Belier Design

Founded by Hong Kong-Canadian fashion designer Vien Lee, Belier Design offers both custom-made gowns and ready-to-wear bridal attire from her studio in Sheung Wan.

Whether you’re looking for a gorgeous ready-made gown, a perfectly tailored dress, or a talented designer to bring your vision to life, Belier Design is the place to go. Conveniently located in Sheung Wan, this bridal atelier is run by Vien Lee, a fashion design student of Studio Bercot, Paris.

Drawing inspiration from her travels, Belier Design’s pieces emphasise beautiful fabrics sourced from all over the world, complemented by elegant yet sexy cuts that appeal to the modern bride who’s still looking for a touch of romance.

If it’s a bespoke gown you’re after, you will be put into the hands of Vien herself, who will guide you through the three- to six-month dressmaking process. Taking into account her client’s body shape, personality and desires, Vien will work with you, lending her expertise in fabric, design and style to collaborate on your dream gown.

Room 1502, CS Tower, 50 Wing Lok Street, Sheung Wan, service@belierdesign.com, www.belierdesign.com.

(Presented by Belier Design)

Bridal Spa & Tea at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

What could be more magical for a bridal shower than an elegant afternoon of bespoke tea and pampering at Grand Hyatt Hong Kong?

First, indulge in a 90-minute signature body massage at the luxuriously appointed Plateau Spa, and let the expert therapists ease away wedding stress.

Afterwards, head down to the newly refurbished Tiffin Lounge for a classic high tea set with your closest friends – think finger sandwiches, dainty cakes, and scones with jam and cream. Don’t miss the unlimited homemade ice cream counter, classic crepes and made-to-order obanyaki.

Visit the hotel’s spectacular pool deck or sip champagne at the Waterfall Bar, to make the day even more memorable.

Cost:
$1,800 +10% per person  (includes a 90-minute massage and afternoon tea set)

Plateau Spa:
11/F, Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, 1 Harbour Rd., Wan Chai

Bookings:
2584-7688 or plateau.hkggh@hyatt.com.

(Presented by Grand Hyatt Hong Kong)

Photographers share their perfect moments

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

Jamie Ousby Photography

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

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

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

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

Ali G Studios

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

  

Epic moments: “Set against the backdrop of some incredible palaces in Jaipur, India, this four-day destination wedding was one of the grandest I have ever photographed. I wanted something epic and memorable for the couple, while staying true to their style and the majestic backdrop.”

Red dress: “The couple had informed me they wanted to create images with the look and feel of the famous Hong Kong movie, ‘In The Mood For Love.’ The challenge was to get the perfect lighting and post production on the image, which was shot at The China Club in Central.”

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

Kenneth Lim Photography

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

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

Let it rain: “After the wedding ceremony, it began to rain during our portrait session in Sheung Wan. The bride and groom took cover from the rain and I kept shooting. Just as with marriage, sometimes you just have to stick together and make the best of a bad situation!”

A Lesson in Lace with HITCHED! Bridal

There’s no one way to wear a lace wedding dress. The delicate fabric evokes a timeless elegance, but it’s also surprisingly versatile. Within the world of lace, the materials range from fine and feathery to thick and textured. The cuts vary too, so brides can veer from the classic silhouette for a look that’s as contemporary as they please. We quiz Dana Trang, owner of HITCHED! Bridal, on how to choose a lace you’ll love.

 

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

Own Your Style
“Lace is feminine and romantic and that’s how many brides would like to look and feel on the day,” says Trang. “There are so many types of lace and designers are always coming up with different ways to work with it, so there is something for everyone.”

“I think it’s a very personal choice, so the first thing is to find the type of lace and pattern that you like. Then try it on to see if it suits because, interestingly enough, different types of lace suit different people.”

Give it a Twist
“For a more contemporary look, I’d suggest illusion necklines with lace appliqué; a lace dress with a nude or blush lining; a fitted gown with a detachable lace train; and unusual necklines.”

“Another playful way to use lace is with a different lace pattern on every layer of the dress, so when you look at it as a whole, you see intricate patterns shining through. If a bride wants a cleaner look, they can choose a dress with a lace bodice but with a crepe skirt.”

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

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

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

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

The Peak Suite at the Four Seasons

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

Wedding Style: Urban beauty, refined romance.


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

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

 

The Den at Mr & Mrs Fox

he Vibe: This three-storey restaurant in Quarry Bay is effortlessly cool, with a small outdoor area, an all-glass facade, and a sense of whimsy in the decor. The most stylish weddings take place in The Den, Mr & Mrs Fox’s private dining room located on the second floor. This secret spot comes with its own private entrance, personal chef and sommelier.

Wedding Style: Old world whimsy, perfectly private.

Best Part: There are secret taps for beer and wine!

Psst… Guests can toast to the evening on The Den’s private balcony.

Catering: Chef-designed sharing menus feature signature dishes such as foie gras torchon and Wagyu beef crostini. Canapes are also available.

Capacity: 24 guests seated, 70 standing.

23 Tong Chong St., Quarry Bay, 2697-8500, mrmrsfox.com.

The Lawn and Sky Lounge at The Upper House

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

Wedding Style: Panoramic nuptials, secret garden.

Best Part: Couples can hold an intimate tea ceremony or get pampered with the wedding party in one of
the Upper Suites.

Psst… Packages are completely bespoke, based on your wedding vision.

6/F and 49/F, The Upper House, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty,
2918-1838, www.upperhouse.com.

Mood Board: style inspo for autumn brides

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

Photo: Ellermann

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

Photo: DBR Weddings

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

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

Photo: Ellermann

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

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

Photo: Indigo Living

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

Photo: Chino

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