Julia & Jarrod

Sometimes the only way to fill our winter bones with warmth is to tell the tales of weddings far away. Weddings where the sun always shines, the beach is close by and you’re more than likely going to end up drinking tropical cocktails and jumping in the pool by midnight. This is what holiday wedding dreams are made of.

Julia and Jarrod knew how to make it an epic celebration – they planned a welcome dinner, a recovery barbeque and made sure that every bit of the holiday goodness was squeezed out of it. With a stunning gown Julia designed with the help of d’Italia, a linen suit just the ticket for beachisde groom inspiration for The Suit Issue and bright and beautiful photos to capture it all from Alma Photography, we’re pretty sure you need to get those feet bare and settle into this tropical tale!

After meeting on Tinder, these two headed out for a first date, proclaiming it a success when they were still out at 2 am! It took another few years for Jarrod to seal the deal with a proposal. “It was all sneakily planned by Jarrod!” shares Julia. “We were spending a long weekend in Noosa to celebrate our third anniversary. Jarrod sneakily organised a sand sculptor to create a beautiful sand castle with the words “Julia, will you marry me?” carved in the front of it. Jarrod was assured it would be at a quiet part of the beach, however upon arrival, there were about 30 people standing around waiting for the impending proposal with their iPhones ready to go. A kind Noosa retiree, named Neil, recorded the entire proposal while wearing only his red Speedos..!”

Julia couldn’t find her dream gown in store, so worked with d’Italia to create it! She tells  “I had a specific idea of the dress in mind so I purchased my fabric from d’Italia and went to a dressmaker to create it! I wanted something comfortable, nicely fitted and not too heavy to wear. I loved that I designed my dress as it was exactly what I wanted and knew it would suit me. I felt so comfortable in it on the day which I think shows through in the photos.”

The beautiful Villa Infinity has enough space for a ceremony, cocktail hour and an outdoor reception. The bride sharing “We chose a big villa in Canggu to hold the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner. It was big enough to hold our 100 guests for a sit-down dinner outside and to have separate areas for the ceremony, cocktails and dinner which made it feel like a different venue at each stage of the night.

Live music was a huge focus of the day, one of the groom’s friends playing The Beatles “Here comes the sun” as the bridesmaids began their walk down the aisle.

“I walked down to “The Girl” by City and Colour” remembers Julia. “It’s a song that when we both heard it played a year ago we knew this was the song. My dad walked me down the aisle. He was so proud!”

The ceremony, officiated by Michael Roberts was kept short. “We didn’t want our ceremony to go for too long, being mindful of the guests sitting and standing out in the heat. We kept it pretty lighthearted and casual with some deep parts where it counted. We wrote our own vows too which kept it nice and personal.”

Tells the bride of their chosen photographer “We love his modern and fun photography style. He was very easygoing on the day, a nice calming presence to have around.”

Tropical locations call for tropical blooms, Kintan Florist creating the floral details of bright, beautiful blooms like orchids and birds of paradise. “I wanted bright, fun, tropical flowers that made a bit of a statement” explains Julia. “I love orchids and bird of paradise so I had these as well as other local flowers and some beautiful tropical greenery as well.”

A tropical celebration calls for a convertible! “We hired a convertible VW type 182 to take us down to the beach for some photos after the ceremony. It was a lot of fun to ride in and spend a few special moments together as fresh newlyweds!”

“Music is very big in our lives so we wanted to make sure we got this right! ” shares Julia. “We had a Balinese Reggae band (Ulu Roots) play for the cocktail hour. This set a really nice relaxed vibe while the sun was setting. Everyone loved them!”

Julia and Jarrod hired Long Table Events to bring their destination wedding to life, the bride remarking “We had an incredible wedding planner, Emma who made everything happen in the lead up to the day and on the day.”

A sit down feast was catered by Saigon Street Bali, much to the guests’ delight. “Apart from our amazing wedding planner, we were so happy with our food. Saigon Street Bali catered the food and drinks and they were just incredible! There was so much delicious food, it was super fresh and everyone loved it. They did an amazing job with the cocktails and worked the bar all night long!”

Like the rest of the wedding, the first dance was  casual! Julia explaining “Our first dance was to one of our favourite songs called “Resolution” by Matt Corby. We didn’t have anything choreographed as that isn’t really our style. We had our bridal party and their partners join us a little bit into the song, then everyone else.”

We just can’t get enough of these destination vibes, luckily for us, Joseph Willis was there to capture it all on film!

A big congratulations to you both Julia and Jarrod! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Alma Photography and d’Italia for sharing today’s gorgeously fun tropical celebration.

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Montreal needs to be on your honeymoon wishlist. Photo by Scott Webb

Montreal needs to be on your honeymoon wish list. Photo by Scott Webb

Picturesque, easy to navigate, safe, and full of history and culture. Montreal, Canada is a perfect destination to add to your wish list. The food is next level delicious and most of the city speaks French (as well as English) which is pretty darn romantic if you ask me.

There are certain aspects of the magnificent city on the St Lawrence River, which were reminiscent of Aussie cities like Melbourne or Sydney, including the fact that it didn’t matter what day of the week it was, Montreal was pumping with things to do – bars, events, shopping boutiques, culinary delights and exhibitions – perfect for your honeymoon activities list.

Where to stay

Montreal is a very old city but it’s also filled with modern luxuries. If you’re into architecture, the buildings both old and new are truly beautiful. I recommend checking out Old Montreal. It’s got stunning structures, cobblestone roads, café culture and an eclectic collection of galleries, boutique shops and places to eat. It’s not far from other parts of Montreal, but it’s a pretty worthy place to base yourself for your entire trip. There is an array of amazing hotels in Old Montreal but it’s hard to look past Hotel William Gray. It’s a little on the expensive side but it’s your honeymoon and trust me, this one is worth splashing out for.

The hotel is located in Old Montreal and is surrounded by cafes, bars and restaurants. It’s somehow found the perfect balance between modern design and historic architecture – full of light, artwork and carefully curated furnishings. The rooms are so comfortable – it feels like they’ve literally thought of everything you could possibly want or need. There are beautiful views of the city from the top deck and a common area with a library, full bar, pool table and vinyl collection. This place is down to earth luxury in a cracking location.

What to do

Montreal is brimming with culture and laden with galleries. You can pretty much stroll around any neighbourhood and stumble on a gallery or a museum. If you’re not feeling super whimsical and just want to tick off the big ones, it’s hard to look past the Montreal Museum of Fine Art. It’s got an array of permanent and touring exhibitions and is always worth it to drop in.

When Mrs Houndstooth and I visited two years ago we were lucky enough to see Jean Paul Gaultier’s Love Is Love exhibit. It’s also worth checking out the Notre-Dame Basilica. It’s one of Montreal’s flagship tourist attractions and even if you’re not particularly religious, this church really is a sight to behold.

Photo by Maurice Nantel

What to eat

Well, if you’re in Montreal you’re going to be eating poutine, obviously!! Those chips, cheese curds and gravy are on almost every single menu in Montreal. However, if you’re really looking to try good poutine then where else to go but Poutineville. At Poutineville, you can create your own Poutine, choosing from a list of more than 40 ingredients including multiple varieties of potato and cheese, so you can get your poutine just how your tastebuds like it. All the products are locally sourced, farm fresh goods so you know your poutine will be served as fresh as it gets.

Just for fun

You can’t go to Canada without getting your hooks into maple syrup and there’s no better place than Délices Érable et Cie. It’s an entire store dedicated to Canada’s liquid gold. There are multiple varieties of maple syrup on offer and multiple products too, including ice cream.  All you really need to know is that they don’t ship their products to Australia, so you need to cram as much of the good stuff in your suitcase as you possibly can!

Oh, and by the way, once you’re done with Montreal, I can highly recommend heading off to Lake Louise.

Ms Zebra Says: Canada is such a fantastic country. A must for everyone! I’ve never been to Montreal, but I think I’ll put it next on the list after Mr Houndstooth’s ravings! I love the sound of the architecture, art and culinary delights – thank you for an insightful look into Montreal.

About Mr Houndstooth: I am a happily married man. I enjoy a fine whisky, a new suit and swashbuckling around town with my beautiful bride. Looking back on my wedding day always makes me smile, even though it began to rain just as I said ‘I do’.

Image via Zee and Cee Studio 

This month we are putting the spotlight on the groom! There can be so much hype at a wedding and so much attention on the bride that we think the groom deserves a place in the limelight too. We have rounded up some of our top recommendations for a honeymoon that your Groom will love, but it all starts with figuring out what type of honeymoon you would both like.

Adventure junkies

You can’t go past New Zealand as a honeymoon destination for adventure lovers. Whether you are keen to take the leap (literally!) and go bungee jumping or spend some time in the snow, New Zealand has something you will both love.

Image via Rotorua Canopy Tours 

Why not try zip-lining your way through the forest at 22 metres high in Rotorua. Rotorua Canopy Tours will guide you through the incredible forests telling you stories of the wildlife and conservation as you make your way to each of the platforms.

Image via Rotorua Canopy Tours 

Up the ante and experience a pristine environment and crystal clear air. Queenstown Snowmobiles offer an experience not to be missed. Included is a return helicopter flight to Queenstown and approximately 1.5 hours enjoying the pristine mountain environment. No previous experience on snowmobiles is required, your guides will be able to lead the way and ensure you are making the most of this experience.

Images via Queenstown Snowmobiles 

Road trippers
What better way to spend some quality one on one time than road tripping your way across the country. Find some of our best hidden gems and discover tiny townships along the way.

Australian Traveller has done the hard work for you and mapped out some of Australia’s best road trip journeys with added information on the route, must sees and tips along the way. Don’t want to drive all the way home? Rent a car and make your way to your destination and catch a plane or a scenic train ride back.

Theme Park Enthusiasts 

This one is for everyone, regardless of your age. Whilst we do have some great theme parks in Australia, there are some wildly wonderful alternatives abroad.

Step into the magical world of Universal Studio Orlando. Explore the world of Hogswarts and try the recently launched new ride, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure. As the world’s first ‘story coaster’ you’ll follow a captivating storyline whilst sitting in Hagrid’s iconic motorbike and sidecar. Speed between more than 1,200 trees in the Forbidden Forest and experience a freefall of almost 17 feet! Travel at speeds of 80km, after all this ride is for the thrill seekers. Some are even calling the new rollercoaster ‘one of the world’s best attractions.’

Images via Universal Orlando