honeymoon day two

Good morning husband, good morning fluffy blankets, good morning stars, good mo… 5.20am! I better get in the shower!

As you can imagine, in a lulled state, we just made the plane to our honeymoon. Five minutes later and they wouldn’t have checked us in. You’d think from both of us catching a multitude of planes over the years, we’d have learnt. Obviously, not the case.

We went via Sydney with a couple hours stop over for eating, drinking, and more eating, then made our way to Port Vila, the capital of Vanuatu.

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The airport was mind blowing. Never in my life had I been to an airport like this. As you can see, airport security was fairly relaxed and paid no notice to us photographing and posing on the tarmac. Inside the terminal, the line moved steadily through the custom security staff stamping passports. A glistening formed on peoples foreheads and upper lips as we waited patiently in line, to once again form another line. Oh it wasn’t that bad! But it was hot and cramped.

Once through customs and security, we made our way to Adventures in Paradise desk, whom then transferred us via shuttle to the Havannah Resort. On the thirty minute drive to the resort, William, the driver, did not stop talking the entire way. He knew all kinds of fun facts about Vanuatu and the island we were staying on, Efate. He pointed out every village, tourist spot, sign post and rock (haha). No, but honestly! He made us feel really welcomed and it was great being able to see some of the island and learn more about their culture.

As soon as we pulled up, we were greeted by some of the lovely ladies who worked at the resort. They took our bags and walked us to the reception area / The Point restaurant, passing the most lovely trimmed gardens, colourful, vibrant flowers and luscious green shrubbery and trees. Once at the Restaurant, we were handed coconuts, a couch and a gorgeous view.

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After a couple signed documents and two full bellies full of coconut water, they escorted us to our Villa. She took us up the normal path, then veered off down some stepping stones, which lead to our front door for the next five days. Now this was absolutely incredible. Inside was bohemian, yet modern, with lovely timber furnishings and shutters on all the windows. At one end of the villa was the bathroom amenities with an open shower and skylight, and at the other, two giant doors that opened up onto our very own deck, plunge pool, hanging day bed and a view of the beach and vivid turquoise waters. This was literally paradise.

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Once settled into the Villa, it was getting late and our tummies were grumbling. We walked the fifty meters down the pristine footpaths to The Point restaurant with our complimentary cocktails for two voucher (newlywed benefits, hells yeah!) and relaxed for the rest of the night.

an extraordinary day

Holy Moly, I’m a married woman! What an absolute extraordinary day we had and how crazy blessed I am. It was honestly the best day. I cannot wait to receive our photographs and video. Dan Evans was amazing and some of the best parts of the day were spent disappearing off into the estate with Jordan, basking in the glory of the day in complete love, whilst he photographer us. Nathan Story did our videography, expertly capturing each moment in our candid state and everything in between. Click here to check out the sneak peak video of the day. Please check them out if you’re in need of either for your wedding, as they did an awesome job and made us feel super comfortable and relaxed, half the time we didn’t even know they were there. Here’s a shot from the day:

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On another note, the wedding couldn’t have gone better. The weather was exceptional, not a cloud in the sky, and it wasn’t hot neither cold. It was perfect. My bridesmaids and I were driven in a kombi to the venue, Glen Ewin Estate, where I was walked down the aisle by Daddy-o and saw my incredibly handsome prince charming, all blubbery and cute, waiting for me. Jude Blayney, the pastor at the church I used to attend with my family when I was in school, conducted our ceremony. It was really personal and we felt so comfortable. I think the pre-marriage sessions that we had with Jude prior to the wedding really helped these feelings and helped us to understand each other more. The ceremony was definitely a tearjerker, but what an incredible ambience there was.

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The reception followed with good food, good wine and terrible dancing. The speeches actually went considerably well and we felt very loved by our family and friends that surrounded us. One of my favourite things was the pure surprise and shock that swept across Jordan’s face as I got up to sing a song as my speech. This was followed by our first dance to a special song (as heard in the movie ‘About Time’) ‘How Long Will I Love You’. It was magical and we had an absolute ball.

Up until we had to leave, we filled the night up with Verve Clicquot, corny photo booth snaps, mouthfuls of salted caramel cheesecake and enthusiastic dancing to our favourite song, ‘Come on Eileen’. We were farewelled through a human tunnel of arms, high-fiving and hugging as we past on by. Once by ourselves, we couldn’t shut up the entire drive back to the hotel and even once checked in we spent hours talking and talking. We didn’t get to see each other for a whole day, a lot can happen!

After such a crazy day, I had forgotten to eaten, or perhaps was too nervous to do so. We decided to start our honeymoon off by walking down Gouger Street in our wedding attire to our favourite Chinese Spot, Ying Chows. We ordered with our eyes and veged out back at the hotel in our white robes to a magnificent feast. It was a wonderful end to an extraordinary day.

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