From Bride Helena: Besides the above, the practical reasons for having a wedding in Phuket, for us, were threefold. First, because Thailand is visa free for most passports, it would make things a lot easier for our friends. Second, the airport is nice and has direct flights from most international cities, making the flights easier and cheaper to book. Third, and most important, it’s only 3 hours away from Hong Kong, and gave us the perfect excuse to keep coming on holiday here. We did a lot of “checking things out for the wedding” during our engagement.
First off, how did you two meet? “We met in much the same way I imagine a lot of people meet. Person sees other person, gets all hot and bothered, asks person out. What followed was the worst first date I’ve ever been on. It started with a denied entry into the first bar as he hadn’t made any bookings, running into his ex in the next bar and awkwardly leaving, then watching him nearly castrate himself by walking into a vicious … uh…pedestrian guard rail on the way to the third. This flop of a start though, was turned around by some truly charming conversation and connection. What followed then was some serious flirting, on both our parts. The date finished with him awkwardly hand holding, giving me a weird hug from behind because I said I was cold, and no goodnight kiss. And of course, you can see how that lead to us getting married. Suffice it to say, we aren’t with each other because of the events of our first date, but rather because we fell in love with each other’s passion, determination, and perseverance. Through our shared experiences, our journey has been a building of trust, slowly opening our hearts to each other, and learning that we’d each found the one.”
Tell us more about your wedding! “We always talked about having a beach wedding. It is on the beach, where he took me on our first camping adventure to finally proposing to me. As we are both from different continents and have lived abroad for many years, we had friends and family scattered across the globe that we wanted to take part in our wedding. We wanted the wedding to have a relaxed holiday feel, casual but fun, just the way we like it.”
What kind of emotions did you (or your husband) feel throughout the day? “First, Excited! We can’t wait to see all our friends and family, play in the sand, and eat all the delicious food! Then… Nervousness, bemusement, elation, and unbridled joy. So much laughter from watching my bridesmaids put the poor groomsmen through the ringer at the door games. The lads were good sports though, and made for some very fetching mermaids. So much happiness throughout the day, getting ready with my bridesmaids, and having fun with their kids. I was annoyed and grateful at my hairdresser, who wanted to change my hairstyle every hour and pose for the camera, whilst all I wanted to do is escape from the bridal room and say ‘hi’ to my friends. In the end, I didn’t need all different hairstyles but spend quality time with all my friends.”
Advice for future brides? “Having looked at many wedding blogs, websites, facebook pages, and Instagram boards (as well as having conferred with one or seven friends), I’d narrowed my search to a 3 wedding planners. After contacting them directly, there was no question in my mind that Ilaire was the right choice. She was quick to respond, clear on all of her answers, but mostly, it was because she was obviously happy for us, and excited by the prospect of what our wedding could look like. Her background in fashion design shows through in all of her weddings, but more than that, there is nothing cookie cutter or assembly line about what she does. Every detail is scrutinized, personalized, then beautified.”
Venue: Marriott Phuket Nai Yang Beach | Planner: Wedding Boutique Phuket | Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza from Audella Bridal | Wedding Shoes: Rene Caovilla | Accessories: Tiffany & Co. | Photography: Darin Images | Florist: Phuket Flower & Wedding Studio | Menswear: E-Rave Hong Kong Tailor