Archive for November, 2012

St. Regis Bora Bora Destination Weddings Complete With Exclusive Cecilie Melli Bridal Gowns

Cecile Melli’s Pitate Dress (all the photos of the Cecilie Melli wedding dresses in this post are courtesy of the St. Regis Bora Bora)

The holidays are always a popular time to get engaged, and the trend of destination weddings continues to be a favorite among couples that want to make their special day unique, memorable and intimate. Many couples have busy lives and want to avoid spending every minute micromanaging their wedding details, yet still want a dream wedding. The St. Regis Bora Bora is focused on providing 5 star service and one-stop shopping for couples planning a wedding in Bora Bora, removing all the hassle from wedding planning, allowing you to simply enjoy your marriage in paradise.

When I was recently invited to stay at the St. Regis Bora Bora, I got to sit down with Karine Vanhee, the lovely on-site wedding coordinator, to discuss some of the unique options available for St. Regis Bora Bora wedding couples. Karine told me there is a soon-to-open bridal boutique which will feature dresses from chic Norwegian designer Cecilie Melli.

The St. Regis Bora Bora even has a romance concierge dedicated to making your wedding wishes a reality. If you’re already married but want to celebrate a special anniversary, the romance concierge is happy to work with you to come up with some extra special activities in the unique and beautiful surrounds of the resort. They even have some innovative and romantic ideas for proposals if you’re you are looking for an unforgettable way to pop the question.

For brides-to-be who really like the idea of a destination wedding but dread the logistics of traveling with the gown of your dreams on an airplane, The St. Regis Bora Bora has come up with a genius solution: a wedding dress boutique on property, stocked with Cecilie Melli’s flowing and romantic wedding dresses available for both rent and for sale. Rates for rentals $550 USD for a short dress and $650 USD for a long gown. Melli has designed two wedding dresses which will be exclusively available for St. Regis Bora Bora brides.

Left: Low Pitate & Tiare Apetahi exclusive gowns for St. Regis Bora Bora bride, Right: Melli’s Low Laelia dress

Melli’s Pitate and Tiare Apetahi gowns will be exclusively available for St. Regis Bora Bora brides. These two dresses will be available for purchase only and must be custom ordered in advance, and Cecile Melli will tailor-make them. All Cecilie Melli dresses are available for purchase as well, but brides will have to buy them in advance.

For even more tropical gorgeousness, all St. Regis Bora Bora brides (and grooms) can borrow pearl jewelry from the Robert Wan boutique on property to wear them on their wedding day (for free).

Above: The Tiare Apetahi dress is floaty and perfect for a Bora Bora beach bride

Above: The blush colored Likiko’i dress by Cecilie Melli and Robert Wan Pearl Jewelry works perfect in the island paradise surroundings

Above: The Cecilie Melli Laelia gown and the gorgeous lagoon

Left: The Lantana gown  Right: Pitate & Tiare Apetahi, Melli’s gowns exclusive to St. Regis Bora Bora brides

The St. Regis Bora Bora can arrange legally recognized weddings in French Polynesia (with paperwork filed in advance,) although most couples opt for a “joining of hearts” ceremony. Anniversay couples and Same-sex couples are also welcome to have a ceremony at the St. Regis Bora Bora

Weddings can take place at many different sites on the 44 acre resort property, such as on the beach, on the deck of your overwater villa, or at the amazing Lagoon Restaurant. The toughest part might be deciding where on site to have your wedding at the St. Regis Bora Bora– there are so many beautiful options. The wedding coordinator can handle all the details regarding food, flowers, photography and video packages, too.

For more details on wedding packages, contact Karine Vanhee, the wedding co-ordinator at

Island in the Sun (magic hour off the deck of overwater villa 122 at the St. Regis Bora Bora) photo by Jen Pollack Bianco


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St. Regis Bora Bora Pictures Featured on the RoomCritic Blog and EyeEm

I just got home from French Polynesia and while I’m little dazed from the jet lag, I was very excited to learn that my mobile photography image of the gorgeous blue lagoon outside overwater villa #122 at the St. Regis Bora Bora was named photo of the week by my friends at the RoomCritic blog. Based in Sydney, Australia, RoomCritic is well worth following if you like to keep up on hotel news and pictures via their fabulous RoomCritic instagram feed. You can also like them on the RoomCritic Facebook Page and follow them on Twitter @RoomCritic. If you want to contribute your hotel pictures, use the #RoomCritic hashtag on instagram and twitter.

It’s hard to take a bad picture at the St. Regis Bora Bora. Even the pain au chocolat that arrived when my butler brought me my morning tea photographs well. My pic made it into the EyeEm Weekly Mission Recap: Chocolate.

More posts to come about this amazing property– I’ve got photos and videos to edit and so much to say about this place. Up next: a sneak peek at the gorgeous Cecilie Melli wedding dresses designed exclusively for destination brides who get married at the St. Regis Bora Bora.

Now I need to get some sleep, catch up on email, and pack for my flight to Singapore.



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Bora Bora Gangnam Style Mobile Photography Mashup

It’s my last day on Bora Bora, and while I’ve been relaxing and working on my tan, I’ve also been documenting the beauty of the island with my my iPhone 5. I’ve been shooting using mostly the following apps:

ProCamera, Which helped me get this excellent shot of a friendly local’s ink during a boat ride from the St. Regis Bora Bora.

Hipstamatic (the Jimmy lens+DC Film+ Jolly Ranibo 2X flash has delivered some stunning results this trip), like these palm trees, which I ran through a few more apps to make more dreamy.

and TrueHDR to get my captures, like the blue lagoon outside of Villa 122 on the pontoon of the St. Regis Bora Bora Resort.

I shot this image of the local Tabu Beer (It’s the Corona of the South Pacific) using the new EyeEm Camera.

Perhaps I was inspired by the rumors that James Cameron stayed here while he cut Avatar, but I felt the need to try using my beloved TimeLapse app and thought the Polynesian Dance show at the St. Regis Bora Bora was a perfect opportunity. The light was low, so the result was a bit grainy, but I ran the footage through Movie Looks to boost the color a bit. The result was kind of fun and silly and worked really well with the Call Me Maybe/Gangnam style Mashup. Enjoy the show! The music is xaeroseven’s über-viral  Carly Rae Jepsen vs. PSY – Call Me Gangnam mashup

A self-portrait on the beach in Bora Bora

I like this island so much I’ve extended my stay by a few days. Stay tuned to the blog for more posts and video about Bora Bora. I’m officially on vacation for the next few days.

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My Life’s A Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012: Finalists Shortlist!

I’m extremely excited to announce the 41 finalists whose images will go on the next round of the My Life’s a Trip Vacation Photo Contest 2012. We received hundreds of great entries from all over the globe, and the images are truly a world tour of interesting places. There were and very, very few bad photos. A few images had to be disqualified because they were submitted incorrectly, and a few shooters have more than one image progressing to the finals.

There were some stunning images that I loved, but that lacked enough context to make them unable to stand alone in a contest (although they would be publishable and work great in a photo essay). All the photographs I selected gave me an emotional response. They made me want to know more about the destination, or to be along on that trip, or want to see more of the place.  I wound up being intrigued by a pillow fight, sandy beaches, mountains, giant redwoods, a smoking rasta, Hawaiian slugs, wet dog smell, saffron robed monks, trains, planes, and the rear view mirrors of automobiles. Harsh winters caught my attention as did African sunsets, fairs, fog, sun flare, rooftops, ice floes, and exotically colored Indian saris as well as moments of everyday life.

I’ve narrowed it the entries to the shortlist of 41 images featured above. Now I will pass these images along to my international panel of fabulous photographer judges Misho Baranovic, Severin Matusek, and Rebecca Adler Rotenberg,  who will decide the Grand Prize Winner as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. I really have no idea who is going to come out the winners– I am pretty sure I can guess which images might appeal most to Misho, Severin, and Rebecca individually, but together? I haven’t a clue! So this is very exciting for me too. In the event of a tie, I will cast the deciding vote.

The photographers whose images are above are listed below (but not in order, as to keep the judging process a bit more anonymous). Congratulations to all of you and thanks so much for participating. Stay tuned for the winners, which should be announced by December 15th (or earlier).

  • Alex Hamilton-McLeod.
  • Ali Jardine.
  • Amber De Grace.
  • Amo Passicos.
  • Andre Boto.
  • Claudia Cooper.
  • Dina Maccabee.
  • Edi Caves.
  • Eva Lim.
  • Harsh Wardhan.
  • Jayanta Roy.
  • Joe Kunin.
  • Karen Hanson-Sharp.
  • Kevin Chen.
  • Kristin Luna.
  • Laine Walden.
  • Laurel Stewart.
  • Lesley Towns.
  • Lorenzo Gonzalez.
  • Marita Hodges.
  • Melissa Vincent.
  • Michael Blades.
  • Mike G. Abelson.
  • Misha Zagorac.
  • Natalie Taylor.
  • Ravi Kotecha.
  • Robin Bengtson.
  • Ron Murnik.
  • Ryan Hickey.
  • Shuhei Nishikawa
  • Stephanie Mueller.
  • Sudipto Das.
  • Taylor Michie.
  • Ver Latorre.
  • Zoran Stanko.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Bora Bora

The walkway to overwater villa #122

Happy Thanksgiving from Bora Bora. I’m thankful to be waking up in paradise at the beautiful St. Regis Bora Bora, where  I will more likely being drinking out of a coconut instead of eating turkey this year. Last night I got to experience see some local talent after dinner, were  the Polynesian Mehearii Band performed their seasonal show. The food and entertainment were both fantastic. The island dancers were particularly fun, and the whole evening reminded of my how thankful I am for grass skirts and GIFs.

Polynesian Dancers performing at the Te Pahu restaurant, St. Regis Bora Bora
(created with Giffer! App)

Jazz hands are funny in any language! I still plan on reflecting on everything I’m grateful for today, despite being thousands of miles from home. I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving, wherever in the world you might be.

Matthieu, my butler, carrying my bag into overwater villa 122

Exotic cocktails served in coconuts= winning

The dancers performed a few different numbers. They were quite talented and enjoyable to watch.

Polynesian Gangnam style!

After the show, the crowd joined in, including a bride still wearing her wedding veil!

Last night’s menu from Te Pahu Restaurant

No Turkey this year. It’s more of a five star roasted pig situation.

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