Monique and Dylan – ditched their 9-to-5 and 640 days and still counting have been journeying the world on their honeymoon. They have witnessed the northern lights in Canada, surfed with dolphins in Australia, swam with whale sharks in the Philippines, bathed with elephants in Thailand, sandboarded down a volcano in Nicaragua, bungee jumped 147m in Costa Rica, conquered the world’s highest tandem skydive in America, scuba-dived with turtles in The Caribbean, snowboarded Canada’s Rocky Mountains, frolicked among the bio-luminescent plankton in Cambodia, swam in Mexican Cenotes and found the Moken Sea Gypsies in Myanmar!
HOW THEY MET
Mon and Dyl met in high school in Australia. Just 6 months dating, Monique had to leave for Disneyland Orlando. Dylan couldn’t fathom leaving her, so he put his electrical apprenticeship on hold, to follow her halfway across the world. Due to restrictions at Disneyland for employees for not staying together, 2 months later Monique quit her job and both went traveling through Central America.
Over the next 6 months, they backpacked Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua & Costa Rica before returning to the US. They spent the next month hitchhiking California & up the West Coast to Canada. After working & living in Canada for 2 months, they got itchy feet & spent the next two months backpacking through the Rocky Mountains & British Colombia.
After a year abroad they returned home to Australia. Dylan worked full time whilst completing his apprenticeship, then went on to finish his diploma. Monique finished her studies too, whilst working in promotions & marketing, as well as completing her internship.
HOW HE PROPOSED
They got engaged in the Hunter Valley wine region of NSW Australia. It was their second year anniversary. A hot air balloon ride over the picturesque hunter valley. The sun peeped over the valley and kangaroos hopped around the vineyards. They celebrated their second year together way up in the clouds, sipping on champagne. After the champagne breakfast followed the half day wine tour around the Hunter Valley. We sampled local wine, organic cheeses, antipasti and distilled liquor.
A remote location and no one around but only laughing kookaburras, rainbow lorikeets, cuddly koalas and pesky kangaroos. They walked into this modern but charming homestead, with music playing, candles lit, a hot bubble bath, rose petals everywhere, more champagne and a delectable cheese platter. Dylan suddenly popped down on one knee and asked Monique to marry him. It was one of the happiest moments of her life.
DETAILS ON “I DO”
The marriage took place on the breathtaking island of Boracay in the Philippines. It was a barefoot beach wedding at sunset on Boracay’s famous White Beach. 65 friends and family members from across the globe, came to our destination wedding. Free-flowing drinks throughout the evening and a buffet seafood dinner were served.
First dance: Safia- You are the one
Reception entrance song: You’ve got the love- Florence and the Machine
Walked down the aisle to: The XX- Angels
Theme: Rustic Beach Barefoot Wedding
Colour scheme: Pastel blue and beige
Wedding Budget: $10,000 AUD
Wedding Venue: The Sea Wind Resort- Boracay Philippines
Wedding party: 12 including bride and groom
Wedding Singer: Ragga Marv- Local Boracay Musician
Videographer: That’s Rich Media http://www.thatsrichmedia.com/
Wedding Photographer: JXSN FILMS- http://jxsnfilms.com.au/
Wedding Choreographer: Your First Dance Co- https://www.yourfirstdanceco.com.au/
In the words of Monique-
“After spending 1 year traveling together through America, Central America & Canada in 2013, we caught the travel bug hard. So once we came home we decided to put our heads down, finish our studies & save our money to travel again. Not long after arriving home we got engaged & decided to have a destination wedding. We’re not the type of people who want an elaborate 2-week honeymoon, especially when we can spend the same amount of money backpacking long term instead.
We tossed up the idea of having an endless honeymoon & not coming home. We were already stressed enough with work & planning our wedding. So when we were offered these promotions, we had to work out whether this was the life we wanted to live or leave…
We just finished 4 years of studying straight after high school, so did we want to jump into a career right after getting married? Everyone was so excited for us because our lives were ‘on track’, “you’re getting married & soon you’ll be buying a house, then you’ll be having kids”. It scared the absolute shit out of us…
We’re 22 & 23 & could see the rest of our lives paved out already. We’re not normal & I’m glad we’re not. Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work & driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for- In order to get to the job that you need, to pay for the clothes and the car, & the house you leave vacant all day so you can go to work and try to make the money for the house your hardly in. We just don’t get it & don’t want to spend our days apart from each other in order to own materialistic possessions together.
This was the one time in our lives that we had absolutely nothing holding us back. It’s not easy to just pick up & leave overseas when you have a house or kids. So we quit our jobs, turned down our promotions & gave away everything that didn’t fit into our backpacks, to travel the world indefinitely on our endless honeymoon!”
YOUR FAVORITE HONEYMOON PLACES
Our biggest highlight was obviously getting married, barefoot on the beach in Boracay as the sunset over the horizon, in front of 65 of our closest friends & family.
But, it’s also hard to beat skinny-dipping with bioluminescent plankton & exploring the largest religious monument in the world in Cambodia. In Canada, we witnessed the northern lights & snowboarded the Rocky Mountains. We swam with whale sharks in the Philippines & bathed with elephants in Thailand. In Costa Rica we surfed with crocodiles & bungee jumped 147m. We sandboarded down a volcano in Nicaragua & scuba-dived with turtles in the Caribbean. We found the Moken Sea Gypsies & became the first foreigners to explore remote villages in the south of Myanmar. In Vietnam, we rode our motorbike from the north to the south & abseiled down a 65m waterfall. We visited ancient Mayan ruins, discovered secret cenotes and relaxed on the beach in Mexico. In California, we put our fear of heights to the test by conquering the highest tandem skydive in the world.