Adventure Wedding Locations in Ireland

Having an adventure wedding in Ireland is an exciting decision… You can look forward to some of the greenest areas and kindest people  in the world!  There is a good reason why Ireland is a chosen film destination year after year so come along with us today to experience it!

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Imagine walking through these dark hedges during your Ireland wedding (or elopement) day!

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Oh la la and the famed dramatic Cliffs of Moher are just dreamy!  Imagine these gorgeous colors in the background of your Ireland wedding photos!  Swoon!!

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There is some serious magic in the Cliffs of Moher!

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Hiking down to Giant’s Causeway is quite the unforgettable experience too!  Are you up to the challenge on your wedding day in Ireland?

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Those texture and tones get me everytime!!  I can just see you both down there playfully exploring hand in hand during your Ireland elopement (or wedding day)!

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Ohhhh then if you find your way to Northern Ireland, you should take the time to experience the famed Rope Bridge during your Ireland wedding or honeymoon!

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Ireland also doesn’t lack beautiful castles and ultimate romance which is ideal for your wedding day or whimsical elopement!

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New Zealand Adventure Wedding

 

When I caught the travel bug, one of the first countries I spent an extended amount of time in was in Southern New Zealand.  For a thrill seeker like me, it was the mecca of adventure.

 

Specifically, in the South Island, I found to be a place that I could do a skydive at sunrise, be bungee jumping into a canyon before lunch, ice climbing or heli-skiing on a glacier in the afternoon, and then choose to either go on a hike or wine tasting at night.  It had everything, I ever wished for.  Throw in some cool caves, waterfalls, pristine beaches, unforgettable lush hikes, and landscapes that went on for days and I was in the epitome of happiness!

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When you think dynamic landscape and endless adventure options for your destination wedding adventures, I sure hope New Zealand is on that list!

 

One of my obsessions to it has always been that the landscape is so diverse no matter the season.  This fun fact makes New Zealand an ideal destination wedding adventure location!  Can you imagine yourself getting married in New Zealand in one of the following locations?

  • Abel Tasman
  • Fox Glacier
  • Mount Aspiring National Park Wedding
  • Milford Sound
  • Lake Taupo
  • Lake Matheson
  • Mount Ngauruhoe
  • Golden Sand Beaches
  • Incredible Caves
  • New Zealand Wine Country Weddings!
  • Motuoapa
  • The 90 Mile Beach
  • Cute Coves
  • Putangirua Pinnacles
  • Fabulous Falls
  • Thermal Pools
  • Marlborough Sounds
  • The Shire (yes… remember Lord of the Rings was filmed here)!

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Having a New Zealand adventure wedding or elopement will have everyone back home swooning in jealousy!  We would love to help customize some EPIC NZ adventure wedding options for you throughout the North and South Island of New Zealand.  Please contact us for more information on how to get started!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (New Zealand Wedding Planner + Photographers)

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Peru Weddings and Elopement Ideas

 

Have you ever heard of the word, “mega-diverse?” A place that is chockful of epic amounts of flora, fauna, animals of all kinds, and magical landscapes… Sounds like a dream, right?

It’s not, it’s real life in Peru!

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Having a destination adventure wedding in Peru could mean your day could be spent exploring textured landscapes such as the following:

  • Rainbow Mountains.
  • Cathedral Rock Formations.
  • Salt extraction pans in the Sacred Valley of Incas.
  • Paracas National Reserve.
  • Ancient Ruins of the Inca Empire (Machu Picchu).
  • Amazon River.
  • Riding on Lamas.
  • Lakeside.
  • Spending the night in a Treehouse.
  • Sand Skiing/Boarding.
  • Venturing around a Glacial Lake.
  • Basking Beachside.
  • Hiking the famed Andes Mountains.
  • Enveloping yourself in the rich Peruvian Culture.

 

Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?!  If you’re up the the daring adventure, contact us for more information in regards to your destination wedding or elopement in Peru!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Peru Wedding Planner + Photographer)

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Ushuaia Argentina Wedding Locations | Patagonia Wedding Planner

 

Have you ever had a very vivid (almost lucid) dream about a place you’ve never been and one that you’re not even sure exists as a real life location?  But you explore it in your dreams and are convinced you will and must find it?!  Ushuaia, Argentina was this uncanny place for me.

 

I’ve always been a seeker of offbeat, unheard of, and sometimes all it takes is seeing an image of a location and suddenly I have an undying urge to investigate the location.  Call it intuition or call it fate, I often find my way to these locations and I am never disappointed in the secret adventure wedding locations I stumble upon!  It’s incredibly exciting!

 

Since I spend most of my time at the token “top of the world” planning adventure weddings in Iceland and throughout the other amazing Nordic countries, I thought it might be a brilliant change to start off 2016 at the bottom of the world, in the most southern city in the world: Ushuaia, Argentina.  You’ve probably never heard of it so please allow me today to introduce you to this unspoken beauty!

 

 

First question… How do you get to the end of the world city, Ushuaia?  There are direct flights into Ushuaia, Argentina (airport code: USH) and then it is best to rent a car.  But!  If you’re looking for a driving adventure you can fly into the main airport in Patagonia in Punta Arenas (airport code: PUQ), rent a car (Tip: Ensure it has the correct border crossing paper work before leaving) and then start a 1 hour trek to the border between Chile and Argentina.

 

You’ll need to take a cargo ferry in between (which you just show up and pay once you’ve boarded the ferry).  Once off you’ll have another 2.5 hour drive to the the Chilean/Argentina border (make sure you stamp out of Chile before you head to the Argentinean border).  We found an amazing amount of gorgeous secret locations and tons of guanacos along the way which made it such a fun drive!

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When we arrived in Ushuaia, I was overwhelmed by the beauty, charm, and the amount of this amazing Patagonia wedding locations in and around this little town tucked in in mountains!  I. Was. In. Heaven.

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For you adventure seekers that love to hike and explore, there are endless options for you in Ushuaia!  There are short 30 minute to longer 2+ hour hikes within the Tierra del Fuego National Park that will allow you to experience the most Southern tip of the Andes Mountains and the famed Beagle Channel.

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The landscape in Ushuaia is unique full of interesting textures and tones.  There are unforgettable mountain views, earthy swamps, bridges made from wood planks, waterfalls,  jungles, emerald lagoons, incredible cliffs, and beaches!

There are also two of the most amazing hotels I’ve ever stayed also in this area of Ushuaia, Argentina!  They can easily accommodate a dreamy Patagonia elopement or a large 100+ wedding in Ushuaia with all of the North American 4-5 star hotel amenities we know and love.

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So whether you plan on coming to the bottom of the world for a romantic getaway, to elope or hold your wedding in Patagonia,  I would love to show you the amazing locations we have in our portfolio!  Please contact us for more information!  In the meantime, enjoy the gorgeous images below and explore Ushuaia, Argentina a little bit with us!

 

With a smile, Ann Peters + Team (Patagonia Wedding Planners and Photographers)

 © 2016, Your Adventure Wedding and Photos by Miss Ann, All Rights Reserved

Estonia Destination Wedding Location: Vihula Manor

Hello My Fellow Adventurer Lovers!

Today I begin my yearly series of posts educating you on the top 5 hotels for adventure weddingseekers.  Since we have an established post-wedding followers too who still look to us for travel advice, this year’s list is going to push your boundaries a little and introduce you into some badass off-beat locations that you may never have considered until you found my fabulous blog.  So I invite you to explore and delight in them with me as I share with you my amazing experience at each of these Nordic locales over the next several weeks.

First up on out 2015 Best Nordic Hotels List…. The Vihula Manor in Estonia.  Estonia…. Let’s be honest friends, do you even know where this amazing country is, do you?  PICTURE THIS… Slightly south of Scandinavia, it’s formally considered part of Europe in the area called the Baltic States.  Which means… YES it’s on the romantic Baltic Sea!  My fabulous North American clients, I urge you to consider this country for an adventure wedding for the many many reasons I am going to call out today partly because of this starry-eyed manor hotel I’m sharing with you today!

Where does time stop and the historical 16th Century meet 21st Century luxury?  The Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa.  The Vihula Manor, is a special place where decadence and nature mingle to create a feeling like “home” you’ve never ever experienced.  From the instant I arrived and drove down the tree covered driveway, I was overwhelmed with a sense of serenity.  My brain shut off and I was able to just “be in the moment.”  First. Time. Ever.

As soon as I checked in, the staff was genuinely warm and exuded serious accommodating vibes.  I had not realized how big this enchanting estate was until I was walked through the map letting me know about the endless list of amenities, services, and activities that were all around me!  I’ll tell you a little secret too… after being there an hour, I actually found no reason to leave this place for 2 days!  I had the pleasure of staying in one of their suites that was inside their old Vodka Distillery.  Um, yeah, a vodka distillery.  Talk about an exciting novelty!  How fun for your Estonia Destination Wedding guests to say too?  Another perk… The sound of the river and old water mill soothed me to sleep every night too, it was glorious and one of the best night’s sleep I’ve had to this day in a hotel!

So now you ask… What kept me busy for 2 days at this famed place?

  • Their charming 25+ historical buildings
  • The Mustoja River runs through this magical place!
  • Lahemaa National Park
  • The 15-meter Indoor Swimming Pool, Steam-bath, & Gym
  • 18 holes of Mini Golf!
  • The onsite Vodka Museum
  • The Carriage House Historical Car Museum
  • The giant Windmill out front!
  • The Kids Playground (Ahem, we’re all big kids, right?!)
  • The Vihula Manor Sports Complex (Tennis, Football, etc in Summer and in Winter delight in ice skating and of course hockey!)
  • Walking around the property and just being “in the moment” for like the first time ever in my life, seriously!
  • Their traditional Estonian restaurant: Kaval-Ants Tavern
  • 5 Star Dining at La Boheme Restaurant
  • Breakfast on the Sun Terrace
  • Hoping between the bridges on the lily pad pond.
  • Eco-Farm
  • A nearby beautiful seaside church.
  • The Baltic Sea (less than 4km away!)
  • Downtown Tallinn is merely an hour away too!

The Vihula Manor Country Club & Spa  is ideally designed for hosting a destination wedding in Estonia too!  Do you know why?  Allow me to enlighten you!

  • 75 luxurious guest rooms and suites (charming historical vibe)
  • Breakfast is included (and it’s AWESOME).
  • All rooms are equipped with all North American conveniences we need such as the following: Wifi, TV, Telephone (you’d be surprised how rare this is becoming), Coffee/Tea in room, Mini Bar, Toiletries, and a Hair dryer.
  • Their ZEN Suites have some additional upgraded amenities such as the following: Robes, Slippers, MP3 inputs, and Jacuzzi Tub!
  • The Eco-Spa: Offers endless treatment options, a Hot Tub, Wood-burning Sauna, and exclusively uses ESPA products.
  • Sweeping balcony’s lead you throughout the airy main manor house.
  • Various options for ceremony locations onsite and nearby that will allow you to feel immersed into nature.
  • A Wedding Gazebo (in Estonia, they call these Kissing Tower/Column)!
  • Access to their vintage cars!  Can someone say Estonia Wedding Photography opportunity?! Yes, please!
  • Endless reception space options! Just to briefly name a few…
    • Main Manor House can easily accommodate a group size of 100 guests (and is available if renting the entire hotel).
    • The Lawn Terrace right in front of the main house, would prove to the THE. PERFECT. ESTONIA. WEDDING reception space in summertime.
    • Dedicated conference halls are available as well such as the following: Constance Conference & Concert Hall for up to 120 guests; Ursula Conference Hall for up to 100 guests; and the Dora Conference Hall for an intimate 50 guests.  You could even rent the entire Barn House building and hold an exclusive even for your 2509 guests.
    • There are several other charming throughout the property that you could hold your Estonia wedding reception such as the following: Palm House Banquet Hall for 80 guests; the Oil Granary Seminar Room for 24 guests; their stunning Tea House for 10 guests; and their Presidential Suite for a cozy 8 guests.
    • A few novelty locations are available if you’re looking to really entice your guests with history… The Blacksmith’s House, the Vodka Distillery, and the Water Mill.
  • The Food!  If you’re looking to serve your guest an unforgettable traditional Estonian cuisine Kaval-Ants Tavern can accommodate.  But if you’d rather dine on a 3-5 course 5 star meal, I would of course suggest the breathtaking La Boheme Restaurant to cater.
  • The ease of getting all of your special requests… Did someone say FIREWORKS?  This is a private estate that will ensure all of your will’s and whim’s are met with excitement and a smile!

This is a very special place, folks!  I would even dare to say, magical!  So all that being said, Estonia needs to be put on your travel radar right now!  …and Your Adventure Wedding would absolutely love to help you plan and photograph your unforgettable Estonian wedding adventure here!  Feel free to contact us to make that happen!

With a smile, Ann Peters (Adventure Wedding Planner & Photographer)

  • Vihula Manor Estonia Contact Information:
  • Address: Vihula, Lääne-Virumaa; 45402 Estonia
  • Phone: +372 326 4100
  • Website: http://www.vihulamanor.com/
  • GPS Coordinates: 26°10´58´´ /  59°32´48´´

Stay tuned next week as our Top 5 Adventure Wedding Hotel List 2015 continues!