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London bound for your honeymoon? Even if your itinerary doesn’t allow for a leisurely jaunt around the nation, you can still explore the countryside and experience a variety of different towns directly from London! Easily accessible by train, these delightful and historic cities are perfect for day trips, or even an afternoon sojourn.

Enjoy posh nosh in Marlow

Just over an hour on the train from London, Marlow is a dreamy town set alongside the River Thames and brimming with Georgian architecture. With a bustling high street dotted with boutiques, chain stores, restaurants and cafes, it’s a popular spot for Londoners seeking a work-life balance bolthole or a breath of fresh air after a busy week in the big city.

For foodies, it’s also where you’ll find impressive gastropub, The Hand and Flowers – a two Michelin star destination dining spot that is definitely worth the journey. Proudly proclaimed as the only two Michelin star pub in the UK, this 17th century dining room is all exposed beams, hardwood floors and low-lit tables – perfect for honeymooners seeking a romantic lunch. Upon arrival, enjoy a drink in the inviting lounge bar area, before proceeding to the dining room to feast on refined, yet unpretentious pub-style food.

Experience the magic in Oxford

Honeymooning Harry Potter fans, history buffs and architecture devotees simply cannot miss a visit to the truly gorgeous town of Oxford. Famed for its prestigious university colleges and filming locations, Oxford exudes storybook charm and is bursting with character. Here, a walking tour through the colleges is one of the best ways to experience the highlights in a short time, and learn fascinating facts along the way!

After the tour, enjoy strolling at your own pace and stop by some of the many renowned sites including the Bridge of Sighs, Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library. For a delicious pub lunch served with a side of history, make your way down the narrow alley to the Turf Tavern (just beside the Bridge of Sighs) and you will stumble upon a bustling pub – the perfect spot for a Sunday roast.

Embrace the romance of Cambridge

Rivalling its historic competitor Oxford, the equally delightful city of Cambridge is another quintessentially British destination. Known for its prestigious, ivy-clad colleges and exquisite architecture, it is host to buzzing shops, restaurants and regular markets and is also a famously picturesque spot to try the popular old English pastime of punting. First stop by Fitzbillies to pick up a freshly baked Chelsea bun for the ride, and then make your way to the Scudamore’s punting station. From here you can hire a punt and wind your way down the River Cam, passing the breath-taking colleges, bridges, cathedrals and gardens along the way – a truly dreamy way to spend an afternoon!

All images by Anika Reynolds.

Ms Zigzag says: Strolling the banks of a river is definitely one of the most romantic things you can do! 

About Anika: 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!

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It’s up to you New York, New York! With so much to do and see in New York, you are never going to have the same experience as somebody else. If you’re a foodie, you’ve no doubt booked your seat at the city’s finest restaurants months in advance, or if you’re an art enthusiast you’ve probably lined up a schedule of galleries and exhibitions to make your way through… The list goes on, it’s New York!

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However, if there was one experience that almost everybody would love to do in the Big Apple, it has got to be taking a cruise around Manhattan and the seeing the city up in lights by boat.

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During New York Bridal Fashion Week, the lovely folks at Bateaux New York treated the Aisle Society (a network of more than 30 of the world’s top wedding bloggers, which includes Polka Dot Bride), to a three-course dinner cruise on the Hudson River. Hello, pinch me moment! It really was. The all-glass enclosed European-styled vessel cruised past New York’s iconic landmarks including a face-to-face with the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and One World Trade.

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What could be better than enjoying unobstructed views of the skyline from the outdoor viewing deck or from the comfort of inside the glass-enclosed boat? Throw in a little bubbly, craft cocktails, a three-course meal by candlelight, a live band and dancefloor, and you have a night that some could only dream of!

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With Australians flocking to America in records numbers (more than a million making the trip across the Pacific in 2016), there is no doubt that Aussie couples are heading to this cultural metropolis for their honeymoons, engagements, anniversaries, and even their weddings. I personally know a handful of Australian couples who have decided to tie the knot in NYC. So how about hosting a wedding on the water or a rehearsal dinner that will really say to your guests, “you have arrived in in NYC!” And I’m not sure if you can beat a proposal on the Hudson River either. Nobody is saying “no” to that!

The jury is in: cruising the Hudson River is the most romantic experience in New York!

Image by Brandon Jacoby via Unsplash

About Entertainment Cruises: Entertainment Cruises is the nation’s largest dining and sightseeing cruise company with a fleet of 36 ships in cities that include: Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, National Harbor, MD, Norfolk, VA, Philadelphia, New York, Washington, D.C. and Weehawken, NJ. From the fresh and fun Spirit to the modern and sleek Odyssey and Bateaux, to our Elite Private Yachts and exciting Seadog speedboat rides, Entertainment Cruises offers a wide range of guest experiences. Once onboard, each guest will see the city from a whole new perspective—from the water.

Laura & Justin

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.  Captured  by Maria Shiriaeva Photography, it was a day of romance, of beautiful intention and of a love story that was beautifully told.

Laura tells the tale of how they met. “We met at school just a few months before graduating and things evolved pretty fast with us living together abroad within the same year.
Justin proposed five years later in Paris during the sunset by the river with Eiffel Tower lighting up. He did really well and caught me completely by surprise.”

The couple chose Bali for their elopement after a detailed search, Laura explaining “We were engaged for more than a year and struggled to start planning out our big day. After many conversations over long walks by the beach, we came to the conclusion that the standard wedding scenario was not really for us. We started searching online for elopement weddings and other people’s experiences. We looked at Central America, Mauritius, Maldives, Jamaica, Thailand until we came across Bali. We fell in love with it. That was it.
We booked our flights in February for the ceremony in June. The full research of how to plan the ceremony started after the flights were booked.”

Laura tells “The day started with 5 am make-up and hairdo in Seminyak followed by a two hour trip to the waterfall venue in Ubud.

The venue was magical… all decorations were just perfect. Despite the beautiful setting, the most amazing thing was the atmosphere of the venue itself. The sound of the water falling and the vibe of the place felt truly special. We were and are so happy with our choice.”

Laura and Justin chose The Seven Agency to plan and style the day – the team looking after every detail. Laura says “The most difficult part was finding the wedding planner. I was expecting that we could just arrange a small ceremony with a hotel resort until I learned there is a price tag attached to it. Maybe we were just unlucky with our search but it really felt that prices even for an elopement wedding were a lot higher than predicted.

We got really lucky with The Seven Agency who did a fabulous job. We would not change a thing.”

Of their photographer, the bride says “Priority number one for both of us has always been the photographer. We were so lucky to have found Maria. Maria went above and beyond helping us to plan the whole thing, searching for venues and even a wedding planner in Bali in addition to my endless questions about the best locations for the photo shoot and Bali in general… Over the few months, I could not even count how many times we changed our mind from cliff ceremony to beach, to waterfall, to cliff again and back to waterfall… Maria was always ever so helpful with all my endless questions; it really helped with reassurance it will all go well.”

Laura tells “We had lunch and a photo-shoot in the mountains by the lake, and also visited the Botanical Gardens.
Our fairytale continued through the day and ended at Udhiana Resort in Ubud. We had 11 nights in Bali during which we stayed in Seminyak, Ubud, Gili T, Balangan and we even managed to do the night hike up the Mount Batur.”

Says Laura “The most important thing is to relax and enjoy every moment of your big day. It feels amazing but it goes very quickly, so make the most of it!!”

Congratulations on tying the knot, Laura and Justin! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us! Thank you also to Maria Shiriaeva Photography for sharing today’s beautiful day!

Photographer: Maria Shiriaeva Photography / Wedding Planner: The Seven Agency / Styling: The Seven Agency / Hair & Makeup Artist: Dea Sudharsana / Reception Venue: Udhiana Resort