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Fashion-Inspired Hong Kong Elopement Inspiration

Elopements seem to be coming across our desk more and more. Not just city hall style versions though, full scale weddings built only for two. And we sort of love it. So needless to say, this inspiration from Alea Lovely and Victorian Gardens, hit a note of perfection in our book. With a handful of different style options (not all shown so make sure to click the gallery!) and table decor, this is the very definition of pretty.

From Alea LovelyFrom engagement session to honeymoon, we have created a fashion elopement storied editorial to inspire women to go with a little color and perhaps a few different gowns to accentuate their personalities and journey through the wedding process. All the gowns were made by the talented Vivian Luk.

Starting with a striking non-traditional high-low lavender gown for the couple’s mountain peak engagement session, we subtly coordinated the colors without being too matchy-matchy as a nice way to show how to bring a theme to your photo shoot without stifling each person’s personal style. We took this engagement session just a notch up by adding a flower crown and bouquet because who doesn’t love a reason to carry a beautiful bouquet. The Groom-to-be wore a nice brown tweed vest and matching pants that complemented the natural lavender and green color palette of this beautiful location.

For the ceremony, we used a more traditional (in the color sense) white gown. But when you look at the gown, it’s anything but ordinary. The gorgeous sheer sleeves, intricate detail and A-line structure would make any bride feel like a princess. The custom gold flower crown added a vintage touch to this modern fairytale. Adding a little bit of blush for the reception gown and making it strapless for a bit more comfort, it seems that more and more brides are opting for a second dress to be able to honor their traditions and personal style during their day. But in this shoot we did not only focus on the Bride; the Groom needed to look just as stylish to rival such beautiful gowns.

Our Groom, sporting a grey velvet tie complementing a fitted blue European-style suit, is on trend with any gown a modern bride would wear. I think it’s important to think about your groom during this process in making sure he is comfortable but also looks just as good. You are the bride but this day is about two people so the groom should look and feel as great as you do. I learned a world of things this year about grooms’ style from, and there is more to dressing men than just a suit. The ins and outs about fit, neck size, sleeve length, inseam, lapel pins… the works, seems even more complex than what us girls have to deal with getting dressed. It’s important to make your groom a priority and learn together about what he likes and how to make him look good.

Sometimes we get very wrapped up in the details. So we wanted to simplify things a little bit for the Bride, who wants all the beauty but scaled down. Flowers are a way to make anything look more beautiful and the usage of bouquets and centerpieces were stunning arrangements that would make any small gathering look glamorous.

I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a honeymoon photographer (shameless plug for anyone interested haha) but I know a lot of brides have that moment after it’s all over where they feel like it went by way too fast. One way we wanted to extend your wedding bliss into your honeymoon is by implementing a gorgeous couture cape as a beachy statement piece for onlookers that says, ” Hey, we we just got married,” because who doesn’t love the added “Congratulations!” The piece was a perfect addition that gave our Bride just a little more frosting to the honeymoon cake.

Photography: Alea Lovely | Event Styling: Victorian Gardens | Floral Design: Ellermann | Wedding Dress: Vivian Luk | Invitations: Announce This! | Makeup: Gary Chung | Hair : Kelly Mak | Elopement Sign: Announce This! | Gold Hair Band: Emmy Ray | Men's Attire Stylist/Model : Johan Khalilian | Print : Lindsay Letters | Silk Ribbon: Silk And Willow | Tulle Applique Cape: Emmy Ray

Romantic Dubai Bridal Inspiration

Ethereal, elegant and filled with the most gorgeous light, this stunning shoot from Maria Sundin Photography with florals by Antheia Flower and styling by Bride Club ME is the kind of inspiration that will give you the best possible kind of chills. And that beyond dreamy gown from Saja Wedding? There are no words. It’s all just so divine. 


From Maria Sundin PhotographyDubai based Photographer Maria Sundin teamed up with Bride Club ME, a local wedding inspiration website and directory to work on a styled shoot that would inspire brides in Dubai to tone down the bling and go back to the organic, humble and earthy roots of this place. Dubai is known for opulence and grand décor and many brides in the emirate opt for weddings with a lot of dazzle. Creating a shoot like this, had been on Maria and Rio from Bride Club ME’s minds for a while; as they wanted to execute a shoot that would inspire the brides of Arabia with something more traditionally ethereal and elegant, rather then the opulent and blingtastic weddings that the UAE are renowned for.

The inspiration for this shoot was to entice the typical Arabic bride and offer her the ethereal elegant feeling that would transport her back to the very raw and real Dubai that is often overlooked. We decided to collaborate with a more traditional Arabic venue, the Park Hyatt Dubai, located in the old parts of the city. We collaborated with like-minded vendors, and they all loved the simplicity and the elegance of this shoot’s concept. While we love wedding bands, we wanted to try something different, and while we couldn’t tattoo our bride, we could flash tattoo her! We think it’s a great idea for couples or even bridesmaids to wear something different, that’s customizable and that only wears for that one special day. The beautiful and dreamy headpieces by Anaqa added perfectly to the shoot. We also teamed up with the amazing dress brand Saja Wedding who make the most romantic and dreamy dresses, that Dubai brides can find easily accessible online despite being based out of town in N.Y. The dress was paired with some gorgeous Jimmy Choo’s. The mantilla veil that complemented this dress was from the Dubai Bridal Showroom, a local bridal boutique.

We also teamed up with stationary designer Emily at EverAfter Press, who drew inspiration from our mood board and brought to life an Arabic inspired suite of wedding stationery and calligraphy in the most simple form. It complemented our shoot perfectly. She also managed to source some gorgeous vintage stamps from a corner shop in Paris. We had a local artist, Liselotte Häster, spend hours drawing up the venue in watercolor to yet again give us some of that natural beauty we find so endearing about the Dubai and UAE. The flowers were put together by a local florist Antheia Flowers who managed to source some beautiful peonies, olive branches and silver dust. The makeup was done by Monica Make-up Dubai and the hair was done by Be Bar Blow Dry Bar in Dubai.

Pretty touches were added to the shoot throughout using products such as berries, raw silk ribbons, vintage ribbons and French nougat. The crystal glasses for the shoot were supplied by, an online wedding gift registry based in the UAE. The full team involved in the shoot team were over the moon with the final images, and we are delighted to have a touch of the real Dubai showcased internationally via Style Me Pretty Weddings.

Photography: Maria Sundin Photography | Floral Design: Antheia Flowers | Wedding Dress: Saja Wedding | Stationery: EverAfter Press | Makeup: Monica Make-up Dubai | Hair: Be Bar - Blow Dry Bar | Venue: Park Hyatt Dubai | Artist / Painter: Liselotte Häster | Decór Items From Dubai Wedding Gift Registry: MyList | Event Design And Styling: Bride Club ME | Headpieces: Anaqa Headpieces | Styling Assistant: Salwa Chamsi-Pasha | Veil And Garter: Dubai Bridal Showroom

Abby Capalbo

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Rustic Bali Wedding

This, loves, is how you throw a wedding.  You pick a fab locale (hellllooo, Bali), hire some incredible vendors (think Baliku WeddingBloomz and Luxe Salon), then gather all of your nearest and dearest for a stunning celebration in paradise.  It’s basically the recipe for awesome, and when you have Veli Photography on hand to capture every colorful moment, well… that’s perfection.  See it here


From the Bride… When we started planning our wedding, we knew we wanted to keep it small and intimate. We wanted it to feel personal and something that reflected both our personalities. We knew we wanted the wedding to be fun and relaxed where guests could enjoy themselves with good food, drinks and atmosphere. The most important part of the wedding was to share our love with the most important people in our lives.

The inspiration behind our wedding was natural, colourful and rustic. We used lots of bright fresh flowers paired with rustic wooden furniture. Simple wooden tables were used with candles and vases full of flowers as the main centerpieces.

We used Etsy a lot to order personalised items for our wedding. Some of the things we personalisd was a guestbook made of wooden hearts for guests to sign as well as lollipops personalized with our names and date of wedding.

When we walked into our venue, we knew it was the one. Semara Uluwatu is perched high on the cliff tops of Uluwatu with the perfect ocean backdrop. It’s an intimate 7 villa resort away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of Bali.

The planning process had it’s ups and downs, but that was to be expected of a destination wedding. Our wedding planners, Baliku Weddings made sure everything and everyone was kept on track with the planning process. It was fantastic to see our vision slowly come together. We couldn’t have done it without the help of all our fantastic vendors.

The ceremony was a combination of both our heritages and faiths. We had both Jewish and Catholic aspects incorporated into the ceremony which was very special to share with all our family and friends. It was also very important for us to incorporate our families into the ceremony. We had our parents, brother and sisters share readings and blessings with us during the ceremony. We said our I do’s with the Indian ocean as our backdrop and it couldn’t have been more perfect.

We had dinner and dancing under the stars, with guests taking sandals and sunglasses as thank you gifts. Dancing continued throughout the night, with some of the guests jumping to the pool for a swim and cool off.

We had the most amazing day and are so blessed to have had our family and friends travel from all over the world to celebrate with us.

Photography: Veli Photography | Videographer: Momenthis | Wedding Planner: Baliku Wedding | Wedding Dress: Leah Da Gloria | Cake: Ixora | Invitations: Minted | Catering: Bali Good Food | Florist/Decoration: Bloomz | Hair & Make up: Luxe Salon | Location: Semara Uluwatu | Sound & Lighting: Vision One

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Chic Outdoor Bali Wedding

From schoolmates to soulmates, this perfect pair wed amongst the beautiful shores of Bali. And when the Bride just so happens to be the creative force behind Jonquilla Decor, you know it’s bound to be good. Think elegance meets ease, with fuschia, Legos and lace sprinkled in along the way. Want even more? Andry “Dre” Sander Of Axioo has it all waiting for you here!


From Jonquilla DecorWho would have thought that once a schoolmate would be a soulmate? Nathania and Ryan met when they were in High School, but Ryan was the senior in the school and Nathania was just a new student. To Nathania, Ryan was that arrogant, loud and obnoxious guy while to him, she was nerdy. After multiple lost and found contact, they decided to meet for a casual lunch at a Japanese restaurant in Jakarta and part of the chase was he going to Bali to see her seven days later. The rest was now a beautiful history.

From the beautiful Bride… I have always wanted an outdoor and casual affair, rather than a ballroom reception. Living in Bali, the event stylist of Jonquilla Decor & Florist, and working among people who are in the wedding industries is a total advantage for us. It makes the planning process went so much faster and smoother as we received a lot of recommendations and tips from each vendor. I chose fuschia and lime green as my color and I wanted wood and glass elements and no-frill centerpiece as the dinner was served family style.

When I was traveling to San Francisco, I managed to look for bridal gown. I had a specific model that I wanted but when I tried it on, it did not “wow” me. Suddenly the shop assistant showed me a beautiful ivory of previous season’s Alvina Valenta gown with a key hole on the back and after putting it on, I knew it had to be my wedding gown. It was a strapless mermaid style gown, perfect for a beach side wedding.

Finding the perfect venue was the initial challenge. With a lot of families from both of our sides, we wanted a big space without the feeling of too grandeur (ballrooms were definitely crossed out from the start). Besides, a wedding in Bali meant vacation for most of our guests who flew in from out of town and country. After searching high and low for the perfect venue, we put our heart in W Retreat – Seminyak, The Starfish Bloo restaurant to be exact . The beach view was perfect, the atmosphere was fresh and the interior was new, funky and chic. The most important thing for Ryan was the food. He is big when it comes to yummy food and he wanted that the guests were served with good food. On the day of our wedding dinner, the food was mouth-watering. We had the perfect fusion of Asian and Western food and the guests said that the dishes were absolutely fantastic.

I thought wedding was all tiring and busy, turned out the pace was slower than we thought before. I had the time in the morning to do my own wedding bouquet of roses, spray roses, carnations, and cymbidium orchid and finished it just in time just before Paul, my make up artist, came and started my make up and hair do.

I was raised Catholic and I wanted to get married in a Catholic church. Thankfully Ryan and his family were agreeable and understanding. The Cathedral of Holy Spirit (or Gereja Katedral Roh Kudus) has a unique architecture of blending the Balinese design and European style. The exterior was a red brick wall, which was typical of Balinese temples and houses and our date was available. One of the Priests who officiated the ceremony was a family friend whom we felt very close with.

When it came to selecting the wedding party, it was sort of a rule in our family that only the unmarried can become the bridesmaid ( and I was the only left single girl in my circle). So I picked my sister to be my Maid of Honor. Ryan’s Junior College’s friend, Jack, was his Best Man. We wanted a slightly unconventional matrimony so instead of the usual church choir, we had a saxophonist, a singer and a guitarist to sing in our church.

We also did follow some traditions of a Peranakan Chinese wedding. Peranakan means “descendants”, so we observed some of the Chinese tradition, for example a Chinese Tea Ceremony. Instead of my father gives me away to a marriage, Ryan picked me up at my house with a hand bouquet. My grandmother told me that in the olden days it symbolized the respect the groom had to give for the bride’s family before marrying the daughter. We also followed loosely a part of Javanese tradition where Ryan was showered with flower petals, coins, and yellow rice grain before entering my house in the morning to symbolize prosperity that he is bringing to the new family.

After months of planning the wedding decorations, of course while in the middle of planning other couples’ weddings, I delegated the job to Deasy, my partner at Jonquilla Decor. I wanted to enjoy my day as a bride so I handed over all things I had done to her about a month before and trusted her. Deasy was not only handled all logistics well, she understood what I wanted immediately and mesmerized us with the creative touch for our wedding. My best friend,Wita, was a great help too. She designed our wedding invitation and the rest of the wedding stationery, and later wrote down all the escort cards two days before the D-day.

The guests arrived for the cocktail reception by the lawn overlooking at the Indian Ocean at 5pm. It was bright and sunny the entire day, so when the sun set, the scenery was truly breathtaking. A lot of our guests took the opportunity to watch the beautiful sunset while savoring the small bites and sip our favorite cocktail selections specially mixed by the bartenders at W Retreat for our wedding. Guests could walk around and saw the display of our engagement shots, as well as our parents’ and grandparents’ wedding pictures.

Growing up in the 90s and listening to music in that era, we wanted a list of songs that express love from that period of time. So we picked several music for the acoustic band to play, and we put a little card for our guests to request songs to play and our wedding planner helped to collect those cards to pass it on to the band to play. So we got songs like Lee Ann Rimes’ “I need you” and Ronan Keating’s “When You Say Nothing At All”.

Ryan’s sister and my sister gave a lovely speech describing how we were their best friends ever since childhood and complimented how perfect Ryan and I are for each other. We were so happy that a lot of our relatives came in for the wedding and friends who live abroad came to celebrate the day with us. It was the wedding that we both dreamed of, a simple and intimate celebration, surrounded by our closest.

Approaching the end of the reception, we danced to the tune of Elton John’s “The Way You Look Tonight”. It was a song we picked together that brought us to the memory of our first dinner at that Japanese restaurant. Soon we were joined by our friends and our best man led a “Yam Seng” Toast.

Photography: Andry "Dre" Sander Of Axioo Photography | Cinematography : Wedding In Motion (WIMO) | Wedding Dress: Alvina Valenta | Stationery: Wita Puspita Design | Reception Venue: W Retreat Bali | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lela Rose | Florist & Decorator: Jonquilla Decor | Makeup & Hair: Paul | Wedding Organizer: Bali Chemistry Wedding

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Elegant Semara Villa Resort Wedding

I’ve never met a Bali wedding I didn’t love. Splashed with green palms, white villas and an all out irresistible tropical vibe, Bali is a destination made for weddings—weddings like this one from Ben Yew Photography. The fresh, clean details are what pulled me into the gallery, but it’s moments like this one that have my heart racing.


From Ben Yew PhotographyThis amazing wedding was captured in Semara Villa in Bali. The view is simply stunning, at the edge of the mountain, the large open spaces, the amazingly styled outdoor reception and the awesome couple of course that made everything happen. My favourite part besides the beautiful venue and amazing people, is actually the surprise performance from the groom and his friend. When the life band was playing and suddenly the Dave & his mate just took over the mic and started singing. It felt so nice to see them having a such a great and enjoying time!.

From the beautiful Bride…We had seen some of Ben Yew’s work on a friends facebook page which we absolutely loved so tracked him down from there. Ben’s fine art approach to his work is so soft and beautiful and he captured our cheeky smiles and love perfectly on our wedding day.

Photography: Ben Yew Photography | Wedding Planner: Global Wedding Planning | Cake : Ixora Cakes Bali | Rings: Tiffany & Co | Caterer: Bali Catering Company | Bride's Gown: Brides Of Melbourne | Ceremony & Reception: Semara Villa Resort | Live Band: Organized Kaos Bali

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Romantic and Colorful Bali Wedding

At the hands of Flying Bride, this colorful affair is complete with shades of blue and honeycomb. Complemented by the blossoming botanical arrangements, azulejos tiles transformed the palette through customized cushions, table runners, and even the wedding cake! Angga Permana captured every detail and it’s all waiting for you here!


From Flying Bride… Tintin is passionate about healthy living and eating. Together with Paul, they founded Cocofrio, a certified organic coconut milk ice cream. The range of flavour Cocofrio offers and its colorful packaging inspired me to use these colors as their wedding color palette. Hence blue, tan, brown, shades of mango and golden honeycomb were chosen as their wedding color palette.

In terms of decoration, since Paul’s favorite season is the Spring where there are blossoming flowers, green leaves, sunshine, and bright days, we combined various beautiful flowers and leaves arranged in a botanical arrangement. We also used glamorous candelabras, light bulbs and fairy lights to represent sunshine to brighten their wedding day.

The final touch we included into the wedding was Azulejos tiles (Portugal tiles), which Tintin loves. Transformed to the color palette of the wedding, its interesting pattern was shown in all the stationeries of the wedding including their customized cushions, table runners, and even on the wedding cake!

Photography: Angga Permana | Stationery: Papeterie | Reception Venue: Tirtha Luhur, Bali | Catering: Bali Catering Company | Decoration: Ai Luo Si | Event Design & Planning: Flying Bride