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.
It was a long journey to the Maldives with a 14 hour layover in Dubai, that we thought would be great because we could do some extra unexpected exploring. It turned out to be a bad idea and the 14 hours really ended up dragging and waiting at the airport involved severe cases of delirium and an uncomfortable Bedouin tent encounter. But after a 30 something hour journey we had arrived in the capital- Male with another domestic flight to go and a 20 minute speed boat to our resort.
We arrived at Six Senses in the late afternoon and was greeted by the General Manager and some of the GEM’s (Guest Experience Manager- one was assigned to every party). We were shown around the island via golf buggy by our GEM, Sato who also told us that the resort had a no shoe policy so for the 5 days that we were there we were barefoot – amazing. After our 15 minute tour we were driven to our bungalow and at the door were 2 bikes with our initials lasered into some wood that hung from each bike. Because of the size of the island, these bikes were ours to get around the island- to the spa, restaurants or various snorkelling spots around the island.
The bungalow was perfect, all wood interior with a beautiful view of the reef. The bungalow had an outdoor shower and bath tub that was see-through with a window plane from under so you could see all the marine life having a peek at your bottom.
The staff were so lovely, inviting and helpful. The 7 restaurants all in different areas of the island, were excellent each with their own design to suit the cuisine and grow all their own herbs and as much of their food as possible,
The snorkelling was better than we could imagine, the reef was so close to our bungalow and the coral was so colourful and it just went on and on. We were very lucky on our first dip as we saw a little green turtle!
The spa was unreal, it had a stunning tranquil view with a team of expert therapists that made us feel so looked after. The island also boasted a FREE ICE CREAM shack on the island, 40 flavours- all free, all the time- oh my god.
The sunsets were beautiful every single night, although we did have 3 storms that only hit after sunset, lucky for us. It was actually quite scary being on an island in the middle of nowhere and also being 200 metres off shore. The wind actually blew one of our windows open and it was a huge struggle to close it. Room service was still operating which we opted for because the wind had almost knocked me off my bike when storm number one started rolling in on the first night. Bless the staff, they were soaking wet but still in good spirits.
The day after our wedding we were scheduled to tour the area in a traditional Maldivian sailing boat called a Dhoni which was used up until the 70s as a multi purpose vessel but is now just for tours. The sunset was so beautiful and we managed to just see some dolphins leaping out of the water in the distance.
I can’t really say anything else to big up the resort, it was incredible and I’m almost 100% certain that this will always be the best holiday and resort I’ll ever had been on/to.
As we left some of the staff and GM gathered at the pier as our suit cases were being loaded onto the speed boat to send us off. “Come back again soon, next time with your babies” The GM says hahah.
Six Senses, wow, you are amazing, we had absolutely no complaints, the ultimate holiday, slow paced with sun, sand, snorkelling, excellent food and the beautiful staff. Thank you to the staff, It was unforgettable, thank you for your kindness and your hospitality, you are truly a 5☆ resort through and through.
Thank you to my hubby for the best holiday and wedding I could ever ask for. You are the best company and most genuine, funny, intelligent, caring person in the whole wide world, you have given me so much and taught me so much. You are perfect and I will always treasure you. LOVE YOU MR WRIGHT!