The morning of our wedding we were treated to massages by the wonderful spa team at Six Senses but we were about 30 minutes late due to the ocean just off our bungalow calling our names to have a morning snorkel, which we did about 3-4 times every day.
We were to be picked up by the photographer and our Guest Experience Manager, Sato at 4pm for some photographs around the scenic resort before the simple ceremony on the sandbank about 4 minutes by speedboat from the resort. I started getting ready after our massage and another snorkel sesh (it was right there and we made most of it) which took under 2 hours to do my own hair and make up and our GEM and photographer arrived almost exactly as I had finished. I put on my dress and was ready to pose for the cheesiest most memorable photos I will ever take. It was excruciatingly hot even in the afternoon and my hair was started to get flat from the heat and wind but poor Adam was in a suit but wore it like a champ and still managed to look super handsome : )
We took a couple of photos around the resort, first at our bungalow then to the island’s most scenic restaurant then to the famous up-cycled landmarks sign then straight to the speed boat.
The day we arrived at Six Senses we were told that they would upgrade our wedding location from the simple beach location to the sandbank location so we were ecstatic from the day we arrived and the next few days leading up to our wedding we could see the simple marquee being set up from our bungalow.
When we arrived we were greeted by our “minister” haha and quartet of drummers who walked us down the sandy aisle where we would give our vows. The view was spectacular, a 360degree view of different shades of blue and white, It was hot and windy and we had the little island to ourselves. The actual “ceremony” didn’t take very long so we said our vows and signed our names on a certificate that said we had celebrated our wedding together at Six Senses to make it all seem official. As a Muslim Country and having legally been married in Hong Kong a few days earlier our sandbank wedding was not legally binding.
After we had be made “honest” we popped champagne and cut our wedding cake then took a few more photographs then headed back to the resort. We spend just under an hour on the sandbank and looking back I can’t quite believe we got married on a patch on sand in the middle of the Indian Ocean, so thankful and still can’t believe it was real.
I was never one of those girls that had their wedding day planned from the day they could grasp the concept. All I wanted was the man of my dreams, for it to take place on a beach and to have a beautiful dress. This didn’t mean I was expecting it to all happen to me, it was just something that was in the back of my mind like when you think of your dream home and how you’d decorate it, I never thought it would be something attainable.
I was a bridal/made to order consultant for some time so i knew the ins and outs of the process of creating a dress from scratch. I have always had a design streak in me so I knew I would design it myself. I had done so much research for my boss at the time so we could keep up with trends, fabrics, cuts, silhouettes etc.
So when I designed my wedding dress I had scrolled through thousands of ideas on Pinterest and Simply Bridal and finally decided on a design that was very Vivienne Westwood-esque. Totally me, a perfect blend of rock n’ roll deconstructed asymmetrical draping but with a beautiful feminine fabric. But of course, I changed my mind- 3 more times.
There were just a few things that It had to be, classic, clean, minimal with a beautiful silhouette.
I finally decided on a design and took it to my tailor who I had worked with a few times In China, brought the fabric and lace from Hong Kong and started the process. I would return about once a week to check on the progress and try on the dress. As the big day got closer the dress i had envisioned wasn’t quite coming to life so I took it from the tailor because I had changed my mind- AGAIN. I bought a nude bra and totally changed the top of the dress which ended up being similar to Victoria Beckham’s gown she wore to the 2014 Met Gala… All I can say is thank god I can sew because I had to do these alterations 2 days before we left Hong Kong to go to the Maldives.
I’m pretty happy with how It turned out, although it wasn’t my dream dress (I still dream about her) maybe one day I will get it done 100% true to my vision, maybe for an anniversary, maybe for a Friday day night.
For the past few weeks I’ve been scouting for wedding dresses for inspiration for my own…
When I was working at Kanchan Couture, just over 5 years ago now, I worked closely with brides and the designer to create their made to order dream wedding dress that infused their favourite fabrics, colours and of course, their personality and flair while keeping in mind their insecurities to ensure they felt utterly beautiful and comfortable on their special day.
I also had to look up bridal trends and inspiration for the client and designer so that the client knew exactly what was trending at the time (so she could make a confident decision in her dress) and for the designer to be up to date and in the know for bridal fashion. I found it quite difficult to store all the images I collected until i found the wonder that is Pinterest- an easy to use and view album for all your images. (view my bridal board here) When researching, two designers really caught my eye for my future wedding dress, Inbal Dror and Galia Lahav, two incredible designers from Israel that hand make most of their creations. So I was so pleased to hear that there was one shop that stocked their elegant designs here in Hong Kong, Audella Bridal House on Hollywood Road. I booked an appointment and brought my oldest and dearest frinend for support. This time I found myself on the other side of the table, the client and not consultant.
I tried on about 8 or 9 dresses by Dror, Lahav and another designer Berta as they all had the shape I was going for. The staff were so lovely and helpful, I absolutely recommend booking an appointment with them.
Audella Bridal:The brands they carry are more on the sexy and body confident side with beautiful silhouettes and delicate lace and bead work, but whether you chose Audella Bridal for your wedding dress, always be sure you have at least 6/7 month prior to your big day for fittings as some dresses are shipped out of Hong Kong back to the designer to have them custom tailored to your taste and body shape. Also, i suggest wearing your hair roughly like how you’d picture it on your big day to get an accurate idea of the full look. Some brides have a hard time imagining their entire look, but you don’t need to go to a salon to do so, for example. if you have chosen a wavy hair style, plait your hair and leave it over night so you have an idea, or play around with your hair with one of your favourite dresses on.
My other tip is to try on something that you wouldn’t necessarily go for. Dresses can look different when they are on your body and it doesn’t hurt to give something new a go. You might be pleasantly surprised.
Thank you to the staff at Audella Bridal! And thank you Vanessa for coming with me!