We are planning a long-distance wedding at the heritage Galle Face Hotel in Sri Lanka at the moment and it has certainly been a different (and at times, challenging) experience! Luckily, the couple have been very patient and we have “The Bottom Line Events” in Columbo doing the groundwork. Will be working on the flowers this week with them by Skype (it was a bit worrying initially when she said all the flowers can be spray painted to my specifications!)
The 90 year old doorman at the Galle Face Hotel. He’s been there since 1942!
Sunset on the Patio
Not only was our recent bride beautiful and highly educated, she had impeccable manners and was a cut above the rest. She overcame all her wedding obstacles (everyone has them!) with poise and grace and was an inspiration to us all! It was truly a pleasure to work on their wedding. From the bonsai tree centerpieces that reflected the father of the groom’s love of gardening to the individual caricaturist drawings she commissioned for each member of bridal party, she thought of everything from the heart and we were privileged to have helped her make it happen.
Union Church on Kennedy Road
Grandma in a traditional ‘Kwa’ at the Ceremony
Lighting is often overlooked but is key to transforming a room
Our favourite harpist
Wow! Just came back from Bali and very impressed with the highly developed Bali wedding market. It’s a big business down there. With a seemingly endless choice of venues combined with the sand, sea and sun (not to mention actual blue skies), its no wonder that Bali is an increasingly popular destination for Hong Kong couples.
It is undeniably a favourite destination with Japanese couples too. The Conrad Hotel, Bali can host up to five weddings in one day and handle more than 450 weddings a year. Our Event Producer (Bali), Michelle joked, “If you’re late to the ceremony, you might end up marrying the wrong guy!”
Venues such as Thirtha Bridal (with a Japanese owner) have impeccable standards and stunning views but also stringent rules and a less than ideal rain contingency plan. We had to rule out other venues simply because they were either too small or didn’t quite meet our standards. Overall though, there is something for everyone.
We also found some stunning private villas from Bali Home Management for our clients to choose from, not to mention the island’s top caterer. So all in all, it was a highly successful trip!
The view from the ultra-luxurious Bulgari Hotel
The very popular Istana
Another private villa
The above photo is of the Conrad Infinity Chapel. Where are the jet skis and para-sailing that go on in the background? Unless you book the last slot, it will definitely be a part of your wedding!
A beach wedding at Amanusa on the probably the nicest beach in Bali
A private villa on a cliff overlooking the Indian Ocean
Delicious menu tasting!
Am in Bali for a few days to check out an exhaustive list of wedding venues and wedding chapels.. Walked past a huge wedding held outdoors at the Ayana (formerly Ritz-Carlton) with a big set-up under the stars and commented on how pretty it looked. The ambience didn’t look so pretty when the rains came an hour later and the umbrellas went up. Kudos to the band who kept on going whilst the guests scrambled for cover. Luckily, it was a passing shower and they were able to enjoy the fireworks display but got me thinking…what do they do with the soggy seat covers and wet tablecloths? What about the buffet and all that equipment? What would we have done? When planning a wedding, especially an outdoor one, we try to consider all the variables and have a solid contingency plan but inevitably, unpredictable weather is our biggest challenge!
Came across these adorable flowergirl dresses on U.S department store, Nordstrom’s website. Not easy to find in Hong Kong unless you have them made. Nordstrom’s stocks matching accessories and shoes as well plus shipping to Hong Kong for our convenience! Actually, they have an entire wedding shop online for everyone from the bride and groom to the parents and bridal party.. How small the world is today!