So I’ve said it time and time again, but these travel posts are always so detrimental to both my productivity and my wanderlust. The Philippines have always intrigued me, but Mariel Hannah has just ensured that it’s skyrocketed to the top of the list. Have you ever seen anything more picturesque? I just can’t get over all the beauty. And if you’re anything like me, you might want to spend some time getting lost in the gallery.
From Mariel… During my stay in the Philippines I traveled around the city of Davao. Some days were spent within the city, but most days were spent by the beach. Those days I spent lingering by the ocean are the days I long for. The beautiful white sands, the perfect blue waters and wonderful world of wonder that lie beneath.
We stayed at the Pearl Farm Beach Resort, a premier destination resort that lies within a smaller island just an hour boat ride from the main city. During your stay, my biggest recommendation is to take your days slow and enjoy every minute. Spend your days snorkelling and spend your evenings watching a movie on the beach. Both of their AM and PM yoga classes take place high on a hill overlooking the beautiful ocean and Mount Apo (one of the largest mountains in the Philippines) – it’s worth the morning wake up call.
Another highlight of my trip was scuba diving. Pearl Farm offers a package for a day trip tour to some of Davaos best diving locations. My favorite ended up being the Coral Gardens. I did the 40 foot dive which allowed me to see some of natures most amazing views. I recall seeing all of the vibrantly beautiful life that flourishes below. The purples, the pinks, the blues, yellows and green coral… Absolutely exquisite. I can’t even begin to describe the beautiful creatures that live within them, each more beautiful than the next.
When it came to city life, I stayed in the Microtel. It’s within walking distance of Davao’s greatest malls, which was right up my alley! The best hotel in the city, however, is definitely the Insular. It’s simply gorgeous and worth every penny.
Photography from: Mariel Hannah
Confession time. I’ve been a little bit obsessed with traveling to Bali ever since I saw the movie Eat, Pray, Love. That’s legit, right? It may have been the glamorized soul searching or the fact that Julia Roberts could make anything look amazing, but it’s still the one locale sitting at the top of my must-see list. So, you can only imagine my giddies the very second I stumbled upon these photos from Erika Gerdemark Photography…virtual vacation dream-come-true! Join me as I swoon my Bali-loving heart out right here.
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From the Bride…Steve and I both are designers based in Jakarta, Indonesia. We always wanted a laid-back and intimate wedding, where people can sit back, relax and have a great time in the party. So we decided to held our wedding reception in Bali. Being a designer, we are very picky interms of decoration details, dresses, food, and especially photography. I remember the first thing I researched and contact after the proposal was wedding photographer. I was lucky that I found Erika through Twitter. I fell in love with her work the first time I saw her blog. I am thankful to met all the dream vendors that I wanted. Each and everyone in the team was professional and very talented. Janice surprises me with her fabulous works. I had a great time working together with her and Karen. Turns out I have my perfect wedding. Something that I always wanted all this time. A little bit about my wedding dress, I always wanted a simple, elegant and unique dress. I guess I was lucky that Baron from Tenun Baron, which also a dear friend of mine, offers me a one of a kind fabric with his new experimental technique combined with my custom designed patterns. His fine and delicate silk woven fabric always amazed me. I can say that he is one of the best textile maker in Indonesia. Now finding a right designer is a challenge, and I think Auguste is the one after all. He understand that simplicity is everything. I love the dress fitting and it is perfect. My favorite part of the day was finally seeing all friends and family gather together in such a lovely place sharing our love together. The inspiration for the decoration and theme was rustic vineyard with a twist of chic elegant.
Photographer: Erika Gerdemark Photography | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Pantai Lima | Floral + Event Design: Bloomz Bali | Event Organizer: Cher Ange + Karen Quarello | Make up: Dewi, New Melati Salon | Invitations, Printed Materials + Favors: SHFT Branding + Gudily | Customized Fabric + Textile: Tenun Baron | Catering: M&M | Lighting: Vision One Bali | Wedding Dress + Bridesmaid dresses: Auguste Soesastro
What happens when two Aussie sweethearts tie the knot in Thailand? Pretty things happen, my dears. Like hold-the-phone and clear-your-Friday-schedule kind of pretty. I’m fairly certain you’ll be just as stage 5 obsessed with this destination wedding, so let’s cut the chitty-chat and head straight to the gallery of Corbin Gurkin’s captures. They’re soooo worth a sweet, long look.
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From the Bride…Mem and I met at the Geebung one night when he was out with his brother and I was out with my sister and friends. He walked by us a few times throughout the night and stood out to us being so tall! Eventually he got up the nerve to make small talk just as we were leaving the pub. On the wall back to our car, I was saying to Tam my sister how nice he seemed and what a shame we didn’t stay longer. Tam encouraged me to go back and get his number but I refused. By the time we were in the car Tam decided she’d take matters into her own hands and informed me that she needed to return to the pub to use the toilet and that id have to come with her. Within seconds of walking back in, Mem approached us and this time we chatted for a while and caught his name. We had to ask him to spell it as it was quite unusual. Luckily we did clarify the spelling, because I still didn’t have the nerve to get his number, but by the time we’d reached the car for the second time, Tam had found the only Mem in Melbourne on Facebook and added him from my account. Mem had written back within seconds and the rest is history!!
Years ago I had googled “destination weddings” as it had always been a fantasy of mine, and had come across Take Us To Thailand’s website. I was blown away by the service they offered and the amazing photos of the weddings they had co-ordinated, so in the back of my mind I began to warm towards the idea of a Thailand wedding (years before getting engaged even!)
Mem and I had holidayed extensively throughout Asia and Polynesia before but had always loved Thailand for its beautiful scenery, lovely people and variety of activities to keep us entertained. We knew we wanted a destination wedding so that all our guests could be relaxed and so we could spend some real quality time with the most important people in our lives- in a tropical paradise! Thailand was a reasonable distance from Australia for people to travel to and a favorite of many of our guests already, so the decision was an easy one in the end.
Wedding Photography: Corbin Gurkin | Ceremony + Reception Venue: Interncontinental, Koh Samui | Planning + Decor: Take Us To Thailand | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Shoes: Zu Shoes | Veil: Linda Corringe Couture | Rings: Anton Jewellery | Earrings: Polynesian Pearls | Mem’s Outfit: Tailored in Thailand | Reception Dress: La Femme from Gasp | Bridesmaid’s Dress: Truese
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