearby with blossoms everywhere!”

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I worked closely for many months with Adelaide-based wedding gown designer and couturier to the stars, Paul Vasilef, who heads up the label Paolo Sebastian. The custom gown surpassed all of my expectations with off-white Italian embroidered lace applique over a French tulle base, which was semi-sheer, with further layers of nude, pink and sand tulle underneath adding contrast. The gown featured an illusion neckline and mermaid silhouette, with a detailed lace back and gorgeous train that glided down the aisle. Working with Paul Vasilef was absolutely incredible. He’s so down to earth and talented, and really understood the aesthetic I was chasing. That’s why it’s important you always choose a designer who already creates gowns you would sell your house to wear. The fact that I chose Paul, out of several other designers, speaks volumes; as it’s quite a long trip from Perth to Adelaide. Amazingly though, he was able to do my consults via Skype including measurements and fabric selection. Just incredible.

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A tough choice for me was whether to wear my hair up or down on the big day. I feel more glamorous with my hair down but, with the gown’s lace detailing, I opted for a sleek, low knot bun. My hair was styled by Marie Cain at Head Studio, while Aimee Smart from Allure Beauty Couture used her amazing skills to create a glamorous look with smokey eyes.

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Images by Jemma Keech Photography

Ms Zigzag says: Need I state the obvious? What a spectacular dress!!! Take a look at this beautiful modern wedding by the river from start to finish.