My Hong Kong Wedding June 2018

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Vegetarian Caterers Plant-based goodness

Green Gowns From vintage to secondhand

Wedding Eco Tips We hear from the experts

Green Weddings How to turn your celebration into a planet-friendly affair

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

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PERFECT 10 The latest happenings in the wedding world

VENUES Gorgeous gardens and eco eateries



MOOD BOARD Eco inspiration for your big day

GOWNS Resources for waste-free gowns, from ethical brands to vintage boutiques

14 JEWELLERY Ethical jewellery that doesn’t skimp on style

16 THE GIFT REGISTRY Green gifts they’ll love forever

20 COVER STORY Having a green celebration may be tricky, but it’s not impossible! We meet the couples who managed it.

Photo: Studio Oak

44 PHOTOGRAPHY One fine day, as told by creative agency An Ant Capture

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FITNESS Punch above your weight with these butt-kicking workouts

TRY SOMETHING Healthy hen ideas to get you working up a sweat



PAMPERING Lash extensions to make those peepers pop

DIRECTORY Our favourite wedding vendors

54 TRAVEL Wellness retreats for honeymooners

58 WHERE TO, HONEY? News and deals for globetrotting couples

Photo: Sarah Legge Photography

70 HOW WE MET Cathy Adams and David Talkar’s hostel encounter

Plant Nutrient

Skin Care that gives RESULTS


implicité is an ethical skincare brand that makes simple, luxurious and highly nutritive products for all kinds of skin. Established in Australia in 1992, our bottles, tubes and jars are filled with concentrated, plant-derived ingredients—all of them exclusively medicinal grade, OGA certified organically grown, or handpicked in the wild. Simplicité is PETA accredited as cruelty free and vegan and uses no synthetic or 'natural' fragrances. All fresh plant and herbal extracts are carefully produced in our Queensland laboratory by naturopath David Lyons, using traditional methods. Lyons, founder and formulator of Simplicité, specialises in skin ageing with 37 years of experience including 7 years hospital skin clinic training. It’s a meticulous and gentle approach to skincare.

Editor’s Letter

Green is the new Black Dreaming up a sustainable soiree? You’re in luck: We’ve dedicated our June issue to eco-friendly weddings to fill you with buckets of clean, green inspiration. In our cover story (p.20), we pick the brains of forward-thinking couples who incorporated creative eco-friendly touches on their big day. From cruciferous bouquets to upcycled decor, they’ve taken smart steps to reduce, reuse and recycle - without sacrificing an ounce of style. For those who’ve just kicked off the planning process, we’ve asked the experts at 3 Degrees Events to outline 10 easy steps for throwing a green wedding (p.27) and shortlisted five vegetarianfriendly caterers (p.30) to take care of your plant-based needs. When the party’s over, follow the travel gurus Compare Retreats to their favourite healthy honeymoon spots (p.54). Wellness-focused couples will love these yoga, fitness and natureoriented escapes around the world. Back here in Hong Kong, we’ve rounded up gorgeous green wedding venues (p.32), all-natural gift ideas (p.16), ethical jewellery ideas (p.14) and a free-flow of summer wedding trends on our Mood Board (p.12). Feeling overwhelmed? Knock out some stress at one of our favorite boxing and martial arts classes, covered on p.48. And on our final page, this issue’s “How They Met” story (p.70) will leave you smiling. Off we go,

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What’s New

The hottest news in the Hong Kong wedding world. By Doris Lam

YOUR WISH IS THEIR COMMAND Need help finding “the dress”? The Wed Genie is here to help. This pop-up boutique in Sheung Wan handpicks beautiful gowns from lesser known brands, ensuring you have something totally unique. Brides can enjoy up to five gown fittings for both purchase and rent. By appointment only.


What’s New

SPREAD THE LOVE At the end of 2017, Australia’s Parliament voted to legalise samesex marriage. Following the decision, design-forward Ovolo Hotels introduced new tailored packages for same-sex couples at its Sydney location on Woolloomooloo harbour. Not only is the hotel fresh and versatile, but the wedding venues include a range of creative options - from religiously neutral ceremonies on the heritagelisted wharf to chapel-like Kitchen Table restaurant and low-key receptions at industrial-chic Piper Room restaurant. 6 Cowper Wharf Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia, +61-2-9331-9000,



You can treat your guests to a delicious wedding cake while helping those in need with The Good Cake. This new social enterprise employs marginalised elderly citizens in an effort to improve their living situations. The cakes themselves are beautiful, covering versatile flavours such as Swiss meringue buttercream and strawberries, gluten-free chocolate, and red velvet with cream cheese frosting.

Lingerie store Avec Amour recently introduced a new line of handmade bridal garters to its lineup. Crafted by Australian brand Trousseau, these beautiful and modern designs feature a mix of silk, French lace, Swarovski pearls, and simple blue silk taffeta bows.


What’s New

OH, SUGAR SUGAR SOMETHING’S BREWING Looking for an offbeat wedding venue? Check out new-to-town The Artist House in Causeway Bay. Perfect for beer lovers, the Belgian craft brewery provides lots of space to stretch out, plus customisable beer flavours, and even a gorgeous aquafarm with spices and edible flowers. To add an extra-personal touch, you can customise a beer label to serve on the big day. 9 Kingston St., Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay, 2658-8818,

LET’S HANG It’s not too often we get an exciting new venue in Hong Kong, but we are stoked about The Hang Space, a two-storey space operated by boutique hotel Little Tai Hang. With three different rooms, ranging in size from 1,000 to 1,800 square feet, this funky, fully customisable venue has an abundance of natural light, floor-to-ceiling windows and striking red brick for a New York firehouse vibe.


The founder and cake designer of SugarCoat, Olivia Chan bakes bespoke cakes and sweet treats that are almost too pretty to eat. Her handmade creations range from elegant watercolour florals to quirky fortune cookies - all with flavours like banana peanut butter or velvety dark chocolate.

What’s New

WILD FLOWER Brighten up your wedding venue with gorgeous wildflower bouquets from Floristry at M&L. This floristry specialises in hand-picked, modern bouquets with a natural vibe. The floral artists also provides comprehensive styling services for photoshoots and weddings. 18 Bonham Strand West, Sheung Wan,


PICTURE PERFECT Need help sorting through photographer portfolios? Not unlike a dating service, PhotoHub provides a one-on-one consultation then connects you with freelance engagement and wedding photographers who best suit your shooting style.

Brides in search of a special scent for the big day might try Ellie Saab’s new Le Parfum in White. Oozing romance and femininity, the floral-driven fragrance combines notes of orange blossom, patchouli, mandarin essence, blackcurrant, pear, jasmine, peonies, vanilla and musk. Available at SOGO Causeway Bay and Beauty Avenue Langham Place.



What’s trending this spring. By Karen Chiang

KEEP IT SMALL In a shift toward more intimate affairs, couples are paring back their guest lists. Aside from a more familial vibe, smaller weddings also have practical payoffs when it comes to budgets and logistics.

GAME ON Couples hosting outdoor weddings may want to incorporate some crowd pleasing lawn games - look for bag toss, bocce balls, croquet, life-size Jenga and more. 12

DECADENT DESSERTS Why choose just one giant cake when you can have a dozen tiny bites? Dessert spreads - featuring everything from macarons to bite-sized cupcakes to trifles - should fill you up this season.

STYLISH SUCCULENTS Succulents are this season’s best floral trend. Not only do these desert beauties make for interesting centerpieces, but they also double as excellent guest favours.


Dates for your wedding journal June 8-10

91st Hong Kong Wedding Fair

TAKE A SEAT An escort card display is a wonderful opportunity to showcase your personalities. You can choose a theme, craft an artful installation, or make it an interactive game for guests.

The quarterly Hong Kong Wedding Fair returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre again this June, bringing with it more than 500 booths across eight themed zones. $20 admission, noon-8pm. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 1, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, 2766-3002,

June 22

The Kerry: Your Urban Oasis Wedding Fair Pop down to The Kerry Hotel for a peek at its spectacular ballroom and other function areas. More than 30 vendors are involved in serving up inspiration this large-scale fair. Plus, couples will get a chance to win trips to Shangri-La hotels across the world.

FOREVER FAVOURS Give a gift that keeps on giving with eco-friendly wedding favours. Need some inspiration? Head to Live Zero ( to shop for metal straws, forever coffee cups, and reusable water bottles. And for bridesmaids? Treat your squad to a kit full of reusable cosmetic wipes and allnatural makeup.

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July 1

Heartfelt Weddings fair at Cordis, Hong Kong Cordis hotel will be hosting a sparkling Swarovski Wedding Showcase this July. At the one-day event, you can chat with dozens of service providers, such as civil celebrants, decoration specialists, and musicians. But the highlight will be the fashion showcase - picture designer wedding gowns and Swarovski crystal-studded hair accessories. Better yet, guests who attend the event will have a chance to win a round-trip prize to London. Time TBC. 555 Shanghai St, Mong Kok, 3552-3388,

July 13-15


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If you’re planning to accept wedding gifts, consider choosing eco-friendly choices such as local crafts or natural homeware. In lieu of gifts or laisee, consider asking guests to donate to a charity you’re passionate about.

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Photographer: Shawn Kei, Hat: Bella Blu, Loungewear: Marie France Van Damme, Dress (poolside): eq:iq

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Happily Eco After

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Throwing an ecofriendly bash takes careful planning, but it’s not impossible. We talk with couples who went the extra mile. By Kate Springer and Doris Lam


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Q How did you two get engaged? Ann Yiu: It happened in Geneva, under a tree in front of The Smurfs Building. We were just finishing a two-month backpacking journey through Europe. I found out later that he had actually picked out various other venues for the proposal, but they were too noisy or crowded or just the wrong atmosphere. So the entire time we were traveling, he had been carrying around this tiny box of “bandaids” in his backpack - that’s where he was hiding the ring box - and looking for the right place to ask. Q What details were most important to you? AY: We didn’t want to create too much waste

Ann Yiu & Simon Cho University sweethearts, Ann Yiu & Simon Cho tied the knot at the beautiful Bauhinia Garden in Kowloon Tsai Park.


for just a one-day event. Although we did have some waste in the end, we thought carefully about the environmental impact of every decision. As for general planning, photos were important to us, so we were grateful to find amazing photographers like Wen Hung for our pre-wedding shoots and Studio Oak for the big day. They captured truly heartfelt moments that we hope to relive again and again.

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WHO HELPED THEM: CATERER: Mushroom Catering, PRE-WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER: Hsieh Wen Hung, WEDDING DAY PHOTOGRAPHER: Studio Oak, VENUE DECOR & FLORIST: Make Your Choicesss Floral Lab, makeyourchoicesssfloralab MAKEUP/HAIR: Miss Chloe Makeup, DRESS: Your Vintage Wedding Closet, SUIT: Menclave Homme, artiasthk.wixsite. com/menclave GIFT FAVOURS: Handmade soap, taught by touchsoap, touchsoapnow WEDDING PLANNER: Vivify Wedding Production, UPCYCLED PROPS: &dear, TABLEWARE: We Use,

Q Why did you choose Bauhinia Garden? AY: I work as a Nature Education Instructor for the

Natural Network, which promotes green living and nature activities on a farm in Sheung Shui. We love nature, so an outdoor venue was our top choice. We searched online for grassy wedding venues and learned about Bauhinia Garden. Once we saw it, we thought the garden would be perfect. Q How were your personalities reflected? AY: We love DIY crafts, so we made lots of the

wedding decor and props ourselves out of recycled materials. For example, the dreamcatcher backdrop, handmade soaps and lipsticks as guests favours, the illustrations on our invitations.... We also chose the music carefully and hung personal photos all around the venue. Q How did you incorporate eco-friendly elements? AY: First, we rented tableware so that we wouldn’t

It’s also important to control the amount of food to avoid waste. For our flower arrangements, we used vegetables for the bouquets and the corsages, so that we could eat them afterwards. Q How did you decide to carry a cabbage as your bouquet? AY: We wanted to reduce waste in every part

of our wedding, so the cabbage bouquet was a great example. It’s a little bit of a gimmick, but it represents the value of organic and local farming. It’s a beautiful fresh flower and it’s a low-carbon, low-waste option. Two days after the wedding, we actually cooked it in a mixed vegetable pot and enjoyed! Glad I spent money on: Photography, decoration

and makeup Glad I saved money on: My dresses

have any disposable paper plates or plastic cultery. We also chose an all-veggie menu, which was great for our vegetarian friends and for the earth.


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Jenni & Jerome Tam Hong Kong-based couple Jenni and Jerome Tam got hitched in a romantic garden at St Paul's Walden Bury country house in Hitchin, England.

Q Why did you have your wedding in London?

with help from my mum. The most important details were the music - we spent a lot of time trying to find the right band - and getting the feel of the wedding right. For example, the wooden benches people would sit on during the ceremony and the long trellis tables where we hosted dinner.

Jenni Tam: I'm from the UK and have a lot of elderly

Q Any complications as you started planning?

relatives there that I knew wouldn't be able to make the flight to Hong Kong. We had a Hong Kong banquet a few months later for Jerome's relatives, who couldn't make it to the UK.

JT: Our caterer was a nightmare - one of the most

Q Why did you choose this venue in particular?

difficult women I've ever had to deal with. And she split from her husband and business partner - who was also the chef - during the planning process, but refused to admit it.

JT: We loved the little brick organ house at the end of a

Q What eco-friendly details did you incorporate?

tree-lined grassy corridor. It seemed homely and rustic, and the perfect place to say “I do.�

JT: First off, we did all our save the dates and invites

Q Tell me a little bit about the planning process. What were the most important details? JT: We planned the whole wedding ourselves remotely

from Hong Kong. After booking the venue and several vendors a year before, I went back once for the food tasting and the rest of it was planned from Hong Kong


electronically. This saved a ton of paper and made sense, given that we were in a different country than many of our guests. With e-invites, we could track who had opened their invite - we chased people who hadn't, as it meant we had an old email address - and guests could reply through our website with their dietary requirements. It made the whole process much simpler.

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Q Anything else?

Q What about the bridesmaids’ dresses,?

JT: We also didn't have any disposable cutlery or

JT: The bridesmaids all chose dresses they loved

plates, our table name signs were in frames that guests could take home, and my dad hand-wrote the place signs on recyclable cards. But our big move was with the flowers. Flowers are often flown in from Kenya or another far-flung location, then used for a matter of hours before being binned. To me, it seemed like a total waste. My friend from school is a florist and I asked her to do our flowers. For our table arrangements, we had potted plants running down two long tables on a bed of moss. We told everyone that they could each take home two plants. Throughout the wedding, they were a real focal point - our photographer captured people putting the pots on their heads. Guests told us they wrangled - good naturedly, I hope! - about who would get which plants.

from ASOS. Nothing was overtly "bridal" and they could all wear these dresses again.

Q How did the potted plants fit the overall vibe? JT: The whole wedding was so green - literally, with

it being outside in the gardens of an English country manor - so the wedding favours being plant pots fit the theme perfectly. And they reflected my love of buying way too many potted plants for our home in Hong Kong! I will admit, though, that I did still have a bouquet. Walking down the aisle carrying a plant pot just wouldn't be quite the same!

Q What was your favourite moment of the day? JT: My favourite moment of the day was my brother

singing in our ceremony. We'd asked him to "lead the songs" because we chose to sing pop songs rather than hymns. He hadn't practised at all, and I was nervous he'd fluff it, but he pulled it out of the bag. He took the spotlight from us... almost! In hindsight... Glad I spent money on: My dress! I blew the budget

but I loved it. Glad I saved money on: Alcohol. We chose a venue

with a no corkage policy, and my mum drove to France to pick up the alcohol which meant we could have a free bar all night. Wish I spent money on: A less annoying caterer! We were attracted by her bottom line, but never again. Wish I saved money on: The string quartet. They were great during our service, but when it rained during our reception they couldn't play anymore, and we'd paid them for three hours.

WHO HELPED THEM: PHOTOGRAPHER: Hannah Mia, FLORIST: Early Hours, MAKEUP: Heidi Yeung, a friend DRESS: Augusta Jones, TUX: Kings Tailor, BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: ASOS, ENTERTAINMENT: Tom Worrall band, GIFT FAVOURS: Potted plants


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Pauline Yau & Daniel Ho

Pauline and Daniel first met 14 years ago before reconnecting again in 2016. The pair instantly hit it off and have been inseparable ever since.

Q Why did you choose to have a wedding at sea? Pauline Yau: We always knew that

we didn’t want to have a big, wasteful Chinese banquet dinner. But beyond that, we weren’t really sure what was right for us. Thankfully, Daniel read about FLOAT yacht on Apple Daily. We fell in love with the idea of having a wedding at sea! The boat is so minimalist and simple - we loved that it wasn’t over-the-top. Q What surprised you the most about it? DH: The food was surprisingly good!

We didn’t have high hopes for catering on a boat, but our friends really liked it -

especially the fusion Caesar salad with fermented black bean paste. Q How were your personalities reflected in the wedding? PY: We both wanted something simple

yet different, so the venue was a perfect match. We also chose to have a smaller wedding with roughly 70 of our close family and friends. Daniel and I skipped all the Chinese wedding door games, which can create a lot of waste, and just enjoyed our friends’ company. I also sourced or made most of the decorations, since I’m a visual merchandising stylist.



DRESS: Vera Wang,


Float Hong Kong,

VENUE DECOR: DIY with help

SUIT: J. Crew,

from friends


HAIR: Private i Salon, www.


Dennis Mok,

MAKEUP: Angus Lee, tinyurl.

TRANSPORT: Uber, Water taxis


WATER WORLD FLOAT provides eco-friendly services for its guests by arranging reusable decorations and glassware to reduce


waste. The team also sets up recycling bins to keep discarded cans or bottles from landing in the ocean.

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GREEN GUIDE Keen to throw an eco-friendly bash, but not sure where to start? Janhavi Shah of 3 Degrees Events provides 10 steps for going green on the big day. By Doris Lam

1 Say “yes” to a preloved dress “Wearing a vintage dress - or perhaps your mother’s own wedding gown will reduce your carbon footprint. If the look is no longer in style, hire a seamstresses to update the dress and tailor it to your figure.” TOP TIP: Book an appointment several

months in advance with women’s tailors like Irene Fashion (www. in Central.

2 Rent bridesmaids dresses “Sites like LMR Weddings or Yeechoo offer modern, stylish cocktail dresses and gowns that are perfect for bridesmaids.”

3 Host a daytime wedding “From the music to those darling fairy lights, it’s easy to forget how much electricity goes into fueling a big event. For an easy alternative, host your wedding during the day. That way, you can make use of photogenic natural light and cut down on electricity.”

4 Buy seasonal flowers “Work with florists who can recommend seasonal flowers. TOP TIP: Head down to the Prince

Edward flower market to choose your own seasonal flowers. Or try Flannel Flowers ( for some seasonal expertise.

offer them to guests as favours or donate them to a nonprofit like Petal Delights ( PetalDelights)”

5 Support local farmers

9 Ditch paper invitations

“Discuss farm-to-table dining options with your caterer. There are several farms in Yuen Long that produce fresh, organic veggies.”

“Most invitations are thrown away after the event, resulting in loads of waste. For invites, try PaperlessPost - a site that enables couples to design beautiful e-cards.”

TOP TIP: Local caterers such as

CRFT PIT ( and Invisible Kitchen (www. will ensure all produce is fresh and seasonal.

6 Plant power “The most effective way to reduce your wedding’s carbon footprint? Go vegan for a night. If you’re hosting a wedding banquet in Hong Kong, there are plenty of catering options serving up delicious green treats.

7 Choose reusable gift favours “Your guests will love eco-friendly gifts such as homemade jam, potted succulents or fresh herbs.”

TOP TIP: If you have your heart on

mailing paper save-the-dates instead of an e-invite, look into sustainable paper options. You can source recycled - or even plantable “seed paper” that can be grown into flowers or herbs from online outfits such as Bloomin (

10 Distribute excess food “Encourage guests to take home leftover food or set up composting bins at the reception to avoid food waste.” 3 Degrees Events creates personalised and memorable events across Asia.

8 Donate your decor “Instead of letting all your beautiful flowers and decorations go to waste,


Bridal Delights at CORDIS, HONG KONG From spa soirees to intimate gatherings, planning a bridal shower has never been so much fun.


ooking for bridal shower inspiration? Cordis, Hong Kong truly has something for everyone! From intimate tea parties to indulgent spa treatments and even cocktails and craft brews, you’ll find something for every kind of bride.

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What could be better than a city break in a chic and spacious room with your girlfriends? Check into Cordis, Hong Kong and spend the day by the pool, before venturing out into Mong Kok for an evening of exploration. From karaoke to night markets, the options are endless.

Step into Chuan Spa, the haven of relaxation where you can enjoy a tranquil experience high above the bustling streets of Mong Kok. Spacious treatment rooms can accommodate groups of up to four, while adjoining relaxation areas are perfect for post-treatment socialising.

COCKTAILS FOR QUEENS Looking for a private event space? Alibi - Wine Dine Be Social can host private parties for up to 45 guests, with master mixologists who can whip up bespoke cocktails to get the party hopping. For smaller groups, simple nab a table at this chic but homely spot for an evening of merriment and mischief.

ďƒ‘THE GARAGE BAR: ALFRESCO DRINKS If you're seeking something a little different, take out outside at The Garage Bar, Cordis' secret outdoor spot. With two vintage food trucks parked in the courtyard, you can sample local craft beers or cocktails, kick back with a barbecue feast and chill as Mong Kok hums below you. 555 Shanghai Street, Mong Kok


AFTERNOON TEA DATE Looking for a sophisticated ladies' afternoon? Alibi Wine Dine Be Social hosts a delicious afternoon tea that changes regularly, meaning you'll be surprised every time you go. From now until July 31, the theme is "Treasures from the Deep" Presented inside a treasure chest, the sustainable inspired menu features sustainable seafood dishes such as Spanish sardine with tomato-chorizo salsa, and prawn tartare with sesame seeds, nori and black lemon mayo. Desserts are inspired by jewels: think "pearl" white chocolate and white peach mousse; and "Ruby" strawberry and hibiscus bavarois. Plus, guests can order a bottle of Perrier-Jouet champagne for an additional $298 only. The perfect setting for a mermaidthemed shower, perhaps? 3552-3322

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Meat-free menus

Considering a plant-based wedding menu? These catering companies can make your veggie wedding dreams come true. By Susie Riza

GATHERNGRAZE Whether you’re looking for light bites during cocktail hour or the main meal, GatherNGraze has knack for creating stylish grazing tables - always tailored to suit their clients’ needs, whether that be vegan, gluten-free or vegetarian. No matter what the team is cooking up, you can expect light and elegant spreads laden with a mix of international and locally sourced ingredients, artisan jams, handcrafted dips, fresh fruit and vegetables, edible flowers, and homemade crisps. 5682-0393,



THE ALTERNATIVE CATERER From the creators of plant-based restaurant Grassroots Pantry, The Alternative Caterer provides innovative vegan and vegetarian dishes. You can opt for canapes, casual sandwiches, a set menu, or a full buffet service all packed with tasty and nutritious ingredients. STANDOUT DISHES: Try the the gado gado cucumber roll with cashew satay dressing, and the raw macadamia tiramisu. 2873-3353,

HABITŪ CATERING Known for its home-style flavours and nutritious dishes, HABITŪ offers bespoke catering services for weddings and events. The team will not only set up a custom table display but they also work with couples to design signature drinks and personalised menus. Whether you’re looking for vegan, veggie, gluten-free or all-organic meals, HABITŪ is a delicious choice for conscientious couples. STANDOUT DISHES: We love the classic roasted pumpkin and organic quinoa kale salad and the “Beet Wellington.” PSST... Couples who spend over $10,000 will enjoy complimentary butler service for an hour, while orders that surpass $5,000 come with signature flowers arrangements.

INVISIBLE KITCHEN With executive chef Tom Burney at the helm, Invisible Kitchen has become one of the city’s most popular caterers. Accommodating vegans and vegetarians, the service promises responsibly sourced ingredients and nutrient-rich dishes wherever you’re celebrating. To further reduce the environmental impact of events, the team uses Beyond Meat vegan products, filters its own drinking water and arranges recycling. 2711-5788,

GREEN LUCK BY GREEN COMMON A part of the Green Monday group - which runs Green Common stores and cafes - Green LUCK Banquet promotes healthy and eco-friendly banqueting. The outfit focuses on three key elements: no waste, no meat, no shark fin. A social enterprise, Green LUCK also works with food rescue organisations to redistribute leftofters to people in need. STANDOUT DISHES: We love the vegan Beyond Burger, made with innovative plant-based ingredients. 2263-3172,



Green and Gorgeous For those planning a sustainable celebration, these Hong Kong venues are equal parts green and glam. By Susie Riza

FLOAT THE VIBE: Want to leave no footprints as you say ‘I do’? Enter FLOAT, a 78-foot-long yacht that bobs around Hong Kong Island. The boat boasts 3,000 square feet of space, including a dance floor, grill and a fully stocked alfresco bar. There’s an in-house design team ready and willing to create a one-of-a-kind wedding with eco-friendly details. WEDDING STYLE: Intimate affair, ocean chic, sea daze BEST PART: The yacht itself is stunning, with floor-toceiling windows and amazing views from every angle. PSST... FLOAT provides glassware for drinks, recycling bins, and reusable decorations to cut down on waste. 9820-3774,


CATERING: Float arranges catering for cocktail parties, lunch, dinner and barbecue buffets. CAPACITY: Up to 80 people; 120 standing


BATHERS THE VIBE: If you’re dreaming of a beachfront do, then Bathers could be the ticket. Located on Lantau Island’s Cheung Sha Beach, the alfresco eatery delivers friendly service and British gastropub fare prepared by chef Toby Barrett. Low-key couples will love the holiday vibes and sun-kissed setting. WEDDING STYLE: Australian flair, British fare, boho bridal BEST PART: Chef Barrett’s seasonal cuisine and the gorgeous sunsets PSST... Bathers goes out of its way to add eco-friendly touches, from sourcing sustainable, local produce for menu to enforcing a no-plastic rule. 32 Lower Cheung Cha Village, South Lantau, 2504-4788,

CATERING: Expect surf and turf, plus tailor-made menus and seasonal produce. Highlights include beer-battered barramundi and grilled lobster. The restaurant supports vegetarian and vegan menu options for those looking for a meat-free day. CAPACITY: 100 people seated; 200 standing



HONG KONG DISNEYLAND HOTEL’S WEST LAWN THE VIBE: Dreaming of a fairytale wedding? Head to ‘the most magical place on earth’. Hong Kong Disneyland Resort will spoil the young at heart with rides, roaming Disney characters and whimsical charm. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings ceremony packages include a specially designed marquee, a heart-shaped wishing tree, dozens of canapes, a freshly baked wedding cake, and a dedicated in-house bridal assistant at one of the outdoor venues. WEDDING STYLE: Magical marriage, picture perfect, nostalgic nuptials BEST PART: Couples can have their first dance choreographed to their favourite Disney love ballad, accompanied by a live band. All together now: ‘Can you feel the love tonight?’ PSST... The resort has partnered with the Foodlink Foundation to collect all edible surplus from the resort’s restaurants and banquets, and deliver them to families in need. Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Lantau Island, 3510-6868,

CATERING: It’s sustainable seafood all the way for its tailor-made Chinese and Western banquet menus. Vegetarian options also available. CAPACITY: 300 people, theatre-style; 500, cocktail

SYDNEY LEONG HOLIDAY LODGE THE VIBE: If simplicity is what you’re after, look no further than the Garden Terrace at the Sydney Leong Holiday Lodge. Tucked away on Lantau Island, the secluded lodge is all about minimalism. Couples are left to their own devices here - the decor, food, and experience is completely up to you. WEDDING STYLE: Secret garden, intimate affair, DIY decor BEST PART: The bill! This lodge offers affordable packages starting from $9,000. PSST... Hire out the entire camp to stay overnight with your nearest and dearest. 10A San Shek Wan, South District, Lantau Island, 2980-2321,

CATERING: The lodge invites couples to arrange their favourite food and drink caterers. CAPACITY: Up to 150 standing; 50 seated


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PODIUM AT LE MÉRIDIEN CYBERPORT THE VIBE: One of Hong Kong’s most popular outdoor wedding venues, Le Méridien Cyberport’s Podium is set inside a gorgeous green lawn. The outdoor space is hugged by the ocean and can accomodate wedding parties large or small. Packages include everything from complimentary bottles of champagne to eco-friendly transport for guests, plus accomodation for the newlyweds. WEDDING STYLE: Outdoorsy occasions, lawn lounging

CATERING: Lunch, dinner and canape packages are available. Special dishes include Chinese barbecue platters, roast beef sirloin and creamy Portugese egg tarts. CAPACITY: 500 standing, 300 seated

BEST PART: Guests will be transported to and from meeting points in a sleek, environmentally-friendly Tesla. PSST... This is one of the largest and more versatile outdoor venues in Hong Kong. 100 Cyberport Rd, 2980-7788, weddingdestination.

THE OCEAN BY OLIVIER BELLIN THE VIBE: Overlooking Repulse Bay, The Ocean by Olivier Bellin oozes coastal chic. The picturesque venue takes couples on an adventure under the sea, with interiors that resemble crashing wave and colourful coral. WEDDING STYLE: Upscale ocean, Breton brilliance, coral cache BEST PART: The phenomenal Breton cuisine will have your guests talking about the menu for years to come. PSST... The Ocean sits atop Repulse Bay beach, so it’s perfect for wedding photos at sunset. East Wing L2, Shop 216, The Pulse, Beach Road 28, Repulse Bay, 2889-5939,

CATERING: Chef Olivier Bellin serves surf ‘n’ turf made with seasonal ingredients and French flair. CAPACITY: 60 seated



GREATER CHINA CLUB ROOF GARDEN THE VIBE: The Greater China Club is one of Hong Kong’s best kept secrets. Hidden in West Kowloon’s D2 Place culture and creativity hub, the club houses an art gallery and a photogenic Roof Garden. WEDDING STYLE: Alfresco address, floral flair, garden sanctuary BEST PART: The club is an Art Deco retreat and a one-of-a-kind leisurely experience. PSST... Silk flower installations make for excellent photo opps. Room A, 10/F, 9 Cheung Yee St., D2 Place One, Lai Chi Kok, 2743-8055,

CATERING: Greater China Club offers fine Cantonese cuisine with Michelinstarred chefs at the helm. Presentation is everything here, with western buffets and Chinese banquets available. CAPACITY: The Rooftop Garden can accommodate up to 250 people.



GO GREEN ORGANIC FARM PINEAPPLE PARK THE VIBE: Go Green Organic Farm Pineapple Park sprawls across 1,858 square metres, complete with an upcycled banquet marquee that can seat up to 360 guests. It’s all about quirky and playful touches at the Pineapple Park, from handicraft booths to roaming goats and pineapple motifs. WEDDING STYLE: Organic occasion, gorgeously green, pineapple perfection


BEST PART: All wedding decorations and gifts for guests are made from recycled or upcycled materials. PSST... The farm’s goats can double as flower girls or pageboys during the wedding. Guests are welcome to feed the goats as well! Sze Pai Shek, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, New Territories (close to Kam Sheung Road MTR station), 5579-2178,

CATERING: Dedicated to providing a super-green experience, Go Green Organic Farm partners with the Free Methodist Church of Hong Kong to provide a tailor-made menu made with organic ingredients. CAPACITY: 360 seated; 400-500 standing

Sustainable Style Looking for a dream wedding gown but worried about waste? Get the best of both worlds with these eco-friendly brands, second-hand boutiques and rental services. By Karen Chiang



SOMETHING OLD If you’re into retro silhouettes, invest in a pre-loved gown. From high collars and long sleeves to ruffles and romantic lace, a vintage wedding dress exudes classic charm. SHOP IT: Mrs Vintage is stocked with gowns dating all the way back to the ‘20s.

Mrs Vintage Photo: Michael Chiu

GO GREEN Love a modern gown, but hate the fashion industry’s massive carbon footprint? Go for eco-friendly labels that make pieces from repurposed or plant-based fabrics. SHOP IT: A pioneer of sustainable fashion, US label Reformation designs wedding and party dresses that are both glam and green.

RENT THE AISLE An easy way to green your wedding gowns is to rent it from a bridal boutique. Take your pick from designers big and small, then return it after the big day.


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RENT IT: Several boutiques in Hong Kong offer rental services, including Cocoon Bridal.



PASS IT ON Looking for designer frocks without the lofty price tag? Get your hands on pre-loved - or even brand new gowns - at a fraction of the price at a local gown reselling boutique.

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SHOP IT: At Miss Bride Reselling Corner, you’ll find designer gowns in great condition and approachable prices. Want to go online? Still White is the world’s largest bridal gown reselling platform. missbrideresellingcorner;


FOR THE GIRLS “When will I ever wear this again?” said every bridesmaid, ever. To save on cost - and waste - direct your best gals to a handy dress rental service. RENT IT: Hong Kong-based Yeechoo stocks everything from cocktail dresses to evening gowns, as well as a six-month buy-back service for selected runway styles.

ACCESSORIES, PLEASE No bridal look is complete without a few accessories. If you have your eyes on a pair of Jimmy Choos, try looking for pre-loved ones instead. SHOP IT: Sites like Vestiaire Collective (right) and HULA offer second-hand luxury items that have been carefully vetted for authenticity and condition.;




Rico Tsui, chief photographer and creative director of An Ant Capture, shares his favourite moments from Genevieve and Pakman’s destination wedding in England. By Doris Lam

“This was a playful moment when the bridesmaids were on their way to the wedding in the back of a black cab. I like this photo, because it’s so distinctively British.” 44


“Getting ready! Many brides strive for ‘the perfect wedding look,’ but not Genevieve. She stuck with her signature black eye liner - no better day to be yourself than your big day.”

“Having met as students in England, Genevieve and Pakman had a destination wedding at the Brompton Oratory in London. I wanted to capture this solemn moment - where everyone was listening to the priest - while simultaneously showing how grand and special this church was.”

“This was taken right before Genevieve walked in the church, knowing that Pakman was waiting for her. You can see a lot of contemplation in this picture, as she thought about this new stage of her life. I love taking pictures from a distance, as it allows emotions to be felt instead of being disturbed.” 45


“I usually research the venues beforehand, especially when it’s a destination wedding. I learned that the oratory has two floors, so I was sure to make good use of it in my photos for a unique perspective.”

“The second you see this picture, you can tell they’re all very good friends. They asked me to take this photo, and I didn’t direct them in any way. They just naturally showed their personalities in the picture.”

“I took a lot of photos of the guests at the wedding. Because of the couple’s background in the fashion industry, the guests all had a great sense of style and looked like they were from London Fashion Week!”

“A moment that captured so many raw emotions. I love capturing pictures that will let couples look back and relive what they felt on the day. So much was happening in the background, but this moment is solely theirs.” This is the first picture of the couple emerging as newlyweds after the ceremony – pure, delightful and full of hope on their faces and for their journey ahead.”



Let’s Kick It

Wedding planning leaving you frazzled? Throw some punches at an MMA, kickboxing or martial arts session. These full-body workouts not only burn mega calories, but they provide stress-busting payoffs, too. By Doris Lam

Practical Wing Chun International A well-known Wing Chun sifu master, Wan Kam-leung provides private and small-group kung fu classes at his Kowloon studio. For beginners, he provides a modified version that helps newcomers balance strength training and mental stamina. Wing Chun also offers women-only classes that focus on the technical, physical and logical aspects of kung fu. Classes from $800 for two. 1/F, 456 Nathan Rd, Yau Ma Tei, 9268-2620,

The Studio by Jab The Studio by Jab offers small group classes, nine-week transformational programmes, and personal training options. For brides who want a boost of confidence before walking down the aisle or hitting the dance floor, try a series of kickboxing classes to improve coordination and rhythm. The classes draw from principles that were originally tailored for athletes in the NFL and NBA, combining proprioception training with fast-paced cardio. Classes from $300. 5/F, Crawford House, 70 Queen’s Road Central, 2851-6684,



Warrior Academy Located near HKU station, Warrior Academy occupies a gorgeous cross-training facility with a range of hard-core classes. You can choose from Olympic weightlifting to Muay Thai, Thai sword fighting, boxing, yoga, and full-body conditioning. You don’t have to be a pro, either: Classes are organised by ability level, ensuring that everyone can work at their own pace. After a session, stop into the adjacent Elephas cafe for nutritious salads, poke bowls, and vegan baked goods. PSST... Couples and brides-to-be might try Lean & Mean, a structured 12-week programme with small group sessions, nutrition guidance and body composition analysis. Classes from $250. 1/F, Hong Kong Plaza, 188 Connaught Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, 2838-3878,

Hong Kong Fight Club We’re breaking the cardinal rule of Fight Club.... but here goes: Opened in 2004, Hong Kong Fight Club provides a range of class options, from mixed martial arts (MMA) to wrestling to Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Tapping into techniques from various combat sports, MMA is the most suitable for beginners, though jiujitsu is also a popular option. Classes from $200. 6/F, Simsons Commercial Building, 137-139 Johnston Rd., Wan Chai, 9238-9499,

Hong Kong Self Defence and Krav Maga Founded by Donovan Ryan, Self Defence and Krav Maga (a form of self-defence used by the Israeli military) is home to Hong Kong’s only expert-ranked Krav Maga instructor. Choose from small group classes such as Krav Maga and Self Defence or Weapons Defences, and you'll learn valuable skills while working up a sweat. Classes at $4,000 for a three-month course. Various training locations, including 4/F Si Toi Commercial Building, 62-63 Connaught Road West, Sheung Wan, 2824-8427,




Chuan Spa

TREATMENT: Chuan Ritual PRICE: From $1,825 TIME: 2.5 hours

THE VIBE: Sporting a recently revamped fitness centre, Chuan Spa at Cordis hotel in Mong Kok incorporates the five elements wood, earth, metal, fire and water - into its treatments and decor. THE GIST: When you arrive, a therapist will escort you to the changing room where saunas and steam rooms await - available 45 minutes before each treatment. The Chuan Ritual itself is highly personalised, so each guests can mix and match the desired treatments, which include massages, facials, scrubs, mud wraps, and more. We chose a 60-minute Kerstin Florian facial, 60-minute Chuan Balancing massage, and 30-minute Chuan Mini Feet Retreat - an idyllic combination for brides. From the aromatherapy oils to the products, every aspect of the experience was tailored for our skin’s needs.


HOW’S THE SERVICE? Our therapist personalised our treatment from start to finish. She first identified our natural element - a mix of wood and earth - then analysed our condition, and asked about our personal goals. ABOUT THE SNACKS: Before and after each treatment, guests may relax in an apothecary-inspired waiting room where they can enjoy warm chamomile tea, dried fruit, and cookies. WHEN TO GO: A Chuan Ritual will help you unwind in the days before the wedding - or really anytime during the planning process. BEST PART: There are several couples’ treatment rooms, so brides and grooms can enjoy an experience together. 41/F, Cordis, Hong Kong, 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3510,



Wellness at The Murray

relaxation facilities, followed by a gentle cleansing ritual, exfoliation, extraction, and hydrating mask. After applying the mask, the therapist performed a series of stress-busting massages. HOW’S THE SERVICE? Highly personalised. No two facials are alike here, as each will be tailored to your skin’s conditions and aroma preferences.

TREATMENT: The Murray Facial by Grown Alchemist

PRICE: From $675-1,925 TIME: 30-90 minutes

THE VIBE: The recently opened Murray hotel provides a haven of tranquility in the heart of Central. At the spa, Japanese-esque minimalism awaits with a spacious gym, vitality pool, indoor lap pool, and five treatment suites - each with either a steam room or wood sauna. THE GIST: The signature Murray Facial aims to restore skin with Grown Alchemist’s botanical beauty products and a personalised blend of aromatherapy oils. The experience begins with an hour to enjoy the spa’s

ABOUT THE SNACKS: Before the treatment, we chose a relaxing lavender tea from a set of loose-leaf jars. When we emerged from the dry sauna, we were delighted to find a plate of fresh fruit awaiting us. The experience ended with a steamy pot of calming rice tea. WHEN TO GO: Book a treatment a few days before the wedding for ultimate relaxation and glowy skin. BEST PART: The hand, head and foot massages while your face recovers with a deeply hydrating mask. 22 Cotton Tree Drive, Central, 3141-8888,



prefer, ranging from 40 to 100 on each eye. No matter which style and volume you choose, these high-quality Japanese silk sable lashes will retain their curl and adhesion for the next four to six weeks. HOW’S THE SERVICE? Meticulous. We were blown away by the care with which our technician attached each lash. The experience was surprisingly relaxing and we fell asleep halfway through.

TREATMENT: Japanese Eyelash Extensions

PRICE: From $580-780 TIME: 60 minutes

THE VIBE: Cerynne is peaceful and clean, kitted out with relaxing turquoise shades, soft blankets and comfy furniture. THE GIST: When you arrive, a specialist will walk you through the various styles of lashes on offer. For example, “sexy” fans out around the outer edge of your eyes, while “gorgeous” provides all-over volume. Next, you’ll choose how many lash extensions you

WHEN TO GO: For best results, we’d visit the salon for eyelash extensions a couple of days before the big day. BEST PART: While you’re there, you can multitask with an organic gel mani-pedi or semi-permanent make-up - think eyebrow embroidery, eyeliner enhancement, or lip colour services. Cerynne is relocating in mid-June to 1/F, 2 On Lan St., Central, 2336-6697,



NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

Makeup Forever Liquid Lift Foundation

“Don’t want to touch up your lipstick? This liquid formula goes on smooth and is long lasting. Although it dries matte, it does not dry out your lips. If you don’t like the matte lip look, you could top it up with lip gloss.”

“It’s a beautiful medium coverage foundation that enhances the skin. Your complexion will appear firmer and lifted with natural to dewy finish. Since it does not have SPF, it photographs beautifully.”

Shu Uemura Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencils

Becca Eye Tint “This is a semi-sheer, blendable and creaseresistant eyeshadow. It creates the most beautiful wash of colour that traditional powder eyeshadow just can’t create. You can even apply this with your fingers, no brush required!”

the Bag Nikky Paril, operations manager of Flawless Spa, shares her favourite beauty products for brides.

“To achieve the most natural, defined brow look on your wedding day, this is my go-to. The foolproof product only releases product when it interacts with oil on your brows, which means the pigment always distributes evenly no matter how heavy handed you are.”

Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Mascara “This mascara has the perfect balance in terms of texture. It’s not too wet nor too dry - and, most importantly, it does not clump. All that, and it still delivers volume, extension and definition.”

Nars Light Reflecting Pressed or Loose-Setting Powder “It sets and prolongs your foundation and under-eye concealer beautifully. It’s so transparent that you can’t even see the powder up close with a magnifying mirror.”

An experienced makeup artist, Nikky completed her professional makeup training at Makeup Forever Academy in Hong Kong. She now manages Flawless Spa, where she provides makeup services and trains aspiring makeup artists. 4/F, Sea Bird House, 22-28 Wyndham St., Central, 2869-5868,





From Bali to Belize, these wellness packages will help newlyweds unwind in bliss after the big day. By Compare Retreats


fter months of hardcorde planning, many newlyweds want nothing more than a bit of rest and recuperation on their honeymoon. Whether you’re looking for a remote nature retreat or a yoga-centric getaway, these experiences will have you head over heels in more ways than one.



1 FLORBLANCA Costa Rica’s Florblanca resort is synonymous with romance, and the Honeymoon House villa is no exception. Expect a private beach, a Jacuzzi, and stunning views from your seafront rooms. If you can tear yourself away, you’ll enjoy the resort’s range of delicious “farm to table and hook to fork” dining, as well as the various activities - think Pilates, yoga, horseback riding, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding. Rates from $6,081 per night. Frank’s Place, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica, +506-2640-0232,

2 THE CHATEAU SPA & ORGANIC RESORT In the lush Berjaya Hills, just outside Kuala Lumpur, The Chateau Spa & Organic Resort hosts versatile couples’ retreats at its sprawling estate. Programmes run between three and seven nights, and might include horseback riding excursions and yoga, among other activities. In between activities, The Chateau also offers couple’s counselling sessions, nutritional consultations and a weight loss programme - ensuring body and mind are as harmonious as the two of you. Retreats from $19,398. Kampung Bukit Tinggi, Pahang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,



3 38 DEGREES NORTH You can build your own healthy honeymoon adventure at 38 Degrees North in Ibiza’s stunning northern region. For relaxation, couples can choose from yoga, reiki, meditation, Pilates and mindfulness sessions. If you’re looking for some serious exercise, the HIIT, boxing and kettlebell classes should be right up your alley. Winding down at the end of the day has never been easier, with a selection of spa treatments and healthy juices on offer. Prices available on request. Santa Eulalia del Rio, Ibiza, Spain, +44-20-3051-8467,

4 THATCH CAYE The aptly named Pure Passion package at Thatch Caye in Belize will spoil you with candle-lit dinners and crystal-clear water. Running between five and seven nights, couples can choose to stay in the resort’s overwater bungalows or island cabanas; a tough choice, we know. Engage in some of that much needed one-on-one time, taking the resort’s kayaks out around the island, going for a snorkel or stand-up paddle boarding around the bay. For those who want to explore further afield, island excursions and fishing tours are available on request. Retreats from $29,741. South Water Marine Reserve, Hopkin, Coco Plum, Caye, Belize. +1-800-435-3145,



5 BAGUS JATI Bagus Jati’s romantic Bali setting is the ideal island escape for yogis. You’ll enjoy a mix of private and group classes, while sunrise treks and spiritual Balinese purification rituals provide relaxing cultural experiences. It’s not all sweat and no sweet—the Honeymoon Package includes a romantic dinner for two, as well as traditional Balinese spa treatments for you two to enjoy together. Retreats from $9,338. Banjar Jati, Desa Sebatu, Kecamatan Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia, +62-361-901-888,

6 MESA STILA Unwind in the raw jungle of rural Java with a romantic retreat at Mesa Stila. During the Honeymoon Escape, couples will luxuriate in a traditional Javanese villa overlooking lush mountains, enjoy romantic dinners, lie down for couples spa treatments, and choose from a long list of daily activities ranging from relaxing yoga to challenging jungle trekking. Rates from $5,885. Jalan Losari, Losari, Grabag, Kalipucang, Grabag, Magelang, Jawa Tengah 56196, Indonesia, +62-298-596-333,

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Love at first flight Pack your bags for a dreamy destination wedding, epic honeymoon, or a “just because” getaway. By Doris Lam

1 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ For couples looking for a healthy honeymoon option, Cal-a-Vie Health Spa might fit the bill. Located in Southern California, the retreat provides personalised health and fitness programmes that could include everything from yoga to hydro riders (biking in a swimming pool), golf, tennis, nutritious meals, massages and facials. The retreat also just added WellnessFX blood testing analysis, which enables your trainers and nutritionist to develop highly personalised programmes. Three-night packages from Cal-a-Vie start at HK$34,537 per person, +1-888-373-8773,

2 ‘TIS THE SEASON Known for its charming lantern-lit streets and excellent street food, Hoi An in Vietnam is one of the top spots for a convenient destination wedding. Not only is the flight just 1.5 hours from Hong Kong, but the recently renovated Four Seasons The Nam Hai offers full wedding planning services to make the experience easy breezy. You’ll have a hand in choosing food, cultural experiences, flowers, music and more. And for the groom? Check out one of the 300-plus tailor shops dotted around the heritage town. Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Block Ha My Dong B, Dien Duong Ward, Dien Ban Town Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, +84-235-395-9879,


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3 DESTINATION AWESOME Organising an overseas wedding just got a lot easier. Online platform Kiss & Tell puts everything you need in one place: Instead of planning from afar, couples can browse the website’s 200-plus pre-vetted venues to find their dream destination - whether that be Fiji, Oman, South Korea, or New Zealand - and book an all-inclusive affair. From there, couples can also browse destination activities, book blocks of accommodations, create a social calendar, then share all of the details with guests.

4 BALL OUT IN BALI For those planning an ultra-intimate affair, check out the Ritz-Carlton Bali’s new Sky Wedding packages. Couples can exchange vows inside the top floor Sky Villa, surrounded by eight of their closest family members or friends. The wedding package includes a signature Ritz-Carlton wedding cake, violin serenades, flowers, and more. And afterwards? Make yourself at home in the villa, where you’ll find a private pool and panoramic ocean views. Jalan Raya Nusa Dua Selatan Lot III, Sawangan, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia, +62-361-849 8988,

5 A FLY PROPOSAL Looking for an unforgettable proposal idea? Head down under, where Sydney Seaplanes designs proposal packages that cover everything you need for a romantic day out. You can choose a seaplane flight over Bondi Beach, followed by a picnic à deux on Shark Island. Or sit down for a private candle-lit dinner on Sydney Seaplanes’ dock after a 30-minute flight around the city’s beautiful harbour. Packages start from HK$9,456. Lyne Park, Rose Bay, NSW 2029 Australia, 1-300-732-752,


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Dreaming up an alternative to the usual boozy bachelorette? We’ve got a few novel ways to celebrate with your squad. By Karen Chiang

Up dog

You may have seen Cirque de Soleil and you’ve probably been to a few yoga classes, but have you thought about combining the two? Acroyoga is a challenging, partner-based practice that makes for the perfect group activity for team bride. Yoga instructor Jessica Lee offers private classes and will even help you take care of booking a venue.

Hit the barre

No, not that bar! A combination of dance, Pilates, yoga and functional training, barre workouts will challenge your strength and balance. Book a private class at WeBarre - the team will not only curate a personal playlist for the event but will also treat your squad to an (optional) bottle of complimentary sparkling wine after the class. 13/F, Hilltop Plaza, 49-51 Hollywood Rd., Central,



Add oil

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, aromatherapy can help to improve your physical, mental and spiritual well-being. To get started, we ask Bérénice Guyot, the Managing Director of Mességué to give us the lowdown on essential oils. By Kate Springer

Slow it down

If you’re ready to zen out before the big day, head to Fivelements in Sai Kung to really get away from it all. A weekend retreat with the girls might include Balinese-inspired facials, body treatments, and plant-based gourmet meals. Need a mind detox? The retreat also offers yoga and meditation sessions in a beautiful wood-clad yoga room. 81 Tai Chung Hau Rd., Sai Kung,

Do you personally use essential oils? Bérénice Guyot: “Yes, and they have changed my life immensely. I always kick-start my mornings with oils to make sure the day ahead is a good one! Every morning, I choose one or two essential oils, depending on my mood. When I travel, I always bring along my little box of essential oils so it’s handy.” What are the health benefits? BG: “Essential oils are great plant-based remedies to help protect and support our immune systems, fight against physical ailments, or soothe stress.” Do different oils have different benefits? BG: “Yes, that’s right. Each oil has a different benefit. For example, eucalyptus radiata is great for the respiratory system, while lavender is great for sleep and relaxation. Lemon is amazing for disinfecting, purifying the air, and even getting rid of sticky spots that may be on your floor, wall or shoes!” What’s a great way to get started with essential oils? BG: “For beginners, I recommend starting with an essential oil diffuser. Figure out what types of scents you like, and just enjoy them at home. Later you can move onto essential oil massages. When you want to level up, try using it as food supplements or in your cooking. But, it’s very important to read the instructions before using each oil as not all are meant to be consumed.”

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How could they help brides? BG: “Wedding planning can be stressful at times, so I recommend using petitgrain (extracted from a bitter orange tree) - it’s uplifting, refreshing, and helps to balance emotions. Oils that are good to include in your pre-wedding beauty regime would be neroli and rose, which is great for rejuvenating the skin and overall wellbeing.”

Unit O, 8/F, King Win Factory Building, 65-67 King Yip St, Kwun Tong,

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Get you glow on with a Skin Care DIY session at Bonart. During the hands-on workshop, a skincare guru will explain how to make your own all-natural lip balm, hand cream and more.


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.

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.

Revel Events Specialising in destination weddings and large-scale event production, Revel Events is well-known in Hong Kong for its professionalism and ability to execute a stylish, stress-free event. From conception to decoration and vendor booking, every detail is taken care of, leaving you to relax and enjoy the party. 2155-9860,



Bridal Style Belier Design 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. 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. Room 1502, 15/F, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok St., Sheung Wan, 2869-9030,

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 newly arrived. Room 1501-2, 15/F, Hing Lung Commercial Building, 68-74 Bonham Strand East, Sheung Wan, 2815-8330,

Noir Bridal Shoes 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.

Florists Tomasina Designs 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, tomasina.designs.


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 Rd., Central, 5505-1661,

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 twotier metallic and marble cake is an edible sculpture that’s as 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.

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.

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.

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

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

Ali G Studios

Tanarak Photography



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,

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,

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,

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse With its panoramic views of Wan Chai and Happy Valley, the vast outdoor terrace at Wooloomooloo 66

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,

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 all-natural brides.

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,

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 and hygienic setting. 23/F, Siki Centre, 23 Jardine’s Bazaar, Causeway Bay, 2104-1933,

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.


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If you want to look your healthiest before the big day, Urban Greenosophy offers health supplements and natural skincare products, all of which are ecofriendly 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.

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.

Whether it’s a march-in, banquet or after party, Mrs Robinson provides the finest live music to accompany every couple’s romantic day. The band recently shot a music video for their rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” - check it out at mrsrobinsonlive

Jewellery Austy Lee Newly launched in April, Austy Lee is a fine jewellery design studio that specialises in jade and gemstones. 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,

Suite 311, 3/F, Office Tower, Lippo Sun Plaza, 28 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, 3114-7111,

Entertainment Mobile Disco With regular clients such as Hong Kong Tatler, The Masonic Lodge and The Peter Bennett Foundation, DJ Fred Fung is a sure-fire hit with anyone who appreciates good music. Whether it’s a retro-inspired event or you just love to boogie to the classics, he’ll get the dance floor bopping. WhatsApp 9834-4320 for rates and availability. mrsrobinsonlive; MrsRobinsonLive

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-alifetime experiences. Their team of passionate travel concierges will be able to plan every detail to make sure your holiday goes off without a hitch.

Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai Ever thought about a destination wedding in Northern 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.

Four Seasons Chiang Mai


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Encounter Cathy Adams and David Talkar’s story began in a hostel dorm room in Krakow, Poland. While unpacking, Cathy dropped a bumper packet of tampons on the floor. She was mortified; David, oblivious. He invited Cathy out for a drink (she paid). It was 2008. Cathy was a language assistant in Toulouse, France, while David was splitting time between London and Norway for work. That first drink turned into plenty more and, three years later, they moved in together in London (they split the bill this time). Days before moving to Hong Kong at the start of 2015, David proposed on a walk around Ashtead Woods, a park on the outskirts of southwest London. They spent the next year settling into new jobs, exploring Hong Kong - and planning a London Underground-themed wedding from 6,000 miles away. They tied the knot in Central London, before screaming their way around town on a red bus tour and drinking dodgy liquor at the reception overlooking the River Thames. They split the bill for that, too.

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