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Destination Sri Lankan Wedding at Cinnamon Lakeside

This wedding has everything. And I mean everything. Gorgeous couple? Check. Culture and tradition? Check. Gowns that make you drool? Check. A couple so adorable you want to squeal? Check. Check. Check. The best part? Kate Robinson was on hand so we didn’t miss a single gorgeous moment, and it’s all ready for your viewing pleasure here.


From The Bride…Both of us were born in Sri Lanka and as teenagers moved to New Zealand, so we wanted to try and incorporate the best of both worlds, in to various aspects of the wedding as well as making the day light and fun for everyone. We decided to have the wedding in Sri Lanka because we wanted our extended families to be a part of our big day.

We still wanted to keep the traditional elements in tact but added modern aspects to things like decorations and the overall flow of the wedding. We did a lot of research on the internet as well as looking through magazines. But the first thing we decided on was a color scheme which was yellow and grey.

We really wanted to make use of the beautiful weather in Sri Lanka by having the Poruwa ceremony (traditional Sri Lankan wedding ceremony) outside. Cinnamon Lakeside hotel, with the Beirra Lake as a back drop provided the perfect outdoor space in the middle of Colombo. We requested the decorators to provide a classic elegant theme and specified the Poruwa (altar) to be made with a white washed antique door (symbolising our entry in to a new chapter in life) to complement the outdoor space. The Poruwa ceremony was followed by a cocktail function to allow our guests to relax, mingle and enjoy the weather outside with a variety of cocktails and nibbles. With the help of our wedding planner, we set up a photo booth, a sweet station, sparklers and music to create a fun atmosphere.

For the wedding reception; while we wanted it to be elegant, we didn’t want to over crowd the ballroom area too much. The wedding decorators were great at making an outdoor inspired theme/colour scheme fit in to an indoor space. We provided them with various photos that we had collected up over the months. Both of us love food and music and so we used this as inspiration for our wedding favours. Apart from the traditional wedding cake that is given to the guests, we packaged up our favourite chocolate (Whittakers) from New Zealand in clear plastic boxes (which were all packed and wrapped by my family) and also a small jar of Lemon Curd (to represent our time in the United Kingdom) with our favourite recipe attached to it. All the boxes, labels and other packing material we purchased from the UK before we came to Sri Lanka. In addition we also made a wedding play list with seven of our favourite songs (both Sri Lankan and English), which we arranged in a rattan basket so that guests could help themselves to them, if they so desired.

The live band and DJ made sure that there was a lot of dancing and enjoyment throughout the night.

Photography: Kate Robinson Photography | Planner: Sonali Ratwatte | Florist: Poru (Decorations), Lucian De Silva (Bouquets And Hair Pieces) | Cake: The Fab | Stationery: Olive Wedding Stationary | Ceremony Venue: Cinnamon Lakeside | Reception Venue: Cinnamon Lakeside | Brides Shoes: Emmy London | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids Dresses: Michael Wijesuriya (Sri Lanka). | Hair & Makeup: Johann Peiris (Sri Lanka) | Grooms Attire: Cad And The Dandy | Brides Dress: Michael Wijesuriya (Sri Lanka). Lace Material From Platinum Bridal Fabrics.

Thailand Beach Wedding Film

From a sweet, emotional ceremony to fun on the beach and an all out party on the dance floor, this Thailand wedding fete captured by Daniel Baci is full of joy. It’s the kind of celebration where guests come from near and far, where smiles are abundant and one that you want to last forever. Press play for all the fun!


By Daniel Baci Photography… It was a perfect day with a perfect setting for this international couple whom now call Hong Kong home till the moment the ceremony started and the weather turned from sunny/overcast to a downpour! But that didn’t stop us from filming nor did it stop the couple from having a beautiful ceremony, once the ceremony ended the sun came shinning down and the entire wedding party came to life!

Photography: Jaran Kaewklam | Photography: Mambo | Ceremony Venue: Trisara Resort | Daniel Baci: Videographer | Makeup Artist : Lisa Allen | Phuket Weddings & Events: Maria & Peter | Wedding DJ: Benjamin Jenkins

Hong Kong Beach Wedding

This Hong Kong fete right here? It’s everything a beach wedding should be. A laid back celebration on the sand, King Proteas for a pop of color and palm trees for days. Bliss Creations planned the soiree to perfection and with Derek Ko behind the lens, you can kick back in one lovely gallery!


From Bliss CreationsBride Noortje and Groom Rutger met while at university in the Netherlands, moved to South Africa for a few years when they were dating, and finally ended in Hong Kong as an engaged couple ready to celebrate their union. They wanted a wedding that “perfectly reflected their lives in Hong Kong” while still showing some of their history in other parts of the world.

The day started on a secluded beach on Lantau Island in Hong Kong, just steps away from the couple’s home. After an intimate ceremony and cocktails on the beach, the guests moved to a nearby beach lounge and had a sit down dinner on the lawn. A family style dinner, live guitarist and speeches from the parents of the couple gave a romantic atmosphere. “We lived in South Africa for a few years before moving to HK, and thus wanted to incorporate some of that into the wedding. We had a spitroast of lamb and King Protea flowers in the bridal bouquet and other arrangements. Also, we used South African wines and champagne,” says bride Noortje of incorporating the couple’s time abroad into the wedding.

After dinner the party moved onto two private boats which whisked everyone away to Central Hong Kong where guests partied until late in the night while overlooking the infamous Hong Kong skyline. “For the Hong Kong touch, we had a traditional lion dance when we got to the pier in Central,” she adds.

The couple wanted to ensure that it was a very special event incorporating their time together. “Being on the beach, seeing how beautiful everything and everyone looked was the most special part of the day. Having people from all our walks of life there to celebrate this day with us – we had 36 people flying in from all over the world. All these people, combined with the presence of our HK friends, made it truly special.” Guests commented that it was an amazing, unique day and reflected Noortje and Rutger’s lives perfectly.

The couple knew that they had a complex wedding, even though it looked effortless. “I loved the fact that there we so many components but it all felt very natural, I don’t think the guests realized how much could have gone wrong, so very it was a successful planning and execution from Bliss Creations. Guests commented on how everything was arranged into such details, they all felt pampered,” says Noortje.

The couple honeymooned in Phu Quoc, Vietnam for four days following the celebrations.

Photography: Derek Ko | Videographer: Derek Ko | Wedding Planner: Bliss Creations | Flowers: SAFE Flowers (Cape Town) | Wedding Dress: Hitched! | After Party: Pier 7 | Ceremony / Dinner Venue: Palm Beach | Groom Suit: Jantzen Tailor | Wedding Rings: De Beers