Nail your wedding beauty prep with BloomMe

Looking to scrub up and get glam ahead of the big day? Spa booking platform BloomMe shares its favourite vendors for bridal beautification. This popular app has more than 1,500 spas and salons on its books, and with discounts of up to 30 percent, you can always get a great deal on the perfect spa, wherever you are!

PLUS: All My Hong Kong Wedding readers can get $100 their first treatment when booking for the first time with BloomMe – just enter the discount code “MHKW” when signing up. Download now!

One Week Before: Wax and eylash extensions at Spa Beaute Par Zai

With one week to go before the big day, now is a perfect time to book that wax and get eyelash extensions done. We love Spa Beaute Par Zai in Central. As the first day spa to open in Hong Kong, this family style spa makes you feel instantly comfortable (a huge bonus when getting waxed) and you’ll leave feeling like a movie star!

Eyelash Extensions $890

Brazilian Wax $500

Two Days Before: Mani-pedi and facial at Melomist

Breathe, relax, it’s almost time! You deserve to put your feet up, have your nails tended to, and of course get a facial before the big day! Just don’t do it the day before, in case you develop redness or skin sensitivity.  

Melomist Spa on Cochrane Street is our top choice for a pamper day. This elegant spa always goes the extra mile, with every detail making you feel like a VIP from the moment you step through the door. No wonder they won BloomMe’s Best New Spa 2016 Award!

7 Toxins-Free Soak Off Gel Manicure $430

Melomist Pedicure w/revitalising salt scrub $520

Native Essential Aroma Renewing Facial $780

One Day Before: scrub, wrap and massage at Spa L’Occitane

It’s your last day as a Miss, so enjoy it and relax with a massage. You deserve some quality “me time” and, goodness knows you need a rest!

Spa L’Occitane is the perfect place to ease all your pre-wedding jitters. Using all their own products for each treatment, you can take a bit of paradise home with you once you’re done. 

Provencal Deluxe (Includes full scrub, wrap & massage) $1,700

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Real weddings: Bernice and Ray Wong

A classic Hong Kong love story, Bernice and Ray met over dim sum. The two were dining with their parents, hit it off – and the rest is history.

How did you stumble upon The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club?

Bernice Wong: It actually took us a while to find the perfect venue. We wanted to have about 160-190 guests there for a late afternoon cocktail session, followed by dinner – all in the same place. Plus, we were getting married during the rainy season, so we needed a Plan B. At first, our parents thought the venue, which is located in an industrial building, was a bit avant-garde, but they warmed to the idea! 

Why didn’t you go with the usual banquet hall?

BW: We wanted the day to be a party rather than a formal affair for our guests – and for us. In the end, it was perfect: fun, energetic, simple and refreshingly atypical.

Did you incorporate any Chinese elements?

BW: We didn’t spend time or energy on the usual Chinese games and ceremonies, which we didn’t find meaningful. That being said, we ended up doing the Chinese tea ceremony, which was very important for our parents and grandparent. I also thought it would be fun to be in a traditional Chinese wedding gown, and I was very glad that Ray agreed to play along – not a lot of Hong Kong guys do!

How were your personalities reflected?

BW: We both like things to be simple and not too stressful, so I would say, as far as wedding planning goes, we aced on both fronts! As for the decor, it was more of a woody, natural theme with very simple colours, such as white and green on wood. The signage was accentuated in neon pink. Ray was also very excited about the pick-up truck, which was provided by the venue – the back was filled with ice-cold beers to welcome our guests.   

Any advice for other couples?

Take it easy, and enjoy the planning. You are supposed to do this once in your life, so make it fun!

In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: Portable fans and air conditioning for the alfresco area. It turned out to be a very hot day!

Glad I saved on: Simple decorations. Our decorator knew how much was “just right.”

Venue & Caterer: The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club, thebutchers.club/wong-chuk-hang

Decorator: The Wooden Fox, instagram.com/thewoodenfox.co

Photographer: KC Professional Photography, www.chankichun.com

Cake: Sift, www.siftdesserts.com

Wedding dress: Spring Wedding, www.springwedding.com.hk

Hairstylist & Makeup: Bart Ko, www.beaute.com.hk

Real Weddings: Nissa and Andy Cornish

Nissa and Andy met while both were working at environmental NGOs. In 2015, the pair celebrated their marriage on an organic farm in Fanling.

When you started planning, which details were most important to you?

Nissa Cornish: It was important that our wedding be not just a beautiful event, but a reflection of who we are. We considered a destination wedding, but quickly realized that with many of our friends and family living far away, Hong Kong is a destination… and a great one! So we decided to do right it here, where our story is. We knew we didn’t want a typical Hong Kong wedding, in a hotel or restaurant. We also wanted to do it as sustainably as possible, and incorporate the outdoors if possible.

Which venues did you settle on?

NC: We had our ceremony at WWF’s Island House Conservation Studies Centre, in Tai Po. It’s a beautiful colonial-style heritage building built in 1905, and has an enormous private garden overlooking the sea. Our reception was at Zen Organic Farms in Fanling. I loved the idea of a rustic barn wedding. At first we didn’t think it would be possible, but then we visited Zen and discovered this open-air shed overlooking the fields… and something in our imaginations just said, “YES.”

How did you discover them?

NC: At the time, the Island House wasn’t open to the public [though it’s now open for event bookings], so very few people knew of it. Because Andy worked for WWF, we were able to make a special request to book it. As for Zen, we knew that the farm supplied organic produce to one of my favourite restaurants, Posto Pubblico. So we asked the kind folks at Posto (who also ended up being our caterers) to connect us. 

Did you encounter any complications?

NC: At first, Zen flat-out refused because they had never hosted anything like a wedding. It took a lot of coaxing from us and our amazing wedding planner to get them on board. But once they agreed, they were super kind and helpful all the way.

What else was special about your wedding?

NC: We enjoyed adding a lot of homemade touches. I designed the invitations, and found a woman who hand-made amazing fabric bunting to decorate the barn. Andy designed and built custom lighting for the head table, which went perfectly with the vintage mirrors we used as a backdrop. 

How were your personalities reflected?

NC: Our ceremony “altar” was decorated simply with two potted banyan trees, which now live on our roof as a memento. Andy hung vintage Hong Kong romantic-film posters from his personal collection in the barn, and selected organic wines and locally-brewed beers to serve.

What other details did your guests love?

NC: The kids’ area seemed to go over well! We had fun things like a teepee, wedding-themed colouring books, games, sidewalk chalk, and bubbles. Guests also made their own pizzas in a wood-burning oven. 

In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: A wedding planner. Sonya from Bliss Creations took care of all the boring details, which left us free to do the fun stuff.

Glad I saved on: The dress. It was a simple, classic dress by a local designer, and that’s all I needed. 

Wish I spent on: Live music all night. We hired an amazing live trio to serenade us during sunset, then switched to a DJ after dinner.

Wish I saved on: Nothing I can think of! 

Wedding Planner: Bliss Creations, blissweddings.asia

Caterer: Posto Pubblico, www.postopubblico.com

Photographer: Sean Creamer, facebook.com/SeanCreamerPhotography

Transport: Tesla Motors, tesla.com

Bouquet Flowers: Tiffany Flowers, www.tiffannyflowers.com.hk

Venue Decor: DIY

Makeup: Liz Bohan, bit.ly/2krm85S

Hair: Catherine Law

Entertainment: Cecillia Tang, facebook.com/CecilliaTangMorgana

Rings: Nathalie Melville Fine Jewellery, melvillejewellery.com

Mood Board: Ideas and trends for winter weddings

Two-piece wedding gowns

Limor Rosen at HITCHED! Bridal

Two-piece wedding gowns aren’t just flattering and fresh, but they’re also perfect for the chilly winter season. If you’re throwing a snow-kissed celebration abroad, consider pairing a fitted cashmere top with a classic round skirt.

Winter whites


Photo: The Wedding Company

If the movie Frozen taught us anything, it’s that winter can be absolutely ethereal. Even without snow, you can still get the look by decking out the venue in soft shades of white. When the palette’s kept simple you can go wild with contrasting textures – think white roses, marble, crystals, wood, and more.

Statement earrings


Cassouto

When done right, statement earrings can add a serious dose of glamour to your bridal look. And to be really on trend, consider a retro choker to match.

Seasonal cocktails

Put down that aperol spritz! This season is all about warming welcome cocktails that channel that winter wonderland – think cinnamon-imbued ciders, negronis, and pomegranate martinis.

Eye-popping colours

Your makeup says just as much about your style as the dress, which is why bold brides are embracing surprising eyeshadow shades. A shock of blue, mint, or a bit of gold leaf can change the look completely.

Party portraits

Creative couples will love this photobooth alternative. Instead of stocking up on Polaroid film, hire a Hong Kong illustrator – like Kitty Wong (@kittynwong) – to sketch portraits of your guests and perhaps even capture your ceremony. Now that’s a personal touch!

Go green

It’s cool to be eco-friendly – and not that difficult either. One of the easiest ways to reduce waste at an event is to avoid disposable straws. Instead, opt for stainless steel or glass straws which can double as a wedding favour! We love these from The Pineapple Company, which are $170 per set from Lane Crawford Home.

Emerald elements


The Silver Lining Wedding Journal

Timeless and regal, it’s no surprise this stylish shade is popping up everywhere this year, from bouquets to bridesmaid dresses. You can easily incorporate emerald into your big day, whether it’s a tiny pop of colour in the centrepieces or as a major player in your wedding palette.

Shop online for gowns at Needle & Thread

British brand Needle & Thread’s Autumn/Winter Bridal 2017 collection is full of beautiful (and affordable) gowns. Taking its cues from the works of Danish painter P.S. Krøyer and his wife Marie Krøyer, the collection features delicate embroidery, antique lace, and unexpected shades of grey, pink, blue and shimmering champagne. The line is available on net-a-porter.com.    

needleandthread.com.

ready-made stationery at Kikki.K

Once the party’s over, there’s one thing left to do: thank-you notes. The aptly named “Fall In Love with Your Life” collection from Kikki.K should help you get the job done without spending a fortune on gold foil and letterpressing. The energetic designs include high-voltage shades of yellows, pinks, and greys – each with a sweet note. And while you’re at it, stock up on journals, diaries, or a heart-printed mug for yourself. 

www.kikki-k.com.

Hire a photographer with ease with KaChick

Finding the perfect wedding photographer just got easier: The new KaChick photography marketplace provides an easy-to-use interface where couples can browse photographer profiles and pictures. You can sort by location, budget, style, occasion – and even chat with potential candidates – all in one place.

(photo: Kim Lo)

Available on the Apple Store, www.kachick.com.