We asked Caitlyn Elliott from Studio C Bridal to tell us all about her favourite place, which is Lake Crackenback Resort and just so happens to be the place where she got married too!
My favourite place is Lake Crackenback Resort. My husband and I got married there, and have had a few holidays there since! It’s relaxing, rejuvenating, and a foodie delight. More importantly, at the right time of year, the snowfields of Perisher and Thredbo are literally on your doorstep!
The accommodation is beautiful, from private studio/ one bedroom chalets, to full sized family homes, or apartments to share with friends. It’s a long drive from Sydney or Melbourne, or a medium drive from Canberra, so, it’s far enough removed that not everyone knows about it!!
No regrets for planning a destination wedding there, I’d do it again in a heartbeat!!
Ms Zigzag says: What a stunning location for a wedding or a city escape. Caitlyn has offered to share the names of all of her suppliers, so if any of our engaged couples reading this are planning a Lake Crackenback wedding, do reach out to Caitlyn.
About Studio C Bridal: Caitlyn created Studio C Bridal with a passion to create beautiful, original, one off pieces. Custom designing and making wedding dresses is the main aim, although alterations can be made to an existing dress if you have already found The One. Bridal gowns and accessories are all made to order, creating a unique look from exquisite fabrics. Consultations are by appointment only. All work is completed in house from the finest fabrics sourced locally and globally.
Let your wild side run free and try something a little different for your honeymoon. If you and your partner are up for an adventure then a honeymoon in the Amazon is perfect for you. Admire the tall green trees of the world’s largest rainforest and share an experience like no other. Here are some of our top picks for your honeymoon trip of a lifetime.
Take a 4, 5 or 8 day cruise where you’ll be able to unwind and relax as you listen to nature awaken in the jungle beside you. Enjoy modern ammenities like a sun deck, bar and hot tubs while you journey through highlights like the Yasuni National Park, Cuyabeno National Park and of course the Amazon Jungle.
For a view like no other visit Cristalino Lodge where you’ll find two observation towers at a staggering 50 metres in height! Take in the different layers of the forest from the ground all the way into the canopy and see if you can spot a white-whiskered spider monkey or a macaw.
For a honeymoon full of purpose and meaning why not try volunteering. There are plenty of positions you could try including Forest Ranger, Herpetofauna Conservation Research, Primate Conservation, Mammal Research, Drone Mapping and more! What better team mate to have by your side as you save the world than your newlywed.
Where to Stay
Enjoy river views where you might even see pink dolphins at the Treehouse Lodge. Treehouse number 10 is our pick as it has the best views, a private balcony and a king bed that you could lay in all day!
During your stay three meals a day will be included, a personal guide, mosquito nets and multiple daily excursions.
Immerse yourself into the rainforest without missing any of your usual creature comforts. Anavilhanas Lodge is located within the Anavilhanas national park which is home to more than 400 islands. The hotel boasts ammenities such as air conditioning, forest views, free standing tubs and hot showers. There’s also a swimming pool, bar, observation deck delicious cuisine and more. You won’t have to worry about a thing!
Renowned the world over for its flawless ski runs, epic scenery and inspiring alpine vibes, the Chamonix-Mont Blanc valley is a premium choice for winter-loving couples seeking a snowy getaway.
Arguably its most famous town, Chamonix is a charming alpine village brimming with designer boutiques, trendy eateries, and picturesque points of interest including museums, quaint churches and village squares complete with farmers and seasonal winter markets.
Easily accessible, this mountain hideaway can be reached by flying into neighbouring Geneva, Switzerland and then taking a private or group transfer directly to the Chamonix Valley, just over an hour’s drive away.
As is the case for many European ski resorts, Chamonix is a pretty pricey place to stay. And, when you factor in airport transfers, ski rental, lift passes and maybe a ski lesson or two, you may be considering more cost-effective options than a five-star hotel.
Enter Hotel Le Prieuré Chamonix: a hip alpine haven just a brief stroll from the heart of town and a 10 minute walk from the Brévent ski lift. Each room is suitably ‘peak chic’, with chalet-inspired wall cladding, modern ensuites and adequate space to stow your winter gear. With a restaurant, bar and lounge complete with log fire, it’s a cosy and contemporary place to stay. Plus, it has the added bonus of a ski storage room and onsite ski rental, so selecting and stowing your gear will be a breeze.
Surrounded by snowy peaks, Chamonix boasts a multitude of options for both experienced and beginner skiers alike. Just steps away from the town centre, Brévent is equally perfect for green run novices and black run pros. With a combo of both shorter and longer runs, restaurants, bars, and access to neighbouring mountain Flégère, there are enough options to keep you occupied for days!
For a magical and unforgettable experience, buy two tickets for the little red Montenvers train and take the winding journey up to the Montenvers site, at a breath-taking altitude of 1913m. Then, descend by gondola into the mysterious Mer de Glace, a spectacular glacier complete with an ice cave which is freshly tunnelled out every season!
After marvelling at the vast frozen vistas, make the ascent back up to the main site and continue your glacier discovery at the Glaciorium before stepping into the Crystal Gallery – a selection of some of the sparkling specimens unearthed nearby.
For an après ski session with optimum rejuvenation factor, check into the Park Suisse Hotel & Spa rooftop spa and indulge in several hours of post-piste bliss. Comprising a Turkish steam room, two saunas with village views, a jacuzzi and an outdoor heated pool, it’s a rejuvenating haven, perfect for whiling away a snowy afternoon. Time your visit for late in the day to enjoy the gorgeous golden-hour views, and see the sun sink below the snow-capped peaks – stunning!
Kick-start your day with a visit to Café Alpin, a delightful retro coffee van often stationed at the base of Brévent. Choose from an array of hot beverages including signature creation Café Mont Blanc – a dreamy blend of chocolate and espresso topped off with a whipped cream ‘mountain peak’.
After working up an appetite on the slopes, make a well-earned ‘piste’ stop at one of the many alpine dining options on offer. If you’re at Brévent, try La Bergerie de Planpraz, a traditional log chalet style venue serving up a hearty array of French dishes – perfect for refuelling during the day. Or, for an extra scenic stop, ascend to the summit of Brévent and visit Le Panoramic – a restaurant and bar perched at the very peak offering sweeping vistas of Mont Blanc. Here you’ll also find a cute cabin serving up drinks and snacks alongside neat rows of deck chairs – a sublime spot to soak up that alpine sunshine.
All images by Anika and Mitch Reynolds.
For a memorable meal, reserve an intimate table for two at La Maison Carrier, a French farmhouse style establishment set within a luxe mountain resort. Just a short stroll from the centre of town, it’s a white linen, wood-fired and copper pots affair, complete with an abundant cheese trolley and three tiers of desserts to choose from!
Ms Zigzag says: I’d be following this super chic Chamonix guide to a tee if I was off to these picturesque mountains! Thanks Anika.
About the author Anika Reynolds: I’m a freelance writer with a love of weddings and creatively styled events. I have a penchant for pretty stationery and perfectly put together cheese plates, and a never-ending sense of wanderlust!