Top 10 Luxury Wedding Venues to Hold a 5 Star Wedding

When it comes to the top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5 star wedding there is probably a location somewhere in the world to fulfill every bride’s wedding dream. The ones I have chosen here are representative of a wide range of choices, each offering a unique perspective on the classic wedding ceremony. The top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5 star wedding that I have chosen include:

1. Hamwari Game Reserve. South Africa
2. Quebec’s Ice Hotel
3. Leipig Dome, New Zealand
4. Tobago’s Plantation Beach
5. The Great Wall of China
6. The Intercontinental, Hong Kong
7. Four Seasons Hotel, New York
8. Castle Rushen, Isle of Man
9. Bussaco National Park, Portugal
10. La Preghiera, Umbria, Italy

Shamwari Game Reserve. South Africa

Enjoy a true Africa wedding reception in an enclosure made from reeds, known as a boma. Take a game drive and meet up with the minister who will perform your wedding service at the top of a hill with nothing around you but the sights and sounds of Africa. The happy couple and their wedding guests stay at Longlee Manor on the Shamwari Private Game Reserve in South Africa. Certainly, of all the top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5 star wedding, this Game Reserve in South Africa comes out top for being totally unique. You can organize this wedding venue from Thomas Cook Signature at a cost of £2,407 per couple for a three-night stay, or UD$3,624.70.

Quebec’s Ice Hotel

The Ice Hotel in Quebec puts a whole new connotation on a white wedding! This location is only open each year from January to April, making the Ice Hotel a particularly exclusive location and fully fitting to be included as one of the top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5 star wedding – if you like ice, that is! As its name indicates, this wedding venue is completely sculpted out of the ice. The luxury wedding location this might be, but it is far from an expensive option. Of course, there is going to be the cost of accommodation for your guests plus the cost of a wedding reception and the cost of flights. However the cost to get married at the Ice Hotel is just £750, equivalent to $1,129.41 USD; plus £213, or $320.76 USD to pay for the registrar.

Leipig Dome, New Zealand

We can’t quite arrange to marry you on top of Mount Cook, but you can have the very next best thing! The World Heritage site amidst the Southern Alps of New Zealand is where you will find the Leipig Dome, a snowfield of surreal beauty. You are up to 6 guests are transported to this southern winter wonderland by helicopter where you can be married at the top of the southern world. The wedding package includes the cost of the helicopter flight and the registrar to marry you. Included in the price is your wedding night at the Hermitage Hotel: this includes a package of beauty spa, manicures and massage as well as breakfast and dinner. This sumptuous location costs from £3,785 per couple, or $5,700 USD. This is truly fit to be included in the top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5-star wedding.

Tobago’s Plantation Beach

The next place in our top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5 star wedding is the complete opposite, featuring turquoise clear waters warm from the sun, soft sand underfoot and palm trees providing a bit of shade overhead. This is the wedding package arranged at Stonehaven Bay. Your wedding package does not include accommodation in the Plantation Beach Villas that sleeps 6, with its three-bedrooms complete with three bathrooms. This accommodation costs extra: for a week’s rental it will cost you £1,235, or $1,859.15 USD. The wedding package includes the ceremony, bridal bouquet, two-tier wedding cake, photographs and champagne, all for the cost of £510, or $767.75 USD.

The Great Wall of China

The Kempinski Hotel Group are offering wedding packages beside the Shiguan section of the Great Wall of China, on top of the roof of the Commune, followed by your reception at the Club House which has room to seat up to 500 guests. You can, however, hold a smaller reception in one of the villas belonging to the Commune. Aside from the cost of travel to Beijing and then internal travel the 50km from Beijing to Shiguan, the accommodation, including breakfast, costs £248 per night per person, the equivalent of $373.53 USD. The wedding package costs £134 per person, or $201.87 USD.

The Intercontinental, Hong Kong

If you have £18,430, the equivalent of $27,756.34 USD, put away to pay for the top-most of top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5 star wedding then where else could you marry but the Presidential Suite of the Intercontinental Hotel, with its unrivalled views across Victoria Harbor? This is just for the hire of the wedding location; accommodation is extra. You will also be charged an extra 13% tax on top! However, if you can afford the Presidential Suite, you will appreciate why, in the sumptuous opulence of your surroundings, this location has been noted as being the most luxurious in Asia.

The Four Seasons, New York

Enjoy a complimentary suite overlooking Central Park if you opt to exchange your vows at Manhattan’s tallest hotel, The Four Seasons, located on East 57th Street, New York. Your nuptial ceremony will be held in the Metropolitan Suite after which you can celebrate with cocktails although the option of a full wedding reception is available as an optional extra. Your wedding package will include a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot, plus those delectable treats, chocolate-covered strawberries: very decadent! Flights and private transfers from the UK will cost you £1,910 per person, or $2,875.25 USD, for two people staying in a deluxe double room for 7 nights. The wedding packages are subject to tax, but would cost around £157 per person, or $236.36 USD.

Castle Rushen, Isle of Man

Hire this lovely location with its impressive limestone walls and luxuriously appointed gardens as the venue for your very special day. For exclusive use of this castle you can expect to pay around £600, equivalent of $903.79 USD. At Castle Rushen there is plenty of room for 130 guests to attend your wedding celebration and celebrate with you in style. This original 13th century castle’s grounds will make an ideal place to have some really lovely photographs taken, with its beautiful landscaping and well-kept gardens.

The Isle of Man lies off the north-west coast of the English mainland, in the Irish Sea, consisting of 221 square miles for your guests to explore. You can fly to the Isle of Man from various UK airports or you can travel with your car from the ports of Liverpool or Heysham: catamaran will take you 2 ¾ hours and the conventional car ferry from Liverpool will take around 4 hours.

Mata do Bucao, Bussaco National Park, Portugal

The history associated with Mata do Bucao in Portugal makes this a particularly intriguing of all the top 10 luxury wedding venues to hold a 5 star wedding. It is difficult to find the most appropriate words to adequately describe this epitome of Portuguese architecture: words just can’t do it justice! The décor is authentic and hovers between being opulent and sumptuous as well as portraying a fairy tale ambience mixed in with its gothic past. Perhaps that will begin to describe to you some of the mystery that surrounds this loveliest and most inexplicable of all wedding locations?

Inexplicably lovely and dubiously ethereal this phenomenal location may be, but there is nothing ethereal about the gourmet gastronomy of the delectable cuisine guests could not fail to enjoy at João Vaz, Mata do Bucao’s restaurant. The gastronomic treats in store for visitors to this delightful restaurant include a range of carefully prepared dishes from the Portguese regions to classic French gastronomique. Have you been sufficiently tantalized to consider this very unique location as the venue for your wedding celebrations?

Weekend Break in the Chiltern Hills

Everybody wants to have break after the working week days, and weekends allow people to relax as well as refresh their mind. People plan about spending their weekend at a place, which could energize them and restore their liveliness to be ready for the tough routine again. If one wants to spend his/her weekend break in Chiltern Hills, it is a good idea, because it is a beautiful place where one can enjoy the most.

Chilterns is situated in south east England and a few miles away from North West of London. It is a place where the large area is covered with chalk hills. This place has marvellous natural beauty. Although it is not a famous location, but those who visit this area never forget it and wish to visit this place again. This place is easily accessible because of the presence of rail service as well as the presence of airports near this place.

Many beautiful buildings, oldest roads and chalk hills covered with flowers and weeds can be seen in Chilterns. There is a variety of wildlife, and those who love animals can enjoy because of presence of different animals in Chilterns.

For pedestrians, there is a footpath, which is called Chiltern way. People who love to walk or are fond of cycling and riding can enjoy travelling on this path. This way they can view beautiful countryside as well and get an opportunity to view the whole area.

There are many options available to select the best accommodation during stay in Chiltern. There are different kinds of venues in the Chiltern for arranging a wedding ceremony, conference or business related meeting. Majority of people prefer this place for wedding because of its attractive sights. It is a less busy area of England, so people can feel great living far away from the hustle and bustle. The peaceful environment appeals the people a lot, so mostly people want to spend their weekend in Chilterns.

There is a tourist guide which provides all information regarding the venues available for different events, hotels, services and facilities available, important sites and places, and important activities that can be performed in Chilterns. Having the knowledge of all these features, one can spend a great time in Chilterns.

Those who go to spend their weekend in Chiltern Hills can visit different places in this tour like Dunstable Downs, Wendover Woods, Warburg Wildlife Reserve and the Grand Union Canal. This canal starts in London and goes to the Chilterns. In this way, the trip to Chiltern can be very adventitious, because the dreams of people come true after visiting this place. There are some villages and towns near Chilterns, which have a variety of shops, having outstanding products, so people can buy essential goods in a pleasant environment.

King Of The Hill (Season 3) DVD Review

Initially aired following the 1997 Super Bowl, King of the Hill discovered an instant audience niche that has the followed the show loyally ever since. The brainchild of Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge (also known for the hit movie Office Space), King of the Hill is a unique animated series in that it doesn’t rely on “cartoon” suspension of reality or outlandish antics. In fact, the show would arguably be just as successful if it were not animated at all. Nevertheless, it’s Mike Judge (voice of Hank Hill) and his unique brand of humor that make King of the Hill a must-see TV series…

Set in the fictional town of Arlen, Texas, King of the Hill follows the life and exploits of Hank Hill and his traditional nuclear family. Hank is a red-state propane salesman who loves beer and apple pie, but he’s constantly inundated with modern liberalism and grapples with the demands of political correctness. Hank is joined by his wife Peggy (a substitute teacher), his son Bobby (an awkward pre-pubescent youth), and a trailer park-like live-in niece named Luanne… Providing added comic relief to the series are Hank’s off-the-wall friends Bill, Boomhauer (who is inaudible), and Dale (who believes everything is a government conspiracy)… Hank’s Laotian neighbor Kahn (whose daughter Bobby is quite fond of) and his family live next door, providing Hank with a continuing dose of culture shock…

The King of the Hill (Season 3) DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Death of a Propane Salesman” in which Hank and Luanne narrowly escape a propane explosion at the Mega Lo Mart, prompting Hank to develop a job-threatening fear of propane. Meanwhile, Luanne (who had her hair burnt off in the explosion) follows in the footsteps of Sinead O’Connor and becomes a community activist… Other notable episodes from Season 3 include “Pregnant Paws” in which Hank becomes obsessed in his effort to breed his dog, and “The Wedding of Bobby Hill” in which the Hill family, in order to teach Bobby a valuable lesson, manage to convince him that he’ll have to marry his cousin Luanne…

Below is a list of episodes included on the King of the Hill (Season 3) DVD:

Episode 36 (Death of a Propane Salesman) Air Date: 09-15-1998

Episode 37 (And They Call It Bobby Love) Air Date: 09-22-1998

Episode 38 (Peggy’s Headache) Air Date: 10-06-1998

Episode 39 (Pregnant Paws) Air Date: 10-13-1998

Episode 40 (Next of Shin) Air Date: 11-03-1998

Episode 41 (Peggy’s Pageant Fever) Air Date: 11-10-1998

Episode 42 (Nine Pretty Darn Angry Men) Air Date: 11-17-1998

Episode 43 (Good Hill Hunting) Air Date: 12-01-1998

Episode 44 (Pretty, Pretty Dresses) Air Date: 12-15-1998

Episode 45 (A Fire Fighting We Will Go) Air Date: 01-12-1999

Episode 46 (To Spank with Love) Air Date: 01-19-1999

Episode 47 (Three Coaches and a Bobby) Air Date: 01-26-1999

Episode 48 (De-Kahnstructing Henry) Air Date: 02-02-1999

Episode 49 (The Wedding of Bobby Hill) Air Date: 02-09-1999

Episode 50 (Sleight of Hank) Air Date: 02-16-1999

Episode 51 (Jon Vitti Presents: Return to La Grunta) Air Date: 02-23-1999

Episode 52 (Escape from Party Island) Air Date: 03-16-1999

Episode 53 (Love Hurts and So Does Art) Air Date: 03-23-1999

Episode 54 (Hank’s Cowboy Movie) Air Date: 04-06-1999

Episode 55 (Dog Dale Afternoon) Air Date: 04-13-1999

Episode 56 (Revenge of the Lutefisk) Air Date: 04-20-1999

Episode 57 (Death and Texas) Air Date: 04-27-1999

Episode 58 (Wings of the Dope) Air Date: 05-04-1999

Episode 59 (Take Me Out of the Ball Game) Air Date: 05-11-1999

Episode 60 (As Old as the Hills) Air Date: 05-18-1999

Shopping for Wedding Gowns

How special does your wedding gown have to be? What an exciting thing to shop for! You and your wedding gown is the centerpiece of the entire wedding. This is the dress that you are going to shine in. All of your guests and your husband to be are going to be breath taken from looking at how gorgeous you look in your special dress.

You have to make sure that your dress is the right fit and cut for your body. If you are a curvier woman then you are going to need a more fitted dress that shows off your curves. Corseted dresses look great on most everyone. There are many different styles that you can get with a corseted dress. You can have strapless, cap sleeves, long sleeves, beaded and more styles.

If you are a straighter figured woman then you might like a loose fitting gown with a long train. This will have you looking like a beautiful goddess walking down the aisle with a long flowing gown that moves as you walk.

The gown part of the dress can come larger or smaller. Maybe you would like a fluffy princess dress with many billowy layers, or how about a thicker material with rose pinches keeping it up in the front. There are so many different looks you can choose from as well as different designers and professional wedding assistants who will dress you to impress everyone.

The color of your dress should look gorgeous with your skin. If you have a warmer toned skin you probably won’t look that great in a bright white dress. Cooler skin tones look beautiful in white. Warmer skin tones need an off white, crème or even egg shell white. Neutral skin tones have their own color vibrancies too. That is why it is important to shop with an expert that knows skin tones to make sure that you are going to glow like a star.

The veil is going to have to compliment your dress. If you have a giant flowing dress you might want to get a smaller veil to put on which will give all the attention to the dress. If you have a straighter dress then it might look better with a more detailed veil.

Tips For Successful Wedding Photography

As it is a once in a lifetime milestone, every girl dreams of the perfect wedding. Much time and effort is invested by the bride and groom booking a great venue, hiring the best caterer, looking for the most gorgeous dresses and finding the expert in wedding photography.

What newlywed couples expect from their chosen wedding photographer are stunning pictures that they can show off to their friends, relatives and even their would-be grandchildren. Great rapport between the photographer and the couple should be perfectly choreographed like a dance. This is because most beautiful wedding pictures do not only come out from the creativity and technical expertise of the photographer. Quality results depend on the matching of the photographer and his subjects.

The venue matters less when it comes to taking pictures. With ample preparation on the part of the bride and groom, wedding photography can be enhanced. Following are some tips for stunning wedding pictures.

Look for the right wedding photographer that specializes in the kind of photography you and your groom prefer. Ask yourselves which do you like best, traditional, modern or creative? Chances of frustration with the final output will be significantly reduced if both of you can exactly define the type of photography that you want for your wedding photos. Discuss your ideas with the person who will take your photos so that both parties will know what to expect from each other.

Sit down with your groom and list those essential shots that you and your groom cannot do without. Do not try to get as many shots as you can with various family members and friends right after the wedding ceremony. It creates the hassle of gathering everyone around. Just get a few shots with your family, the groom’s family, and then a couple of shots with your friends. This way, the photographer will have more free time to take other shots.

Be aware of situations you cannot control. It could be a bad weather, tardiness or any other situations that can ruin the moment. Surely an experienced seasoned wedding photographer can help you bring things back on track so there is no reason to fret. Otherwise, the expression will be visible in your photos.

Have the proper way of makeup application. The difference between a good picture and the perfect one can be spelled by the colors or tones applied on your face. Make sure to schedule a consultation with a professional make-up artist before your big day.

Planning Your Wedding In Australia – Ideas For Choosing The Right Location For You And Your Guests!

Weddings in Perth, Western Australia and Beyond!

Australia’s North West from Exmouth to Broome and beyond! The Northern winter or dry season is April to September and boasts long days of blue skies and beautiful sunshine, some would say this is the perfect WA weather! However many European visitors will wait for the summer wet season where the temperatures are in the mid 30s and you can experience a balmy combination of heat, humidity and sunshine!

Below the Tropic of Capricorn in the south the weather is far less dramatic, with Perth enjoying more sunny days in a year than any other capital city in the country! Because of this beautiful weather Western Australia has built up a reputation for fine food and world-famous wine regions, and overall needs no explanation as to why it would be the perfect place for you to organise your destination wedding. Whether you are from Western Australia, interstate or abroad there are so many advantages to getting married in Perth, the internet is a wonderful place and you can do a little research to find out about Perth and WA to choose the perfect wedding venue and location for your big day!

The Coral Coast; Experience the whitest sand and the bluest ocean that plays host to some of the most breathtaking and exotic marine life in the world! You can find Ningaloo Reef, the world heritage listed site that is awesome for fishing and diving, one of the few places that you can swim with a whale shark, be sure to extend your wedding into a honeymoon – what an amazing thing to do after your big day! With a wide selection of fabulous wedding venues and accommodation to suit your personalities and number of guests you will be sure to have plenty of choice.

Australia’s North West; home to the world-famous Kimberley, a true desert wilderness that offers an outback adventure for those four-wheel drive junkies! Be sure to stop off at the Bungle-Bungle Ranges, the Karijiini National Park and Lake Argyle on your tour of this region. Maybe you will choose The Billi Resort or Cable Beach Club in the North West near the town of Broome. These beautiful venues offer outstanding ceremony and reception settings.

South West; when you hear the name Margaret River the first thing that springs to mind is top-class wineries and scrumptious local produce. The perfect location for a wedding boasting spectacular views and idyllic settings for your ceremony and reception venue.

Perth; the gateway to the west. Direct flights to Perth airport make it easy to arrive both from international destinations and around Australia, you can arrive in the western capital via rail, taking the Indian-Pacific service that spans the entire country from sea to sea, you can hop on in Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide and the whole journey would take 3 days. Might be the way to travel back after your wedding, a short honeymoon journey for the newly-weds. Alternatively, in the summer months you can get on board a coastal cruise as part of your honeymoon, much of WA including Perth, Broome and Esperance will feature on a world cruise itinerary.

Once you arrive in Perth this relaxed city spends most of its time with sunny blue skies and has so much to offer, with an exciting and young vibe you will be able to find something to suit you and all of your guests and create a truly unique experience for your wedding in Perth, WA. You can choose a beach or garden wedding and from an extensive list of venues like the Northbridge Hotel or Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club. You can also take the trip over to Rottnest Island, an increasingly popular destination for weddings as there is a Chapel or Catholic Church as well as a selection of beautiful outdoor locations for your ceremony. The Rottnest Island Lodge and Aristos Waterfront venues can cater for all your reception needs.

Maybe you will venture inland to the Swan Valley where you will encounter the oldest wine region in Western Australia, also a fabulous location for a wedding in WA.

Say “I do” in Sydney, or Regional New South Wales.

There are so many locations available to you in this beautiful state from remote outback to Sydney and all along the coast of New South Wales!

Outback New South Wales; some of the most remote towns including Lightening Ridge, Tibooburra and Broken Hill can be found in outback NSW. The rugged landscape provides some stunning scenery for any event, with outstanding Aboriginal rock art and national parks covering most of the land.

The Broken Hill region would provide a unique and romantic setting for your outback wedding, you could choose from the Broken Hill sculpture park or if you are the adventurous type say ‘I do’ from the top of a historic mountain range.

Country NSW; if you are looking for a country themed wedding or fancy getting married next to the highest waterfall in Australia then you have come to the right place. The Wollomombi Falls in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park would be a spectacular location for your ceremony. Country New South Wales has so many gorgeous locations for you to choose from, make sure you add your own little country twist to your bridesmaid outfits with the addition of cute cow-girl boots!

Be sure to check out Corowa, Deneiquin and Moama, you can hire a houseboat for your honeymoon on the Murray River, an amazing and romantic experience, or for something really different why not hire a boat big enough for all of your guests and get married on board.

Hunter Valley; if you and your guests enjoy good food, good wine and stunning views then the Hunter Valley would be the perfect place for your destination wedding! With vineyards in abundance and garden weddings becoming ever more popular you will be spoilt for venues in these wonderful surroundings.

With famous wineries such as Lindemans and Wyndham Estate offering wedding packages to suit all, you can get married on the banks of the Hunter River or amongst the vines in this picture perfect location, the ideal setting to create fantastic memories.

North Coast; the Northern Coast of New South Wales is home to some of the most popular beaches in Australia, stretching from Byron Bay to Newcastle, you can follow the Pacific Coast route and be astounded by the delights of Lennox Head, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Port Stephens! All of these beautiful coastal towns are fabulous holiday destinations and would make the ideal location for a beach wedding in Australia.

Check out the Aanuka Beach Resort perfect for an elopement package or a small wedding, they also have several ceremony locations to choose from so that you can have things just the way you wish for, they have a stunning resort chapel or you could get married on the lawn by the beach!

Snowy Mountains; this is the perfect location for the adventurous bride and groom looking for some winter wedding inspiration and a celebration that is flourishing with snowflakes, blue skies and après-ski! You could even arrive at your ceremony or reception on a husky led sleigh or even on your skis depending on how skilled you are so that you don’t get your outfit covered in snow!

The aptly named Snowy Mountains home to the well-known snow fields of Thredbo, Perisher and Charlotte Pass have so many hotels and resorts that would be the ideal, check out The Station at Jindabyne or Lake Crackenback Resort for two fabulous options for a winter wedding!

Lord Howe Island; located about 600km off the North coast of NSW this World Heritage listed haven is home to some of the most amazing species of flower, crystal clear water that is great for exploring the underwater marine life and the rare coral that makes up the island’s marine park!

This island would make an exclusive location for your wedding as there can only be 400 visitors at any one time. Consider the Capella Lodge as a place of serenity for your big day, whether you go for an intimate elopement or book the entire resort this place of beauty will be sure to provide the perfect backdrop.

Sydney; this amazing city would be a spectacular location for your wedding no matter what style or size you choose. Maybe you will have the Opera House or Sydney Harbour Bridge in the background of your ceremony or perhaps these will be the scene for your fabulous wedding photographs. This bustling metropolis has wedding planners, wedding accessories and Sydney wedding photographers in their hundreds; you will be spoilt for choice and will need to do some specific research to create the perfect occasion.

Sydney harbour and the romance that surrounds it is simply remarkable, combine that with a unique wedding venue and you will have yourself the perfect day! Sydney harbour wedding cruises are a fantastic idea for a wedding that you and your guests will never forget! You can choose from a small boat up to the Harbour Ballroom or the Sydney Showboat, both able to accommodate up to 350 guests – obviously your choice will be dependent on your budget and the number of people you will have with you on your big day!

Celebrate in Adelaide and South Australia.

The entire state of South Australia boasts long, warm summers from December to February and mild temperatures throughout autumn and winter. The state’s capital Adelaide is the gateway to the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island, and is easily accessible by air. It is also home to a small population of just over a million people Adelaide is classed as one of the most liveable cities in Australia.

Adelaide City; with its cafe culture lifestyle and diverse mix of people the city has a modern feel and an amazing variety of cuisine. With the choice of the Hills and Beach within half an hour drive of the city and state heritage listed parklands surrounding it this wonderful place can make a fabulous destination for your wedding.

The city prides itself on the many ‘green’ initiatives and set up as Australia’s most sustainable city; this is therefore the ideal place to hold an eco-friendly wedding. Bring in some natural elements to your big day, make sure that you pick native flowers that are in season, beeswax or soy candles for your decorations and choose bonbonniere gift ideas that your guests can take home and use time and time again to minimise their negative impact on the environment.

Adelaide Hills, Barossa & Clare Valley; boasting stunning views across the Valleys the Adelaide Hills has so much to offer, known as one of the finest areas for cool-climate grapes there are charming boutique wineries in abundance. The Lane Vineyard, Bridgewater Mill and the Stirling Hotel are amongst the many places that make the Adelaide hills the perfect spot for your wedding or reception venue.

The fresh produce is just one of the things that might pull you towards the Barossa Valley for your wedding venue! You can also follow the butcher, baker & winemaker trails to check out some of the culinary delights on offer in this special place – a great excuse for a trip to SA before the big day!

Looking for a more intimate setting for your wedding ceremony, then head to the Care Valley, there are many cute bed & breakfasts in this area and some stunning locations to get those perfect shots of you in your wedding dress in the South Australia scenery.

Flinders Ranges & The Outback; perhaps for the more adventurous this will be on the list of possible destinations for your adventure honeymoon. Pack up the camper-trailer and head off into the dusty red desert. Keep your eyes open for wedge-tailed eagles and lazy lizards along your journey into the wilderness and you will be sure to get some fantastic photographs of the bush backdrop.

Maybe you are a couple that just love the country, if an outback setting for your wedding is more up your street then why not seek somewhere like the Arkaba Station, a wild bush luxury resort on the southern edge of the Finders Range National Park. Choose for your wedding in the ranges from a ridge top dinner to a woolshed venue, or boutique heritage homestead to a deluxe swag for two and camping under the stars! With 4WD trips, hot air balloon rides, viewing the local wildlife, mountain biking and many other adventurous activities to keep your guests amused this is the perfect location for your outback destination wedding.

Kangaroo Island; just a Kangaroo’s jump away from Adelaide this island is a true sanctuary of wildlife and tranquillity with untouched bushland and immaculate beaches. You can choose from a waterfront location or head to the West of the island to the Wilderness Retreat for an intimate ceremony. Rest assured that your guests will be well fed and watered on this amazing island, due to its location in South Australia a state that is renowned for its produce and preparation, Kangaroo Island is one of the must-do food and wine experiences in Australia that you and your guests will remember for years to come.

The Murray River; there are two river regions on the Murray in South Australia, known as the Riverland and the Murray lands both great locations to begin your adventure. Why not experience the romance of this mysterious river aboard a houseboat, you can hire your own for an intimate celebration or take all of your guests on board a serviced boat like the Proud Mary, get married and hold your reception on the Murray River!

This is such an amazing place for all of the family, consider it one big waterpark with boat ramps along the way for you to launch your own or hire a boat, jet-ski, water skis or wakeboard. For the more relaxed approach grab your kayak or canoe and drift down stream in the wonderful outdoors.

Getting Married in Melbourne.

The city of Melbourne is made up of the city centre and a number of precincts and inner-city suburbs, each with their own character and charm. Renowned for its art and culture, live music, dining variety and shopping, Melbourne has a wealth of opportunity for you and your guests when you choose this wonderful city for your wedding.

The city ‘Laneways’ are famous for their back street corridors covered in graffiti making an awesome backdrop for your wedding photography, and there is nothing stopping you from saying your vows in front of your favourite piece of art.

With parks and gardens in abundance this city welcomes the garden wedding trend, and offers a huge selection of intimate settings for your nuptials. From the rotunda in Alexandra Gardens to the Old Cheese Factory in Berwick, there are hundreds of beautiful spots in Melbourne for your garden ceremony, and hotels and venues of all different styles to carry on into the evening for your reception.

Docklands; in the early 90s this disused port and rail area was transformed into a modern urban waterfront. In the Docklands, where the city of Melbourne meets the water you will find the perfect location for your inner-city wedding. You can choose from a heap of function venues to suit your wedding, cocktail packages to formal sit down receptions, you will find all that you could wish for with the city as your backdrop.

Yarra Valley; this picturesque area surrounding the Yarra River is one of Australia’s leading wine-producing regions, with wineries in abundance you can discover a whole world of beauty from art galleries to restaurants, markets and more. If you are looking for a winery for your wedding then you have certainly come to the right place, the Yarra Valley has some amazing venues to choose from including the Yering Station Winery and Rochford Winery.

If you’re looking for an intimate venue for your closest family and friends then you could try Stones of the Yarra Valley, they offer a stunning Chapel, Dairy and Barn combination all intertwined with paths and luscious green gardens making a perfect setting for your wedding photographs.

Mornington Peninsula; to the east of Melbourne and below the eastern suburbs you will find the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, this picture perfect piece of land is covered in rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves all within a stone’s throw of the ocean.

With the pretty seaside villages from Mornington and Dromana along Port Phillip Bay and down to Sorrento if you are planning a beach wedding then these beautiful locations will certainly fit the bill, in the summer months you can expect gorgeous weather, creating some stunning backdrops for your wedding. Perhaps you would prefer to take in the views from higher ground; Arthur’s Seat is one of the most popular locations on the peninsula for hilltop weddings.

Phillip Island; connected to the mainland by bridge from the town of San Remo to the Island town of Newhaven, Phillip Island is located less than 2 hours away from the city and is easily accessible from across the whole of Victoria. Tempered by the ocean breeze the island tends to experience milder weather all year-round, making it a wonderful place for a summer wedding that is not too hot!

Great Ocean Road; travelling this famous stretch of road is one of Victoria’s greatest highlights, from Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula all the way along to Warrnambool you will see some spectacular sights and take in some breathtaking scenery.

Planning your wedding in this part of the country leaves everything to the imagination; you could consider Apollo Bay as a central point, or beautiful Lorne where you could marry in the gorgeous settings of the Lorne Beach Pavilion, this is in the perfect position to allow a beach ceremony followed by a sit down reception or cocktail event in the cafe or restaurant right on the beach front.

If you are looking for somewhere completely different then why no rent the famous Pole House, in Fairhaven, it could be a place to retreat to as your bridal suite or perhaps as a location for your actual wedding, ideal if you are only having your close friends and family.

Your Wedding in the Northern Territory

From the coast to the red centre the Northern Territory has so much to offer. With a landscape like no other stretching from Australia’s famous monolith Uluru, to the Barkly Tablelands and the Tropical North where wetlands and waterfalls cut through the national parks to create a stunning backdrop for any wedding photograph. Make sure that you take some time out to meet the locals and soak in the rich aboriginal culture and history, be mindful to watch out for some other locals like the crocodile!

Darwin & Surrounds; with its tropical outdoor lifestyle, beautiful harbour scenery, surrounded with World War II history and its cuisine heavily influenced by their nearby Asian neighbours, Darwin is a true adventure paradise for you and your guests.

Renowned for its sunset markets, if you need to pick up a last minute gift for the bride and groom, or grab some final wedding decorations then you’ve come to the right place as you can expect to see arts and crafts in abundance here! For a truly unique wedding experience you could take in a Darwin Harbour Cruise or discover the Melville and Bathurst Islands, (Tiwi Islands) on tropical sailing journey. Say “I do” on-board a private catamaran!

How to Plan Your Wedding Day

As a wedding photographer in the Hill Country of Texas, I have attended quite a few weddings in Dripping Springs and Austin. Further, by not being an interested party, I have developed some objective theories about how to plan the perfect wedding day.

Before I begin, I want to set the proper perspective. When I say the perfect wedding day, I do not mean the ultimate wedding day. Prince Charles will not be seating your guests and you probably will not arrive in the presidential helicopter.

What I do mean is that when the entire experience is over you will look back and have wonderful memories that remind you of the joy and excitement of your wedding day.

When it comes to planning your wedding day, I find that the best way to start is from the end. When your wedding is finished what do you want to have accomplished. Of course, you want to be happily married, but what were your other goals?

Did you want to impress distant relatives with how much your family spent on your special day – I hope not. More likely, you want to spend some time with your family, dancing with your mom or dad, and saying ‘goodbye for now’ to all of your single friends.

You want to remember all the people that came to share in the joy of your marriage.

Now consider 10, 20 or even 50 years later. When your grandchildren ask about your wedding day…what will you tell them?

You could open a leather bound classical book with all the images of your wedding preserved in one location. Spend hours looking over the photos and remembering those times as if they were yesterday. Many wedding photographers offer custom made books designed to last for generations, make sure you ask for this ability up front.

What you ate won’t matter, what songs the band played you might remember – but the most important thing to remember when planning your wedding is that six months of planning will be over in a day. Don’t agonize over decisions whose results are fleeting.

Almost no decision is as critical or enduring as selecting your wedding photographer. Select a good wedding photographer that will immortalize your day, that you can communicate easily with and that already produces images that make you say – I want my pictures to look like that.

Therefore, by starting with what you want to endure after the wedding you can better prioritize the hundreds of other decisions, like what color the napkins will be, and focus on the important details. Your fiancé and your future. I predict that you will find the other decisions much easier to make. I hope this helps and Congratulations!

Michigan Wedding Location Challenges

Michigan is a very diverse state which is why many of us live here. This can, however, cause problems when attempting to plan events and weddings are no exception. The nice part is that at the same time Michigan does offer a wide variety of options for a bride to select from to make that special day what she has dreamed of. The hardest part may just be keeping that dream turning into a nightmare.

The first hurdle the bride must cross is deciding on a location. Michigan offers everything from the traditional church to the less traditional beach wedding with a variety of venues in-between.

A church is usually the first choice of many brides. In most cases churches will offer few challenges in terms of the elements. You will want to make sure that the church is heated/air conditioned on the day and time that you plan on holding your ceremony. Keep in mind that the church may conserve energy by only managing the temperature on Sunday morning. Additionally, some facilities may have trouble adjusting to “unseasonable” weather, but more on that later.

The safest option may be facilities that exist for the sole purpose of holding your wedding. These wedding chapels exist to make your day perfect and in many cases have done this hundreds of times before. Another benefit of these facilities is that they may be a one stop shop for all of your bridal needs. The individuals who manage these facilities are usually wedding planners and can assist with all aspects of the planning.

An option that falls into the fairytale wedding setting that many brides have dreamed of is the little stone chapel on the top of a hill somewhere. They may not all be stone, or even on a hill, but they all have that quaint feel to them. You need to be very cautious with these locations as they offer a variety of challenges. The first is that many of them do not have temperature control which makes them unbearable in cold winter weather or hot summer days. The second is limited facilities. It may be difficult for the wedding party and guests to get to the location and it may not offer a staging area for the bride.

Some brides may overlook the option of getting married at a lodging facility. Resorts may be a little bit more obvious because they will market to this audience. However, larger hotels usually have facilities that would accommodate a wedding. Some smaller hotels especially Bed and Breakfasts will also accommodate a wedding ceremony. The Bed and Breakfast option can also let you get away somewhere for the ceremony, but still have that close “married at home” feel to it.

The last option is the one that is the hardest on a Michigan bride. Planning an outdoor wedding in Michigan offers challenges that should not be attempted by the faint of heart. Michigan’s weather is constantly changing and the amount of time in advance needed to plan a wedding does not lend itself to these quickly changing weather patterns. With that being said, if you are still set on having an outdoor wedding in Michigan there are some items to keep in mind for ceremonies being held on the beach, in the park, in the woods, or just in your backyard:

1. If possible have a gazebo or pavilion close by.

2. Have a secondary location available in case the gazebo or pavilion doesn’t provide enough protection.

3. Choose wedding party attire accordingly. A sleeveless bridesmaids dress is going to be miserable if the temperature drops. A shawl might be a nice addition.

4. Inquire about other events that might be going on in that area. The person renting you the gazebo may not think that the gospel concert attracting 1000+ people will bother you.

Regardless of the location, keep in mind the wedding is about the union of two people who are making a commitment to each other. The location is a secondary concern.

Temecula Winery Wedding

Everyone has a different style and preference when it comes to weddings. For many, the sunlit or moonlit beach is a dream come true. For some, a hotel ballroom. However, there are those who prefer a culinary home run with a country appeal. If that’s what you’re looking for, a Temecula Winery wedding in San Diego Wine Country could be for you! Weddings at wineries offer the perfect mix of natural backgrounds, perfect temperatures, culinary precision, and stunning sunsets. Having a problem figuring out how to spruce up that empty ballroom?? Why not let nature do all the work! Most wineries have more character on the road TO the winery than most hotels!

Keyways Vineyards

The Keyways Vineyards is one of the most beautifully elegant venues in Temecula Winery. The grape vines will surround the ceremony with such a picturesque milieu. Your family and friends will feel lavished with the various decor and scenery surrounding the wedding. Walk down the aisle with grace as the Keyways Vineyards showers the atmosphere with grape vines and hills that slope.

On a Hill – Leoness Cellars

The Leoness Cellars provide exceptional views that will leave you speechless. Surrounded by limitless gardens and brick turret, you can have your mountain-top wedding. The gorgeous lawn will capture you, family and friends with a breathtaking view of the many acres resting below. Look out, and you can see the Cabernet Sauvignon Estate.
Imagine you and your bride/groom literally standing on the top of a hillside where you can see as far as the eye can go throughout the pristine view of the Leoness Cellars vineyard. What a site!

Countryside with Ponte Family Estate

There is nothing like being in the great outdoors with family and friends as you enjoy the wonders of nature. Add 300 acres in California surrounded with pristine vineyards and beautiful landscaping, and you have the perfect wedding venue waiting for you and your bride/groom.

South Coast Winery

Celebrate your special day with family and friends and enjoy the many benefits of a resort. You can choose your own setting. If you love gardens and want a garden-style ceremony, the garden setting is the right fit for you. You can also choose to have the ceremony in a vineyard-style or courtyard setting.

Here, you will be able to enjoy spa treatments before it is time to begin the ceremony and feel like a Princess when a bell sounds for you and your bride/groom.

Not only can you have your wedding ceremony at the South Coast Winery, you can stay for your honeymoon at one of the winery’s villas. Of course, you will have a private villa. There are so many sites to see and things to do.

Do you like to ride in a carriage? You and your spouse can take a stroll in a carriage and see the city. You can also see Temecula while in a hot-air balloon.

Whatever you need to capture the moment, you will find it in a Temecula Winery Wedding. With the many venues to choose from, there is a setting that is just right for you and your bride/groom.

Top 10 Places For a Wedding Photo Shoot in Townsville, North Queensland

Townsville is a magnificent city located in North Queensland Australia and there are a plethora of places where you can have a great wedding photo shoot and in this article we will look at some of those great places where you could take those shots.

Top Place 1 – Anzac Park

The number one place where people take photos for their wedding in Townsville is definitely in the Rotunda at Anzac park. This is a solemn place but also lends itself to stunning photos. The park has luscious green lawn and backs onto the Casino Marina. Great shots can be achieved by doing the photo-shoot in the afternoon around 4.

You should be aware that during the wedding season which is traditionally from April to September, the park can get extremely busy.

Top Place 2 – Customs House

Customs House is located just across from Anzac Park and many great group shots have been achieved with this historic building being the main backdrop. Once again be aware that you will need to be patient to get these photos during the peak wedding period.

Top Place 3 – The Strand

The Strand has become the centre piece of Townsville. With its well manicured gardens dotted along the seaside and pristine beaches this location will give you the best beach photos you could imagine. Whilst you are limited as to where you can take photos from, this is changing however checks with the council as to where wedding photos can be taken.

Top Place 4 – The Rock Pool

The Rock Pool is located towards the northern end of the Strand and this location allows for magnificent photos with Magnetic Island in the background. The only thing to be aware of is that at the weekend, when most people have their weekends, the Rock Pool is very busy so it may take a few attempts at getting those photos completed.

Top Place 5 – Castle Hill

Castle Hill has a 360 degree view of Townsville looking back towards Mount Stuart as well as out to Magnetic Island. If you are looking for a sea view and island back drop then this is a great location. If you are planning to use this location, always check with your limousine company to make sure they are happy to drive you to the top as some companies do not allow this due to the winding nature of the road.

Top Place 6 – Maritime Museum

The Maritime Museum located on the harbour Side of the Ross River in South Townsville, is a small reminder of the maritime importance of Townsville. Equipped with boats and its own light house there are some great locations for photos for your wedding photo shoot. If your into sailing or boating on the Great Barrier Reef then this is certainly worth a look for your wedding photos.

Top Place 7 – Mount Stuart

Mount Stuart over looks the main city area of Townsville. The Rotary lookout at the top of the mountain allows for some great photographs of the city with Castle Hill in the backdrop. This is a great location for scenic wedding photos of Townsville. Just be aware though the 10 kilometre drive up Mount Stuart can be a little precarious.

Top Place 8 – Picnic Bay

Picnic Bay located on Magnetic Island is a great location for photos for your wedding day. With the city of Townsville in the background you will be sure to get some great seaside photos. Another great idea for this location would be to get night time photos with the lights of Townsville as a great backdrop.

Top 9 – The Old QR Railway Station

The Old QR Railway Station is a great location for Wedding Photos. Located on Flinders Street in the centre of the city this is a great building for special photos. There have been many couples take black and white photos at this location.

Top 10 – The Palmetum

The Palmetum is set on the picturesque banks of the Ross River in the centre of suburban Townsville. The Palmetum has a range of different settings that you could use for your photos. The gardens have been designed to showcase many of the different environments you can experience in and around Townsville such as rainforests, wetlands, the dry tropics and more.