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Wendy & Gareth

Bright colours, movie inspiration and the city of love must make for the romantic setting for engagement photos and that is what dreams are made of. So when Camera & Kit joined with Wendy and Gareth on a hot summer August day they set about capturing an engagement shoot with a very fun twist.

Tells Wendy “We wanted something different, relaxed and memorable so we went on a slightly offbeat bohemian photographic walking adventure around the les rues de Paris from l’hotel l’Amour (the Love Hotel oh laaa laaaaah!) on la Rue de Navarin in the 9th arrondissement de Paris to Saint-Germain-des-Prés and everywhere in between. It was so different compared to the normal way an engagement shoot is done. It was a fabulous two days, free upgrade on the Eurostar, lunch, outfit changes and an adventure across Paris. It was a romantic photographic stroll (with three outfit changes!) Cami promised that the photo shoot would be the whimsical and romantic feeling of La La Land meets the wonderful sugary pastel colours of a box of macarons and she was right.”

The pair met online, tells the bride to be. “We met on an internet dating site after friends encouraged us to give internet dating a try and it worked wonderfully well as we have now been in a relationship for about 3.5 years and been planning our wedding for about 18 months now.”

On what he loves about Wendy, Gareth tells “Meeting Wendy was a turning point in my life. I don’t know how it happened, but she came into my life at a point where together we’ve helped each other grow and I could never dream of not having her by my side… She’s my best friend and my biggest supporter.”

Gareth proposed after a delicious lunch, Wendy remembers. “Gareth surprised me with a lunch at a quaint little pub before taking me to a spot on the reservoir that is opposite the church we are getting married at. It means on my wedding day as I look across the water I’ll have those happy memories, moments before creating many more. He proposed on the 17th January 2017 at the lake at Rutland Water across from Normanton Church where we are having our wedding ceremony.”

On what she loves about her future husband, Wendy notes ” One of the things I love about Gareth is how he is always there for me, how he makes me feel safe & loved. Gareth is caring, supportive and always puts others before himself. He has a big heart which I’m honoured to be in.”

Photographer: Camera & Kit / Accommodation: Hotel Amour / Transport: Eurostar / Hair & Makeup Artist: Make Up By Jodie / Bride's Dress: Asos / Bride's Dress: Dorothy Perkins / Groom's Attire: Asos
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Image via Christian Joudrey

Waterfalls are among the most romantic places across the world. Within rainforests across the world are treasure troves just waiting to be explored. Most are made even more incredible by the rainbows that light up the area and all are complemented by a gorgeous array of colours. If you’re looking to spend even a little part of your honeymoon exploring these natural wonders, here is a list of some of the world’s best. Have a look and then book away!

Plitvice Falls

Within the incredible Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia are 16 exotically beautiful lakes that fall into each other via a series of waterfalls. It takes more than six hours to explore the entire area. If you’re a little impatient or short on time, a way to cut a bit of time (but still experience the beauty of the falls), take advantage of the free buses and boats. If you want to explore the entirety of the park, stay close by in the lovely Villa Mukinja.

Image via Plitvicka Jezera National Park

Ban Gioic-Detian Falls

The largest transnational waterfall in Asia is not to be missed! The picturesque waterfall provides breathtaking views and spectacular boating opportunities at its base to get the full effect. Depending on what side you’re on, you can either walk along the top on the Chinese side, or swim in the natural pools on the Vietnam side. Check into the Manxin Guangxi Detian Hotel for somewhere close.

Image via VisitOurChina

Niagara Falls

We couldn’t leave Niagara Falls off the list—as one of the most spectacular and most popular waterfalls across the world, this one is also one of the most visited from people all over. With sparkling scenery easily seen at the most incredible vantage spots, you’re sure to find someplace perfect to spend your time admiring the incredible falls. Book a stay close by at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.

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Image via Niagara Falls State Park

Kawasan Falls

The spectacular Kawasan Falls in the Philippines is a peaceful natural phenomenon that only improves the further you hike up—past hidden lagoons and incredible streams. In each pool, you’re given the opportunity to swim around in the clear blue waters underneath the cascading falls. For a place to stay nearby the incredible waterfalls, have a look at the Hotel Costa De Leticia Beach Resort & Spa.

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Image via Kawasanfalls.net

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Ireland is one of the most renowned and most breathtakingly beautiful in the world. It’s possible to walk behind the waterfall, but it’s just as spectacular to set up in front of the pool. Pack your supplies—including the camera!—and go exploring. For somewhere to stay closeby in between adventures, consider the Country Hotel Anna or the Hotel Ranga.

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Image via Visit Iceland

McWay Falls

The gorgeous McWay Falls is tucked into the Californian coast and is easily one of the most amazing sights in the area. The falls are renowned for its 80-foot falls, which is why the area is so breathtaking. Remaining terraces and foundations from a time long since passed now serve as viewing platforms for the falls. For someplace close by to stay—and to come back for second viewings—look at the Ventana Inn and Spa.

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Image via Visit California

For a honeymoon with a waterfall, consider staying close to one of these incredible natural wonders. If you’re looking for more, consider the Iguaza Falls, the Blue Nile Falls, Burney Falls and the Torc Waterfalls, among many, many others.

Ms Zebra says: There is nothing more special than the wonders of a natural waterfall. Isn’t nature amazing?! Thank you Naomi for collating a wonderful list of very special (and romantic) waterfalls to visit for the perfect Honeymoon destination!

Abell Point Marina. Photograph by Brooke Miles

You’ve probably got a preconceived notion about what a Whitsundays wedding might be like; dreamy island atmosphere, gelati-coloured sunsets, sand and sea as far as the eye can travel. Not that there’s anything wrong with any of that! However, as a destination wedding hot-spot, the location offers so much more to those in the know. Here are just a few unique – and rather fun – ideas that you could incorporate into your wedding in the Whitsundays.

 

Airlie Beach. Photograph by Brooke Miles.

1. Arrive in – original – style
Stretch limousines and luxury vehicles may be one classic way in which many brides and grooms arrive at the ceremony but are they really you? The Whitsundays’ relaxed seaside location allows for a range of ways to “make an entrance”. Embrace the beach theme and arrive by boat or event yacht at Abell Point Marina. There’s also a helipad nearby for truly luxe arrivals. We’ve heard stories of groomsmen arriving by paddle-board and jet ski to Whitsundays weddings; imagine ripping off your wet-suit to reveal a wedding outfit underneath – secret agent style! If wheels simply are a must, a hot red vintage number from Whitsundays Mustangs might be just the ticket. After all, first impressions count! Or for an eco-friendly option how about a brigade of pedal-powered tuk tuks? You’ll feel like royalty as you’re pulled through town by Just Tuk’n Around, as the locals and tourists turn their heads and wave. Otherwise organise a fun fleet of their tuk tuks for all of your guest’s to transport them from your Airlie Beach ceremony to your reception destination. They can even be kitted out in your wedding colours!

Whitsundays Mustangs. Photograph by Brooke Miles.

2. You can have your own private island (or two)
Getting hitched on your own private island sounds like something only celebrities could afford. But there are several small, uninhabited islands just off Shute Harbour where you and your nature-loving partner could tie the knot in idyllic privacy with just yourselves, your celebrant and witnesses. You’ll probably need a local wedding planner to help you with the finer accessibility details. Plus from there it’s just a short sail to Palm Bay Resort on Long Island for your luxe castaway style honeymoon.

Palm Bay Resort. Photograph by Marcus Walters.

3. Best of both worlds ceremonies
If you choose The Whitsundays for your destination wedding you’re probably not opposed to a beach wedding theme. But with a little creative thinking your photo backdrop doesn’t have to be all sand and sea. Any good local photographer can find you a secret, jungle-y forest for some snaps; but the thing that most surprised us was Big4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort‘s farm! They have a tropical garden in which to say your vows…and a gaggle of farm animals to cuddle up with later (or with which to entertain your tiny guests!) Geese, ducks, goats; did we mention the miniature cows!?

Big4 Adventure Whitsundays Resort.

4. Unique reception venues
So you love the sea but the accompanying sand…not so much? Coral Sea Resort‘s gorgeous jetty might be the space for you. Say your vows here over gently lapping waves or imagine the jetty strung with festoon lights for an over the water sunset reception. Should you and your beloved be inclined to all things aviation or speed; why not check out the helipad at Abell Point for your wedding day? It’s a sporty location with panoramic ocean views. For the ultimate luxury venue, if budget is of no concern, try a private charter of the brand new 6 star superyacht Oneworld: it’s Australia’s largest capacity yacht! The vessel possesses full concierge service, tailored itineraries, full-scale event management capabilities, silver service dining and luxury guest benefits including hot towels, nightly turn-down service, welcome drinks and personalised letters. Oneworld is first due in the Whitsundays around Winter/Spring 2018.

Coral Sea Resort.

5. Bespoke booze
Brides, Grooms and guests are starting to take what they drink at weddings as seriously as what they eat. House reds and whites can be banished at a rehearsal dinner or reception hosted at the co-located Fish D’vine and Rum Bar. Beyond treating your guests to a feast brimming with tiki cocktails and mud crabs, this venue has hundreds of rums. They tailor experiences too. Bond with your bridal party pre-wedding over a fun ‘Rum Journey’ tasting and education session or get them to tech you the ins and outs of spicing your own custom rum to serve at your reception. Alternatively, you can also package up tiny bottles and dish them out as bonbonierre’s!

Whitsundays wedding. Photograph by Nadine Kemp.

For more wisdom from the Whitsundays’ best wedding experts click here.

Ms Zebra Says: The Whitsundays provide such a beautiful back drop for Weddings. These are fabulous tips to make your day special and unique!

Note: After Cyclone Debbie occurred in March 2017, most places in the Whitsundays have bounced back. Hamilton Island, Airlie Beach, Long Island and Whitehaven are open. Hayman Island is expected to reopen late 2018/early 2019 and Daydream Island is expected to reopen August 2018.