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MY HONG KONG WEDDING | WINTER 2018 | m y h k w e d d i n g . c o m

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Whimsical venues From mini golf to theme parks

Winter Wedding Inspo Cosy up to the latest trends

Eco Destinations For green weddings abroad

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Having Fun! Playful, quirky touches for a wedding to remember

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PERFECT TEN The latest happenings in the wedding world

PHOTOGRAPHY One fine day, as told by Tony Leung of Flower Space Pro

10 MOOD BOARD From hot chocolate to faux fur stoles, here’s what winter brides are up to

12 JEWELLERY Contemporary pearl accessories

14 THE GIFT REGISTRY Get your hygge on with these snuggly gifts

18 COVER STORY Ditch the stuffy ceremony in favour of a celebration that’s offbeat, relaxed and a ton of fun

28 VENUES Unique spaces that will guarantee a great time for all

36 STYLE Wedding shoes to suit all tastes and budgets

Photo: Susanna Yeung Photography

44 PAMPERING Nail your mani-pedi with a Bastien Gonzalez four-hands treatment

48 TRAVEL A Spanish celebration of love and culture

52 ECO RESORTS Destination wedding venues with serious green credentials

56 TRY SOMETHING Commemorative Jenga pieces, leather and lace, and... flying veils!?

58 HOW WE MET Conrad and Heanny’s chance encounter at Drop - how very Hong Kong!


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Editor’s Letter

It’s All Fun & Games Your wedding doesn’t have to be a buttoned-up, formal affair. Increasingly, couples are expressing their quirkier sides with creative venues, nostalgic bites, and even visits from their favourite Disney characters. In our cover story (p.18), we’ve talked with Hong Kong couples who expressed themselves in unique ways - from a Disneythemed party, to a Scottish social shindig, and a floating ceremony on Hong Kong harbour. Each couple incorporated meaningful elements for a totally unconventional result. Curious about Hong Kong’s most playful venues? We’ve rounded up quirky choices for one-of-a-kind weddings, including a crazy golf course, Ocean Park’s Grand Aquarium, Potato Head’s Music Room, and more (p.28). The wedding inspiration continues with our Mood Board (p.10) where it’s all things winter and Try Something (p.56) where a few unusual wedding trends might inspire new ideas. We’ve also talked to a professional makeup artist to learn about the best makeup tricks for brides on p.46, traveled to eco-friendly wedding venues on p.52, and caught up with a Hong Kong-French couple to hear all about their romantic wedding in southern Spain (p.48). As always, we’ve wrapped up with How We Met (p.58) - this time chronicling a modern love story that kicked off at Drop, as many do! Remember: have fun!

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What’s New

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

SWEET DREAMS Bonnae Gokson - the founder of SEVVA, Ms. B’s Cakery, and C’est La B - has just published a new book entitled Weddings, Butterflies & The Sweetest Dreams. Gokson dedicates this new work to those in pursuit of imagination, beauty, and love - all the essentials for an ideal wedding. The book kicks off with forewords by fashion icons Vera Wang and Iris Apfel, so snap it up should you be looking for style-savvy inspiration. Available in store at Ms. B’s Cakery, 39 Gough St, Central and Shop 248, Landmark, Prince’s Building, 10 Chater Road, Central, www.msbscakery.hk.

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SOUTHERN COMFORTS Just opened this autumn, Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel provides a few familyfriendly venues for those dreaming up a whimsical wedding. The hotel offers inhouse planning and catering upon request, as well as Hong Kong Island’s largest pillarfree ballroom with a capacity of up to 890 guests. Also on site, you’ll find two outdoor areas for intimate ceremonies of up to 100 people - plus Ocean Park is just a short walk away if you’re keen to plan group activities before or after the big day. 180 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen, 3555-1688, www.marriott.com.

PIECE OF CAKE

BELLE OF THE BALL Always pictured yourself as a Disney princess? For the Cinderella in all of us, Blossom Wedding Company Litmited now stocks Disney Fairy Tale dresses. From a snow-white gown inspired by Elsa to a mermaid-style dress a la Ariel, these princess-worthy dresses will fulfill your childhood fantasies. Room 901, Union Commercial Building, 12 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, 2522-9868, www.blossom-wedding.com.

Alcohol and cupcakes are two of the best things in life. And now they go hand-in-hand thanks to newly opened illibakes. The Hong Kongbased bakery dreams up delightful booze-infused cupcakes and tiered cakes in flavours such as Amaretto Red Velvet; Macallan 12 and Chocolate; tiramisu; G&T; and Mount Gay XO Rum with salted caramel. The bakery also offers a custom design service with every order, which makes these treat perfect for bachelorette parties and intimate weddings. From $850 for 24 mini cupcakes, from $1,100 for cakes depending on size, alcohol and design. Each cake is madeto-order. www.instagram.com/illibakes.

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GLAM GOWNS British womenswear brand Needle & Thread just released its Spring Summer 2019 bridal collection and it’s full of beautiful, unconventional pieces for modern brides-to-be. The looks range from dreamy white gowns to ruffled dresses in pink, ivory, and striking red tones - perfect for brides who are looking for elegant, contemporary gowns. www.needleandthread.com.

ECO ESSENTIALS For those with a green streak, check out ForCheer event planning. The local startup supplies all kinds of eco-friendly decor, such as wooden pallet walls, grass carpets, and ceremony arches - all made with discarded or recycled materials. facebook.com/forcheer.wedding.

SWEATY BETTY Broccoli and Dumbbells - aka Broc & Bells - is a new social platform for fitness enthusiasts. Using the website, you can meet a SweatBuddy at communityrecommended gyms, cafes, social events, and even while travelling to Singapore. Whether you’re dialing up your workout routine before the big day, looking for a new way to stay motivated, or still searching for “the one,” this health-conscious community should be invaluable. brocnbells.com.

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TRIBE VIBES Why settle for just one hen night when you could book an entire week away with your bride tribe? Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently launched #RosewoodGirlfriend, a travel package that’s aimed at best friends craving some quality time together. Among the packages, we’d recommend the trip to Phuket, where you’ll stay in a beach house that overlooks the Andaman Sea, enjoy complimentary Champagne, inroom breakfasts and spa treatments. www.rosewoodhotels.com.

WATER WORLD Harbourfront celebrations just got an upgrade from The Peninsula Hong Kong. The Peninsula’s new yacht, dubbed the Sunseeker Manhattan 60, can welcome up to 15 guests for an evening cruise around the harbour - that means you could plan a special proposal, a pre-wedding photoshoot, or an intimate wedding ceremony. While you’re splurging, ask about The Pen’s on-board spa treatments. The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2920-2888, www.peninsula.com.

GIFTS GALORE Ideal for wedding decor, favours, and thank you gifts, luxury flower service BYDEAU offers same-day delivery for gorgeous floral arrangements and gift boxes. The latter includes imaginative surprises - think bridesmaid or groomsmen boxes, party favours, and welcome gifts. Whether you’re hoping to have a statement bouquet to complement that dress, brighten up your centrepieces or send a surprise to your bridesmaids, BYDEAU arranges gifts for every occasion. www.bydeau.com.

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GLAM GOWNS British womenswear brand Needle & Thread just released its Spring Summer 2019 bridal collection and it’s full of beautiful, unconventional pieces for modern brides-to-be. The looks range from dreamy white gowns to ruffled dresses in pink, ivory, and striking red tones - perfect for brides who are looking for elegant, contemporary gowns. www.needleandthread.com.

ECO ESSENTIALS For those with a green streak, check out ForCheer event planning. The local startup supplies all kinds of eco-friendly decor, such as wooden pallet walls, grass carpets, and ceremony arches - all made with discarded or recycled materials. facebook.com/forcheer.wedding.

SWEATY BETTY Broccoli and Dumbbells - aka Broc & Bells - is a new social platform for fitness enthusiasts. Using the website, you can meet a SweatBuddy at communityrecommended gyms, cafes, social events, and even while travelling to Singapore. Whether you’re dialing up your workout routine before the big day, looking for a new way to stay motivated, or still searching for “the one,” this health-conscious community should be invaluable. brocnbells.com.

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TRIBE VIBES Why settle for just one hen night when you could book an entire week away with your bride tribe? Rosewood Hotels & Resorts recently launched #RosewoodGirlfriend, a travel package that’s aimed at best friends craving some quality time together. Among the packages, we’d recommend the trip to Phuket, where you’ll stay in a beach house that overlooks the Andaman Sea, enjoy complimentary Champagne, inroom breakfasts and spa treatments. www.rosewoodhotels.com.

WATER WORLD Harbourfront celebrations just got an upgrade from The Peninsula Hong Kong. The Peninsula’s new yacht, dubbed the Sunseeker Manhattan 60, can welcome up to 15 guests for an evening cruise around the harbour - that means you could plan a special proposal, a pre-wedding photoshoot, or an intimate wedding ceremony. While you’re splurging, ask about The Pen’s on-board spa treatments. The Peninsula Hong Kong, Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2920-2888, www.peninsula.com.

GIFTS GALORE Ideal for wedding decor, favours, and thank you gifts, luxury flower service BYDEAU offers same-day delivery for gorgeous floral arrangements and gift boxes. The latter includes imaginative surprises - think bridesmaid or groomsmen boxes, party favours, and welcome gifts. Whether you’re hoping to have a statement bouquet to complement that dress, brighten up your centrepieces or send a surprise to your bridesmaids, BYDEAU arranges gifts for every occasion. www.bydeau.com.

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Trends

What’s trending this winter.

FOLLOW THE SIGNS Looking for novel decor ideas? Try a custom-made neon sign that’ll glow all night long with your names, initials or a meaningful phrase. It not only looks cool, but will also serve as a perfect backdrop for pictures. Check out Wedding Neon Signs to create your own: wedding-neon-signs.com.

HAVE A BALL Big, beautiful, billowing skirts are returning as a popular choice for gowns this season. You can update the look with a modern tiered style, or mix up the embroidery and fabrics. We love this frothy confection by MaFa Bridal (mafabridal.com).

STOLE MY HEART Cardigans or scarves might not quite cut it if you’re planning a winter wedding. Stay cosy with faux fur instead choose from capes and wraps, or even a fulllength hooded cloak for a touch of fairytale style. A faux fur shawl also makes a great gift for the gals in your bridal party.

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POUR A HOT ONE Nothing beats a steamy hot chocolate with marshmallows on a cold winter day. Make all your guests feel extra cosy with a roving hot chocolate cart - bourbon or Baileys optional!


Trends

Dates for your wedding journal February 9-11

94th Hong Kong Wedding Fair

BACK TO BASICS Natural makeup is here to stay. Instead of dramatic falsies and bold red lips, try subtle cheekbone highlights, a nude pout, and neutral champagne-hued eyeshadows for a natural-looking glow.

The quarterly Hong Kong Wedding Fair returns to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre again this March, bringing with it more than 500 booths across eight themed zones. It’s nothing if not comprehensive - look for overseas weddings and honeymoons, wedding jewellery, cakes, banquets, venues, civil celebrants, makeup, suit rentals, photography, videography, florists, and more. $20 admission. noon-8pm. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 1, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, 2766-3002, wedding-show.com.hk.

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BURGUNDY IS BACK No colour says winter wedding like a rich, velvety shade of burgundy. The regal colour is making a huge comeback this year - it works beautifully on cakes, in bouquets, or as a romantic accent without feeling overly thematic.

Hong Kong Wedding Banquet and Wedding Decorations Expo At the upcoming Wedding Banquet and Decorations Expo, you can sort out your entire wedding in an afternoon thanks to the long list of vendors. You’ll meet florists, photographers, invitation designers, celebrants, and stylists while collecting more information on wedding cars, hens parties, makeup, men’s suits, shoes, videography, venues, candy buffets, cakes, and jewellery - just to name a few. 9am-6pm. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 1, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, 2766-3002, wedding.expo.com.hk.

PRINTS ON PRINTS Ditch the pastels! Your bridesmaids will thank you. Instead, pick a print and colour that you love, then let your squad do the rest. Environmentally conscious bridesmaids get bonus points for reducing waste by renting a designer piece from services like Wardrobista (wardrobista.com).


Jewellery

World of Pearls

Try a contemporary take on classic pearl jewellery on the big day. By Mahira Jamshed

POPPY WHITE PEARL DRUZY EARRINGS $1,850 from Gosia Orlowska www.gosiaorlowska.com

BALANCE NOTE PAVÉ PENDANT $21,300 from Tasaki www.tasaki.com.hk

WHITE SOUTH SEA PEARL RING $45,000 from Falconer Jewellers www.falconer.com.hk

TWO FINGER, ONE PEARL RING

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DRIFTWOOD AND MOTHER OF PEARL HEART BRACELET

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$380 from Niin

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The Gift Registry

Warm n’ Fuzzies Loosely translated as “cosy” in English, the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ is all about warm, cuddly aesthetics. Celebrate new beginnings with these must-have winter home accessories. By Mahira Jamshed

SHANG XIA FOR HAPPINESS SCENTED CANDLE AND PLAYING CARD SET $590 from Lane Crawford www.lanecrawford.com

JOHANNE THROW HK$349 from IKEA www.ikea.com 14

OR TEA? THE SECRET OF LIFE CHAI $118 from G.O.D www.god.com.hk

IMOLA ARMCHAIR $17,321 from Bo Concept www.boconcept.hk


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ore and more brides are opting to wear the qipao, or cheongsam as you may know it, during their Chinese tea ceremony and banquets instead of the more traditonal “kwas”. However, it is definitely not an easy task to find the perfect qipao, especially at an accessible price point. Noticing the gap in the market, fashion buyer turned designer Julie Liu founded Hong Kong based qipao brand, Qipology in 2017. The brand specializes in custom made qipaos for the modern day bride by bringing the “cool” back into qipaos, reinventing them so they are contemporary, wearable and sexy at the same time. Each piece is tailor made based on the client’s preferences, needs and budgets. Prices begin from HKD 3,000 and the process usually takes around 1 - 2 months. Qipology will be showcasing at the Hong Kong Wedding Fair in HKCEC (Booth Z10) between December 14 – 16, 2018.

SHHH FRAGRANCE DIFFUSER $799 from Alessi www.alessi.com

ELEMENTAIR FLOOR LAMP $2,950 from TREE www.tree.com.hk

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WELLNESS RETREATS Whether you want to relax as newlyweds after the celebrations, or check in with girlfriends for a weekend spa break, Cordis, Hong Kong’s new “Wellness Retreat” is the perfect package for a mini getaway. Starting at $4,000, guests are checked into a Spa Suite with club lounge access for two. Included in the rate is a one-hour massage for two, a bottle of sparkling wine in your room, and unlimited access to the Health Club and rooftop swiming pool. What better way to pamper the bride before (or after!) the big day?

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SUITE DREAMS We all know how busy weddings can be, and with all the excitement the couple can often forget to eat! That’s why the thoughtful team at Cordis, Hong Kong will deliver a late-night supper to the bridal suite at the end of the night. Not only will this help to fill hungry tummies that have been on the go all day, it gives the couple a chance to connect and talk about the day over a quiet meal for two. 555 Shanghai St., Mong Kok, 3552-3388, www.cordishotels.com/hongkong.


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AofTouch Whimsy

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We caught up with three creative Hong Kong-based couples who embraced personal, playful approaches for unforgettable wedding celebrations. By Doris Lam

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Zoe & Melvin

Zoe Belhomme and Melvin Byres’ wedding at The Upper Garden in Clearwater Bay last November was filled with fun touches, from the mini fish ‘n’ chips canapes to the ceilidh (a traditional Scottish social). Q How did you two decide where to get hitched? Zoe Belhomme: I am an only child, so I am close with my

parents who live in the UK. When we first got engaged, I panicked about where we would get married because my father hadn’t been on a plane for more than 20 years. I didn’t want to host a wedding that would require him to travel, since I knew it would make him uncomfortable, so we started looking in the UK. None of the venues felt special to us, however. Q What happened next? ZB: My dad called me while I was standing on Orchard

Road in Singapore. My dad doesn’t own a mobile phone, so the fact that he called me overseas was a big deal. I thought someone had died! He told me that if I wanted to get married in Hong Kong, he would be there. This was a very emotional moment for me - I knew we had to hold the celebration in Hong Kong, so I could show my dad the life we had built here. Q How did you discover the venue? ZB: As we work in the events industry, we knew a lot of

the venues but this one was new to us. Our friend and groomsman, Malcolm Loudon, was at Venuehub at the time and The Upper Garden was just coming on his books. He took us to it and the conversation began about creating our wedding!

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ice and introducing people to each other. Since we had so many people from different places, the ceilidh seemed like a great way to bring them all together. Q How did you balance the budget? ZB: We went without some traditional wedding elements

- like a cake or favours - to prioritize things that were important to us, such as great food. We chose simple floral arrangements, because the venue was so natural and beautiful. Q Any major mistakes? ZB: Only one major mess-up that I still get teased for...

When planning, I guessed at the number of toilets we would need but missed the mark completely. Luckily the bushes weren’t far away! Q What did your guests enjoy the most? ZB: To this day, people talk about our food. We kept

it casual and had our “starters” as canapés during cocktails. These weren’t your normal canapés - we had sushi, mini wagyu burgers, and mini fish ‘n’ chips. When we sat down we had a fish platter with lobsters and prawns and a meat platter with steak and ribs - all served with veggies and salad. We started with champagne and espresso martinis, then had an open bar for the rest of night to keep the party going! In hindsight... Glad I spent on: Great food and drinks Glad I saved on: Flowers and favours Wish I spent on: A videographer Wish I saved on: Pre- and post-wedding activities Q How did you showcase your personalities? ZB: We were legally married a few months prior to the

wedding so I asked my aunt to be our celebrant. She told our story with first-hand honesty, which was amazing. Melvin grew up in Hong Kong to Scottish parents, so we we incorporated the Scottish tradition of “oathing stones” in the ceremony, as well as a ceilidh. Q What’s a ceilidh?

WHO HELPED THEM: CATERER: Castelo Concepts, www.casteloconcepts.com PHOTOGRAPHER: Jada Poon, www.jadapoonphotography.com; Ike Li, www.ikeimages.com VENUE DECOR: Castelo Concepts, www.casteloconcepts.com HAIR: Melanie Harris of Indulgence, www.indulgence.hk MAKEUP: DIY DRESS: Rania Hatoum Bridal, www.raniahatoum.com

ZB: A ceilidh is a social tradition with music, singing

SUITS: Marks & Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com

and dancing - like what you’d experience at parties and weddings in Scotland. They’re a great way of breaking the

ENTERTAINMENT: Guitarist Paul Sapiera, facebook.com/paul. sapiera.1; The Hong Kong Ceilidh Band, www.rocknreelhk.com

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Romain & Sandra

Frenchman Romain Jahiel and Hongkonger Sandra Teo had a three-part celebration a Chinese ceremony at the Four Seasons, a floating ceremony on The Knot of Love boat, and a French banquet at Bouchon.

Q What did you envision for your wedding? Sandra Teo: We wanted the wedding to be nontraditional, enjoyable and simple. While planning, our first priority was our guests - we wanted them to feel comfortable and enjoy themselves with an unrushed, relaxed wedding. Weddings shouldn’t be focused only on the bride and the groom! Q Why did you choose a boat for the ceremony? Romain Jahiel: We had three venues in total - the Knot of

Love was where we held the ceremony. Since Sandra and I love the sea, and we often go diving together, I proposed to her on a small island in Coron, in Palawan. After we visited the boat, we found it to be original and practical - all we had to do was choose the wedding date, time, food, drinks, and confirm the guest list. 22


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Q What did you love most about it? ST: The view of the harbour was so special for us. It witnessed

our love blossom in Hong Kong, where we met and now live together. Also, the boat was beautifully decorated, and the blue sky and skyscrapers as a backdrop felt perfectly modern. Q How did you incorporate cultural touches? RJ: We held only one wedding in Hong Kong, so we wanted to share a bit of our cultural backgrounds with our guests. In the morning, we had a tea ceremony with our parents to reflect Chinese family-based values. In the evening, we enjoyed the culinary and social aspects of a French wedding. Q Any particularly memorable moments on the boat? ST: When I was walking toward the altar with my father, the boat hit a small wave, so we lost our balance slightly. It felt like I was a child again, with my papa arm-in-arm, and it made the guests laugh too. Then Romain held my hand firmly when my papa passed me to him to help me keep my balance. Thanks to the little wave, I had this small moment to appreciate my relationships with these two men, at this special time.

WHO HELPED THEM: CATERER: Knot of Love, facebook.com/theknotoflove; Bouchon-BistroFrancais, www.diningconcepts.com PHOTOGRAPHERS: Susanna Yeung, susannayeung.com; arChive (prewedding pictures), www.rchive.gr TRANSIT: Good Travel Bus Company Limited, goodtravelbus.com FLORIST: Tiffanny Flowers, tiffannyflowers.com.hk HAIR & MAKEUP: Sabrina Image, www.sabrinaimages.com DRESS: Je T’aime Beaucoup Wedding Service, www.jetaime.com.hk; Koon Nam Wah & Co, www.koonnamwah.com.hk SUIT/TUX: Bonham Strand, bonhamstrand.hk GIFT FAVOURS: HeyCandy, www.heycandy.com.hk

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Katie & Terry Disney enthusiasts Katie Chan and Terry Tsoi threw a magical ‘do at Hong Kong Disneyland last June.

Q How long have you two been together? Terry Tsoi: We got together in 2003, so that’s 15 years!

We met in boarding school in England where we saw each other in class all the time. We ended up being study buddies. Q Why Disneyland? TT: Katie always thought of Disneyland as a special, magical, fantastical place - it feels like a fairytale. Ever since we learned it was possible, back in 2005 or 2006, we wanted to have our wedding at Disney. It also made sense to pick Hong Kong, since our families live here. Q Any characters make an appearance? Katie Chan: Stitch is our favourite character, so we wanted

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the reception. If we were late, we’d lose our chance to take pictures with him, so timing had to be exact. Then, during the banquet, we had appearances from more Disney characters such as Donald Duck and Daisy. Q Any complications? TT: We just needed more time! Katie needed to change her clothes between events, and we wanted to go to the hotel gardens after the ceremony for wedding photos. But to pack in everything we wanted to do, the afternoon felt rushed. Q Did you incorporate any special wedding activities? KC: We had a lucky draw, because we thought it’d be

fun! We picked three photos from the prewedding photo shoot, which was also at Hong Kong Disneyland. We asked our guests to vote on which of the three was the best - this vote then became their lucky draw ticket later. When dinner started, we counted the votes and revealed the prettiest picture. Then we did a lucky draw amongst those who voted for the winning photo. Two of our guests won tickets to the park. Q What was your favourite moment? KC: The inspiration for our dinner reception came from the

scene in Beauty and the Beast when the servants sing “Be Our Guest.” The hotel recreated this scene with lighting effects, music and food. Q What details did your guests enjoy most? KC: Our guests said that the food was great - especially

the Mickey-shaped coffee jelly - and the characters from Disney really made them feel immersed in the wedding.

In hindsight… Glad I spent on: The Disney characters - thanks Stitch,

Donald, and Daisy for coming! Glad I saved on: A blue tux to go with Katie’s yellow reception dinner dress - we really could have really been Beauty and the Beast! Wish I spent on: More flowers for the wedding ceremony venue in the afternoon. WHO HELPED THEM: VENUE: Hong Kong Disneyland, www.hongkongdisneyland.com PLANNER: Zoe at Palette Company, facebook.com/paletteco; Nicole at Hong Kong Disneyland INVITATION: Monkeybee, www.monkeybeewedding.com PRE-WEDDING PHOTOS: La Sposa Studio, lasposa.com.hk PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY: Cody & Co., facebook.com/codyandco GOWNS: Vis-a-vis Bridal, visavisbridal.com; Sevilla Bridal, www.sevillabridal.com BOUQUETS: Oh Joyce, www.fb.com/ohjoycedesign CELEBRANT: An Oath, www.oath.com.hk HAIR & MAKEUP: Yvonne Yip, of Mercy Wedding, facebook.com/mercywedding

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SPARKLE Hong Kong jewellery designer Austy Lee shares his inspiration for his Fall/Winter collection, and offers advice on how to select the perfect piece of jewellery.

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Q What is the inspiration for your latest collection? A: The keyword for the inspiration of my new collection is “psychedelic.” As you can see, it is full of radiant colors, including fluorescent hues such as violet, red and green. Right now I’m obsessed with flowers and plants - particularly orchids - and so you will find floral motifs in my collection from time to time - for instance the padparacha sapphire flower ring, which embodies blooming flowers in the spring. I also love animals and used to have a lovely sparrow back in the day. These sparrow earrings vividly reflect the side view of two sparrows perching on a branch.

Q You are well known for some extremely intricate designs. What items in your collection to you think would be suitable for gifting? A: We do have some entry-level pieces that make perfect gifts. For example, our South Sea white pearl earrings and rings are simple, easy to wear and elegant. Or you can take a look at these open-end rings (above right). We have Emerald and Diamond rings, and Rubellite and Diamond rings to choose from. They can be tailor-made with different gold and stone combinations. You are more than welcome to stop by our shop to tell us what unique combination you like, and we can tailor-make it for you.

Q Can you give us some tips on how to pick a piece of jewellery for a gift? A: There are a few tricks for gifting a jewellery piece to a special one. Firstly, you’ll want to select something that’s easy to wear so that they can can wear it on daily basis. Having a piece that they will keep in a safe box forever and never wear is a waste of both your effort and money. Secondly, you can find inspiration from his or her birthstone. For example, the birthstone for June is pearl, and September’s is sapphire. Not only is it a unique and meaningful gift, it also shows you made an effort to pick something special. Last but not least, you probably have to secretly "investigate" the gift receiver's ring/wrist size, although we are always happy to resize it for you.

Q You also accept custom orders. Can you tell us more about that process? A: For custom-made pieces, the first and most important step is always to sit down and chat with the client. It's essential to understand the purpose behind each and every piece so I can better fulfill the client's requirements. Then, I'll draw up some sketches for the client to choose from and amendments will be made upon request. For complex pieces we can show the client the initial jewellery mold to ensure the final piece will perfectly reflect the client's vision. The starting price depends on several elements: the size of the particular piece, the quality and the size of the main gemstone, as well as the complexity level for manufacturing the piece. In general I would say the starting price would be around HK$10,000.


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A L L TH AT G L I T T ER S Highlights of Austy Lee’s latest collection

SPARROW EARRINGS: 18k green/ red gold, brown diamond, tsavorite, yellow jade, green jade.

ART-DECO EARRINGS: 18k green gold, yellow diamond. SQUID PENDANT/ BROOCH: 18K purple gold, diamond, pink sapphire, blue sapphire, fancy color diamond, opal.

SAPPHIRE & EMERALD RING: 18k rose gold, diamond, pink sapphire, violet sapphire, emerald, blue sapphire.

FLOWER RING: 18K blue/ purple gold, diamond, blue sapphire, white jade, green jade, purple sapphire, padparascha sapphire, opal, blue tourmaline.


Venues

OUT OF THE

Ordinary

A handful of Hong Kong’s most unique, playful, and entertaining places to tie the knot. By Susie Riza and Doris Lam 28


Venues

HONG KONG DISNEYLAND HOTEL’S WEST LAWN THE VIBE: For a fairytale wedding, check out Hong Kong Disneyland - also known as the “most magical place on earth.” Weddings at the hotel’s West Lawn are extravagant, promising a specially designed marquee arch, heart-shaped wishing tree, delicious canapes, a freshly baked wedding cake and a dedicated in-house bridal assistant to keep things on track. You can even have your first dance choreographed to your favourite Disney love ballad, accompanied by a live band. Can you feel the love tonight? WEDDING STYLE: Delightfully Disney, Fairytale Fever BEST PART: You can invite Mickey and Minnie Mouse - and a slew of other Disney

characters - to join your big day. PSST... As an added perk, the hotel will serve unlimited cotton candy or popcorn for two hours. Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel, Lantau Island, 3510-6868, www.hongkongdisneylandweddings.com.

CATERING: Tailor-made Chinese and Western banquet menus are up for grabs, with sustainable seafood as a key feature. CAPACITY: Up to 200 people theatre style; 300; cocktail-style for an outdoor ceremony. Roughly 600 for a sit-down banquet in the ballroom.

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MCDONALD’S HONG KONG THE VIBE: Die-hard McNuggets fans can host their wedding at McDonald’s - yes, really! Of the 240-some restaurants in Hong Kong, nine offer wedding party packages, including the modern “McDonald’s Concept Restaurant” in Admiralty. It’s one of the more visually interesting McDs - think metallic silver counters, wooden tables and black chairs. WEDDING STYLE: Nostalgic Nibbles, Fast Food Festivities BEST PART: It’s a budget-friendly choice and lots of fun. PSST… You can add on party decorations, such as "romantic rose" balloon arches and "Chinese balloon" wedding rings. Shops 1-41, G/F, Admiralty Centre, 18 Harcourt Rd, Admiralty, www.mcdonalds.com.hk.

CATERING: On the menu, choose Big Macs, McFlurries… you name it. Happy Meals for all! CAPACITY: Up to 45 guests seated.

STROKES HONG KONG THE VIBE: Spread over 9,000 square feet in the heart of Causeway Bay, Strokes is home to a mini golf course, bar and restaurant. Sporting a mid-century Miami vibe, the park is fabulously furnished with brushed bronze, neon lights, soft velvet and tropical greenery. WEDDING STYLE: Unfussy Fun, Crazy Golf Madness, Green Gala BEST PART: Did we mention the golf course has a loop de loop, bridges and tunnels? PSST… Weddings here are fully customisable, with a flexible events team who will look after your needs. Shop G2-3, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston St., Causeway Bay, 2877-1800, www.strokeshk.com.

CATERING: Choose from set menus and buffet-style settings. The restaurant offers retro American South-inspired dishes with a healthy twist with keto, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options at the ready. Standout dishes include teriyaki-Sriracha baby back ribs, skinny cauliflower “mac ‘n’ cheese,” and almond milk-fried chicken and waffles. CAPACITY: 25 to 155 guests, seated; 35 to 270, standing, depending on the area chosen.

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POTATO HEAD THE VIBE: Tucked away in hilly Sai Ying Pun, Potato Head Hong Kong is a foodie haven stretching across 8,000 square feet. Couples can host their festivities in two areas - either the main restaurant with its gleaming communal wood table, or the intimate music room where you’ll find an extensive collection of vinyl records lining the walls. The bar has a wide selection of conscious cocktails, and champagne to amp up the celebrations! WEDDING STYLE: Beachy Bliss, Foodie Heaven, Musical Medley BEST PART: Award-winning Tokyo-based architect Sou Fujimoto designed the interiors, so you can expect eclectic accents, lush greenery and Indonesian textiles. Your wedding photos will be a highlight, thanks to the stylish wooden furniture and hanging plants. PSST‌ For more intimate weddings, the music room can be transformed into a small banquet hall for 25 people or a cocktail reception for 50. 100 Third St., Sai Ying Pun, 2858-6066, www.ptthead.com.

CATERING: Expect excellent canapes and set menus. Standout dishes include the free-range chicken topped with coconut flakes, and caramelised cashew pie with bittersweet dark chocolate. CAPACITY: 100 people, sit down dinner; 250, cocktail

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OCEAN PARK THE VIBE: Down on the southside, Ocean Park is home to a collection of quirky themed zones that double as wedding venues, including Old Hong Kong, Aqua City, the Ferris Wheel, and the merry-go-round. The Grand Aquarium is one of the highlights: This spectacular underwater aquarium features a reef tunnel and 13-metre-wide viewing panel where couples can say their vows in the presence of thousands of swirling fish. Choose from an array of packages, some of which include bridal makeup and professional photography, as well as a dedicated wedding team to perfect every detail. WEDDING STYLE: Under the Sea, Theme Park Party, Wild Style

BEST PART: Tying the knot inside of an aquarium, surrounded by 5,000 fish, is definitely one for the books! PSST‌ Packages include daytime admission tickets for all guests for the wedding day. 180 Wong Chuk Hang Rd., Aberdeen, 3923-2323, www.oceanpark.com.hk.

CATERING: The happy couple can choose from Western-style buffets and set menus or Chinese banquets. Low-carbon dishes and sustainable seafood are also available. CAPACITY: From 120 to 260 guests, depending on the venue.

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Get Your Kicks Bouncy castles, body painting, cotton candy machines... these fun wedding services will take guests by surprise. By Doris Lam

JUMP FOR JOY Bouncy castles aren’t just for kids. Hong Kong Toy Club’s all-white Happy Ever After bouncer is fit for princesses and princes of all ages. Use it as a backdrop for photos, invite guests to let loose, or skip the first dance altogether and tumble around. Packages from $2,500 for three hours. www.hongkongtoyclub.com.

PICTURE PERFECT If you love a good photo booth, Mr. Photobooth (above) offers a mix of traditional and new-fangled experiences. The classic booth combines studio-quality lighting and a DSLR camera, while an unconventional option like the Mr. Light Painting enables guests to draw with neon glow sticks - captured on camera. All come with backdrops and props for added fun. Have a large group? PhotoBooth’s open-air photo booth set-up can accommodate several people at a time. Packages from $6,400, www.mrphotobooth.com.hk; Packages start at $3,800, www.photoboothhongkong.com.

ABIGAIL’S FACE AND BODY ART Get creative with Abigail’s Face and Body Art, a professional body paint service that uses FDA-approved paint and cosmetics-grade glitter. From temporary tattoos to glow-in-the-dark body paint, having a body paint artist on hand will lead to a free-flow of creativity. Packages from $1,800 for two hours. www.abigailsfaceandbodyart.com.

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JOIN THE CARNIVAL There’s nothing like freshly made cotton candy and popcorn machines to channel a festive carnival vibe - and event planning company Gratify Event offers both. When it comes to popcorn, choose from various flavours like cheese, caramel and cinnamon. From there, the company's suited staff will dole out the goodies to your guests. Popcorn or cotton candy packages from $1,300 for roughly 200 servings and four hours of service. www.gratifyevent.com.


Full-Service

bridal style

Let MaFa Bridal put together your perfect wedding look.

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brand-new luxury wedding shop in Central, MaFa bridal specialises in an elegant, classic wedding look that transcends fashion trends. Specialising in fine tailoring, the store’s experts are dedicated to ensuring that each gown

is perfectly flattering for each bride’s body shape, and that it’s comfortable to wear all day long. Each gown comes encrusted in crystals for a spectacular first impression. . Besides gowns, MaFa also

provides a makeup and hair service that will perfectly complement your dress. And if you require a gorgeous veil to finish off your look, MaFa has a selection of hand-beaded French lace veils for an elegant and romantic touch.

Rm 1003, 10/F, Car Po Commercial Building, 18-20 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central e: info@mafabridal.com t: +852 2152 0259 Mafabridal.com


Shoes

ECLECTIC AVENUES Known for its offbeat and contemporary designs, local label House of Avenues offers affordable styles that you’ll want to wear beyond the big day. From platform sneakers and feminine heels, to polka-dotted flats and patterned sandals, these designs are made for unconventional brides. If you’re after more traditional evening shoes, check out bridal and evening line, DYOS, for satin and crystal-encrusted pumps, built-in platforms and comfy heels. From HK$999. 37-43 Cochrane St., Central, 2363-6466, houseofavenues. com.hk, dyos-hk.com.

Perfect THE

PAIR

Whether you’re searching for stilettos or sneakers, say ‘I do’ to stylish wedding day kicks at these popular shoe stores. By Karen Chiang

LET’S FRENCH For something completely custom, make an appointment at La French Cut. Choose from a number of ready-made base styles that you can further personalise, or have something designed just for you. Whichever style you choose, every pair is handmade and ready within two weeks. By appointment only. From HK$2,239. G/F, 123 Wellington St., Central, 2388-2988, www.lafrenchcut.com.

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TOE THE LINE Founded in 1958, Sindart specializes in hand-embroidered shoes that are traditionally worn in Chinese weddings. A family art that’s been passed down for three generations, the carefully crafted shoes are completely personalised, from the fabrics to the design, colour and style. From HK$398. Shop 16-17, 1/F, Bowring Centre, 150-164 Woo Sung St., Jordan, 6623-3015, sindart1958.com.

IF THE SHOE FITS... Specialising in dapper kicks for gents, Shoe Artistry has been making its leather shoes from scratch for the past 40 years. Using a combination of traditional hand measurements and 3D scanning, the master cobblers will customise every detail - including the sole, shape, fabric and colour - to your liking. You can also tack on custom insoles and corrective analysis to ensure all-day comfort. From HK$1,800. Office 4, 2/F, Prosperity Building, 61 Tung Choi St., Mong Kok, 2796-6018, www.shoeartistry.com.hk.

WILD AND WONDERFUL Embroidered sneakers, feathered heels, sky-high stilettos... Something Thine stocks every style of bridal shoe imaginable. If you prefer something creative and completely customised, this place can make it happen. It’s not just about the brides here, either, with lots of styles for grooms and little ones too. From HK$699 for customised shoes. Flat 402, 4/F, Kam On Building, 176A-F Queen’s Road Central, 2530-0181, www.somethingthine.com.

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hank you to everyone who attended the second edition of The Wedwork, our network event for the wedding industry! Held at the Marco Polo Hongkong hotel, 100 guests sampled delicious drinks from Kedington Wines, enjoyed delicate canapes and networked with other wedding industry insiders. A huge thanks to our title sponsor, MaFa Bridal, which showcased a selection of their gorgeous gowns. Another big shout-out to our associate sponsors

The Cakery, Ozone Fitness and Weddings by Antonella for offering demos and tasters of their services on the night. Guests got to take home a goodie bag filled with treats from Artisenses, GLOHS, Seanol Miracle and Basao Tea. Also a huge thanks to Marco Polo for organising a beautifully refurbished Star Ferry to take our guests back to Hong Kong Island at the end of the event. The evening was a huge success and we can’t wait to welcome you to our next networking night in the new year!


Photography

ONE FINE DAY

Wedding photographer Tony Leung relives the wedding of Zoie and Chris, which took place at The Upper House and the Aberdeen Marina Club, with these behind-the-scenes shots. By Doris Lam

“Zoie and her mother were admiring their wedding jewellery when I captured this tender moment. Many Chinese families rarely show affection, but weddings always seem to set the stage for loving interactions.”

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“Usually, the bride’s earrings are hidden behind her hair but, at this particular angle, Zoie’s earrings caught the light beautifully.”

“All the groomsmen were all dressed up in traditional Chinese attire to match Chris, the groom. They were all laughing and teasing each other as they headed through the corridor of the hotel to fetch the bride in her hotel room. I noticed that some of the men didn’t like posing for photos, so I made sure to capture candid moments without disturbing them.”

“In Chinese, ‘囍’ (meaning ‘double happiness’) is a symbol of marriage. In this corner of the room, the words seemed to frame Zoie as she chatted happily with her mother and her soon-to-be mother-in-law.”

“As the entire family sat down for a group photo, a little boy suddenly captured everyone’s attention as he ran into the shot, unaware that a photo was being taken. Everyone started laughing - it was a sweet moment.” 41


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“This was a rare quiet moment, as the bride admired the breathtaking view of Hong Kong. I wanted to make use of the big windows at The Upper House by using a top angle to show more of Hong Kong’s high-rise buildings. I asked Zoie to sit on the ledge, while I carefully arranged her dress to show off its many layers.”

“After Zoie changed out of her traditional Chinese wedding dress, we took photos outside the hotel. If you look carefully, you can see that this isn’t the same dress that the she wore to the wedding ceremony - it’s a totally different dress that she chose for pictures.”

“After the morning preparations, the bridal party moved to the Aberdeen Marina Club for the ceremony. As Chris nervously waited for Zoie at the end of the aisle, his best man smiled at the camera - totally unplanned.”

“As the newly wedded couple walked arm-in-arm, their guests tossed flower petals into the air. Since it was getting dark, I adjusted my shutter speed in order to capture the joyful movement.” www.flowerspacepro.com

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Diamonds areForever Known as “The Jewellery Doctor”, appointments with Laju take the form of consultations, in which she will work closely to understand the needs and desires of her clients, working within their budget and gently guiding them to a design they are envisioning to own. She takes into account each client’s unique face, style and personality. “A necklace must sit perfectly on a neckline, or a pair of earrings must serve to enhance, rather than overpower, their features. I create breathtaking pieces that suit my clients and compliment them; otherwise, the jewellery won’t get to see the light of day.” With her expertise honed over many years, she is adept at refreshing settings for heritage pieces, and

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n a traditionally male-dominated industry, Laju Daswani has made a name for herself as one of the city’s preeminent bespoke jewellers. She talks to My Hong

Kong Wedding magazine about how her jewels are designed to be outlived across time. With 40 years’ experience in the fine jewellery business, there isn’t much Laju Daswani hasn’t experienced. What gives her the most joy is when her creations are passed down by her clients, many of them lifelong friends, through the generations. “The most fulfilling part is the transformation of our fine craftsmanship into a timeless work of art, that will be enjoyed by brides and their families, and then someday, their children and grandchildren,” she professes. Laju’s passion for beautiful fine jewellery is still alive, even after so many years in the trade. Rather than collecting jewels as assets or investment, she is a firm believer that jewellery must be enjoyed. Keeping up to date with trends, she is always re-designing ways to wear the same pieces, ensuring a contemporary yet timeless quality to all her creations.

updating heirloom jewellery. The key is to delicately balance the sentimental value of the jewellery held by parents or grandparents, who may have precious memories attached to the old design, with the desires of the new generation. Ultimately, jewels deserve to be dazzled, and it is Laju’s mission to ensure that her creations be enjoyed through the generations, gracing special occasions and bringing families together.


Beauty

MANI-PEDI

The Oriental Spa

TREATMENT: Bastien Duo PRICE: $1,600 TIME: 75 minutes

THE VIBE: Stretching across two floors, the Oriental Spa at the Landmark Mandarin Oriental does pampering like nowhere else. THE GIST: In the comfort of an oversized pedicure chair, studio manager Albin Brion explains the concept of the famous Bastien Gonzalez pedicure. Eschewing varnish, the podiatrist-designed treatment enhances the health and beauty of your nails, cuticles, and soles with meticulous cleaning, shaping and buffing. While Brion works on your feet, another therapist focuses on your hands. The experience ends with a dreamy fourhand foot and leg massage that will relieve tension ahead of the wedding. HOW’S THE SERVICE? Professional and personable. Brion is an excellent conversationalist, who is full of fascinating insights about what’s best for your feet.

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ABOUT THE SNACKS: While the duo pampers you from head to toe, nibble on fresh berries and sip warm ginger tea. WHEN TO GO: Book in a few days before the wedding soyour toes look their best. BEST PART: A Bastien Gonzalez treatment is as popular among men as it is women. Get your man in for a much-needed hand and foot overhaul! 5 Queen’s Road Central, 2132-0011, mandarinoriental.com/hong-kong/thelandmark.


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SPRAY TAN

Glow Spa

TREATMENT: Eco Tan

You’ll step into a large tent (disposable underwear provided) while a therapist sprays the lotion in careful motions. You’ll feel sticky as the formula sets, but can shower within two to four hours. Even after showering, your glow will continue to develop for several hours.

TIME: 30-45 minutes

PRICE: $580 THE VIBE: Hidden away above Queen’s Road Central, Glow Spa offers an oasis in the heart of the city. The main salon sports tropical wallpaper and a comfy lounge, while the grey-toned spa upstairs ushers you into relaxation mode. THE GIST: Perfect for those who want a hint of natural colour without damaging their skin, Eco Tan is a 100 percent organic spray tan made from cacao, avocado oil, chamomile extract, honeysuckle flower, grape skin extract and aloe vera.

HOW’S THE SERVICE? Owner Sioban Guilfoyle administers many of the spray tans herself. She’s extremely experienced and will happily answer all your burning beauty questions along the way. ABOUT THE SNACKS: The salon welcomes guests to enjoy homemade muffins, pastries, bubbly, coffee or tea before or after the treatment. WHEN TO GO: The spray tan will last anywhere from seven to 10 days, so book a treatment two or three days before the wedding. BEST PART: From sun-kissed to Brazilian beauty, the intensity of the spray tan is completely customised. 9/F, Parker House, 72 Queen’s Road Central, 2525-5198, glowspa.hk.

MINDFULNESS

Enhale Meditation Studio

deep tones from a set of Tibetan singing bowls as he embarks on a guided meditation. His voice trails off and the journey continues as he uses nearly a dozen instruments to take you on a journey from beach to countryside to rainstorm.

TREATMENT: Sound Bath

PRICE: $230 TIME: 1 hour

THE VIBE: Newly opened this autumn, Enhale meditation studio brings dozens of relaxation-boosting classes to Hong Kong’s busy urbanites. The studio is instantly calming, with soft charcoal shades, natural light, cosy blankets, and a free-flow of tea served before and after class. THE GIST: To get settled, take off your shoes, choose a floor mat, lie down, and pull on a blanket and lavenderscented eye mask. To begin the sound bath, yoga and sound meditation coach Malbert Lee will conjure

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? After he guides you back to earth, Lee invites participants to ask questions or share their meditation experiences. WHEN TO GO: Anytime during the wedding planning process. Regular meditation will help calm your mind, elevate your mood, and alleviate stress and anxiety. BEST PART: For those of us who don’t get enough quality rest or suffer from stress, a sound bath can be surprisingly restorative. You could even consider an afternoon here for a hen do, should you be looking for a healthy alternative to the usual boozing. 14/F, Plaza LKF, 21 D’Aguilar St., Central, 9385-8389, enhalems.com.

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Dolly Wink Waterproof Eyeliner “The ink in this eyeliner is super dark and durable totally waterproof. I draw it on the waterline to create a natural appearance.”

NYX Drop Foundation “I like mixing foundations together to get the best results. I usually include NYX’s Drop foundation. It stays on through sweat, tears and hot, humid weather.”

Popstar Cosmetics Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick “You don’t want your lipstick to smudge at the altar! That’s why I love this waterproof lipstick the colours are radiant and it doesn’t budge, even when layering.”

Leanani Waterproof Mascara “This affordable waterproof mascara is incredibly durable. My brides can even wear it swimming!”

the Bag Hong Kong-based makeup artist Karen Yiu spills her top picks for bridal beauty products.

NYX Wicked Lashes Singles Iwata Airbrush Kit “I usually use an airbrush technique to spray on foundation, because it gives good coverage without looking heavy. It’s also less irritating for brides with sensitive skin.”

“Individual lashes are a must, because they look much more natural and offer the flexibility to create the look you want. I’d suggest applying one layer of lashes for a more natural look, and adding more layers for a really dramatic effect.”

A former social worker, Karen Yiu studied Specialist Makeup Design at the University of Arts London. Now an independent makeup artist in Hong Kong, she manages a team of artists at Makeup Bees, providing professional services for brides, models and various companies such as GAP and Chow Tai Fook. www.karenyiu.com.

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T R AV E L

Spanish SOIREE

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Q So how did you two hit it off? Kim Ing: Xav and I met in Hong Kong - it was a chance meeting at Club 71. It’s known as the cheapest bar in Hong Kong and where all the French hang out. Xav offered to buy me a drink, and I insisted he buy one for all seven of my friends! It’s a rare occasion that we were both compelled to get to know a total stranger, but something pulled us together. Q Why a destination wedding in southern Spain? KI: We chose Seville because my family has had a house there for over 15 years. It’s our happy place surrounded by memories of holidays, quiet time with family and a break from our Hong Kong routine. As a city, Seville is so beautiful that every time I return, I wonder why it’s taken me so long.

Q Which venue did you choose? KI: My best friend Macarena, who lives in Andalusia, suggested Hacienda Molinillos to me when I told her that Xav and I were getting married. She simply told me: “I know the perfect place - it’s so you!” Q What were the most important details? KI: We really wanted to celebrate the best of Andalusia and share it with our loved ones. On the Friday before the wedding, we kicked off our celebration with a private flamenco show at the Museo Del Baile. In addition, all of our catering showcased traditional dishes from the area, as well as wine and fino (fortified wine) from Jerez. Q Any extra special touches? KI:We really wanted our guests to feel special and welcome, so we left welcome notes at everyone’s hotel with a little bottle of Tio Pepe [a brand of sherry] to get the party started! 49


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Q How were your cultures reflected in the wedding? KI: We had a Chinese wedding ceremony in Hong Kong in November, so I wore my Chinese wedding dress for our Friday celebrations. We also had a large portion of guests who spoke French - Xav is from Paris - so we created a fully bilingual wedding with all notes, details, invitations and signs in both French and English. Q What were some of the challenges of planning a destination wedding? KI: The difficulty was planning from Hong Kong - both Xav and I work full-time jobs and travel 50

extensively. We hardly had time to see each other, let alone sit down and make decisions. We had to be really decisive and not linger too much. At one point, we were so overloaded that we printed all our wedding invitations with the wrong date! We thought “oh well”… and sent them anyway... everyone would know what we meant! Q Any major mistakes on the day itself? KI: A few little ones that only I would have noticed… like our guitarists. They forgot to play the song I had chosen for the moment that my father and I walked down the aisle. I had dreamed of the expression


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WHO HELPED THEM Venue: Hacienda Molinillos, www.haciendamolinillos.es Photographer: Tali Photography, www.hochzeitsfotografie-koeln.de Florist: Floristería la Galería Jesús Fuertes, www.instagram.com/ lagaleriajesusfuertes Caterer and Venue Decor: Alfar2, alfardos.es Hair and Makeup: Marieta Nogueras, www.instagram.com/marietanogueras Dress: Monique L’Huillier, www.moniquelhuillier.com Alterations, cape: Metal Flaque, www.metalflaque.fr Shoes: Alexandre Birman, alexandrebirman.com Earrings: Celine, www.celine.com Suit: Sam’s Tailor, www.samstailor.com Bridesmaids dresses: Reformation, www.thereformation.com Entertainment: Guitarists, www.museoflamenco.com Gift Favours: Tio Pepe, www.bodegastiopepe.com

on my father’s face when he recognised the song “Make My Day” by Labi Siffre. I all grew up listening to the great 1970s ballad artists like Labi Siffre, Carole King and Nick Drake. This song is one that means a lot to us both. Q What aspect did your guests enjoy the most? KI: Our guests loved our food! We sourced everything within a 10-mile radius of Seville. Our catering company went a step further and created an entire vegetable garden where everyone could pick snacks it was a huge hit.

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Green Machine From beach weddings to tented camps to vineyards, here are five green destination wedding ideas for nature-loving brides. By Katy Wong

Babylonstoren

1 BABYLONSTOREN, CAPE TOWN Cathay Pacific just launched direct flights to Cape Town, making the mountain-hugged coastal city easier to reach than ever. If you’re looking for more of an old-world vineyard vibe, check out Babylonstoren. Near the historic wine region of Franschhoek, just 45 minutes from the city centre, you will find a slew of top-notch, affordable vineyards alongside picture-perfect accommodations. Babylonstoren, meaning “Tower of Babel” in Dutch, is a sprawling 3.5-hectare farm and vineyard with 17th-century farmhouses which now serve as suites. The property is also home to biking paths, hiking trails, a spa, garden, and farm-to-table dining that will blow your guests away. For your wedding venue, choose from three historic settings: the airy White Studio, the rustic Wheat Bar, or the thatched-roof Old Cellar. Wedding packages from US$3,900. Klapmuts Simondium Road, Simondium, 7670, South Africa, babylonstoren.com.

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2 LAGEN ISLAND RESORT, PHILIPPINES Sandwiched between a forest and a lagoon, Lagen Island Resort celebrates nature in every detail, from the upcycled timber beach bungalows to birdwatching outings, scuba diving, mangrove tours, paddleboarding and more. Each room features a private veranda to admire the famous turquoise waters and limestone cliffs of Bacuit Bay, and a destination wedding here can be as casual or gussied up as you like. Packages from US$3,589. El Nido, Palawan 5313 Philippines, www.elnidoresorts.com.

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3 ROSEWOOD LUANG PRABANG, LAOS Hidden in the lush jungles of Laos, just outside the historic town of Luang Prabang, the recently opened Rosewood Luang Prabang came to life at the hands of famed resort designer Bill Bensley. Home to a mix of villas and tented suites - all shrouded by dense jungle canopies - the hotel serves up fresh, seasonal ingredients from its organic gardens and ensures nature is never more than a step away, with a rushing river just outside your room. As you might imagine, the tailormade weddings promise lots of perks for newlyweds - think couples’ spa treatments, sunset cruises, experiential private dinners, and more.

Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos

Nauea Village, Luang Prabang, Laos PDR, www.rosewoodhotels.com/en/luangprabang. Wedding package prices on request.

4 ALILA ANJI, CHINA Surrounded by tea plantations and beautiful bamboo groves, this 60,000-hectare resort sits pretty in Zhejiang, China. The picturesque province recently won the “Champions of the Earth” Award - the United Nation’s highest ecological honour. Showing off the stunning scenery, the hotel offers a handful of gorgeous nature-oriented venues, including the elegant plum tree lawn, which overlooks a lake with tea plantations on all sides.

Rosewood Luang Prabang, Laos

Wedding packages from US$1,189. The Meiziwan (Plum Tree Bay) Scenic Area, Hang Gai Town, Anji County, Zhejiang Province China, 313300, alilahotels.com/anji.

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5 HOTEL KOMUNE, INDONESIA Celebrate your special day with beautiful Keramas beach as a backdrop at Hotel Komune. At this eco-conscious address, your guests will enjoy green lawns, spectacular beach views, poolside cocktails, local florals, and DJ tunes into the wee hours. When it comes to sustainable cred, the hotel runs an organic garden to supply ingredients to the restaurants, operates a beach and river cleanup team, features LED lighting, employs 70 per cent local employees, and also generates a large chunk of its power from a solar farm. Wedding packages from US$6,500. Jl. Pantai Keramas, Kecamatan Gianyar, Bali 80361, Indonesia, komuneresorts.com.

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Inspiration

Add a dose of the unexpected with these unique twists on old traditions. By Karen Chiang

Leather layers

A winter wedding can be chilly, but if you’re not into the idea of wearing a cape or a longsleeved dress, layer up with your favourite leather jacket. Adding a touch of edginess, a biker jacket or bomber will juxtapose your gown for instant glam.

 The

one

Instead of a conventional bouquet, many brides are opting instead for a simple, single bloom. These solostem bouquets can be styled to look subtle or dramatic and, in any case, they’re definitely budget-friendly.

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Inspiration

 Change

it up

Lots of Hong Kong brides change up their gowns on the big day perhaps wearing a cheongsam in the morning, followed by a western dress in the evening. Now grooms are getting in on the action, switching from a formal jacket for the ceremony to a more casual ensemble for the reception and after-party.

Java time

Whether you’re having a church ceremony or a full outdoor event, your guests could probably use a hot cup of coffee in between the big moments. Elevate your coffee cart with beans from your favourite roaster or have a barista on hand to pour trendy flat whites.

Sign here

Instead of a guest book, why not have your guests write their well wishes on Jenga blocks? Every time you reach for the box, the family-friendly board game will take you on a fun trip down memory lane.

WILD CARD

Take flight

Have you watched the viral “flying veil” videos trending online? Originating in China, the trend sees a veil magically float through the air and land on the bride’s head as she walks down the aisle. It might not be your style, but you can’t argue with the theatrics!

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How We Met

A night to remember

A chance encounter at a nightclub led to a long-distance romance. By Doris Lam

B

oth raised in Hong Kong, Heanney and Conrad Banks met at Drop, a nightclub in Lan Kwai Fong, over the Christmas holidays in 2011. At the time, Heanney was living in the UK and was home visiting family; Conrad was a pilot, based in Hong Kong and travelling the world. Conrad hit on Heanney at the bar and the two later shared their first kiss in the strobe of club lights. They exchanged numbers, then parted ways without any expectations. But Conrad couldn’t stop thinking about Heanney.

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He called her the next morning to invite her for dinner at Oolaa. A bit hungover and casually dressed, Heanney was blown away when he arrived looking polished in a suit. As the Christmas holidays came to an end, Heanney returned to England and Conrad resumed life as a pilot. For the next nine months, the two spent every free moment messaging each other, and Heanney eventually relocated to Hong Kong to give romance a shot. Six years later, Heanney and Conrad were lounging in bed, sharing

a heartfelt conversation about the fragility of life. In the spur of the moment, Conrad ditched his plans to propose during an upcoming holiday in Phuket and asked Heanney to marry him on the spot. In June this year, Heanney and Conrad tied the knot surrounded by 49 of their closest family members and friends at The Beach Villa in Bali, where they once again stole kisses on the dance floor - this time as a married couple.


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My Hong Kong Wedding December 2018  

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