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A Vow Renewal By The Beach in Maui
28 Sep 2018STORIESBY SweetEscape

Just like wine and cheese, we believe that marriage only gets better with age.

Call us hopeless romantics, but the idea of spending the rest of your life with the same person is exciting and rewarding at the same time. It’s also in a way, an honor, because maintaining a healthy and strong relationship takes a lot. And for those who are fortunate enough to find and keep their soulmates, a celebration of all kinds, is definitely in order.

One love story that we recently had the honor to capture is from Jen Figueras and her lovely family. Bringing along her three beautiful daughters, parents and brother, we met Jen and husband for her 10th wedding anniversary in Maui, Hawaii.

To commemorate this important milestone, the couple even had their wedding vow renewed in a small intimate ceremony witnessed by all the most beloved people in their life. “We really wanted it to be a family affair and have our daughters be part of it. I made their flower crowns and wore the same dress I wore 10 years ago!" Jen said in excitement.

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui

Jen then also reminisced how 10 years ago, her San-Franciscan husband decided to leave everything behind and moved to Toronto to marry his Canadian sweetheart. He not just went on with this life-changing mission, but also dramatically drove 3 days straight from West Coast to East Coast to get it done. Talk about big gestures, we’re melting!

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui

Over 10 years of marriage, they have built a family, had three daughters, and travelled the world together. The decision to renew their vow in the beautiful island of Hawaii was a combination of their love for their family, travel and everything in between. We personally think that this act of love just showed the level of gratitude, honor and appreciation these two have for everything they cherish in life.

by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui
by Lisa for SweetEscape in Maui

As the private ceremony began, it’s like the whole island celebrated with them. They had the beach all to themselves, while the songs of the sea serenaded with crashing waves and colorful sunset moods all around.

“We were so happy that Sweet Escapes was able to capture the moment for us! We travel every year and plan to do so again next year - in Paris since our girls will be starting French school in September. We look forward to more adventures together as a family and having more keepsake memories,” Jen told us about her SweetEscape experience.

If we had learned anything about Jen and her family, the pleasure was truly all ours. Thank you for showing us the wonder of love that’s aged finer than all cheese and wine combined.

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5 Most Beautiful Savannas In The World
20 Jun 2019PLACESBY SweetEscape

At the mention of the word ‘ savanna”, your mind probably wanders to the vast grassy plains of Africa. But do you know that there are actually a few savannas in the world that are worthy of your attention? Even more surprising, some of the best ones are located in Indonesia, ready to be explored to your heart’s content. So without further ado, let’s unleash our inner Simba or Nala, it’s time to roam here in our 5 picks of the most beautiful savannas in the world:

Real Life Lion King, Serengeti (Africa)

by Chelsey for SweetEscape in Cape Town

Said to be a major inspiration to the movie Lion King, the Serengeti goes as far as the eye can see- and then some more. The seemingly endless grassland is located in Tanzania, Africa and is one of Africa’s most classic safari destinations. It’s the home of the Big Five, over 500 species of birds and Agrica’s most well-known great wildebeest migration.

With countless tour packages available for your choosing, more and more attractions are introduced including hot air balloon, camping, walking safaris and so on. Excitement aside, nothing beats the tranquility of just sitting and waiting for sunset or admiring the landscape up close.

The Stunning Jewel of Sumba - Puru Kambera, Sumba (Indonesia)

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba
by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

Home to East Sumba’s savanna, the grassland expanse is an iconic jewel that will struck any traveler with an awe-inspiring wonder. Just a 30-minute drive from Waingapu, the open stretches of grassland gets even more dramatic with backdrop of rolling hills at one side and oceanic stretch at the other. Cue in the galloping sandalwood horses and there you have it, the best nature scene one could ever wish for.

In fact, the golden-yellow savanna and blue skies have made the screen plenty of times in the movies. It’s also a highly-requested prewedding location, all thanks to the beach that is adjacent to the meadow with the same name.

The Soothing Colors of Nature - Palouse, Washington (USA)

by Fredy for SweetEscape in Seattle

The Palouse is the most serene and pastoral of the seven wonders of Washington. Located in the Southeast area of the state, the grassland boasts a unique landscape that is also a designated wheat and barley plantations. As the produce matures from time to time, the Palouse changes in colors too, from lush shades of green in Spring to crispy harvest brown in summer.

The meadow is a gem that captivates the hearts of many photographers, ready to hunt for the next most picturesque memory under the sun. One thing is for sure, with such wonderful sight to see, any shot is going to be as good as it gets.

Savana Selo- Mount Merbabu National Park, Salatiga (Indonesia)

by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta
by Hakim for SweetEscape in Yogyakarta

We’re not kidding when we say some of the best savannas in the world is in Indonesia. Just check out our next contender, Savana Selo that is nicknamed after the pathway to reach it. With the majestic mount Merbabu as the backdrop, you can expect to find a few savanna spots, all with the same exotic yet carefree panorama. The beauty often stops hikers in their tracks, inviting them to take a long rest while absorbing the fresh view it has to offer.

Plenty of other mountains in Indonesia also share the same geographical feature of mountainous savannas. To name a few, there are Mount Sindoro, Mount Lawu, Mount Bromo, Mount Argopura and the list continues! So if you are yet to step foot in Africa or other foreign countries, Nusantara beckons your savanna visit anytime of the day.

Pretty in Pink - Nari Park, Seoul ( South Korea)

by Hendry for SweetEscape in Seoul

Nothing gets more instagrammable than the stretch of lovely pink savanna in the form of one endless park. It’s one of the most visited places in Korea during autumn, the pinkish and violet grass sway dreamily like one huge fluffy carpet.

The pink sea of flowers is not the only thing that you get to enjoy, because Nari Park also houses many different other floral species that share one thing in common : extra prettiness! Just get your camera ready and prepare to experience a day of natural beauty at its finest height.

by Virgians for SweetEscape in Sumba

Whichever savanna you decide to experience the "Circle of Life", let SweetEscape make those festive colors and joyful memories last a lifetime in print! We connect you to 2000+ professional photographers in more than 400 cities around the world, so all you have to do is to create your memories, while we take great photos of your every moment! (Use the code FIRSTESCAPE on your first SweetEscape booking to get USD50 off and let's) #MakeLifeMemorable!

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