Friday Faves – Our Amazing Mini Honeymoon at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort Australia

What an incredible few weeks this has been! Getting married is SO. MUCH. FUN! Our wedding day was incredible and I’ll be sharing it all with you very soon… but today, I wanted to share our amazing mini honeymoon at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa on the Gold Coast in Australia. We truly had the most incredible vacation together, it was the perfect start to married life.

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If you’re looking for honeymoon ideas, or a romantic vacation, I wanted to share our experience with you. When we arrived in the grand hotel lobby, we were greeted at reception with a glass of bubbles and some delicious chocolates, then moments later we were whisked up to our gorgeous Corner Junior Suite with ocean views high on the 25th floor.

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When we arrived in our suite, we went straight to the balcony, which had the most stunning panoramic views! The beach was on one side, with blue water as far as the eye can see. On the other side, was a gorgeous mountain range (as the sun set a little later, it was breathtakingly beautiful).

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We also had a perfect view of the incredible sparkling lagoon pool, white sandy beach and cascading waterfalls below us, it truly is the most amazing resort. The lagoon even has tropical fish, which we enjoyed snorkeling with during our stay!


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Our Corner Junior Suite was absolute luxury! Being positioned on the corner of the hotel, we enjoyed sweeping views of the Gold Coast. One of my favorite things about hotels is of course sleeping in a luxurious bed! Surfers Paradise Marriott offered the most divine experience, with the softest sheets and a cloud-like mattress topper, it was heavenly.

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surfers paradise marriott resort and spa gold coast australia beach honeymoon romantic couples holiday luxury vacation

On our first day, I loved spending time browsing through all the experiences and guest services offered at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa. The room service menu was also one of the best I’ve seen with fresh, healthy gourmet options and of course a few scrumptious indulgences!

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Like many newlyweds, I spent the first few days just staring at my hand every chance I got! It was quite surreal seeing the rings together on my finger and thinking, oh my gosh… we are married! I absolutely adore my oval halo engagement ring and diamond eternity wedding band. So much sparkle!

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Around five minutes after we arrived in our room, there was a knock at the door and we were surprised with a chilled bottle of Moët champagne and delicious chocolate covered strawberries. We were so thrilled, what a way to start your honeymoon!

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I love a good amenity kit selection and had to make special mention this one offered by the Marriott… it included a hair band! Genius! I have never seen this in a hotel before and honestly, I softly squealed with delight. How many times do you forget (or lose!) your hair ties on vacation, it’s thoughtful little touches and attention to detail like this that make the Surfers Paradise Marriott a true five-star luxury hotel.

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On the morning of our second day, we enjoyed a relaxing breakfast together high in the sky at the Elandra Retreat Club lounge on the top floor of the hotel. We received a very warm welcome and relished the opportunity to start our day in this exclusive space, complete with a chef who kindly cooked eggs and omelettes to our liking.

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In fact, Chris actually commented, “that was the best omelette I’ve ever had!”. I agree, all the food we enjoyed during our stay was so fresh and delicious. The Elandra Retreat Club provided the most relaxing vibe, we loved sitting in our lounge overlooking the ocean to enjoy breakfast and tea…

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When we were planning our honeymoon, our dream was to spend time together, enjoy sunshine and white sandy beaches, relax by the pool while sipping cocktails and champagne, indulge in gourmet food and soak up a little luxury… the Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa delivered all this, and then some.

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We loved relaxing in our very own poolside cabana, sipping the most delicious Pina Coladas in real coconuts! This is what honeymoons are all about.

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The resort features it’s very own sparkling saltwater lagoon, complete with an array of the prettiest brightly coloured tropical fish. During our afternoon in the cabana, we enjoyed a few hours of snorkeling – it was amazing to walk just a few steps from our cabana into this underwater kingdom.

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Relaxing together in our private cabana was the perfect way to soak up the sunshine and enjoy all the resort features.

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As part of our Junior Suite accommodation, we enjoyed access to the Elandra Retreat Club. In addition to a fabulous breakfast, this also included evening drinks and canapes. Located on the top floor of the hotel, this exclusive lounge boasts panoramic views of the Gold Coast, including sweeping ocean views, which are absolutely spectacular at sunset. Photos just don’t do it justice!

We adored spending each evening here together, sipping champagne and reminiscing about our wedding day. It was so much fun asking questions like, “How did you feel right before I walked into the church?”, ” Were you nervous?” and “What was your best memory of the day?”. Taking time to just be in the moment, truly enjoy each others company and connect… it’s magical moments like this, that made our honeymoon at Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa so incredibly special.

Truth be told, we didn’t want our stay here to end. However on our final day, as we floated out from this blissful dream, we vowed to return each year to celebrate our wedding anniversary and reassured ourselves the honeymoon isn’t over… in fact, this is just the beginning.

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Style Sessions: What A Weekend! We Are Married!

What a weekend! Chris and I are now married! It’s amazing to say that… it almost seems surreal. We are spending a few days this week on a mini honeymoon, which I can’t wait to share with you, along with all the photos from our very special day. It’s true what they say, it all flies by so quickly – but we soaked up every moment and enjoyed each second with our family and friends.

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We Are Married!

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Friday Faves – I’m Getting Married This Weekend!

I’m getting married this weekend! I can’t believe the day is almost here… I am so excited, but the butterflies are really fluttering around in my tummy! I can only imagine how I’ll feel on Sunday morning as we are getting ready. It’s hard to believe that by Sunday night, six years after we met, Chris and I will be married!

I hope you all enjoy a beautiful weekend, I can’t wait to share our special day with you!

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Style Sessions: Our Engagement Photoshoot on the Beach

I’m so excited to share our engagement photoshoot on the beach! I had been looking forward to it for weeks! It was such a fun, easy and relaxed shoot and I was delighted with how the photos turned out. I wore one of my favorite dresses of all time, it’s from Free People (I love everything they have) and you may recognize it from this summer afternoon in Santa Monica last year. It has that perfect effortless, boho vibe and is just one of those dresses that make you feel great! Plus, the flattering cut suits all body shapes too.

I hope you enjoy seeing these special photos, I can’t wait to get them printed and framed for our wall at home. I’m also sharing the 25 best engagement photoshoot dresses, click through to see them below. Of course, they’re not just for brides-to-be, these dresses are perfect if you’re after an easy, breezy boho vibe dress for everyday life…

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SHOP – THE 25 BEST ENGAGEMENT PHOTOSHOOT DRESSES:

 

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Our Engagement Photoshoot on the Beach

 

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Friday Faves – The 7 Prettiest Semi Naked Drip Wedding Cakes

I’m well and truly in the midst of wedding planning right now (only 50 days to go!) and one fabulous thing to organize is of course, the cake! I’ve been scouting Pinterest for inspiration and there are some truly incredible creations… but with so many beautiful options, it gets a little confusing – I want them all! So that’s where I’d love your help… can you please help me decide? I love the effortless feel of semi naked drip wedding cakes, they are lively and fun. One of my colors is rose gold (wait til you see the invitations from Wedding Paper Diva’s – you can add metallic details to almost everything they have, I was in heaven!), so I’d love to incorporate the metallic rose gold element into the cake. I am thinking…

Option One: Semi naked drip wedding cake with white frosting sides and some metallic rose gold brushed details throughout. Then white drip over the top and finished with flowers, macaroons and other fun little treats.
Option Two: Semi naked drip wedding cake with all-white frosting sides and metallic rose gold drip over the top. Finished with flowers, macaroons and fun treats too.

Also, do you think topping the cake with soft blush pink flowers or bright pink flowers would be best? Please leave a comment and let me know your thought – I’d LOVE (and actually really need) your help! If you have any ideas on a creation, or a mix of the below, please comment and let em know.

If you’re after inspiration for your own birthday or special event… or just love looking at cakes (hello, who doesn’t?), I wanted to share some of the best semi naked drip wedding cakes I found on Pinterest, I think the addition of drips on the cake makes it even more fun too. Which wedding cake style do you like the most?

 

The 7 Prettiest Semi Naked Drip Wedding Cakes

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Cake One:  Ombre Semi Naked Drip Wedding Cakes via Pinterest

 
 

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Cake Two:  Brushed Gold Semi Naked Wedding Cake via Pinterest

 
 
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Cake Three:  Semi Naked Wedding Cake with Fresh Flower Topper via Pinterest

 
 
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Cake Four and Five:  Gold Drip Wedding Cakes via Pinterest here and here

 
 

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Cake Six: Metallic Gold with White Drips Wedding Cake via Pinterest

 
 

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Cake Seven:  Gold and Ivory White Tiered Wedding Cake with Fresh Flowers via Pinterest

 

 

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