Lollies Lifestyle – pre-wedding photography in London

Thinking about getting your photos taken overseas? Lollies Lifestyle is a European pre-wedding shoot specialist catering to Hong Kong-based couples. It can take care of all the nitty-gritty details for you – from hotels to excursions – leaving you to just relax, explore and get your snaps done in romantic destinations such as London, Prague, Paris, or Santorini. Lollies uses its local know-how to ensure that your photos are totally unique and that and you go home with great memories of an exciting trip abroad.

NARS colour palette – perfect neutrals for understated brides

There’s nothing more convenient than an all-in-one makeup palette, and the new “Strike it Rich” eyeshadow compact from NARS is everything. Featuring 12 rich, romantic shades, the palette combines velvety gold, amber, copper, chocolate browns, and warm beige hues that will make any summer bride glow. Thanks to the versatile mix of neutrals, the palette also delivers eye contouring that can be layered for a more dramatic dimension.
$500, available at Harvey Nichols, Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, 3968-2668, www.narscosmetics.com.

Real Weddings: Susanne and Matt Clark

The Clarks celebrated their big day at Wooloomooloo in Wan Chai on October 27, 2016 after dating for four years.

Q When did you get engaged?

Susanne Clark: We were on holiday in Vietnam at a riverside resort. There was a beautiful garden where we were staying, which was lit up by lanterns. On the final night of our trip, Matt disappeared (to give himself a pep talk) leaving me to take in the scenery. When he returned he got down on one knee and took me by surprise. We celebrated with a meal and drinks in Hoi An and topped it off with a river cruise. Very romantic!

Q What did you envision for your wedding?

SC: We wanted a relatively small wedding for family who could make the trip to Hong Kong, and our closest friends. We are not religious, so we had a civil ceremony.

Q Why did you choose Wooloomooloo for your wedding?

SC: We went for a meal at our venue and fell in love with the view and the food! Later, once we were engaged and started researching venues, Wooloomooloo popped up so we went back to investigate and get a quote. We knew that our friends and family from home would enjoy the venue by day, and that it would add a special and unique element at night.

Q What does the Hong Kong harbour mean to you?

SC: Matt grew up in Hong Kong and I have been here almost seven years. When we decided to get married in Asia, we did consider other destinations but decided that there was no place like Hong Kong for us and a view of the city and the harbour would give our day that true sense of location.

Q Any tips for working with photographers?

SC: We had a consultation with our photographer, Claire, at the venue a few weeks before to get an idea of the setting for photos. This was well worth the time, as we didn’t have to discuss with her on the day.

Q What else was special or different about your wedding?

SC: We didn’t want a long engagement and also wanted to start a family, so it turned out that I was almost seven months pregnant on our wedding day. This added extra excitement to our day and gave us more to celebrate.

Q How did this affect your plans or experience?

SC: Being pregnant didn’t change our plans, but it did mean I had to rethink the dress. I had a bit of a mourning period for the dress I had carefully chosen in England. This had been generously purchased for me by my mum and meant a lot to me. Friends here in Hong Kong took me to a tailor where I had a new dress made. The tailor, who has sadly since closed, did a beautiful job and the dress was so comfortable. I wish I could wear it to work every day!

Q What personal touches did you add?

SC: We put our own music playlists together and we used our favourite colours in the scheme. We had mostly candid photos apart from a few posed shots, which meant that the photos were a lovely surprise when we got them.

 

In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: Food, drinks and photography

Glad I saved on: My second wedding dress

WHO HELPED THEM:

Caterer: Wooloomooloo (www.wooloo-mooloo.com)

Photographer: High Jump Photography (highjumpphotography. com) Florist: A friend did the flowers

Venue Decor: Sourced by the couple, arranged by friends

Makeup/Hair: Airplay (airplaybar.com)

Suit: Ash Custom Tailor (www.ashtailor.com)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Hoi An Tailor, Vietnam

Flower Girl Dress: She chose her own dress and shoes from the Hong Kong Lanes.

Entertainment: Bride and groom’s playlist

Gift Favours: Toffees and vintage-style key bottle openers

Real Weddings: Mark And Laine Koon Murray

 

Mark And Laine Koon Murray

Interview: Kate Springer

After meeting on a dragon boat team in London, Mark and Laine married in Hong Kong eight years later. The ceremony took place on the Star Ferry’s Meridian Star in the middle the harbour, followed by a reception at The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club in Wong Chuk Hang.

Q How’d Mark pop the question?

Laine Murray: It was a complete surprise and out-of-character PDA… he asked in the queue at the departure gate just before a flight back to the UK for Christmas. I turned around and Mark was on one knee! We have great memories every time we see “our” departure gate at Hong Kong Airport.

Q Why the Star Ferry for the ceremony?

LM: The Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour are so iconic. We wanted to incorporate a part of Hong Kong history into our wedding since we have spent the majority of our time as a couple here. As with Hong Kong Airport, we do get a little nostalgic whenever we find ourselves down at Central Pier, and always try to spot the Meridian Star crossing the harbour.

 

Q What advice would you give to couples looking for outdoor venues?

LM: Prepare for the unpredictable Hong Kong weather – heat, humidity and typhoons! We gave customised wooden Chinese fans as a wedding favour for the ceremony on the Star Ferry, and kept our fingers firmly crossed for calm seas. As a backup, we did make sure we were able to hold the ceremony at The Butchers Club.

Q What were you most stressed about before the ceremony?

LM: We had a few hiccups on the day including a champagne delivery fail and a missing bus driver. But we quickly realised that we didn’t need everything to be perfect, the important thing was that we were getting married, with family and closest friends to celebrate our big day.

Q What was your favourite moment?

LM: Just before the ceremony was due to start, David, our celebrant, came into the bridal area looking very serious and quietly announced that my part of the vows had blown overboard! Then the ferry staff didn’t know how to work the sound system, and we ended up playing the “Wedding March” three times. We found it hilarious!

Q What did guests enjoy the most?

 

LM: The boys were on great form for the door games before the Chinese tea ceremony in the morning. Let’s just say that mankinis, Beyonce and bananas were involved! For the rest of our guests, I’d say the open top bus ride from Central Ferry Pier to the reception in Aberdeen.

 

In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: Having our families out from the UK; an amazing photographer and fantastic decor for the reception.

Glad I saved on: Favours, by ordering from Taobao and customising; I also designed our invitations.

Wish I spent on: A decor team to jazz up the ferry.

Wish I saved on: My cheongsam and evening dress. I didn’t want to change out of my wedding dress.

 

WHO HELPED THEM:

Caterer: The Butchers Club (thebutchers.club)

Transport: Star Ferry (www.starferry.com.hk); Big Bus (www. bigbustours.com)

Photographer: Justin Lim Photography (www.justlimphoto.com) Florist and venue decor: Workshop Weddings (www. workshopweddings.com)

Dress: elDevere Bridal (180 Queen’s Road Central, 6488-8330)

Rings: Haywards of Hong Kong (www.haywards.com.hk)

Suit: Misurino Tailors (www.misurino.com)

Entertainment: Mark and a friend took care of the music.

Gift Favours: Taobao (taobao.com)

Invitations: Ringo Ching, M-Forest Production (mforest1998.wixsite. com/mforest)

Inside the makeup bag of Jaime Smith, Smudge Makeup Artistry

Hong Kong-based makeup artist Jaime Smith of Smudge Makeup Artistry shares her go-to beauty products for a gorgeous glow on the big day.

Farsali
Unicorn Essence
“This is my favourite primer, as it plumps the skin, adds moisture and a radiant natural glow. It perfectly preps the skin for wedding makeup. Use this on the lips as well for a little natural  plump.”
MAC “Patisserie” Lipstick
This has a silky satin finish that feels light as a lip balm, but with the pigment of a regular lipstick. Patisserie is the perfect pinky-peach- nude combination.”
Hourglass 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner 
The 1.5mm tip is so small that you can create the perfect can eye and get in close to fill in along the lash line so easily.”
Laura Mercier Secret Under Eye Brightening Powder
“This little powder is fine-milled, so it won’t sit in any fine lines. It sets under-eye concealer like a charm and even helps brighten dark circles.”
NARS Cosmetics Orgasm Blush
NARS has some amazing blush colors and you only need a light swipe for the perfect blushing bride look. I often reach for ‘Orgasm’ – cheeky name aside, it is the perfect pink-peach with flecks of gold to make any bride look happy and glowing.”

Hong Kong photographers’ favourite pre-wedding shoot locations

Rock your pre-wedding shots in the most amazing spots in Hong Kong, according to some of the city’s top photographers.
By Kate Springer
1. KC Professional Photography
Taking a natural approach to wedding shoots, KC Professional Photography gravitates towards low-key, rustic environments to capture those special moments.
Favourite Spots
Big Wave Bay Beach:
“It has the best sand in Hong Kong. There is a nice little line of trees just by the beach, and it makes such a lovely backdrop for intimate photos
Beas River Country Club:
“I always love shooting here as it’s very quiet, unlike typical Hong Kong. It’s also nice to be able to take photos with the little ponies.”
2 Tanarak Photography
Award-winning Tanarak Visessonchoke of Tanarak Photography has worked all over the world – from Thailand to San Francisco, Singapore, Paris and Hong
Kong. Tanarak’s images capture every couple’s personal story, and the details
that matter most.
Favourite Spot
Shek O Beach:
“It’s a nice location with a variety of natural scenes – each corner makes it more unique. There are beaches and rocks, not to mention vibrant colours in the village with lots of little details.”
Victoria Peak Garden:
“It’s so quiet in this garden and not many people know about it. There are lots of big trees and natural scenes, which is different from busy city life. Another
park nearby has an old police station with nice architecture and a pretty gazebo that makes the photos look vintage and unique.”
 
3 Joyce Yung Productions
Joyce Yung’s style is relaxed and natural, telling a story in every tiny detail. Her images have a fashionable yet timeless quality about them that will make even the busiest of Hong Kong streets feel like your own intimate corner.
Favourite Spots
Shek O:
“This is quite a popular location, so it’s best to come during weekdays. What I like about Shek O is that you can get quite a few different sides of Hong Kong in a close vicinity. You can get images with a backdrop of the beach, or on the rocks, or photos taken in the small, quaint village streets.”
City streets:
“I like to incorporate the busy cityscape of Hong Kong into part of the images. Some clients really prefer it, as it also helps to represent part of the couple’s story and journey together in this city. I like to shoot in the middle of one of the busy streets, usually an intersection in Causeway Bay, Wan Chai or Central.”
Tamar Park:
“It’s a great location where you can get a variety of backgrounds, settings, and feelings in your images. You can capture greenery and trees, or you can get the harbourfront view with the iconic Hong Kong skyscrapers. You can capture different moods, depending on the time of day you choose to shoot in.”

2017’s hottest honeymoon destinations

Looking for honeymoon inspiration that will get your heart beating in more ways than one? The experts at Flight Centre point us toward the region’s most
adventurous getaways. By Kate Springer
Began, Myanmar
Located in central Myanmar, Bagan might be tricky to get to without any direct flights, but the historic region rewards travelers handsomely once they arrive. It’s impossible not to fall in love all over again as the sun rises above thousands of Buddhist temples dotting the Bagan countryside. The best way to appreciate the view? From a hot air balloon, glass of champagne in hand.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:
“Bagan is the perfect mix of tranquil escape and ancient history in one place.
You can relax around the infinity pool by the river, go get massages, or
grab a balloon ride over some of the most amazing sights Myanmar has
to offer,” says Shane Davis, a Flight Centre consultant. “An early morning
balloon trip will blow your mind with an unimpeded view of the rising sun
bathing 10,000 Buddhist temples in an array of changing colours.”
WHERE TO STAY:
After a long day of adventures, the Aureum Palace Hotel offers a peaceful respite. The hotel boasts a beautiful setting in the Bagan Archaeological Preservation Zone, plus 27 acres of gardens, a luxurious spa and posh villas.
Tasmania, Australia
You’ve probably heard about the aurora borealis, but what about the “aurora australis”? Nature-loving couples will treasure a Southern Lights experience in
Tasmania, where the sky lights up with cosmic colors throughout the winter months. And even if you miss the natural light show, the country is still full of amazing adventures. Off the coast of Melbourne, Tasmania’s wild frontier features rainforests, waterfalls, vineyards and mountains.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:
“Tasmania is an extremely private part of the world, so newlyweds can truly enjoy each other’s company as well as the stunning scenery that calms the soul,” says Fabienne Lang, a Flight Centre consultant. “What’s more, the flavours of every meal in Tasmania are truly amazing due to the quality local fresh produce – from wine and oysters, to grass fed cows and fresh dairy products, there is something to suit every palate.”
WHERE TO STAY:
“For honeymooners who love the outdoors, I would recommend glamping right by the beach at the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat . You get back to nature, sleep under the stars and truly experience the best Tasmania has to offer.”
Africa
Build your own adventure in Africa, where the vast landscapes and diverse destinations make for endless possibilities. The enormous continent has long been a go-to for wildlife enthusiasts and it’s not hard to see why, given
the lions, elephants and giraffes that inhabit the terrain. A dream itinerary
might begin in Kenya, with a visit to rugged Tsavo National Park. From
there, a gorilla trek in Rwanda and a visit to Victoria Falls by helicopter
should fuel your wanderlust for years to come. Finish off the experience
in South Africa’s Kruger Park, where the Big Five (lions, leopards, rhinos, buffalos and elephants) roam free.
WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT:
“From natural beauty and wildlife to culture, cities and beaches there’s really something for everyone,” say Katie Hempill, a Flight Centre Consultant. “Whether it’s a gorilla trek in Rwanda or spotting the Big Five in South Africa,
seeing animals in their natural habitats is a great thrill.”
WHERE TO STAY:
“For an extra special touch, consider visiting the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi, Kenya where the giraffes get up close and personal by poking
their heads through the window to join you for breakfast. It’s something
animal lovers will never forget.” Learn more about honeymoon
destination deals at Flight Centre,
 
Love at first flight 
A few more itineraries to swoon over.
MONGOLIA: Feel like you’re seeing stars? You must be in Mongolia. The wild grasslands of this vast country is known for its cinematic skies, best viewed from a luxury ger (tent). A horseback ride to the tundras of Gorkhi-Terelj National Park just can’t beat.
CAMBODIA:You may have already seen Siem Reap, but chances
are you haven’t yet explored the southern coastline, dotted with lush islands and prime snorkelling territory. Check out Song Saa Private Island for a
secluded stay in the Koh Rong Archipel
OMAN: A short flight from the gleaming skyscrapers of Dubai, Oman feels miles away thanks to its sparkling white architecture and raw mountain
territory. After spending a few days on the beach in Muscat, explore Oman’s wild side atop the Green Mountain where the new Anantara Al Jabal Al
Akhdar Resort just opened last year.

Honeymoon and travel news for June

Whether you’re dreaming up a destination wedding or an epic honeymoon, these awesome packages will make wedding planning a breeze.
 By Kate Springer
1. QUEEN FOR A DAY
Over in Macau, The Banyan Tree is turning up the charm with an “Ultimate Bridal Shower” package that takes place – where else, but the Presidential Suite. This 888-square-metre retreat stretches across two floors, featuring beautiful views, a spa treatment room, relaxation pool, several lounge areas and a full-service kitchen. With room for up to 20 friends and family
members, the bride-to-be will be showered with free- flow wines and soft drinks, five bottles of champagne, and canapes. To keep the party going, four guests get to stay overnight in the suite with breakfast included.
Banyan Tree Macau, Avenida Marginal Flor de Lotus,
Cotai, Macau, China, +853-8883-8833,
2. LONDON CALLING
More and more couples are taking their pre-wedding photos or engagement photos in far-away land. For the ultimate pre-wedding photoshoot, it’s hard to
beat Claridge’s in London. The hotel’s new “Pre- Wedding Experience” offers a picturesque itinerary through London’s most romantic corners and historical
landmarks, complete with a photoshoot coordinator and an afternoon with wedding photographer Xander Casey. Ladies will also appreciate the pampering perks – expect makeup, hair and personal styling ahead of
the shoot to ensure you’re looking glam for the cam.
From $56,000, including two-night stay, transfers,
styling services, and three-hour shoot. Claridge’s,
Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR, United
Kingdom, +44-20-7629-8860, www.claridges.co.uk.
3. CLEAN SLATE
Phuket is a popular destination wedding for a reason – it’s relatively convenient, affordable, and beautiful, depending where you stay. That’s where The Slate comes in. A contemporary resort on Phuket’s northern shore,
The Slate is sandwiched between a rainforest and Nai Yang beach, with 13 venues and lots of photogenic spots. The wedding services here are bespoke, with an in-house planner who manages the itineraries, menus, decor, florists, and photographers so you can focus on the all-too fleeting moments. Need a test drive? The Slate is currently offering a complimentary stay and food tasting, with optional pre-wedding shoots, for couples who book the resort.
The Slate, Nai Yang Beach, 116 Moo 1,
Sakhu, Thalang, Phuket 83110,
Thailand, +66-76-327-006,
4. WOOLLOO MARRY ME?
If you’re heading down under for your nuptials, check out
Ovolo Woolloomooloo’s wedding packages. Just like the hotel, the wedding celebrations here are creative and unique, with a hard-to-beat location on the
Sydney Harbour. The planning team will help each couple identify their signature style and bring the event to life in the venue of their choice, from the intimate Kitchen Table to the urban Piper Rooms. From there, the hotel manages a la carte catering, room hire, table settings, service and day-of details. Couples can also elect to say their vows on the 100-year-old Woollomooloo wharf, surrounded by the Sydney Skyline. Yes, we do!
Ovolo Woolloomooloo, 6 Cowper Wharf, Roadway, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia, +61-2-9331-9000, www.ovolohotels.com.au