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MY HONG KONG WEDDING | AUTUMN 2017 | m y h k w e d d i n g . c o m

Take me home, I’m

Free!

Love in Lijiang A destination wedding in Southwest China

Perfect Moments Photographers share their most memorable snaps

Copper Plates Burnished bronze: the new wedding colour

SMALL IS

Beautiful

Petite wedding venues for simple celebrations

G OW N S • V E N U E S • P H OTO G R A P H Y • R E A L B R I D E S • I N S P I R AT I O N


HONG KONG’S PREMIER BESPOKE JEWELLER S u i t e 3 1 1 , 3 / F, O f f i c e To w e r, L i p p o S u n P l a z a , 2 8 C a n t o n R o a d , Ts i m S h a Ts u i +852 3114 7111

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C O N TE N T S MY H O N G KO N G W E D D I N G | A U T U M N 2 0 1 7

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PERFECT 10 The latest happenings in the wedding world

VENUES The best spots for smaller celebrations

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MOOD BOARD Wedding ideas to inspire

GOWNS A masterclass in lace, and how to wear it

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JEWELLERY Delicate accessories to sigh for

PHOTOGRAPHY Special moments captured on camera

16 THE GIFT REGISTRY Shiny, pretty things for your home

20 COVER STORY Intimate weddings for your nearest and dearest


C O N TE N T S MY H O N G KO N G W E D D I N G | A U T U M N 2 0 1 7

44 FITNESS Inject some fun into your fitness routine with these wild workouts

62 DIRECTORY Our favourite wedding vendors

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PAMPERING Lash perms, Shanghai pedicures and top facials galore

HOW WE MET Resham Daswani and Vishal Rajwani

52 TRAVEL Heritage meets spectacular scenery in a Lijiang wedding

56 HONEYMOON INSPO News and deals from Mauritius to the Maldives

60 TRY SOMETHING Wedding ideas, just throwing ‘em out there


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hether you’re looking for a gorgeous readymade gown, a perfectly tailored dress, or a talented designer to bring your vision to life, Belier Design is the place to go. Conveniently located in Sheung Wan, this bridal atelier is run by Vien Lee, a fashion design student of Studio Bercot, Paris. Drawing inspiration from Vien's travels, Belier Design’s pieces emphasize beautiful fabrics sourced from all over the world, complemented by elegant yet sexy cuts that appeal to the modern bride who’s still looking for a touch of romance.

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Editor’s Letter

The little things When it comes to traditional Hong Kong weddings, it’s practically obligatory to invite every person you’ve ever sort-of spoken to - plus your parents’ closest 500 friends. But for some couples, bigger isn’t always better. That’s why we’ve dedicated this issue of My Hong Kong Wedding to intimate celebrations. Whether you’re introverted, minimalistic or simply want to save some cash, these small-scale wedding ideas should inspire an unforgettable celebration with the people who are most integral to your lives. To help get those juices flowing, we’ve featured wedding stories from real couples (p.20) who managed to whittle their guest list down to the nearest and dearest. We’ve also put together a shortlist of beautiful intimate venues (p.28) - yes, they exist in Hong Kong! - for good measure. You’ll also find the season’s top wedding trends (p.12), alongside gorgeous wedding gift ideas (p.16), delicate jewellery (p.14) and makeup must-haves (p.50). And on p.40, don’t miss these touching moments captured by a few of the city’s top photographers. Set on a destination wedding? We’ve taken a trip to China’s heritage city of Lijiang where a gorgeous 100-guest destination wedding (p.52) will surely get your heart racing - as will the epic honeymoon and travel deals on p.56. Whether you’re planning a wedding for 10 or 10,000 we hope this issue comes in handy. Happy planning!

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What’s New

Perfect Ten Wedding news you need to know

BEACHFRONT BLISS Lantau’s Lower Cheung Sha Beach just welcomed a fresh face: Bathers beach restaurant. Awash in a chic palette of charcoal and white, the gorgeous waterfront property serves up quality cocktails and food to match - 900g steaks, salmon ceviche, and roasted red snapper headline the European menu. Better yet, the open-air space includes private packages for those booking engagement parties and intimate weddings for up to 100 people. 32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau, 2412-7744, bathers.com.hk.

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BOLD SHOULDER Inspired by a mix of Japan’s cutesy “kawaii” culture and English heritage, designer Lisa Swinbanks has just the thing to inject a bit of whimsy into your wedding style: a custom capelet. These pretty lace tops provide a fresh twist on tradition. Wear it with a skirt in lieu of a typical wedding gown, or go with a crop-top look for bridesmaids dresses. Who doesn’t love this vintage-glam vibe? From $247, www.lisaswinbanks.com.

SET TO SPARKLE Looking for the perfect wedding jewels? Check out Niya K. This Hong Kong-based designer creates bespoke diamond pieces to suit your personal style. Best part? Every purchase comes with a complimentary bottle of prosecco. It goes without saying this is a great engagement service too.... B4, 5/F, Coral Court, 51-67 Cloud View Rd., North Point, 9105-1516, www.niya-k.com.

LADIES WHO LOUNGE Located in the heart of Central, The Strand hair and beauty centre opened a dedicated “Lounge” on the fourth floor earlier this year. With new wedding packages launching this September, the sleek space is set to be a popping spot for bridal showers and pre-ceremony pampering - complete with a wedding concierge to look after you and your squad. The head-to-toe wedding day services include every service you need to look totally glam: hair, makeup, nails, facials and more. 1-5/F, 18 Cochrane St., Central, 2850-7686, www.thestrandhk.com.

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What’s New

NESTING INSTINCT The home decor gurus at iDecorate recently launched a new concept store at Times Square. It’s wedding registry dreamland - perfect for new nesters who are keen to dress up their Ikea-clad pad with stylish Hong Kong prints from the likes of Australia’s DanielleX. You’ll also love inviting bedding from Kip&Co and gorgeous Nordic designs from Bloomingville. 9/F, Shop 926, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 3421-1279, www.idecorateshop.com.

SAVE OUR SKIN Beloved New York beauty line John Masters Organics finally opened its first retail store in Hong Kong this August. Made with ingredients sourced from local farmers’ markets in New York, the skin-saving lotions and hydrating hair serums are perfect for eco-conscious brides. Try the Rose & Aloe Hydrating Toning Mist ($295), which pumps skin full of antioxidants and reduces inflammation; or the Vitamin C Anti-Aging Facial Serum ($435) to boost moisture and collagen production before the big day. Shop B236, Basement 2, Times Square, 1 Matheson St., Causeway Bay, 3421-0726, johnmasters.com.hk.

BORN TO ENTERTAIN There’s a new super suite in town and it’s perfect for an epic bridal shower. Designed by Joyce Wang, the 2,250-square-foot Entertainment Suite at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental comes with an enormous 160-inch cinema screen, B&O BeoLab sound system, vintage American jukebox, mixology and DJ booths (yes, two), private kitchen, popcorn machine... and wine on tap. We told you it was perfect! Landmark Mandarin Oriental, 15 Queen’s Road Central, 2132-0088, mandarinoriental.com/landmark.

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What’s New

SHINE ON

STRIKE A POSE

Newly launched back in April, Austy Lee is a fine jewellery design studio that specialises in jade and gemstones. Founder and chief designer Austy himself has been in the industry for more than a decade and has designed jewels for international celebrities and artists. The whimsical, intricate, vintagestyle pieces look straight out of a fairytale and are perfect for a modern bride looking for a hint of edginess. Shop A, G/F, Kam On Building, 176 Queen’s Road Central, 2388-0212, austyleeartjewellery.com.

Prestigious French photography group Studio Harcourt opened up shop in Hong Kong this summer, bringing with it a classic black-and-white aesthetic that will make you feel like a film star. That’s not too far off the mark, seeing as they’ve photographed more than 1,500 celebrities over the years. Ready to book your closeup? A “Wedding Albums” session will leave you with 15 to 30 gorgeous images - all in the studio’s signature monochrome style. Packages from $15,000, including makeup artist and pre-shoot consultation. 18/F, 18 On Lan St., Central, 2662-0030, studio-harcourt.hk.

COMING UP ROSÉ If you’re crazy about rosé - and could do with a staycation - then this two-in-one deal is for you. The Mira Moon hotel’s Bridal Shower Staycation Package includes a penthouse party in the Moonshine Suite, plus four bottles of Rosé Impérial Flamingo, a gift from Benefit Cosmetics and delicious Spanish tapas. After the party wraps up, the bride and a plus-one can hang behind to enjoy a staycation in the suite. $12,500 for 10 people. 36/F, Mira Moon, 388 Jaffe Rd., Causeway Bay, 2643-8888, www.miramoonhotel.com.

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Wedding news

Mood Board

From calligraphy-ing your cocktail list to flirty pink gowns and deep berry tones, these fall wedding trends are coming your way. By Mahira Jamshed

PITCH A TENT If you’re getting hitched during the most beautiful time of year, why not enjoy it? Decor is getting an allnatural spin this fall, and so too are venues. The next big thing? Tented weddings in remote outdoor settings. A challenge in Hong Kong, but it can be done!

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PRETTY IN PINK

TREE

Who says you have to wear white on your wedding day? A dash of colour can work wonders on some skin tones and might make you feel more like yourself. Effortlessly romantic blush and rose tones have modern brides looking elegant and ethereal all at once.

BRING IT INSIDE Of course, we don’t want mud on our heels. So if you’re dreaming of an indoor wedding with a rustic touch, an easy way to pull it off is with wooden pallet art, which can double as escort boards. Print seating cards on creamy paper, pin it to the board, and you’ve got instant nature - without stepping foot outside. 12

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VERY BERRY

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A wonderful twist on classic red. Not only do shades of burgundy and plum match this season’s Pantone palette, but these rich colours make for gorgeous bouquets, centrepieces - and wine, of course!


Trends

What’s on

Dates for your wedding journal Sep 15-Oct 1

L’Ecole School of Jewelry Arts

SIGN HERE Creative couples are writing their signature drinks on mirrors, chalkboards, and even wooden boards. After a more refined look? Have your cocktail list custom designed by a calligraphy artist, like this one by Hong Kong lettering artist, Jeremy Tow (IG @jeremytow_lcsc). Fancy! Indigo Living

This September, L’Ecole is teaming up with Van Cleef & Arpels for the third edition of its School of Jewelry Arts. Taking place at the Qube, inside PMQ, the sessions invite jewellery enthusiasts to learn the basics of design, the world of gemstones, and the detailed craftsmanship behind one of the world’s most prestigious jewellery maisons. Classes from $1,000. Sept 15-Oct 1. Qube, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen St., Central, 2532-7259, hk.lecolevancleefarpels.com.

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Rose Gold Romance Bridal Fair 2017 The Mira will transform into a rose gold wonderland this fall to unveil three new shimmering table and decor themes, just in time for the hotel’s 8th anniversary. The event takes place in the newly refurbished Ballroom designed by celebrity party planner Colin Cowie, where guests can enjoy a bridal catwalk with contemporary tux and gown collections, signature dish tastings, and wedding favour workshops. Best part? the lucky draw prizes include a two-night stay in the Grand Mira Suite! Free entry, noon-8pm. 18/F, Ballroom, The Mira Hong Kong, 118-130 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-1111, www.themirahotel.com.

ALL THAT GLITTERS Rustic copper accents are making their way into invitations, decorative bowls and table settings. The metal’s vintage vibe accentuates the warmer autumn tones and brightens up a room with minimal effort - a little goes a long way.

TACO TIME A new take on finger food, DIY taco bars are a seriously delicious trend. Match the tacos with a signature drinks - a margarita, perhaps? - and you’ve just won wedding of the year.

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Nov 30-Dec 3

JMA Hong Kong The Hong Kong International Jewelry Manufacturers’ Show is back again for its 25th edition this November, bringing with it more than 1,350 booths from nearly two dozen countries, including the US, Europe, Thailand, Israel, Japan, and South Korea. While the event is largely aimed at wholesale markets, the public is welcome to trawl the convention for high-quality diamonds, gold, jade, gemstones and pearls. $80 admission fee on site; free for pre-registered visitors. Noon-6pm. Hall 1 & 3FG, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, 27663002, www.hkcec.com.hk.

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Jewellery

A Delicate Touch

Prefer subtle accents that will last a lifetime? Elevate your style with these understated wedding accessories that you can wear again and again.

FLORAL FAN PENDANT $98,000 from Yewn www.yewn.com.

RUYI COLLECTION NECKLACE $22,500 from Mikimoto www.mikimoto.com.hk.

ICY PLUM BLOSSOM DIAMOND BANGLE DIAMOND DROP ILLUSION EARRINGS

Price on request from Austy Lee www.austyleeartjewellery.com.

$28,000 from Didi’s Jewellery www.didisgroup.com.

ALAYLA BANGLE SCENES OF NATURE EARRINGS $394 from Bill Skinner Studio www.billskinnerstudio.com.

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$37,269 from Pheres www.pheres.com.


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WHAT’S INCLUDED: • Six types of beautiful bridal bites (canapes x 30 pax) • Six bottles of prosecco • Donut or dessert spoon wall - a unique Invisible Kitchen wedding specialty! • Waiter service for two hours • Professional photographer to capture the party • Serving equipment, glassware, chinaware and setup

TERMS & CONDITIONS Prizes must be claimed between Jan-March 2018 | Setup to be done at the client’s home or at a venue selected by the client | By accepting the prize, the winner accepts and confirms that images can be used by Invisible Kitchen and Liv Media for promotional purposes.

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The Gift Registry

Take a Shine

Glam up your pad with these gifts that offer a hint of a metallic glint. By Mahira Jamshed

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4. Page Thirty Three Tripod Oil Burner

$4,488 from Thorn and Burrow

$990 from Indigo Living

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Cover Story

Hong Kong might be known for its high-flying weddings and epic banquet dinners, but a 500-person guest list isn’t for everyone. We caught up with three Hong Kong couples to hear all about their intimate weddings, which ranged from 11 to 100 people. By Susie Riza

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people, so that determined the size of our guest list.The room has one large, round table so our party could all chat easily together, and the view is beautiful, especially in the evening. We invited friends who are like family to us in Hong Kong and who know us both very well. Q Why did you choose The Upper House? DL I was formerly the editor of Upper House magazine and have great memories. Our first date, engagement dinner and many other events have been celebrated at the hotel and it was a natural choice. The all-star team made it perfect. Q How would you describe your wedding aesthetic? DL The Upper House has a very chic and symmetrical aesthetic so we didn't need to do much when it came to decor and ambiance. We wanted everything

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fter meeting on New Year's Eve, Dervla Louli and Alister Musgrave had a whirlwind Hong Kong romance, which culminated in a civil ceremony and intimate dinner in Hong Kong. Dervla, founder of wellness travel portal Compare Retreats, tells us about the 11-person celebration.

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Q How did you and your husband meet? DL Our best friends introduced us at Alister’s New Year’s Eve party in London. I was living in Hong Kong and he asked me if he could come over to take me on a date. I said ‘yes’ and the rest is history. Q How did you whittle down the guest list to 11? DL The private dining room in Café Gray at The Upper House only fits 12


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to be very relaxed and elegant so there was no set menu or drinks list. Everyone ordered whatever they felt like.

natural with lots of flowers. We stayed away from balloons, plastic and props that would have been thrown away after.

Q How were your personalities reflected? DL Great food, music and drinks are all important to Alister when it comes to throwing a party, and they were all there in abundance. The iDecorate brass pineapples on the table reflected a small obsession I have. I fell in love with some Casa Capriz vintage pineapples as I was walking along Aberdeen Street a few years ago, and have collected them ever since.

Q Any advice for other couples? DL Go with your gut. If you love a venue, book it straight away. The same goes for the dress, cake, florist, photographer, band... Once you start to overthink things, you just end up in a Pinterest spiral.

Q What else did you do a little differently? DL We made sure that waste was kept to a minimum, so guests went home with flowers. In that sense, we tried to keep the aesthetic very

In hindsight... GLAD I SPENT ON: The photography, which I’ll treasure forever. GLAD I SAVED ON: Clothes and shoes. I wore a pair of gold Jimmy Choos and a beautiful SAU Collection crop top and skirt that I had in my wardrobe. Best decision ever.

Who helped them: VENUE: CafĂŠ Gray Deluxe, The Upper House Hong Kong, www.upperhouse.com. EVENT PLANNER: Lauren Roberts, Sweet Soirees, www.sweetsoireeshk.com. PHOTOGRAPHER: Sam Wong (Sam is Home), www.samishome.com CAKE: Whisk, The Mira, www.themirahotel.com. WEDDING TOP AND SKIRT: SAU Clothing, www.sauclothing.com.

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Nathan AND

Koscina Green

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urrounded by 100 of their closest family and friends, Nathan and Koscina Green tied the knot at Duddell’s restaurant last year.

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Q Why did you choose Duddell’s? NG Duddell’s offered everything we wanted, all in one space, and fantastic food that both our western and local guests could enjoy. The layout is perfect and allowed us to have our reception on the terrace followed by dinner downstairs, then back up to the terrace for evening drinks. Q Why did you choose an intimate wedding, rather than a big banquet? NG We wanted to keep the wedding small and simple, so we only invited our close friends and immediate family. We have never liked the notion that this should be the happiest day of our lives we always thought that was a sad idea. We just wanted everyone to have fun. Q How else did you save some cash? NG We invited a limited number of our nearest and dearest for the ceremony and dinner, then we invited everyone else for drinks in the evening. My suit cost about $3,000. Kos chose a beautiful simple dress which only cost $2,500.

Q How did the wedding details reflect your personalities? NG We are both tattooed and have a great passion for tattoos. One of our very good friends Jennifer is the owner and cake designer of Cake It Studio. She designed our wedding cake, inspired by our tattoo-themed invitation. She even put our dogs Trixie and Lollie on the cake, as they couldn’t join our wedding. Q Kos, you were pregnant, right? Where did you get your dress? NG In the beginning, I chose a simple wedding dress from Shopbop. However, I was five months’ pregnant before our big day. My original dress couldn’t fit my baby belly, so I had to look for a maternity wedding dress. In the end, I found it online at tiffanyrose.com. In hindsight... GLAD I SPENT ON: The food. The guests loved all the dishes. GLAD I SAVED ON: Decorations - you don’t have to spend loads to have a beautiful wedding.

Who helped us:

FLOWERS: Bloomy Villa, www.bloomyvilla.com.

SUIT: Empire Taylors, www.empiretailors.com

PHOTOGRAPHER: One Light Photographer, tinyurl.com/

VENUE: Duddell’s, duddells.co.

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BRIDE’S HAIR AND MAKEUP: Karen Lam, delicateface.co.

CAKE: Cake It Studio, www.facebook.com/cakeitstudio.

GROOM’S HAIR: Kelvin Yu, Hair House Barbershop by Adam Chen,

WEDDING DRESS: Tiffany Rose, www.tiffanyrose.com.

www.facebook.com/hairhousebyadamchan.

CELEBRANT: Margaret Ma Wai-lam, Civil Celebrant of Marriages.


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Janice Ng AND

Francesco Benazzi

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ongkonger Janice Ng and Italian Francesco Benazzi celebrated their marriage in the Chinese Garden of Kowloon Park, followed by a celebration at The Pawn, with about 80 people.

Q Why did you choose The Pawn? JN Since we’re from different cultures, we wanted to have some Hong Kong and European touches on our big day. We had an intimate family lunch at Hullett House and a more lively and friendly dinner at the Pawn - two historical places with two completely different rhythms. Q What did you like about The Pawn? JN The rooftop of The Pawn is a perfect spot in the heart of Wan Chai. We started with a welcome cocktail on the balcony and then had dinner in the main hall. We decorated the roof with colourful lanterns that we put together the day before - it was a lot of fun. We created a historical path through our lives with pictures of us from when we were born to now - a total of 88 pictures.

Q How did your wedding veer from tradition? JN We had to merge two nationalities and cultures. We had a traditional Chinese wedding with a less traditional

dinner. I think the furthest we veered from tradition was when we dressed our best man - Panda, our beloved husky - up in a purple bow-tie. Q What was the most memorable moment of the day? JN The entire day was magical and memorable! I can still remember every single step from the early morning until night. The most touching part was when we had our wedding celebration under the Pagoda in the Chinese Garden of Kowloon Park - it was very emotional for us both.

Who helped us:

MAKEUP: Dickie Chan, www.facebook.com/pg/dickieworkshop.

CAKE: Jeffery Koo, facebook.com/patisseriejefferykoo.

CELEBRANT: Anna Hung, facebook.com/annahung.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Anthony Ho, together.hk.

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FLOWERS: Ines Weddings, inesweddings.com.hk.

TUXEDO: Luxe Tuxedo, luxetuxedo.com.

MUSIC: Kai Djuric, kaidjuric.com.

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Q How did you put your own stamp on your nuptials? JN My husband and I are both creative so we tried to do as much as we could by ourselves. We designed our own wedding logo for our invitations, cards, boards and menus. My husband had the idea of sealing our invitations with hot wax - we almost burned the kitchen down but it was worth it!


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Venues

LET’S GET

INTIMATE Bigger ain’t always better. Get a room for 10, 20, or 50 of your nearest and dearest at one of the these gorgeous venues. By Susie Riza

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elieve it or not, Hong Kong has no shortage of picture-perfect venues for intimate affairs. Whether you’re celebrating your “official” marriage, with a bigger party to come, or you just prefer things a little more low-key, we’ve rounded up a list of the most stunning small-scale wedding spots around.

THE LAWN AND THE SKY LOUNGE AT THE UPPER HOUSE THE VIBE: Looking to get married surrounded by greenery and skyscrapers? The Lawn, located on the sixth floor of the minimalist Upper House hotel, provides a relaxed setting that’s perfect for romantic, garden-style nuptials. But if you don’t want to take a chance on the weather, The Sky Lounge on the 49th floor is another intimate option. With sweeping views of the Hong Kong skyline, the lounge features a cosy fireplace, soft green and blue hues, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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WEDDING STYLE: Panoramic nuptials, secret garden. BEST PART: Couples can hold an intimate tea ceremony or get pampered with the wedding party in one of the Upper Suites. PSST... Packages are completely bespoke, based on your wedding vision. 6/F and 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2918-1838, www.upperhouse.com.

FAST FACTS Catering: Chef Gray Kunz of Cafe Gray Deluxe looks after the wedding menus. Capacity: The Lawn accommodates 70 guests standing, 60 sitting; the Sky Lounge hosts 80 guests standing, 70 sitting.


Venues

THE DEN AT MR & MRS FOX THE VIBE: This three-storey restaurant in Quarry Bay is effortlessly cool, with a small outdoor area, an all-glass facade, and a sense of whimsy in the decor. The most stylish weddings take place in The Den, Mr & Mrs Fox’s private dining room located on the second floor. This secret spot comes with its own private entrance, personal chef and sommelier. WEDDING STYLE: Old world whimsy, perfectly private. BEST PART: There are secret taps for beer and wine! PSST… Guests can toast to the evening on The Den’s private balcony. 23 Tong Chong St., Quarry Bay, 2697-8500, mrmrsfox.com.

FAST FACTS Catering: Chef-designed sharing menus feature signature dishes such as foie gras torchon and Wagyu beef crostini. Canapes are also available. Capacity: 24 guests seated, 70 standing.

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THE PEAK SUITE AT THE FOUR SEASONS THE VIBE: If you’re looking for all-out luxury, The Peak Suite is designed to wow. On the 45th floor of The Four Seasons hotel, the suite is subtly decked out in romantic cream and beige hues, while ornate chandeliers add to the glamorous vibe. Known for its excellent service and Michelin-starred cuisine, the hotel caters to both epic blowouts and smaller celebrations.

BEST PART: As part of the Intimate Wedding Package, Four Seasons executive chef Chan Yantak (from three-Michelin-starred Lung King Heen) crafts bespoke Chinese banquet menus - think whole barbecued suckling pig and baked crab with black truffle. Western options include lobster salad, pancetta risotto and roasted Nordic salmon.

WEDDING STYLE: Urban beauty, refined romance.

45/F, The Four Seasons Hotel, 8 Finance St., Central, 3196-8888, www.fourseasons.com.

FAST FACTS Catering: Customised western and Chinese menus are available. Capacity: The Peak Suite can fit anywhere between 22 to 50 people seated, or 60 standing.

TAI O HERITAGE HOTEL THE VIBE: Located just a 10-minute walk from peaceful Tai O Village in southwestern Lantau, the Tai O Heritage Hotel is a stately address that’s all kinds of romantic. The Grade II historic building was converted from an old 20th-century police station, retaining the building’s grand white facade and open-air corridors - perfect for couples who appreciate a venue with a story. WEDDING STYLE: Island paradise, historic allure. BEST PART: The picturesque backdrop of the Zhujiang River Estuary is perfect for insta-snaps. 14 Shek Tsai Po St., Tai O, 2985-8383, www.taioheritagehotel.com.

FAST FACTS Catering: Customised western wedding packages promise sustainably sourced seafood and meat dishes, including Beef Wellington with a red wine reduction and grilled salmon fillet with dill sauce and new potatoes. Capacity: Both seated and standing, the venue hosts 30 to 60 people.

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BETHANIE CHAPEL THE VIBE: Surrounded by stainedglass windows in a secluded location in Pok Fu Lam, Bethanie Chapel has no shortage of charm. Built in 1875, this beautiful neo-gothic structure is a one-of-a-kind church in Hong Kong with views of the Lamma Channel and The Peak. After saying “I do’s” inside, couples can stay onsite for a cocktail reception at the Sir Y.K. Pao studio overlooking the chapel. WEDDING STYLE: Simple elegance, storybook wedding. BEST PART: The fantastic photo opportunities and rustic setting. Bethanie Chapel, 139 Pok Fu Lam Rd., Pok Fu Lam, 2584-8500, www.hkapa. edu/venue/bethanie-campus/chapel.

THE GARDEN SUITE AT THE PENINSULA THE VIBE: Located on the seventh floor of The Peninsula hotel, The Garden Suite boasts an enviable perch above Victoria Harbour. Awash in cream and white, this intimate spot is great for smaller weddings, as there’s a maximum capacity of just four banquet tables. From personal Rolls-Royce limousine transfers to a champagne breakfast for the newlyweds the next day, there’s no end to the romance. WEDDING STYLE: Colonial charm, regal glamour. BEST PART: Couples are invited to come back and spend their first anniversary at the hotel - on the house! PSST… The Pen has its own helipad, and a harbour ride should cap off an incredible day. 7/F, The Peninsula, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2920-2888, www.hongkong.peninsula.com.

FAST FACTS Catering: A western menu is available, including the option to have the hotel’s executive pastry chef create a bespoke wedding cake. Capacity: Up to 48 people seated, 60-80 standing.

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FAST FACTS Catering: Food and drink is not allowed in the chapel. Sorry! Capacity: Maximum 100 people seated.


Venues

THE LIBRARY AT THE ISLAND SHANGRI-LA THE VIBE: The Island Shangri-La is home to The Library, a timeless two-storey venue that’s perfect for a ceremony or a reception. Its refined atmosphere feels like it’s been plucked from another era - picture woodpanelled walls, dramatic green marble columns and crystal chandeliers. WEDDING STYLE: City elegance, timeless glamour. BEST PART: Aside from the views of The Peak? The food, from two Michelin-starred restaurant Summer Palace, is a sure crowdpleaser. Psst... The ongoing Blissful Wedding Package includes a one-night stay in a Deluxe Peak View Room. 39/F, Island Shangri-La, Supreme Court Rd., Central, 2877-3838, www.shangri-la.com.

FAST FACTS Catering: There’s a choice of two set menus and unlimited beverages (including juice, beer and soft drinks) for three hours. Capacity: The Library hosts up to 30 people seated, 70-80 standing.

www.pure-noir.com

Put Your Best Foot Forward With Noir Hong Kong-based online footwear brand offers oh-so comfy shoes for stylish brides You’ve got the veil, the dress and the jewels, but where do you go to find the perfect pair of heels to complete your look? With tons of passion, a love of fashion, and technical expertise in creating the perfect occasion shoes, NOIR crafts chic and gorgeous heels that are supremely comfortable, pair perfectly with wedding and evening gowns, and won’t break your wallet either. Let NOIR’s shoes take you up the aisle through dinner and onto the dance floor, without worrying about aching feet or blisters. Comfort is of utmost priority for NOIR, and all of its shoes - engineered by experienced master shoemakers - come with a generously cushioned footbed that'll have you kicking up your heels all night long.

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CRAFTY COW THE VIBE: If craft beer and great food are high on your priority list, then this Sheung Wan restaurant might be your dream venue. Located just off Hollywood Road, Crafty Cow promises welcoming and relaxed surrounds, plus the menu is on point - think craft beers, ciders and indulgent comfort foods. WEDDING STYLE: Hipster vibes, casual-chic celebrations.

BEST PART: Four complimentary bottles of champagne are thrown in for good measure.

FAST FACTS

PSST‌ Guests often spill out onto the streets on this cul-de-sac. A great spot to keep the party going!

Catering: Crafty Cow cooks up 10 rounds of snacks, including Biz-Class Truffle Grilled Cheese sandwiches and Sriracha Beer Wings.

Crafty Cow, 3 Upper Station St., Sheung Wan, 2915-8988, www.craftycow.hk.

Capacity: Maximum 20 people seated; 40-50 people standing.

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Gowns

A LESSON IN

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The classic lace wedding dress never goes out of fashion. But there’s so much more to it than meets the eye. By Kate Springer There’s no one way to wear a lace wedding dress. The delicate fabric evokes a timeless elegance, but it’s also surprisingly versatile. Within the world of lace, the materials range from fine and feathery to thick and textured. The cuts vary too, so brides can veer from the classic silhouette for a look that’s as contemporary as they please. We quiz Dana Trang, owner of HITCHED! Bridal, on how to choose a lace you’ll love.

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Gowns

FOLLOW THE PATTERN “If a bride is concerned about the quality and texture, then she should go for French lace. French lace tends to be ivory, not white, and is generally more fine and intricate with interesting patterns. Laces manufactured in other countries, such as China, tends to be rigid and heavier. But of course, French lace is much pricier.”

OWN YOUR STYLE “Lace is feminine and romantic and that’s how many brides would like to look and feel on the day,” says Trang. “There are so many types of lace and designers are always coming up with different ways to work with it, so there is something for everyone.” “I think it’s a very personal choice, so the first thing is to find the type of lace and pattern that you like. Then try it on to see if it suits because, interestingly enough, different types of lace suit different people.” This page: Studio St. Patrick; opposite: Augusta Jones

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GIVE IT A TWIST “For a more contemporary look, I’d suggest illusion necklines with lace appliqué; a lace dress with a nude or blush lining; a fitted gown with a detachable lace train; and unusual necklines.” “Another playful way to use lace is with a different lace pattern on every layer of the dress, so when you look at it as a whole, you see intricate patterns shining through. If a bride wants a cleaner look, they can choose a dress with a lace bodice but with a crepe skirt.”

TAKE GOOD CARE

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ADD A MEMENTO

“Care for it the same as you would any other wedding dress, but of course be careful not to get rings and bracelets caught on the lace. Lace dresses generally don’t crease as easily, so you actually don’t need to spend as much time steaming it!”

“Some brides actually wear their mother’s or grandmother’s lace dress by altering it to a more modern version. If brides don’t want to go to such extremes, they can see if the lace appliqué of their mother’s or grandmother’s dress works when added to their gown. The same could be said of veils - provided that the colour and length work, the lace hem could be used to make a veil.”

PICTURE PERFECT

“Ivory on ivory lace will always be a classic, and generally works on all skin tones, but with a darker beige or nude lining, you will need to be more careful. Depending on skin tone, there’s a chance of looking too ‘naked’ or washed out!”

HITCHED! Bridal, 15/F, Room 1501-2, Hing Lung Commercial Building, 68-74 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, www.hitchedbridal.com.

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Augusta Jones

“Some lace photographs better than others. Corded lace - since it’s more 3D - and laces with intricate patterns will definitely photograph better. Brides can also consider choosing a cream, nude or blush lining so that the lace pops against a contrasting colour.”


Photography

Jamie Ousby Photography

We speak to three photographers about the special memories they’ve captured on camera. By Mahira Jamshed

Ali G Studios

A go-to photographer for some of Hong Kong’s biggest society bashes, Ali G Studios immortalizes the day’s emotions in images that are loaded with details and colour. www.aligstudios.com

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Photography

Jamie Ousby Photography

PRIVATE WORDS: “I wasn’t close enough to hear what they were talking about - but that was a good thing! This was a moment that needed to be captured without interruption..”

A self-proclaimed “photo ninja,” Jamie Ousby Photography has mastered the art of blending in and capturing those unstaged moments of joy. www.jamieousbyphotography.com

FOREVER LOVE: “I try to be like a guest with a camera, and the result are moments like this between the bride and her grandmother. I love how close together they are and the tear running down Lixi’s face sets it apart. This is such an important scene to capture - the kind of moment the couple can treasure for years to come.”

A TEARJERKER: “Eric’s reaction to Blu’s vows are so heartwarming and genuine. When he took off his glasses to wipe his eyes, it happened in a split second so I had to be ready. I was so happy when I looked back on this shot. I knew it was a lovely moment that they would remember from their day.”

EPIC MOMENTS: “Set against the backdrop of some incredible palaces in Jaipur, India, this four-day destination wedding was one of the grandest I have ever photographed. I wanted something epic and memorable for the couple, while staying true to their style and the majestic backdrop.” RED DRESS: “The couple had informed me they wanted to create images with the look and feel of the famous Hong Kong movie, ‘In The Mood For Love.’ The challenge was to get the perfect lighting and post production on the image, which was shot at The China Club in Central.”

FLOWER SHOWER: “This was an amazing destination wedding of a Hong Kong couple at The Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok. The key was to inform the guests not to step into the aisle and to throw as many flower petals as they could to get a great effect!” 41


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Kenneth Lim Photography With a skilled eye for personal and authentic moments, Kenneth Lim Photography beautifully captures the honest, raw emotions that make a wedding so special. www.kennethlimphotography.com

DAD’S DANCE: “The fatherdaughter dance is one of the old-school wedding traditions I love. It’s a unique few minutes towards the end of the wedding day, when the bride can give thanks to her parents and honour the special bond between father and daughter one last time.”

HUGS FOR ALL: “This big group hug encompassed everything I look for in wedding photography - a heartfelt and authentic, out-of-the-blue moment.” LET IT RAIN: “After the wedding ceremony, it began to rain during our portrait session in Sheung Wan. The bride and groom took cover from the rain and I kept shooting. Just as with marriage, sometimes you just have to stick together and make the best of a bad situation!” 42


Fitness

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and CombatBounce - all of which work your core and tone those muscles. They say 10 minutes on the rebounder is the equivalent to 30 minutes on the treadmill - just get ready to feel the burn!

„ROCK UP A great full-body workout, rock climbing tests endurance, balance, strength, agility and mental control. Learn from the experts at Just Climb Bouldering Gym in San Po Kong, where novices can try their hand (and feet) on a boulder course with help from a skilled trainer. Day pass from $198. Room D, G/F, Prince Industrial Building, 106 King Fuk St., San Po Kong, 3561-7868, www.justclimb.hk.

„ON THE REBOUND Set in a 3,000-square-foot space in Sheung Wan, BounceLimit is Asia’s only rebounder training studio, where 32 individual mini-trampolines await. Offering a mix of functional and body weight workouts, high-intensity classes include BouncePilates, TRXBounce

Classes from $300. 13/F, The Pemberton, 22-26 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan, 2441-0021, www.bouncelimit.com.

„STANDING OVATION If you love the ocean, this one’s for you. Blue Sky Sports Club offers regular stand-up paddle (SUP) boarding sessions that are ideal for those looking for a low-impact sport. The workout strengthens your core and improves balance while working almost every muscle in your body. A typical day out might include paddling out to Sharp Island, stopping along the way to admire beautiful coral. Sessions from $500. 60 Sun On Tsuen, Sai Kung, 2791-0806, bluesky-sc.com.


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„FIGHTING FIT A fusion of boxing and standing pilates (yep, that’s vertical pilates), Piloxing SSP (Sleek, Sexy, Powerful) workouts at Defin8 Fitness studio in Central provide a sense of both physical and mental well-being. The workout claims to burn up to 1,200 calories an hour, as well as improve your cardiovascular performance, strengthen muscles, adjust posture, and lengthen your silhouette. Need a routine? Defin8 also offers a six-week challenge, including 18 classes and a nutrition bible. Classes from $220, Package of 10 for $1,880. 6/F, Wong Chung Ming Commercial House, 16 Wyndham St., Central, 9859-8620, www.defin8fitness.com.

„WILD AT HEART

„SURF ‘N’ TURF Founded in 1998, Kayak and Hike is one of Hong Kong’s top adventure tour operators. From boat rides to kayaking, snorkelling and hiking, you can get out of the gym and work up a sweat in the amazing Sai Kung Geopark. Trips usually start with a speed boat to the kayak base, where you can choose an activity from kayaking, swimming, jungle walks and snorkelling. Great for hen dos, stag parties or out-of-towners, tours range in size from 14-20 people, though individuals or small groups are welcome.

Adventure and eco tour operator Wild Hong Kong takes you on real-life adventures through Hong Kong’s beautiful backyard. Tag along with guide and founder Rory Mackay and his team, who offer hiking, cycling and kayaking excursions multiple times a week. From Tai Po to Sai Kung, there’s enough on the menu to keep things fresh - plus the fresh air and scenery beats a treadmill any day. Four- to eight-hour adventures available, starting from $400. 6087-1439, www.wildhongkong.com.

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Beauty

Spa Reviews TOP TO TOE

The Peninsula Spa TREATMENT: Bridal Bliss Package PRICE: $3,500

GET THE GLOW

Ritz-Carlton Spa TREATMENT: Velvet Red Carpet Facial PRICE: From $2,080

TIME: 90 minutes

THE VIBE: Perched on the 116th floor of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, the Ritz-Carlton Spa is awash in shades of grey and rich purples. The relaxation room overlooks Victoria Harbour with floor-to-ceiling windows. WHEN TO GO: Book this indulgent treatment a few days before the wedding for firm, hydrated skin. THE GIST: The Velvet Red Carpet Facial is much more than just a facial. It begins with a deep cleanse, extraction and continues with a face and decollage mask, using London-based NuBo skincare. The combination is like ice and fire. On your face, a White Diamond Ice Glow Mask heats up with an intense tingling sensation. Afterwards, a peel-off seaweed mask on your neck and decollage cools and tightens. All the while, the facial includes a hand, arm, chest, neck and head massage. ABOUT THE SNACKS: The relaxation room is stocked with herbal tea, dried fruit, and delicious peanut butter oatmeal raisin cookies. THE RESULTS: My skin did a complete 180. It felt healthy and dewy, and the results continued well into the next week. 116/F, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, ICC, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 2263-2040, www.ritzcarlton.com.

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TIME: 2 hours

THE VIBE: The Peninsula Spa is an expansive, twostorey space with a pool and deck overlooking the harbour on the lower floor, and heat facilities and treatment rooms on the upper level. WHEN TO GO: Treat yourself to this package a few days before the wedding to de-stress. You could even invite your bridesmaids for a full day of pampering. THE GIST: The treatment begins with a 30-minute salt and oil body scrub to get you silky smooth, followed by a 30-minute back massage to ease tension. Finally, a 60-minute Margy’s Monte Carlo Collagen facial uses strong massage techniques to lift and tighten the face, and allow the collagen to penetrate deeply into the skin. The result is a radiance that lasts for days. HOW’S THE SERVICE? We can’t fault the Peninsula for its attention to detail and skilled therapists. ABOUT THE SNACKS: The Bridal Bliss package comes with a healthy three-course meal served at the poolside. THE RESULTS: We couldn’t believe how lifted and radiant we looked after this treatment. It’s perfect if you hate any discomfort as the massage techniques and the products do all the heavy lifting. All you need to do is relax and enjoy. The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2696-6682, hongkong.peninsula.com.


Beauty LASH PERFECTOR

Sense of Touch TREATMENT: Diva Lashes

PRICE: $1,080

TIME: 60 minutes

THE VIBE: Decked out with fresh white interiors, this multi-storey beauty den is deceptively large. As you climb up each level, you’ll find a plush mani-pedi zone and several private treatment rooms.

we wished she had checked in on us. With that said, our eyes calmed down quickly afterwards.

WHEN TO GO: Two to three days before the big day.

ABOUT THE SNACKS: Tea was offered before and after the treatment.

THE GIST: A relatively new technology, Diva Lashes offers an alternative to fake-looking lash extensions. The Keratin lash-lifting treatment amplifies your natural lashes with a semi-permanent lift and curl technique. First, the therapists soften the lashes so they’ll respond to the curl, then they use a rubber mould and a non-toxic (and formaldehyde-free) adhesive to achieve the curl. After that sets, the lashes are doused with a neutralizer. The last step? A lash tint to make your eyes pop. HOW’S THE SERVICE? The therapist clearly explained how the treatment worked. During the process, however, she left us alone for large chunks of time while lashes set and tinted. The tinting process irritated our eye area and

BEST PART: The formula is free of formaldehyde. It’s supposed to last up to 10 weeks - we’ll see! THE RESULTS: There’s no comparison. Our eyes looked bigger and brighter with some curl, plus much more voluminous thanks to the tinting process, which darkened tiny blonde lashes we didn’t know were there. We would definitely recommend it to brides who want a more natural lash look. 1-5/F, 52 D’Aguilar St., Central, 2526-6918, www.senseoftouch.com.hk.

SOLE SURVIVOR

Mandarin Barber TREATMENT: Shanghainese Pedicure PRICE: $850 TIME: 60 minutes

THE GIST: The Shanghainese pedicure is a technical treatment, where resident pedi-expert Ben Cheung uses razors and knives to shape your toenails, cut away calluses and shave off dead skin. He carefully attacks section by section, feeling for rough skin and patiently slicing it away. HOW’S THE SERVICE? Cheung wasn’t into small talk but, then again, perhaps it’s best that he stayed focused on the blades. BEST PART: The private treatment room and enormous pedicure chair made us feel like royalty.

THE VIBE: With its wood-panelled walls and vintage barber chairs, the Mandarin Barber might feel like a gentlemen’s club, but plenty of women head to this gorgeous art deco space for expert Shanghainese pedicures.

THE RESULTS: Cheung must have shaved off inches of dead skin. A bit gross, for sure, but when we left, it felt like we were walking on air. If you have a beach wedding on the horizon, your feet will look as gorgeous as the rest of you after this session. 2/F, Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong, 5 Connaught Rd., Central, 2825-4088, www.mandarinoriental.com/ hongkong.

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Leonor Greyl's Voluforme

Le Blanc De Chanel Primer “This primer is perfect for brides, as it’s long lasting and gives off a natural, pearly glow. It instantly brightens and hides any redness, discolouration or pores. The primer can also be used as a highlighter on the cheekbone for a radiant glow.”

“Everyone needs a great hairspray to hold it all together. Voluforme is a medium-hold spray, which is great for a wedding day. All brides love this small 2.4-ounce bottle, which does the job so well.”

In

The Beauty Blender “My go-to for applying foundation, contouring, or touching up a bride’s makeup throughout the day. You don’t want to touch your face and use your fingers to smooth out any creasing in the makeup - with this, you just dab and press into the skin for an instant refresh.”

the Bag Artist Frances Feldmann of On Location Glam shares her go-to items to have brides looking fresh all day long.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder “While we love a dewy skin finish, for the sake of pictures, cameras, and video, this translucent setting powder is vital, as it will remove any shine or unevenness from the skin.”

MAC’s Sheertone Shimmer Blush “This blush is a favourite to use on brides. The coral colour has a slight golden undertone that brings out a glow without any heavy highlighting of the cheekbone. This blush is for brides who like a bit of shimmer instead of a matte finish.”

L’Oreal Voluminous False Fiber Lashes Mascara “This is the best mascara on the market. It’s waterproof, long-lasting and applies flawlessly. It’s great for brides who want a full yet natural lash look - it’s one of the cheapest but BEST professional secrets.”

About Frances: Frances Feldmann is the founder of On Location Glam, a Hong Kong-based on-demand beauty service that will send makeup, hair and nail artists to a location of your choosing, be it for a wedding or a big night out. 5395-7405, www.onlocationglam.com.

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Smooth Operator This month we’re looking into laser hair removal, a more permanent solution to waxing or shaving. We speak to Tara Lai, founder of Nude Beautique, about the treatment and its benefits. By Susie Riza How does laser hair removal work? TL: Laser hair removal is a semi-permanent treatment that eliminates unwanted body hair. It directs a wavelength of highly concentrated light at specific hair follicles. Once the pigment in the follicles absorbs the light and energy, it destroys the hair without damaging the surrounding skin.

Hong Kong’s wedding guide for brides in the know

So is it essentially IPL? TL: No, not at all. Unlike IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), laser hair removal is significantly more effective as it’s more targeted - it requires about half as many sessions as IPL. How long does it last? TL: Treatments come in a series of about five sessions. That’s because hair has a six-week cycle and the treatment is highly unlikely be able to target all the hair follicles at once, as they need to be in a more mature stage of growth. After completing the full treatment, the results can last a lifetime, depending on the individual. Who would you suggest it for? TL: Laser hair removal is most effective on people with fair skin and dark hair. The greater the contrast, the better, as the energy needs to targets the melanin in the hair, and not in the skin. Why do brides love it? TL: Brides love laser hair removal because they don’t have to worry about shaving or waxing before the big day, and then again multiple times until the honeymoon is over. It also leaves skin smoother, brighter and firmer by boosting collagen and tightening your pores. When should brides book in? TL: Ideally, start looking into this at least six months ahead of the wedding to ensure you can fit in the sessions.

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Destinations

A LIJIANG LOVE STORY Abby Zhang, the co-founder of Yeechoo, and her husband Jamie Zhou tied the knot last April in Lijiang, China. Still swooning from a gorgeous day, Zhang shares the details on their dreamy destination wedding. By Kate Springer

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Destinations

QWhy did you choose Lijiang for your wedding? Abby Zhang: In 2015, we experienced an unforgettable backpacking journey through Yunnan, where Lijiang is located. From the glittering lights of Lijiang Old Town to the monumental peaks towering over the Tiger Leaping Gorge, to Lake Lugu - a hidden gem deep in the mountain - we were stunned by the breathtaking landscape this diverse province had to offer. And we wanted to share the most gorgeous place in China with our family and closest friends. QWhich venue did you choose? AZ: Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa. The team there sealed the deal for us. The service was impeccable: extremely detail-orientated, personal and efficient. We were also drawn to the hotel’s backdrop where we took our oaths the majestic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain - and the tasteful interior design of the hotel, which was a blend of east and west. QWhat surprised you most about having a destination wedding? AZ: We never imagined how much stuff we would need to bring back home! After the wedding, you’ll have a lot of luggage to haul as you might not want to throw away a lot of decorations, cards, photos and mementos.

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Destinations

QWhat advice would you give to others who are considering a wedding abroad? AZ: Make sure you have a great local coordinator. We had been to our wedding hotel only once before the wedding, so we relied on our incredible local coordinator. In our case, she was a staff member at our wedding hotel - she helped us make sure all the details were taken care of. QHow did you ensure that your guests had a great time? AZ: We were extremely grateful for every guest who came all the way to Lijiang from around the world, so making sure they had the best experience was our top priority. We monitored weather and everyone's flight statuses to ensure smooth logistics. For our welcome dinner, we took everyone to Lijiang Old Town for local food, and gave them options to explore on their own. We arranged hotel-wide VPN services so all the guests could browse the internet without issues. At the dinner banquet, we passed each guest a hand-written thank you card about our friendship - some of them were in tears after reading it. For guests who decided to spend a few more days in the region, we passed on our travel tips and local contacts.

QAny total screw ups? AZ: Oh yeah! I was way too excited to marry Jamie, so I forgot to bring my bridal bouquet when leaving my villa to the ceremony. In the end, I borrowed a bouquet from one of my bridesmaids to walk down the aisle. QWhat was the most memorable moment? AZ: Seeing all of our friends and family mingling and dancing together at the after party! We were so happy to bring a great group of people together.

Who helped them: VENUE & CATERER: Pullman Lijiang Resort & Spa, www.pullmanhotels.com. PHOTOGRAPHER: Darren LeBeuf Photography, www.lebeufstudios.com. VIDEOGRAPHER: T.Art Videography, tartvideo.com FLORIST: Cai Shang, tinyurl.com/caishang. BRIDE’S DRESSES: Carolina Herrera, www.carolinaherrera.com.

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1 PACK LIKE A PRO If you’re prone to overpacking, Yeechoo might have the solution. The fashion rental site’s new “Travel Package” enables you to take 3-5 designer pieces away on vacay for up to two weeks. From Alice + Olivia cocktail dresses to flowy J.O.A. sundresses, Yeechoo has everything you need for pre-wedding photo shoots, honeymoon dates - or just an everyday romantic getaway. From $999 for three items. yeechoo.strikingly.com.

2 MAD FOR MAURITIUS If you can’t quite spring for your own private island, we have the next best thing. The gorgeous Residence Mauritius has put together an “Ultimate Island Romance” honeymoon package, which makes the most of its perch atop the Indian Ocean. Highlights include a 30-minute chopper ride, candle-lit beach dinner, outdoor movie screening, couples’ massage and group catamaran cruise complete with waterfalls and snorkelling - and plenty more pampering all week long. Package available until Dec 21, 2017. From $6,040 per night, with six-night minimum. Coastal Road, Mauritius, +230-401-8888, cenizaro.com/theresidence/mauritius.

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COUNTDOWN Dr Winnie Mui of Medispa talks us through the what you need to do to get in tip-top shape before your wedding.

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MONTHS BEFORE THE BIG DAY (TBD)

• Start hair removal programme – laser hair removal can take up to six sessions, with each session at least one month apart

• Get a general body check for baseline health parameters • Get vaccines, if required, for that exotic honeymoon Some vaccine series take six months to complete the course • Supplement any deficiencies • Identify any underlying conditions • Pre-marital health check The dreaded sexual history and possibility of STDs should be addressed

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• Acne / Back Acne (Backne) treatment – oral medications can take three to six months • CO2 laser treatment - start prepping your skin by removing warts (yes, most of us have these), moles, milia, syringomas (whitish dots usually around the eyes), haemangiomas (pink dots that are actually tiny blood vessels on the surface of the skin)

MONTHS BEFORE TBD

• Ulthera (micro-focused ultrasound) – it takes about two-three months to see results

• CO2 laser touch up to clear any leftover spots (I usually provide this at no additional cost) • Chemical peels: if there are no contraindications (such as allergies and certain medications), then start with a chemical peel to remove dead skin cells

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• Liquid Rejuvenation / Hydro-injection: the first of three treatments for intensive hydration, smoothing fine lines and stimulating collagen growth • Laser facials: it takes three-four sessions to show noticeable improvements

• IV nutritionals to give you a burst of energy and strengthen your immunity

THREE WEEKS BEFORE TBD • Microdermabrasion with Infusion: mechanical exfoliation polishes the skin, while Infusion hydrates it

• Dietary changes - cut carbs, sugars and salt for your health and to reduce water retention, puffiness and bloating • Home care: AHA (alpha hydroxy acids) cleansers, moisturizers and sunscreen • Lifestyle changes: Quit smoking, cut down on alcohol and don’t do drugs. • Exercise - get fit and toned for your wedding

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• Liquid Rejuvenation: second of three treatments • Laser facials

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• Botox and fillers: smooth out lines, slim down the jawline, fill in any hollows and contour your face • Liquid Rejuvenation: last of three treatments

MONTH BEFORE TBD

• Laser facials

and any other bumps on the skin. Your insurance may cover this procedure; ask your agent

• Laser facials

ONE WEEK BEFORE TBD • Radiofrequency: tightens and lifts skin with no downtime • Oxygen facials to hydrate the skin

THE BIG DAY! • Hydrate: water, tea, fruit juice, electrolyte drinks (Gatorade, Pocari) throughout the day. Avoid dairy, carbonated and sugary drinks as they may contribute to bloating

23/F Siki Centre, 23 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

Take a deep breath and begin the first day of the rest of your lives (hopefully) as Mr and Mrs. Good luck and best wishes to the Newlyweds!

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Please note this list is not exhaustive and you are not expected to do everything single item here. This is an informational list of the various treatments available to get you looking your best.


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3 AN EPIC PROPOSAL Located southeast of Bali on the Indonesian island of Sumba, Nihiwatu resort knows how to roll out the romance. That’s why this island oasis is the perfect place for an epic proposal. The retreat recently launched a dedicated “proposal” package to spur on the surprise. The adventure includes three nights in a Nihioka Honeymoon Villa, as well as a Nihioka Spa Safari, where couples will trek to a nearby village, enjoy a clifftop lunch, and indulge in unlimited spa treatments all afternoon. Then comes the grand finale: a romantic candlelight dinner, accompanied by fireworks. We do, we do! Package rate from $13,024 per night. Sumba, Indonesia, +62-361-757-149, www.nihiwatu.com.

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4 PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE We’ll be the first to admit this is quite the splurge, but Coco Privé Private Island is what honeymoon dreams are made of. For a mere US$45,000 a night, you can rent out the entire 1.4 hectare Maldives retreat for total seclusion. Better yet, throw a destination wedding with your closest family and friends - there are six private villas peppered across the island, hosting up to 10 people total. So what does the $45K include? A private yacht, wine cellar, cocktail bar, kitchen, two gyms, a 40-metre pool, 24-hour private chef, butlers, unlimited spa treatments, plus every water sport you can think of. +960-664-8887, cocoprive.com.

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Stylish brides will appreciate the “I Do in Choo” wedding experience at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Available until next March, couples who choose to wed in the opulent hotel we pampered from head to toe - literally. The package comes with bespoke and monogrammed Jimmy Choos from the Made-to-Order Collection, plus a custom wedding cake, a nine-course Chinese banquet dinner for up to 350 guests, a couple’s massages, and VIP treatment to boot. From $349,591. Through March 31, 2018. 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore, +65-68853488, www.mandarinoriental.com.


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Boxed blooms For a petal-perfect centrepiece that’s easy to transfer and totally hasslefree, ANDRSN’s boxed roses evoke a minimalist aesthetic. Better yet, each box can be personalised with custom-printed tags. www.andrsnflowers.com.

Dim sum dinner

Not fans of the traditional Chinese banquet dinner, but still want a Hong Kong-style feast? Bite-sized and ready to serve, dim sum - though typically a morning meal - is a quintessential Cantonese dining experience that doubles up as the perfect wedding nibbles, whether passed around as canapes or incorporated into dinner with tea-infused cocktails. We love the dumplings at Duddell’s (pictured), Dim Sum Library, Tycoon Tann and The China Club.

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Biker Chic

Ready to rock n’ roll? Net-A-Porter’s Rime Arodaky lace jacket is the perfect accessory for bold brides with biker gang aspirations. Wear it at your rehearsal dinner - or even on your wedding day - for a twist on tradition. Then rev up and ride off on a Harley for extra street cred. www.net-a-porter.com.


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The Fairy Godmother

Our all-knowing matrimonial maven solves your wedding woes

Team spirits

Keep the party going with artisanal canned cocktails by Hong Kong’s very own KWOON By The Woods. Not your typical grab-and-go drink, KWOON’s stylish cocktail cans are packed with high-quality spirits, refreshing flavours and no artificial preservatives. Best part? No bar line! www.kwoonbythewoods.com.

Two-piece in a pod

Finding a dress that all your bridesmaid’s love can be a nightmare - so why not scrap the dress all together? Take some inspiration from Melissa Bui’s whimsical SS17 collection, which is full of classy two-piece looks. www.melissabui.com.

Dear Fairy Godmother, Help! My friend is getting married overseas and has asked me to help her source gift favours from Hong Kong. I need something that’s cheap (I have a budget of $3,000 for 100 guests) and quintessentially Hong Kong (she met her husband here). Any bright ideas? For $30 a head, something edible is probably your best bet. It doesn’t get much more traditional than Chinese-style wedding cakes from Kee Wah. The company has innovated in recent years and now offers a modern spin on these traditional delicacies - try the individual pineapple shortcakes stamped with “Double Happiness” in a cute red paper, tin or embroidered cloth box. The paper box starts at just $20 (minimum order of 60 boxes) and the pretty tin ones make for a nice keepsake at $26-$28 per box. Check them out at keewah.com.

Dear Fairy Godmother, I’m on the hunt for some invitation cards. Unfortunately I’ve left things a bit late and they need to be ready in less than a week! Who in this town can get invitations turned around so quickly? Luckily for you, you live in one of the most fast-paced cities in the world, and wedding cards can be printed and ready for collection in just two working days at E-Print (www.e-print.com.hk), the go-to spot for all kinds of printing needs, from name cards to foam boards. It’s recently launched a wedding card service, with ready-to-go options. Prices start at just $195 for 100 plain white cards and envelopes, though of course this gets pricier if you choose fancier paper or embellishments. Good luck!

Got a wedding-related conundrum that needs solving? Email askme@myhkwedding.com and we’ll be delighted to assist!


Event Planners 3 Degrees Event Styling A boutique event planning company that has recently launched a wedding planning service, offering everything from theme conceptualization and liaising with vendors to on-the-day event management. You can meet with the friendly team, decide what kind of help you need, and a package will be created for you accordingly. 3degrees.com.hk

Antonella Weddings Thinking about a European wedding in Italy? Antonella Genovesio is a certified wedding planner who specialises in Italian weddings. Antonella and her team can help you overcome language and cultural barriers, negotiate and book all your vendors. With her insider knowledge of the country, she’ll be able to recommend beautiful under-theradar locations. weddingsbyantonella.com.

Bridal Style Adele Bridal Couture Look like a princess in Adele’s dreamy, vintage-style gowns, featuring embroidery, billowing skirts and masses of tulle. One highlight is the sheer chiffon cape, which will make you look like a queen for a day. Evening gowns and photography services also available. 8B, Vienna Mansion, 55 Paterson St., Causeway Bay, adelehk.com.

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Belier Design

Noir Bridal Shoes

Founded by designer Vien Lee in 2007, Belier Design specialises in gorgeous gowns made with fabrics sourced from around the world, from European lace to Shanghai silk. There’s a highly personal gown service; you can try on up to three gown free of charge. Check their useful website for tips on how to choose the right gown for your body type.

Looking for a seriously comfy pair of wedding shoes? Noir creates stylish wedding heels with extra padding in the footbed, meaning you’ll be happy on your feet all day and night. Also offers heels for Chinese wedding dresses.

Room 1502, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 2869-9030, belierdesign.com.

Tomasina Designs

HITCHED! Bridal The atelier of choice for brides with a unique sense of style, HITCHED! offers gowns from international designers such as Augusta Jones, Temperley London and David Fielden, with popular US-based brand Salon St. Patrick coming later this year. Room 1501-2, Hing Lung Commercial Building, 68-74 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, 2815-8330, hitchedbridal.com.

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Florists A floral artist based in Hong Kong and LA, Tomasina Designs creates modern floral artworks using a combination of imported blooms and lush botanicals. With plenty of corporate and fashion clients - think Swire, Art Basel, Net-a-Porter and White Cube, to name a few - you can rest assured that Tomasina will produce the fashion-forward florals of your dreams. 13H, Block 2, Kingley Industrial Building, 33 Yip Kan St., Wong Chuk Hang, 9010-2521, instagram.com/ tomasina.designs.


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van der Bloom A new florist on Hollywood Road, van der Bloom specializes in haute bouquets and wedding flowers, with modern arrangements using the freshest in-season flowers. 61 Hollywood Road, Central, 55051661, vanderbloom.com.hk.

Sweets & Cakes Oookie Cookie A new bakery based in Quarry Bay, Oookie Cookie offers modern, stylish wedding cakes, as well as macarons, cookies and other small bites that make for perfect gift favours. If you’re looking for something with an industrial edge, try the buttercream concrete cake in sleek grey; or if you really want to be on trend the two-tier metallic and marble cake is an edible sculpture that’s tasty as it is stylish .

Photography Ali G Studios One of the city’s top event photographers, Ali G has snapped hundreds of corporate functions and society weddings all over Hong Kong. With a friendly and outgoing personality, he is able to work under all kinds of lighting conditions and gently directs guests to ensure the most flattering shots. www.aligstudios.com.

Pixta Pod Photobooths are a fun addition to any party, and Pixta Pods are sleek, chic and take up hardly any room. The

inbuilt light ring ensures that all the snaps are super flattering, too! Add your logos and hashtags, and your guests can upload their images and gifs in real-time. www.pixtasocial.com.

Tanarak Photography Originally from Thailand, awardwinning photographer Tanarak has worked in Singapore and Paris, and now calls Hong Kong home. He has worked with hundred of couples to help them capture their big days, and favours a photojournalistic style to help capture spontaneous moments. He is an active member of various wedding photographer associations. www.tanarakphotography.com.

Westlands Centre, 20 Westlands Rd., Tai Koo, 9220-9622 (WhatsApp), oookie-cookie.com.

Sim’s Sweetshop Looking for a candy table to really wow your wedding guests? Sim’s Sweetshop creates gorgeous displays using beautiful glass jars and vintage English sweets - the table can even be colour-coordinated to match your event colours. Bags or cups are provided so that guests can nibble on the night, or take home some sweeties as a souvenir.

Ali G Studios

www.simssweetshop.com.

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Venues Amour Located in a secluded corner of Kowloon Tong, Amour is a converted private residence that can fit more than 200 people. Its big draw is the outdoor walled garden surrounded by trees; the rest of the venue is a blank canvas that can be dressed up however you like. It’s also available for cocktail parties, corporate events, kids’ parties and barbecues. 147 Waterloo Rd., Kowloon Tong, 2147 1477, amourhk.com.

Mira Hotel Located in the heart of TST, this accredited Design Hotel offers a stylish backdrop to your nuptials. With a pillarless ballroom on the roof of the hotel, chic suites where you can prep for the ceremony, and a gorgeous open-air private terrace dotted with frangipani trees, there are venues galore to choose from. 118 Nathan Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 2368-1111, themirahotel.com.

Spiga With two private terraces that are perfect for events, Spiga offers Italian dining in a design-led space, right in the heart of Central. With decor inspired by the cinematic romance of Italy in the 1950s. The restaurant is a perfect spot for a chic reception or cocktail party, and with its location smack bang in the middle of Central, it’s convenient too. 3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, 2871-0055, diningconcepts.com.

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Spiga is a perfect space for a city wedding - and with a lively bar area there’s a built in rain plan too. If your guests are carnivores, they’ll appreciate the quality Australian steaks on the menu too. 31/F, The Hennessy 256 Hennessy Rd., Wan Chai, 2893-6960, woo-steakhouse.com.

Health & Beauty Cabanee Dedicated to natural skincare, Cabanee offers organic niche brands from all over the world, including Verite Spa Organics, Penny Frances Apothecary and 5YINA. The perfect pit stop for natural brides. Cabanee.com

Flex This Pilates- and barre-focus wellness centre offers a bridal bootcamp that promises to sculpt and tone up your waist, thighs and arms. Depending on your timeline, two- or three-month packages are available, and include

personal nutrition advice, fitness classes, workshops and recipes. 3/F, Man Cheung Building, 15-17 Wyndham St., Central, 2813-2399. Also has an outlet in Wong Chuk Hang. flexhk.com.

Glow Spa Offers hair and spa services in a warm and welcoming environment. The large open-plan salon space is perfect for bridal showers and for the bridal party to get ready on the morning of the big day. 9/F, Parker House, 72 Queen’s Road Central, 2525-5198, glowspa.hk.

Medi Spa If you’re looking for aesthetic treatments led by doctors, MediSpa offers a full range of non-invasive firming and tightening treatments, laser facials, injectibles, resurfacing and more, all in a professional, hygienic setting. 23/F, Siki Centre, 23 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, 2104-1933, medispahk.com.


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Ultimate Performance Want to get real results, and fast? Ultimate Performance take-noprisoners approach to personal training will have you looking dramatically different in just 12 weeks - so long as you follow the intensive program set by your trainer. 3/F, Unicorn Trade Centre, 127 Des Voeux Road Central, 2798-9000. Also has an outlet in Causeway Bay. upfitness.com.hk.

Urban Greenosophy If you want to look your healthiest before the big day, Urban Greenosophy offers health supplements and natural skincare products, all of which are eco-friendly and free from chemicals. Try the Superfood supplements by Kiki Health to keep your body running at its best, or the mango and chia body butter for naturally glowing skin. urbangreenosophy.com.

Jewellery Austy Lee Newly launched in April, Austy Lee is a fine jewellery design studio that

specialises in jade and gemstones. The whimsical, intricate, vintage-style pieces look straight out of a fairytale and are perfect for a modern bride looking for a hint of edginess.

sound engineer for three to four hours, and you are welcome to request favourite songs. Check out their Facebook page for upcoming performance dates and live videos.

Shop A, G/F, Kam On Building, 176 Queen’s Road Central, 2388-0212, austyleeartjewellery.com.

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Didi’s Jewellery With almost 50 years in the jewellery and gems industry, Didi’s Jewellery provides a bespoke service to create and design beautiful accessories. Its designers can create an engagement ring and wedding band set according to your personal tastes - if you want to go for something a little different, try a sapphire instead of a traditional diamond setting. Suite 311, 3/F, Office Tower, Lippo Sun Plaza, 28 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3114-7111, didisgroup.com.

Entertainment Mrs Robinson If you’re looking for a live wedding band, Mrs. Robinson offers a variety of packages to keep your guests entertained. $16,900 will get you a five-person band, PA system and

Travel Flight Centre One of Hong Kong’s most popular travel agencies, Flight Centre offers tailored packages for all kinds of honeymooners, from those seeking laid-back romantic escapes to adventures and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Their team of passionate travel concierges will be able to plan every detail to make sure your holiday goes off without a hitch. www.flightcentre.com.hk.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Ever thought about a destination wedding in the north of Thailand? The Four Seasons Chiang Mai offers a Lanna-style wedding package at its beautiful property, which includes a ceremony and blessing, floral decorations, corsages, spa treatments and more. The best bit about choosing this location is that you can have an intimate ceremony or a big bash with all your nearest and dearest. www.fourseasons.com/chiangmai.

Travel Channel Planning your honeymoon of a lifetime? Travel Channel can help to plan your trips to one-of-akind locations that max out on he romance. travelchannel.com.hk.

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Hongkongers Resham Daswani and Vishal Rajwani are the embodiment of the saying “opposites attract.” Resham, a vegan teetotaller and meditation enthusiast, and Vishal, a night owl who loves his single malts, met not in the streets of Sheung Wan or Tsim Sha Tsui, but at an Indian wedding in Thailand 10 years ago. Their lives have been intertwined ever since. Vishal proposed atop Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka - a joyous culmination of an overnight hike on New Year’s Day 2016. A year later, they returned to Thailand, where they first met, to marry in a traditional Indian ceremony at The Peninsula Bangkok. Photo: Ali G Studios (www.aligstudios.com).

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