Best personal trainers in Hong Kong

Shredding before the wedding? Working with a personal trainer might be a hefty investment, but it’s a foolproof way to reach your goals in time for the big day. By Susie Riza
Do you need to lose five kilos before your wedding? Of course not! But if you’re determined to hit a personal fitness goal, then a wedding is a great
deadline. If you need an extra hand to stay on track, these personal trainers have been tried and tested for maximum return on investment.
RAW PERSONAL TRAINING
Conveniently located on Wyndham Street, Real Athletic Workouts – aka RAW
– provides a relaxed atmosphere in a top-notch studio. It’s a welcoming

environment, where trainers develop p ailored programmes structured around a host of effective training tools. Perfect for brides, RAW has an eight-week pre-wedding transformation programme that includes strength training, conditioning and a custom nutrition programme.

PT from $850 an hour. 23/F, Winsome House, 73 Wyndham St., Central, 2415-6233, www.rawpersonaltraining.com
PINNACLE BLACK
New to the Hong Kong gym scene, Pinnacle Black boasts a team of internationally accredited coaches with backgrounds in professional athlete development and body transformations. Sounds pretty good, right? With a razor focus on individual goals, Pinnacle emphasizes achievable and healthy targets by structuring a clear pathway towards those goals – complete with individualised training programmes, coaching advice and nutrition plans.
PT from $995 an hour. 26/F, Li Dong Building, 9 Li Yuen Street East, Central, 2469-2010, www.pinnacleblack.com.hk
Ultimate Performance
At Ultimate Performance, personal training packages focus on fat loss and body composition, tailoring programmes with each client’s goals in mind. Brides might consider the 12-week “Meltdown for Female Fat Loss” programme, which includes bespoke nutritional advice, as well as one-on-one sessions with an experienced trainer. Attend regularly and you can expect noticeable fat loss within 10 days, as well as muscle gain and tone. PT sessions start from $950 per session.
Two locations, including 11/F, Midtown Soundwill Plaza II, 1-29 Tang Lung St., Causeway Bay, 3543-5219, www.upfitness.com.hk
VALLEYFIT STUDIO
Living in Happy Valley? ValleyfitStudio offers personal training set against spectacular racecourse views. It offers personal training and fitness consultations, as well as complementary workouts such a  Powerplate, Pilates, kickboxing, TRX and more.
PT from $900 per hour. 19/F, First Commercial Building, 33-35 Leighton Rd., Causeway Bay, 3595-0139, facebook.com/valleyfitstudio

Plan your Proposal with 3Degrees

A FRESH PROPOSAL
A one-stop shop when it comes to wedding planning, 3 Degrees covers all the logistics, so you can focus on having the best day of your lives. Thinking of
how to pop the question? Their expert planners can help with that too, thanks to their newly launched proposal planning service. The event experts will turn any whimsical idea into reality with planning, coordination, booking and day-of
support to ensure the engagement is unforgettable.

Auberge Discovery Bay launches a new wedding package

 
SEA YOU THERE
Hong Kong has no shortage of city venues, but it’s slim pickings
when it comes to coastlines. Shining a spotlight on sea views,
Auberge Discovery Bay is home to a gorgeous contemporary
chapel right on the waterfront. The hotel recently launched a new
bridal package, which runs until the end of 2017. The deal includes
nuptials in the White Chapel, as well as a celebratory toast, a
dummy cake for photos, a real cake for eating, personalised linens,
and a one-night stay in a Mountain View Room for breakfast for
the newlyweds. Choose from one the half-dozen venues, including
the romantic gazebo, waterfront terrace, and enormous Grand
Azure ballroom, which can welcome up to 576 for a banquet.
DB North Plaza Discovery Bay, 88 Siena Avenue, Discovery Bay,

Mimosa bars and other inspired ideas

 Get ready for another whimsical wedding season ahead – crystal cakes, donut walls, DIY tattoo corners and all. Wedding stylist Vicky C. of The Theme Wedding weighs in on the hottest trends.
MIMOSA BARS
Who doesn’t love a fresh mimosa? After years of over-complicated concoctions, couples are turning back to this crowd- pleasing cocktail with make- your-own mimosa bars and slight twists on the classic.
DIY DONUTS
Another super-sweet trend is donuts – ready-made spreads and DIY tables, where guests can decorate their favourite fried treats with frosting, sprinkles
and the like. It’s equal parts delicious and interact.
TATTOO CORNERS
Couples are finding new ways to make their day memorable – including temporary tattoo corners. A fun touch for any reception, tattoos can be custom-designed to reflect your wedding’s colours and theme.
 
MARBLE-PRINT INVITATIONS
Calligraphy, last year’s big trend, is appearing alongside unconventional patterns, like marble. These swirling styles will lend an instant sophistication to any invite.
GEODES IN VOGUE
If crystals catch your eye, then these cakes will steal your heart. The “geode” themed cake is in high gear this season, with towering desserts designed to resemble all your favourite minerals with a funky depth effect and, in some cases, glitzy gold foil. These cakes are almost too pretty to eat.

 

Founder of The Theme Wedding Design, Vicky C. designs personalised weddings with innovative ideas and inspiration from around the world.
Unit 1604, 135 Bonham Strand Trade Centre, 135 Bonham Strand, Sheung Wan,

Kerry Hotel – Hung Hom’s new wedding venue

Looking for something new? The just-opened Kerry Hotel might be the venue of your dreams. With 17 different indoor and outdoor event spaces, the Hung Hom “urban resort” offers everything from the city’s largest pillarless ballroom (right, seating up to 1,030 guests!) to more intimate outdoor spaces and terraces. Our favourite spot? The gorgeous Red Sugar terrace (above), which
overlooks Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour.
38 Hung Luen Rd., Hung Hom, 2252-5888, www.shangri-la.com

Nice knickers from Intimissimi

 CIAO BELLA
Sexy Italian lingerie brand Intimissimi has launched all kinds of barely-there looks that summer brides will love. From intricate lacey sets to playful nautical-inspired numbers, the jet-black “Romance in Venice” collection will make you feel molto bello – and don’t miss the slinky dressing gowns, satin nighties and mesh playsuits for a naughty night in. Meanwhile, the bright and romantic “Romantic Capri” and “Summer in Sicily” lines will effectively transport you to southern Italy – if your honeymoon hasn’t already.
G/F, Parker House, 72 Queen’s Road Central, world.intimissimi.com.

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.