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.

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

Hong Kong’s skyline wedding venues

There are few views in the world as spectacular as the Hong Kong skyline, so why not make the most of it? We’ve rounded up the best wedding venues with show-stopping city views. From five-star hotels to foodie favourites and cherished Hong Kong establishments, these stunners are perfect for
that special day. By Susie Riza
The Star Ferry
THE VIBE: Have your heart set on a waterfront wedding? You’re in luck. The Star Ferry offers private two-hour cruises aboard its “World Star
Water Tour,” so you can cruise the harbour with your wedding party, or even have the ceremony on board. For a real skyline wedding with a nautical vibe, this is a venue to remember.
WEDDING STYLE:
Nautical bliss, old-school elegance.
BEST PART:
It’s perfectly private out on the water – just you and your guests.
Psst…
There’s so much wedding hashtag potential: #ferrytalewedding, anyone?
Booking office: Star House, 3 Salisbury Rd.,
Tsim Sha Tsui, 2118-6201, www.starferry.com.hk
Fast Facts
Catering:Guests need to organise outside catering.
Capacity:180 passengers.
The Continental
THE VIBE: An elegant restaurant atop Pacific Place, The Continental is spacious and intimate, inspired by the charm of Europe’s grand cafes. Designed by David Collins Studio, the restaurant is a vision of gold and emerald with comfortable leather booths. The romantic outdoor terrace can be transformed into a Pinterest- worthy, fairy-lit aisle, surrounded by Hong Kong’s highrises.
WEDDING STYLE: City vibes, European flair.
BEST PART:
British chef Rowley Leigh created the menu, so you
can expect refined European dishes and beautiful presentations.
PSST…
The Continental is a stone’s throw from registry offices and several historic churches.
Unit 406, L4 Pacific Place, 88
Queensway, Admiralty, 2704-5211,
Fast Facts
Catering: Menus available for early evening canapes, leisurely lunches, brunches and decadent dinners.
Capacity:
Restaurant: up to 200 people standing, 60 people seated; terrace: up to 100 standing, 60 people seated.
Hutong
THE VIBE: If it’s panoramic views you’re after, Hutong is a dream. Overlooking
Victoria Harbour, the restaurant will transport you to an ancient family courtyard in one of Beijing’s historic neighborhoods.
The restaurant showcases avant-garde creativity in its Northern Chinese cuisine and three private dining rooms that are perfect
for rehearsal dinners and intimate affairs.
WEDDING STYLE: Modern Chinese style; impress out-of-towners.
BEST PART:
Aside from the views? Don’t miss the Chinese-inspired tea cocktails.
PSST…
The experience can be tied in with a private sailing on the Aqua Luna, the
restaurant group’s signature red-sailed junk.
28/F, One Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui,
3428-8342, www.aqua.com/hk
Fast Facts:
Catering: The restaurant will work with each
couple to create a perfect set menu.
Capacity:
Up to 150 people sitting, 200
standing.
The Park Lane Hong Kong, A Pullman Hotel
The Vibe:
Stretching across 372 square meters, the Park Lane’s rooftop garden offers a panoramic view of the city and gorgeous greenery. Couples enter the venue in style, using a breathtaking marble staircase – all set against the glimmering cityscape.
Wedding style: Urban garden, laid-back romance.
Best part:The jaw-dropping views from this rooftop
location.
Psst…The leafy garden setup will give your wedding a
botanical boost.
28/F, The Park Lane Hotel, a Pullman Hotel, 310 Gloucester
Road, Causeway Bay, 2293-8888, www.parklane.com.hk
Fast Facts
Catering: Chinese banquets available for lunch and dinner.
Capacity: The rooftop can accommodate 380 for cocktails or 180 seated
Wooloomooloo Steakhouse
The Vibe:Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is a smooth operator – think smart wood interiors, modern furnishings, and floor-to-ceiling windows with skyline views from every angle. The warm atmosphere makes for an intimate wedding setting and the sprawling rooftop bar doesn’t hurt either. Couples are in good hands here, thanks to personalised events packages, including bespoke decorations and entertainment.
Wedding style:Celebrations with the city at your feet.
Best part:The tender, tasty steaks will be a hit with meat- loving guests.
Psst…If Wooloomooloo Steakhouse is booked, try Wooloomooloo Prime or the Chop House; both offer similarly spectacular views.
31/F and rooftop, The Hennessy,
256 Hennessy Rd, Wan Chai,
Urban House
The Vibe: Located on Granville Road, Urban Park is home to an elegant
rooftop that’s bang in the middle of the city. Urban Park also has an outlet
in Central if you prefer to keep things on Hong Kong Island.
Wedding style:Garden party with a dash of urban glam.
Best part:Booking a wedding ceremony at Urban Park comes with an
added perk: a complimentary overnight stay at Attitude hotel nearby.
Psst…Look out for special wedding offers on their website.
4/F, 20-22 Granville Rd.,
Tsim Sha Tsui, 2751-1999,
FAST FACTS
Catering : Semi- and full buffets, as well as four-course set menus.
Capacity:
120 guests for a sit- down dinner
Al Molo Ristorante Italiano
The Vibe:Overlooking Victoria Harbour, Al Molo is home to a cool New York design with celebrity chef Michael White at the helm. With a range of homemade pizza, pastas, and world-class wines, Al Molo is an ideal destination for any food-loving couple.
Wedding style:New York flavours, gourmet gala.
Best part:The venue can arrange a two- to three-tier wedding cake for the big day.
Psst…Chef Michael White is happy to design bespoke
menus to cater to each couple’s tastes.
Shop G63, G/F, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730-7900,
Fast Facts
Catering:Bespoke set menus are available.
Capacity:Up to 180 guests seated or 300
Harlan’s 
The Vibe:Located in The One, Harlan’s is right in the thick of it, featuring spectacular views of Kowloon’s dense cityscape and Victoria Harbour from
the terrace. Boasting a Mediterranean-influenced menu, floor-to-ceiling
windows and a carefully curated wine cellar, this 650-square-metre address
feels timeless and elegant.
Wedding style:Sky-high elegance, Mediterranean decadence.
Best part:The terrace, hugged by skyscrapers on all sides.
Psst…The elevators are a bit confusing, so include directions in the invite.
19/F, The One, 100 Nathan
Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2972-
Fast Facts
Catering: Banquets, buffets and set menus are available.
Capacity: Up to 200 guests seated

Up-and-coming destination wedding spots

Couples in Asia are spoiled for choice when it comes to dreamy destination wedding venues. We caught up with Sonya Yeung, creative director of destination wedding planner Bliss Creations, to hear her top picks of the region’s most under-the-radar wedding spots. By Kate Springer

Destination: Penang

The highlights: The cultural capital of Malaysia, Penang has a rich history, delicious food and wonderful architecture. George Town, a Unesco World Heritage Zone, offers tremendous city charm with temples, local food and a mix of Chinese, Indian, Islamic, and British architecture.

Photo opps: George Town is home to picturesque Chinese temples in Little India and mosques in China Town. Taking photos alongside street art and the beautiful terraced buildings will result in amazing photos.

Hot venues: There are many wonderful colonial hotels and old mansions, plus spice gardens, Buddhist temples and beach-front locations.

USP: For multi-cultural couples, Penang also offers a wide range of themed weddings including traditional Peranakan, Chinese Malay and Indian. Chinese is also widely spoken in Penang, which makes it easier for Cantonese-speaking wedding parties to get around.

Insider Tip:  With the Malaysian Ringgit low against the Hong Kong Dollar, Penang also offers great value for money.

Best season: It’s best to visit Penang between December and March to avoid the rainy season. Penang is often hot and humid, so if you’re having an alfresco event, keep guests cool with refreshments, cold towels and fans.

Getting there: Penang is about a three-hour direct flight from Hong Kong.

Destination: Fiji

The highlights: Blessed with clear blue water, sandy beaches and jungle rivers, Fiji is home to more than 300 islands. The archipelago offers beautiful scenery, marine life and rich culture with some of the friendliest people in the world.

Photo opps: Fiji has picture-perfect beaches and tropical island scenery – both great for wedding photos. There are hundreds of islands available to ensure privacy when taking those special photos.

Hot venues:
Weddings can take place anywhere from a rainforest surrounded by singing tropical birds to a white sandy beach paired with crisp blue waters, high-end beach resorts with chapels to secluded caves. Popular wedding destinations include Sheraton Fiji Resort, Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa, and The Westin on Denarau Island.

Insider Tip: Taveuni is known as the ‘Garden Island of Fiji’ with its lush jungles, tropical birds and flowers. It is also home to the Lavena Coastal Walk, which passes by white sandy beaches and a cascading waterfall.

Best season: Visit Fiji between June and September to experience the best weather.

Getting there: Fiji is about a 10-hour direct flight from Hong Kong, operated by Fiji Airways.

Destination: Hanoi

The highlights: Vietnam is a great place to tie the knot – it is fairly inexpensive, while offering beautiful surroundings and fantastic food. Decked out in French architecture, Hanoi has a wealth of restaurants and hotels, plus easy-access to the nearby Unesco Heritage site of
Halong Bay.

Photo opps: Hanoi is more than 1,000 years old, so there is a colourful history in the buzzing French Quarter, ancient citadels and nearby wilderness. For a natural touch, head to Hoan Kiem Lake and Bach Thao Park.

Hot venues: Hanoi is home to some beautiful colonial hotels, like the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi – one of the grand dames of Southeast Asia. The hotel has planners on staff to make logistics a breeze. In Halong Bay you can take an overnight cruise aboard a luxury boat.

USP: In Halong Bay, your ceremony can take place on the boat by the water, followed by a beautiful dinner in a cave in one of the many limestone karst mountains. Light it up with hundreds of candles and you have a truly amazing wedding
to remember.

Insider Tip: Vietnam requires visas for most passport holders, so remember to check with
your consulate.

Best season: Visit Hanoi between December and March for the best temperatures.

Getting there: Hanoi is about a 2-hour direct flight from Hong Kong.

Destination: Chiang Mai

The highlights: Full of culture, natural beauty and hospitable people, Chiang Mai is a beloved wedding destination. The old city is set around a moat, while the surrounding countryside is home to mountains and lush vegetation.

Photo opps: The whole area is very picturesque, so there is no shortage of photo opportunities. The beautiful gardens of Royal Park Rajapruek are a great place to capture special moments.

Hot venues: Chiang Mai is home to lush tropical garden venues that can’t be found elsewhere in Asia – they’re great places for wedding ceremonies. 137 Pillars House is also a heritage-style venue to tie the knot in style. On the pricier side, The Four Seasons Chiang Mai is located between lush rice fields in Mae Rim and is one of the most popular wedding venues in the area, with top-notch service.

USP: Thai food is, of course, delicious – and there are so many activities for guests to enjoy, including trekking, handicraft workshops, cooking courses,
zip-lining, and more.

Insider Tip: As Thailand is a Buddhist country and there’s a new king, it is important to be respectful of any dress codes and code of conduct.

Best season: It’s best to avoid mid-February to mid-April as the air is very smoggy. You’ll experience the best temperatures between October and January.

Getting there: Chiang Mai is about a 2.5-hour direct flight from Hong Kong.

Get in touch with Bliss Creations: 2982-0192, www.blissweddings.asia.

Treehotel, Harads, Sweden

If a middle-of-nowhere getaway is more your speed, then look up the 7th Room – a new addition to the Treehotel in the Laplands of Sweden. Designed by international architecture firm Snohetta, the Nordic-style cabin seems to float above the pine forest in Northern Sweden, offering cosy accommodations and wrap-around views of the forest by day and the Aurora Borealis by night. Each of the cabins offer ultimate intimacy, so when you tuck in, it’s just you and the stars.

Treehotel, Brittas Pensionat, Edeforsväg 2 A,
960 24 Harads, Sverige, +46-928-103 00, treehotel.se

Avani Quy Nhon, Vietnam

A promising all-inclusive option for spa seekers, AVANI Quy Nhon Resort & Spa recently launched a “Total Wellbeing Renewal” experience. The beachfront resort in Central Vietnam mixes together spa pampering and physical activities – perfect for health-conscious honeymooners.

Ghenh Rang, Bai Dai Beach, Qui Nhon, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam, +84-56-3840-132, www.minorhotels.com.

Four Seasons Tented Camp, Chiang Rai

If you’re adventurous enough to sleep in a tent on your honeymoon, but can’t be parted from fine wines and king-sized beds, then The Four Seasons Golden Triangle Tented Camp is your dream honeymoon destination. The all-inclusive tented camp spoils travellers with old-world furnishings, enormous private decks, outdoor rainshowers… and rescue elephants.

Chiang Saen Post Office, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand, +66-53-910-200,
www.fourseasons.com/goldentriangle.