,

Au Naturel at Villa Anugrah, Bali

001

Speaking to Kris and Victoria Emerton-Jones about their destination wedding at Villa Anugrah, Uluwatu, Bali, there leaves little doubt that the intimate event, attended by 78 of the couple’s closest family members and friends, was a perfect reflection of what the couple was – affable, natural and utterly heartfelt.

With a breathtaking view set against the majestic ocean, there is little surprise that Villa Anugrah captured Kris and Victoria’s hearts once they set their eyes on it. Rather than setting a theme for the wedding, the couple chose to keep things timeless and let the venue’s wow factor shine through.

002

“The natural beauty of the outdoor setting meant that we didn’t have to go over the top with decorations,” Victoria recalled fondly. “We just really wanted to keep things classic and romantic.”

003

Kris and Victoria’s first encounter with each other was likewise filled with easy charm, with everything falling into place naturally as love blossomed.

“I actually spotted Victoria on a picture that was on my colleague’s computer screen at work when we were still living in the UK! I then arranged to meet her through the colleague and we hit it off straightaway,” Kris laughed. Their first year of dating saw Victoria relocating to Singapore with a new job, and Kris following suit within the next six months. With eight years of dating under their belt since, marriage was a natural next step for the couple.

“There wasn’t any turning point in deciding to get married,” Victoria affirmed, “We wanted everything to be perfect so we took out time – we’re both delighted that we did!”

004

Following the beautiful ceremony at sunset, nightfall saw the wedding take a more groovy turn, as the couple and their guests in loosening inhibitions and dancing up a storm. The night was not without its fair bit of laughs – one of the photographers was so engrossed that he fell into the pool with his camera. Thankfully, the SD card survived the dip, though the same couldn’t be said for the camera lens. The night ended on a high note with a spectacular fireworks display that left everyone enthralled.

005

Sharing that they would change absolutely nothing about their big day, Kris and Victoria were quick to point out that the wedding could not have run so smoothly without the professional assistance of their wedding planner, Vara Wedding. Over the span of 18 months, Vara Wedding helped the couple to work down to the details and visualise what their wedding would look like despite not being physically present in Bali.

“There wasn’t any major challenge that could not be overcome by speaking with the planning team at Vara Wedding. The biggest ‘stress’ for us was to decide what food we wanted because everything was so good!” Victoria gave her thumbs up to Vara Wedding.

When asked about their best piece of advice for couples who are currently planning their nuptials, Kris strongly recommended engaging a wedding planner, especially for destination weddings. “This is very important as you can’t see everything physically and meet every single vendor in person. Having someone to coordinate all these for you would leave you feeling relaxed so that you can enjoy your big day.”

+++

Vendors List:

Vara Wedding – Wedding Planner
Bali Metro – Videography
Terralogical – Photography
Lumbung Catering – Food & Drink
Aisle Project – Decoration
Bali Floating Stage – LED flooring and video drone
Yeanne Make-Up – Bridal Party make-up
British Consulate Bali
KLM – Business class flights
Villa Anugrah – Venue
Azimuth – Sound and lighting
Balloon Bunga – Fireworks & Sparklers
LED Balloon Release
Wiracana – Hand Fan
Sofitel Nusa Dua – Pre-wedding party
Bespoke Brides – Wedding dress (Chester, UK)
Shoes of Prey – Brides shoes designed herself
Light in the box – bridemaids dresses
Rossi – Grooms Suit & Hand Made Shoes (Singapore)
Next – Groomsman suits
AppyCouple – Website/app
Luxe Singapore – Invites

7 Feng Shui Life Hacks for Romance

Not just for the home, the art of Feng Shui can be useful in the quest for love too.

If you are on this site looking for wedding ideas, there’s a high chance you won’t be spending this Singles’ Day alone. But what if you want to share the love and play cupid to your extremely eligible single friend who is less lucky in love? Well, these hot tips from Way Fengshui Group may just be the right antidote to lift the single spell!

Fengshui tips for love

  1. Wear more pink or red

As the colours most associated with love and passion, it shouldn’t be a surprise that pink and reddish hues help enhance romantic luck. Furthermore, studies have shown that women’s use of red is linked to sex and romance, and that wearing red has a significant positive effect on the sexual attractiveness of both men and women.

  1. Switch up your makeup

Tao Hua, or peach blossoms, is representative of love or attraction to the opposite sex in Feng Shui. The area between your eye and temple is known as the Tao Hua region, so giving yourself a makeover may actually improve your love life!

To attract potential suitors, cat-eye makeup and soft-coloured, rounded brows are the way to go. It’s also said that straight Korean brows – so popular right now – may attract suitors with impure intentions, and are not looking for a stable relationship. No wonder all the heroines in Korean dramas are always crying!Fengshui tips for love

  1. Reap some fringe benefits

To attract your soulmate, people with long faces should try out hairstyles with a prominent fringe, while those with round, square, heart-shaped or diamond-shaped faces should opt for a wavy or curlier ‘do. Small face shapes do the best with short hairstyles, while those with oval faces have the freedom to wear any hairstyle they please. As a rule of thumb, sharp features at the sides of the face, such as prominent jawlines, should be covered with hair.

  1. Show off the right arm candy

On top of looking pretty, these precious stones may bestow amazing energies and benefits that could certainly improve your romantic life:

  • Rose Quartz: The numero uno crystal for love, this powder pink stone is said to radiate love and wash away pain, disappointment and other negative energies that might have closed your heart.
  • Pearl: Besides enhancing romantic luck, pearl also promotes good health and prosperity.
  • Pink Kunzite: A stone of emotion, this helps in opening and connecting the heart to the mind, allowing the heart to be more receptive to unconditional and abundant love. This beautiful crystal not only improves romantic relationships but also interpersonal ones, so you are more popular all round.
  • Moonstone: This gem is believed to be best in inciting passion and intensifying physical relationships while amplifying passion. Despite its fiery powers, it also helps calm the mind.

Fengshui tips for love

  1. Redecorate your nest

Symbols are important in classical Feng Shui as they help generate positive romantic vibes. Boost the qi or energy in your love life by introducing some symbols of love into your home, which include:

  • Flowers: Flowers, especially peonies, have a strong healing energy, and are said to help single women find their match.
  • Water fountains: Fountains not only promote wealth and prosperity, but also romance; the peacefully moving water of a fountain distributes qi, allowing positive energies to flow.
  • Mandarin ducks: Among the most popular Feng Shui antidotes to a lacklustre love life, Mandarin ducks, which represent devotion and loyalty, are said to attract romance and desire into its owner’s home.
  • ‘Double happiness’ magpie – Known as the “bird of happiness”, magpies have a significant role in Chinese folklore – forming a bridge from earth to heaven to reunite the star-crossed lovers – Cowherd and the Weaving Maid. Together with the ‘double happiness’ symbol, which represents conjugal bliss and an inseparable bond, the ‘double happiness’ magpies help to strengthen romantic energies, while bringing happiness and unlimited opportunities.

12474095_440626916133256_2047949154889758303_o

  1. Clean up your act

While symbols are great ways to increase your luck in love, too much clutter can block the positive qi from entering your life. Keep all areas of your house clutter-free for the smooth flow of qi. This in turn, will help improve romance luck

Make sure to also gift, sell, or donate items gifted by an ex-lover, or items that remind you of him or her. This helps you to move on more easily, and get rid of the negative energy associated with your ex.

  1. Set your clock for romance

Don’t dismiss the potential for finding love online, just be sure to time it right! According to Way Fengshui Group, the best times to swipe right to Mr Right are from 11am to 1pm, 5pm to 7pm, and 11pm to 1am. Happy swiping!

Way FB

 

Hottest Wedding Dress Trends for 2017

For all brides-to-be, picking out your wedding dress will be one of the most anticipated but also nerve-wrecking experiences in your entire wedding planning process. That’s why we’ve rounded up some of our favourite trends off the Spring 2017 bridal runways to help you get started!

The 2017 bridal runways are looking elegantly sexy, with lots of skin showing — practically every designer turned out plunging deep V necklines. If you’re more of the understated type, cutouts and off-shoulder necklines, which were also all the rage on the runways might be the trend for you.

We also loved the new ideas the designers threw out in terms of colour and format (wedding pants, anyone?) — these might be what you are looking for, adventurous brides!

Check out all the 2017 bridal trends below!

Deep V Necklines

v-berta2v-berta

We’re loving these designs by Berta — they’re sexy, modern and sophisticated and perfect for the city girl!

Ines di Santo Bridal Spring 2017 New York April 2016

This deep-V neckline gown by Ines di Santo is a perfect example of how sexy is done elegantly. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!

v-jennypackham

If an open deep V-neckline is too much for you, this Jenny Packham design which features a modest sheer overlay will do the trick.

Cut-Outs and Off-Shoulder Designs

For brides who would like to bare some skin in a more modest way, consider picking gowns with clever cut-outs that offer a peekaboo of flesh. We are loving the sleek lines in the following designs by Angel Sanchez, Christos and Ines di Santo respectively.

Off-shoulder designs are another dainty way to show some skin without overdoing it. Modern brides who appreciate clean lines would definitely fall in love with this classic Christos gown below. For brides who are into the vintage and bohemian aesthetic, Marchesa would be your best bet.

cutouts-angel sanchez cutouts-christos Ines di Santo Bridal Spring 2017 New York April 2016 offshoulder-christosMarchesa, Bridal Spring 2017, Lookbook, April 13 2016

Pantone Colours

pantone2016

The 2017 bridal runways saw designers taking their cues from Pantone’s colours of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity, with beautiful blush and blue-hued gowns. For brides who are looking to shake things up a little with your colour palettes, these are definitely the two hottest colours to pick!

pan-rose-mira-zwillingerpan-rose-legendsbyromonakevezaThese two rose pink gowns by Mira Zwillinger and Legends by Romona Keveza respectively are feminine, romantic and fit right into our strike zone of what makes a perfect wedding gown.

pan-ser-jmendelpan-ser-moniquelhuillierThese two pale blue gowns by J Mendel and Monique Lhuillier are charming in their own ways — the former is modern chic with its asymmetrical hemline that offers movement with every step; the latter is Monique Lhuillier at its best — whimsical, romantic, and oh-so-lovely.

Bows and High-low Hemlines

This season, designers are injecting lots of fun into their weddings gowns with exaggerated bow details and high-low hemlines that bring some additional bounce to your step.

We know how exaggerated bows done wrong can easily read clownish and childish, so we’re definitely appreciating the stylish designs seen on Carolina Herrera and Oscar de le Renta’s runways! As for high-low hemlines, we can definitely see these designs by Ines di Santo and Monique Lhuillier working in Singapore’s sunny climate!

bows1-carolina-herrera bows2-carolina-herrera bows3-oscar-de-la-renta hilow-monique lhuillier Ines di Santo Bridal Spring 2017 New York April 2016

3D Flowers

Flower details have long been a mainstay on bridal runways, and this season we are seeing designers take on this traditional detail in a new way by making them into 3D appliques. Good choice, we say, as these 3D flowers make the good old wedding gown much more interesting with their volume and added levels! The following designs are by Lela Rose and Marchesa respectively.

3d-lelarose 3d-marchesa

Wedding Pants

For unconventional brides who do not want to be boggled down by a wedding dress, this new trend off the 2017 bridal runways might just be the one for you. We are totally loving how designers are exploring different options to suit the varied lifestyles and personalities of different women!

We love the first design below by Elie Saab Bridal for its luxurious and glamorous vibe, despite the strong modern aesthetic. The second design below by Monique Lhuillier is the perfect marriage of the traditional wedding dress and the modern-day pantsuit. The third design below by Lela Rose is sleek and minimalist and we can definitely see it being worn again after the wedding day. How functional!

pants-eliesaabbridal pants-moniquelhuillier pants-lela rose

Toppers

With all the skin-baring on the 2017 bridal runways, modest brides will be relieved to know that there is no reason to despair, as designers have also put out options for brides who are less comfortable showing skin. Enter toppers — little capes or shrugs that help to provide some coverage, while still keeping you tip-top fashionable. With these gorgeous designs by Naeem Khan, Elie Saab Bridal, Lela Rose and Oscar de la Renta respectively, there is something to satisfy every bride out there.

toppers-naeem khan toppers-eliesaabbridal toppers-lela rose toppers-oscardelarenta

GET LONGER, FULLER HAIR IN JUST ONE DAY!

If your wedding is coming up, you probably have 101 things to consider and fret about. What with the gown, the venue, the number of guests to invite etc, and of course, whether or not you can take off a few pounds and maybe grow out your hair in time.

HVLana0102

While most of these can be achieved with a lot of determination and grit, or with help from family and friends, there’s one thing we can’t do much about, and that’s our hair. After all, you can’t hurry it to grow longer, thicker or fuller. And if you are a short hair aficionado, changing your hairstyle can even cram your style.

So, what’s a girl to do if you want to have beautiful long locks for your wedding in the easiest way possible? We turn to the professionals.

HVPatricia_01_0402

With 25 years’ history in professional hair extension, Europe’s leading luxury brand in hair creation Hairdreams is now in Singapore.

Using a variety of advanced hair lengthening and hair thickening systems such as ‘Laserbeamer Nano’ and ‘VolumePlus Matrix’, Hairdreams is able to create natural, healthy looking shiny and soft hair that matches your own hair. It takes less time than other hair extension techniques, is painless and non-damaging to your hair.

HVEva_02_0202

Be it longer or fuller hair, Hairdreams uses high-grade hand-selected 100% real human hair to create natural-looking results. Even thinning hair can be remedied with this system and best of all, the new hair can be worn permanently so you can swim, do sports or wash your hair as if it’s your own.

AFTER2_mitVorherbild3-702x1024

For more information, check out hairdreams.com.sg or visit Hairdreams at:

51 Cuppage Road #01-09
Singapore 229469
Tel: 6653 5500
Mon – Sat | 11.00am – 9.00pm

Celebrity Weddings:
Ken Chu & Vivien Han

z4z7

What is this we hear? In yet another wedding to hit the Chinese entertainment circle, Taiwanese actor Ken Chu (of Meteor Garden fame) and Chinese actress Vivien Han have gotten married in a beautiful ceremony held in Bali!

z2 z3

The photogenic couple first met on the set of Chinese drama “Dreams Come True” two years ago. Despite just dating for a year, Ken Chu popped the question to the love of his life on her birthday in April with a three-carat heart-shaped diamond ring in front of friends and family. The couple has also since shared the touching proposal story, which also included a serenade by Ken Chu and heartfelt words of thanks, which brought tears to the couple’s eyes.

z1

While the couple put up an entertaining show for their guests, performing duets and dances during the wedding, the highlight of the ceremony was no doubt the attendance of Ken Chu’s Meteor Garden ” F4 brothers” Vanness Wu and Jerry Yan. While Jerry Yan had earlier hinted that he might not be able to attend the wedding due to work commitments, this turned out to be his big surprise for Ken Chu, when he turned up. With Ken Chu’s marriage, Jerry Yan is also officially the last bachelor standing in F4.

z5 z6

Congrats to the beautiful couple Ken Chu and Vivien Han!

FB Post-01-01