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!”

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

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

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.”

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.

One-Star House Party Wedding Dinner at the W Hong Kong

Who doesn’t want a red-carpet worthy wedding? Gourmands will love the new menu at W Hong Kong. Designed by James Sharman – of the nomadic One Star House Party pop-up restaurant – the creative “Wed Like a Celeb” banquet menu turns traditional Chinese food on its head. Look for suckling pig served with pickled radish and char siu-pickled wolfberries; pan-seared scallops with broccoli puree and crispy lotus root; and an iced milk tea dessert with walnut butter and ginger.

W Hong Kong, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, 3717-2222, w-hongkong.com