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Looking back on 2019, it’s been full of amazing venues, destinations, wedding styles and unique moments. To round off our Honeymoon profile, we couldn’t go past these 10 incredible posts. Each offering something different, you won’t be disappointed to head back in history and relive these moments!

Photography by Elisabetta Redaelli

ASHLEY & TERRENCE’S BOHO GLAM WEDDING IN LAKE COMO

If you’re a lover of the beautiful boho styling of much acclaimed bridal gown design house Daughters Of Simone then you’re going to love today’s magic Lake Como wedding because it’s the wedding of the co-designer herself! And if you thought this occasion was going to be understated, it’s what destination dreams are made of.

Photography via Hanging Gardens of Bali

INSIDE THE PHOTO: HANGING GARDENS OF BALI

Located to the North of Ubud, in the midst of the jungle, you’ll find the award-winning Hanging Gardens of Bali. After being titled as having the world’s best swimming pool, I can’t imagine a more serene place to cool off and you can see why.

Photography by Who Shot The Photographer

SARAH & RORY’S SWEDISH ELOPEMENT AT THE ICE HOTEL

Can we just state right now, there are few places in the world that capture a winter lovers heart as much as a hotel made of ice and winter skies of Northern Lights. Oh yes, you read that right, because today we’re sharing the amazing winter elopement o two Aussies – Sarah and Rory and their snow and ice-filled, utterly magic wedding day.

PART ONE OF GEORGIE & PHIL’S “HONEYMOON OF THEIR DREAMS” IN FORMENTERA, SPAIN

Working out where to honeymoon is tricky. ‘Wedmin’ is full on and was basically all I did for the last 9 months (not when I was at work *cough* obviously *cough*). But deciding where to honeymoon was a decision I did not take lightly or want to mess up.

Image via Tourism and Events Queensland

HOW TO MINI-MOON IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

We shouldn’t say it, but sometimes we secretly think that the honeymoon is the best part of a wedding! Yet with hectic social lives, family to look after and high-powered careers to contend with – let alone the cost on top of the wedding celebrations themselves – we don’t wonder why some couples are forgoing their honeymoon completely or opting for a mini-moon a.k.a. shortened honeymoon.

If you’re short on time, we’ve created a sweet mini-moon itinerary for you to tropical Port Douglas and The Daintree region. After all, tropical weather and chilled out vibes are always welcome on any honeymoon. Not so welcome: passports, checking lines and super long flights!

Image via Astrid Simone Photography

TASMANIA – THE PERFECT WEDDING & “MINI-MOON” LOCATION RIGHT ON YOUR DOORSTEP!

An hour flight from Melbourne and you land right in the middle of what I consider one of the most beautiful places in Australia (okay I might be biased because I live here!) Tasmania. The Island State and home to amazing national parks, gorgeous beaches and some of the best food our country has to offer.

Image via Port Douglas Weddings

8 MEMORABLE WAYS TO GET HITCHED IN PORT DOUGLAS & DAINTREE!

If there’s one thing that really sets the scene for your big day, it’s your choice of ceremony and reception venue. Whether eloping or embracing the whole big, white destination wedding thing, tropical destinations are popular for obvious reasons (hello, sunshine!). But a toes-in-the-sand wedding is certainly not your only option.

HONEYMOON LIKE A LOCAL: ON THE GOLD COAST

As a Melbournian who relocated to the Goldie a few years back, I am always blown away at how many of our holiday guests are commenting that there is so much more to the Gold Coast than theme parks, surf, sun and high rises and those infamous meter maids.

Underneath it all is an ever evolving foodie culture, an array of healthy activities and a community of locals who are so truly genuine and accommodating, everyone is always welcome. The Gold Coast makes for the perfect place for Honeymooners wanting a little bit of everything!

A LOVELY LITTLE LYALL – A REVIEW OF THE LYALL HOTEL

Pomp and circumstance often comes with checking into a grand hotel. There are serious nods of the head, clipped sentences, and an atmosphere that says please don’t giggle or act anything less than serious. Something about a grand hotel makes you stand to attention, even when you know you’re just one of many hundreds, if not thousands of people to cross that threshold every day.

When it comes to a wedding day or pre-wedding celebrations, the idea of checking in somewhere can be intimidating. That comfort of home, on the craziest of times in our life, is something that we can so desperately crave.

Image by Tae Fuller

HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS: WHY SAN FRANCISCO NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR LIST

There are so many songs about San Francisco, it’s almost a given that you should visit to see what all the fuss is about. And, if you’re looking for the perfect honeymoon destination in the US, you can’t go past the city by the bay.

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Princesses, Palaces, Tiaras. What’s not to love about a honeymoon in London? If you’re headed over to Old London town, and want to start the honeymoon off with a bang, here’s how to wine and dine in style.

Breakfast:
Set the tone of your day from the very first cup of coffee at The Lanesborough. This gorgeous five star hotel’s fairytale dining room, Céleste will take your breath away. Crystal chandeliers, duck egg blue frescoes, a soaring glass roof, fine china and gilded mirrors on the walls – this is London old world glamour at its best.

It does come with a price tag. With French chef Steven Gilles at the helm and a Michelin star, it’s earned it, but the trick is to book in for breakfast. Fluffy pancakes will only set you back £15, and the porridge is under £10. If you’ve got the budget, book into the hotel members club spa. You won’t regret it. Located right on Hyde Park Corner, after breakfast you’re perfectly positioned for a stroll hand in hand through Hyde Park down to the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain.

A quick snack:
After exiting the park, head to Harrods to do some window shopping, or some real shopping if you’ve got the budget! It’s always worth heading downstairs to the Food Halls, where the cheese rooms, Bake Hall, spice rooms and the Ice Cream Parlour will make David Jones look like small fry. Stock up on souvenirs (the shortbread biscuits are always a win) before grabbing a fresh juice to keep you going.

Afternoon tea:
Ah, the time honoured tradition of Afternoon Tea! How could you go to London and not settle in for an afternoon of finger sandwiches and warm scones? Take things up a notch with The Berkeley’s Prêt-à-Portea. Couture cake is the name of the game here – truly, you’ll bite into mini handbags, biscuits shaped like the latest dresses, even shoe shaped chocolates.

The cakes change based on the latest looks of the season. This winter there’s a gorgeous Fendi raincoat biscuit! Don’t worry, there’s still sandwiches to get you started, with refills if you need them, but save room for the sweets as they’re the real showstoppers.

Drinks and nibbles:
Timing is everything when you’re feasting in London. Afternoon tea is a big commitment and you’re guaranteed to be full for a while, so head on over to The Strand, where you’ll find Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration.

Mr Fogg is London’s mysterious, yet famous benefactor behind a series of wildly eclectic gin bars. You’ll find versions of Mr Fogg’s in Covent Garden, Mayfair, Fitzrovia and Liverpool Street – each is an adventure, from the moment you find the front door to the moment you leave.

At Mr Fogg’s Society of Exploration, the journey begins by descending underground, with a ball dropped down a flume running along the ceiling all the way to the bar to announce your arrival.

Settle into the train carriage (yes train carriage) for drinks served in coconut husks or topped with smoking ingredients, surrounded by artefacts from Mr Fogg’s adventures – clocks, scrolls, horns and books are just the beginning. There’s the Mechanical Mixologist contraption behind the bar, but the waiters and real mixologists are experts at their craft.

Work your way through the extensive cocktail list, which starts at Mount Everest, goes past the Great Barrier Reef and ends up at The Harem. There’s also a very extensive gin collection worth perusing. Throw in a couple of share plates to keep you going – popcorn chicken, sweet potato fries, Kentish cheese boards, and homemade sausage rolls are a few highlights.

Whether you want to drink cocktails in hidden gin bars, feast on fancy cakes or take tea in five star hotels, London will keep you well fed and watered!

Ms Zebra: What’s not to love about a food tour through London?! Thanks Lisa for this epic itinerary that’s sure to get everyones taste buds wagging!!

About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.

Image via Summer Rain Photography

Move over tradition, there’s a new wedding trend in town! More and more couples are opening up to the idea of prolonging the party, extending the celebrations, and saying “I Do” to the destination wedding trend.

Have you been daydreaming of a destination wedding? Soaking up the sunshine, surrounded by your nearest and dearest, and all the while gifting yourself with the most epic of backdrops for your big day – sounds pretty picture-perfect, right? If you’re thinking of taking the plunge and jet-setting to paradise, it might be closer than you think! We’re here to tell you why you should consider getting hitched in the wedding heart of Australia – The Whitsundays!


Coral Sea Marina Resort, nestled on the waterfront in the enchanting tropical town of Airlie Beach, overlooking the Coral Sea and tropical islands, provides the perfect place to stay, play and explore the wonders of the Whitsundays – and the perfect excuse to turn your “one-big-day” into a “weekend-long-wedding!”
In need of some inspiration? Here is our suggested 3-day Whitsunday Wedding Weekend itinerary:

Day 1:
Welcome to paradise! Arrive into the Whitsundays and instantly set your clock to holiday-time. Get checked in to the Coral Sea Resort Hotel, grab your tribe and take a refreshing dip in the pool before treating yourself to a cocktail or two, overlooking the crystal-clear water as you watch the sun go down.

Wine, dine and relax with your wedding guests in this newly renovated hotel and immerse yourself in the Whitsundays vibe at the brand new The Rocks – Restaurant, Bar & Pool Club. The hotel becomes the perfect haven for your Whitsunday Wedding adventure.

Image via Riptide Creative

Day 2:
The big day!!! From blushing bride-to-be to signing on the dotted line – the day of your dreams has arrived. Whether you’re saying “I Do” with the sand between your toes, or under the tropical swaying palms, whether you have planned an intimate dinner on the jetty or the party of a lifetime with breath-taking marina views – life’s greatest adventure begins…

Image via Brooke Miles Photography

Day 3:
It’s a brand new day – and the celebrating certainly doesn’t need to stop! Continue the party and set sail into married life! You’re in the Whitsundays – the heart of the Great Barrier Reef – So hop on board one of the many tours and experiences departing the Coral Sea Marina and set yourself adrift in paradise. From thrilling jet boat rides to hoisting the sails.

Take to the skies in your own helicopter, beach hop around the islands, or make a splash and explore the coral life beneath the surface. The Whitsundays plays host to some incredible memory-making moments!

Begin life’s most exciting chapter in the Whitsundays – you’ll love every moment!

Image via Brooke Miles Photography

Ms Zebra Says: What an incredible backdrop to ‘I do’ to your forever person! Thank you to Coral Sea Marina Resort for sharing the amazingness that is The Whitsundays.

About Coral Sea Marina Resort: Let life’s greatest adventure begin at Coral Sea Marina Resort. With unrivalled ocean and island views, an eclectic variety of unique spaces, and a dedicated team of professionals at hand, Coral Sea Marina Resort welcomes you to begin your next chapter in the heart of the Whitsundays. Whether it’s an intimate celebration or the party of a lifetime, you’ll love every moment at Coral Sea Marina Resort.