Get pampered on a tram with LookDiary

Here’s a hen party idea: spa booking site Lookdiary has partnered with HK Tramways  to offer a pampering party on one of Hong Kong’s most iconic modes of transport! Pick from head, hand or foot massage as you trundle through Central – this would be a one-of-a-kind experience for out-of-town guests. Prices start at $2,600 for a one-hour weekday ride (including three therapists), and go up to $6,500 for two hours and three therapists on weekends. Maximum capacity is 25 guests; book through Lookdiary. lookdiary.com.hk.

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,

Grana swimsuit collection for honeymooners

TAKE IT OFF
Promising ethically sourced fabrics and clean-cut basics, Grana has quickly become a go-to for timeless fashion. Since launching with Peruvian pima cotton and Chinese silk tops a few years ago, the brand has expanded to include a must-have for your honeymoon wardrobe: lingerie and swimsuits. Though the collection is still limited to two or three styles, the bras combine lacy details and balconette cuts. Meanwhile, the swimsuits are plain and simple – a low-back one-piece will flatter most figures, while a sporty high-neck bikini top is perfect for dips and flips.

Top face masks for a pre-wedding glow

There’s a reason why face masks are all the rage. Infused with oils and nutrients, these pore-shrinking and moisture-packing remedies offer a pre-wedding pick-me-up for your skin. By Susie Riza
FIG+YARROW, Clay Mask in Rose
The FIG+YARROW clay masks are perfect for dry and sensitive skin, which can be easily aggravated from stress. Packed with the healing and hydrating
powers of rose, the mask isn’t just for a pretty face – swipe it on your neck, chest, back and legs too.
$160 from www.gooseberrybeauty.com or in-store
at Unit 1841, 18/F, Eton Tower, 8 Hysan Avenue,
Causeway Bay, 6094-0663.
Divine All Seasons, Biocellulose Mask
Inspired by ancient Chinese remedies, the Divine All Seasons Biocellulose Mask works with all skin types. The sheet mask aims to hydrate and brighten tired, dry skin with a formula made from skin-plumping peptides and herbs – think schisandra berries, goji berries, peony root and job’s tears, an ancient grain.
$180 from www.cabanee.com

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.

Inspiration: photo pods, grey gowns and milk bottle centrepieces

Put a personal stamp on your big day with these new takes on old traditions.

By Susie Riza

 

A Gif that keeps giving 

If you love the idea of a photo booth, but don’t know what you’ll do with a stack of printed Polaroids, try Pixta . The “Party Starter” package comes with

a selfie station that ensures guests can create, share, and save GIFs with personalised backgrounds. But not to worry: More traditional guests can still print images on the spot.
A Head For Fashion
Brides who aren’t so hot on a traditional veil might try a few alternatives – like a flower crown, Grecian headband, or a retro-chic headpiece to pull the look together. Whether you’re looking for a short veil or a trendy crown, Olivia The Wolf has a range of designs to suit every bride.
Milk the Experience
Floral centrepieces bring tables to life, but traditional vases can be a bit of a bore. Take a tip from your DIY friends and fill charming Kowloon Dairy jars with fresh blooms for a retro homage to Hong Kong. Don’t forget to return them for recyling afterwards though!
Find A Grey Area
If the typical white poufy gown isn’t for you, not to worry – grey wedding dresses are sashaying their way into fashion. Styled perfectly by wedding gown designer Hayley Paige , a soft slate hue adds a contemporary twist on expectations.
The Couple That Stags Together
Gone are the days of solo stag and hendos – instead of going your separate
ways, why not celebrate together with all your besties? Couples are replacing
traditional “last hurrah” outings in favour or joint trips away or junk parties.

Vanessa Bell Jewellery

 

Looking for the perfect wedding accessories, gifts for your bridesmaids or even an unconventional (and less spendy) engagement ring? Father-daughter duo Vanessa Bell Jewellery recently released its SS17 “Desert Plantland” collection. The stylish lineup combines romantic, timeless pieces with coloured gemstones such as rubies and emeralds. Handmade in Hong Kong, Vanessa Bell’s 18-carat gold rings take inspiration from nature, featuring subtle nods to clouds, flowers, fruits, and plants. Prices range from around HK$3,000- $6,000.
www.vanessabell.co.uk.