It’s no wonder that lots of Irish couples are choosing to get hitched in and around Cork in Ireland. The settlement may be known as the Emerald Isle’s ‘second city’, but it sure doesn’t play second fiddle where looks and ambience are concerned. It’s liberal, youthful and cosmopolitan to the core, with plenty of pretty streets and a revitalised waterfront that teems with artisanal coffee bars and innovative eateries. Naturally, there are also plenty of rustic pubs and life Gaelic music sessions that teem with Irish craic. In short – it’s the best of both!
Dublin in Ireland is one of those amazing historic cities that also happens to have a vibrant, modern vibe. The city itself has been around since the 9th century, but these days you’ll find medieval castles and cathedrals rubbing shoulders with handsome Georgian architecture from the 1700s and plenty of eye-catching spots that have developed as the tastes of the citizens became more eclectic and refined in modern times.
Situated on the picturesque Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, Port Elizabeth is known for its beautiful beaches and welcoming ambiance. Here along the Sunshine Coast, visitors from far and wide come to enjoy water sports, stroll along the waterfront, visit wildlife sanctuaries and drink in the lively atmosphere that has earned the city its moniker ‘The Friendly City’.
Nice in France is one of those destinations that simply oozes style and elegance. First of all, it’s right on the water – the very same thing that drew Europe’s aristocrats to this oceanside destination in the 1700s can be enjoyed by visitors today, namely views to die for. Then, of course, there’s the singular overlap between the French and Italian cultures; Nice only officially became part of France late in the 1800s and has always retained a hint of Italian flair.
The town of Worcester in the Western Cape of South Africa is one of those destinations that are beautiful all year round – in the summer the lush green vineyards and orchards provide a verdant backdrop for nuptial celebrations, and in the winter the majestic mountains are often topped with snow (so much drama!). Whether you choose to get hitched on a farm, in a historic venue or outdoors overlook a glittering dam – there are plenty of options to choose from.
Amsterdam is one of those cities that holds a spot of honour on the bucket list of almost all world travellers, and with good reason – it’s bustling metropolis filled to the rafters with all things spectacular. Think topsy-turvy gabled buildings, museums full of art and treasures from around the globe, epic design at every turn and gorgeous green spaces that just beg to be discovered.
The city of Tshwane, also known as Pretoria, is one of those South African destinations that tend to surprise you with its grace and beauty on your first visit. It doesn’t spend as much time in the limelight as the nearby city of Johannesburg, but it grows on you with a newly-acquired cosmopolitan flair that started to develop as a result of a steady influx of young civil servants and forward-thinking families who’ve imbued it with a lively sense of growth and optimism.
Situated along the western reaches of Australia, the city of Perth is a place of golden beaches, endless blue skies and pleasing Indian Ocean breezes that flit in and out of convivial eateries, gorgeous green spaces and laid-back locations where the chilled-out local populace kicks back to enjoy their slow and simple way of life.
Situated in the heart of the abundant Breede River Valley, the quaint town of Robertson is surrounded by many well-known wine estates and stud farms. Here, in the shadows of the Langeberg mountains, you will find fanciful Victorian homesteads rubbing shoulders with chic eateries along jacaranda-lined roads that amble towards ever-more fascinating destinations. Robertson developed against the backdrop of a rich and intriguing historical tapestry, and visitors experience the heartfelt welcome of a close-knit community that prides itself on extending genuine hospitality.
As the official capital of sunny Australia, Melbourne is one of those cities that captivate everyone who sets foot in it. It’s fun and dynamic, with plenty of obvious attractions and hidden gems that keep things interesting. Food and culture lovers flock here in droves, and the sports-mad crowd is normally also out in full force. Away from the buzzing city centre, a variety of diverse neighbourhoods boast singular charm, from glitz and glam in South Yarra to hipster cool in Fitzroy.