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!”

Studio Harcourt

Prestigious French photography group Studio Harcourt opened up shop in Hong Kong this summer, bringing with it a classic black-and-white aesthetic that will make you feel like a film star. That’s not too far off the mark, seeing as they’ve photographed more than 1,500 celebrities over the years. Ready to book your closeup? A “Wedding Albums” session will leave you with 15 to 30 gorgeous images – all in the studio’s signature monochrome style.

Packages from $15,000, including makeup artist and pre-shoot consultation. 18/F, 18 On Lan St., Central, 2662-0030, studio-harcourt.hk.

Austy Lee

Newly launched back in April, Austy Lee is a fine jewellery design studio that specialises in jade and gemstones. Founder and chief designer Austy himself has been in the industry for more than a decade and has designed jewels for international celebrities and artists. The whimsical, intricate, vintage-style pieces look straight out of a fairytale and are perfect for a modern bride looking for a hint of edginess.

Shop A, G/F, Kam On Building, 176 Queen’s Road Central, 2388-0212, austyleeartjewellery.com.

Niya K Jewellery

Looking for the perfect wedding jewels? Check out Niya K. This Hong Kong-based designer creates bespoke diamond pieces to suit your personal style. Best part? Every purchase comes with a complimentary bottle of prosecco. It goes without saying this is a great engagement service too….

B4, 5/F, Coral Court, 51-67 Cloud View Rd., North Point, 9105-1516,
www.niya-k.com.

Lisa Swinbanks Capes

Inspired by a mix of Japan’s cutesy “kawaii” culture and English heritage, designer Lisa Swinbanks has just the thing to inject a bit of whimsy into your wedding style: a custom capelet. These pretty lace tops provide a fresh twist on tradition. Wear it with a skirt in lieu of a typical wedding gown, or go with a crop-top look for bridesmaids dresses. Who doesn’t love this vintage-glam vibe?

From $247, www.lisaswinbanks.com.