Thursday Treats: Blissful Spa Days, Koala Cuddles and Surfing Beach Babes!

the blogcademy down under janneke storm surfing

Photography Credit: Janneke Storm

Well, Queensland you certainly haven’t disappointed! After a 24 hour journey (London to Dubai to Singapore to Brisbane) I touched down in Australia just before 1am on Sunday morning. I was dreading having such a long flight but I need not have worried. I flew with Emirates, who I’ve never experienced before, and they were amazing! The planes not only had wifi (!!) but power outlets behind every seat… which, when you’re a computer addict like me is a total revelation! I spent most of my time in the air obsessively devouring Homeland episodes (my latest TV obsession) and writing – bliss!

I checked into The Emporium Hotel which was decked out in Asian-inspired décor. The reception was lined with bright ruby high shine walls and a giant glass chandelier hung from the ceiling. Gala and Shauna didn’t arrive until the next morning so as soon as I’d checked in I went up to my room and was out like a light in approximately 5 minutes flat! The bed was, without a doubt, the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in. The pillows were like marshmallows and the mattress more like a feather-stuffed duvet (there was even a pillow menu if you wanted something different!) It was totally heavenly and just what I needed after such a long flight.

I slept through right until 9am the next morning, when there was a rapturous knock on my door from Gala and Shauna who had just landed from LAX. There was no time to rest though as we’d been booked in for a foot rub, 30 minute massage and hour long detox facial at Endota Spa. I swear this should be a mandatory requirement after you get off a long haul flight. We felt like new people afterwards and it totally set us up for our busy week.

The following day we were booked for a morning at Dreamworld theme park where we rode rollercoasters until we threw up (quite literally in someone’s case, not naming any names!) but the real highlight was meeting – and cuddling – Brandy the Koala. That’s a life changing moment right there for sure.


Continue reading

Relaxed Backyard BBQ Wedding: Megan & Tom

Philadelphia_backyard_wedding_katch_silva_348_Megan-Tom-388

Megan and Tom had a chilled out, backyard BBQ wedding held at a friend’s house. ”We wanted the whole experience to be a representation of ourselves and our relationship”, Megan wrote. “While we wanted everything to look beautiful, we didn’t want it to be perfect or overdone. I went shopping in thrift stores for all kinds of mismatched vases that would compliment each other. At the end of the night. guests were allowed to take all of the assortments home with them.”

Philadelphia_backyard_wedding_katch_silva_236_Megan-Tom-065

“I also decided to make the cake toppers myself, as well as the wedding favors because I enjoy being creative and it’s a great keepsake to remember the day by. I also think our choice of clothing added to the overall feeling. My bridesmaids picked out their entire look for the day, from dresses to hair styles because I wanted them to look and feel great, which I don’t think would have been accomplished with matching dresses and accessories. As for the guys, they had certain unique touches to their outfits. All of them practice mixed martial arts and the twine on their boutonnière matched the color of their MMA belt.”

Philadelphia_backyard_wedding_katch_silva_262_Megan-Tom-124

Continue reading

Rainbows, Sunsets and a Colourful Colorado Wedding: Kim & Michael

KimMicC_489_4249

High school sweethearts Kim and Michael were married at Cielo at Castle Pines in Colorado. Their wedding was bright and colourful but most of all fun and reminiscent of the time they started dating. “Since we were high school sweethearts, we used this as our wedding theme,” Kim explained. “We decided to recreate some of those happy memories in our wedding. We had bright sunset colors in our flowers, lighting, table cloths, attendant dresses and ties, and even on our wedding cake. Rainbow colors represented our happiness both in the past and for our future.”

KimMicC_219_3678

“The music we selected included many of the bands which we listened to during our school days that still hold close to our hearts. We created custom CDs with pictures of the bands’ album covers to put on each table. We then gave our guests ‘concert tickets’ to a band’s table where they were to sit.”

KimMicC_227_3694

“In addition to our buffet dinner, we had a candy buffet with little chocolate baseballs, Mario table decorations because we played a lot of Mario 64 games, and lots of sunset colored candies to capture the warm feeling of summer break. We included ‘scratch cards’ (with a high-school era photo of us) that allowed our guests to win prizes, because Michael and I bought scratch cards nearly every day while we were in high school.”

KimMicC_234_3706

Continue reading

Quirky Tattoo Artist’s Wedding: Kathryn & Christopher

tattoowedding_saharacolemanphotography_chris_kat_09_2013_-58

Kathryn and Christopher were married at The Georgetown Stables in Seattle. Their wedding had rustic touches throughout with nods to their mutual love of tattoos. The groom is a tattoo artist and they met when he tattooed a sugar skull on Kathryn!

tattoowedding_saharacolemanphotography_chris_kat_09_2013_-30

There were lots of little quirky details that made this wedding unique. Instead of a guest book they had an old guitar which they painted white and asked people to sign, there was traditional Americana tattoo art everywhere and they wrote their own ceremony and vows.

tattoowedding_saharacolemanphotography_chris_kat_09_2013_-35

Continue reading

Retro British Street Party Wedding: Elisa & Ricky

Street Party jubilee wedding - Emma Boileau Photography-130

Elisa and Ricky were married only a year after meeting in a bar at the end of the Olympic Opening Ceremony (on 27th of July 2012). Although she wasn’t interested at first, and after turning down his number a bunch of times, she eventually agreed to go out with him about two weeks later! “After six hours of talking that night, I decided I would give him a go and It’s been a whirl wind romance since. I still can’t believe it”, she explained. 

Street Party jubilee wedding - Emma Boileau Photography-28

“But as fate would have it, on September 7th, I was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. The prognosis wasn’t good and our world came crashing down. After just three weeks we knew we were meant for other and this was our challenge. On that night, three very special words were uttered from us of both and the rest is history. Love really is the best kind of medicine. Since I became sick our motto has been HOPE – FAITH – LOVE so we had it as a recurring theme throughout our wedding. It was on my engagement ring, on our invites and on the tables.”

Street Party jubilee wedding - Emma Boileau Photography-41

Continue reading

Laid Back Lithuanian Wedding: Elita & Tadas

Elita+Tadas_LinaAidukePhoto 010

Elita and Tadas were married in Vilnius, Lithuania. The ceremony was in a local church and the reception at Vilnius Old Town Art Gallery. The couple had originally booked an old manor house as their party venue but just five days before the wedding, for personal reasons, they had to quickly change it. So their original plan of a grand countryside wedding became an intimate, urban one.

Elita+Tadas_LinaAidukePhoto 053

The theme for the day was subtle – chestnuts. They had them in their stationery and they also planted a tree after the ceremony, in the same place that they went for their first date. With each invitation the bride included a personal poem, which she wrote for each guest individually. Instead of a guest book, they couple asked their guests to return the favour.

The wedding was easy-going and laid back with plenty of love, smiles and dancing.

Elita+Tadas_LinaAidukePhoto 117

Continue reading