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Liam Collard Photography

Tina & Matt’s international Amanpuri Villa wedding was a fantastic way to start our 2016/2017.

We first met Hong Kong expatriate’s Tina and Matt last April while photographing the marriage ceremony of their friend’s Robin & Jamee. Who threw a spectacular golf themed wedding at the Banyan Tree Resort in Phuket. As you can imagine we had been looking forward to this Amanpuri Villa wedding for quite some time, and it didn’t disappoint!

Bride Tina and her partner Matt first set their eyes upon each other while socializing with friends at a bar in Hong Kong’s popular nightspot of Lang Kwai Fong.

The Proposal

Tina: “It was the first-time Matt took me to his family’s holiday home on Vancouver Island, a place very dear to his heart. We took a casual stroll along a pebble beach that his family calls White Shell Beach. Matt insisted we took a bottle of wine – why not J. We sat down on the pebbles and then Matt started to randomly ask my thoughts on a pebble in his hand…? It’s round, brownish black as pebbles tend to look like. I turned away, not thinking too much about his random question but the next pebble he proceeded to show me … was THE ring J.”

Wedding Ceremony & Reception

The couple chose Phuket, as it’s a place they call their home away from home both having holidayed there since they were young. Tina, with the help of both their mums, planned a truly glamorous Amanpuri Villa wedding ceremony. Amanpuri Villa is a peaceful luxury beach resort set amid coconut palms on a private Phuket peninsula overlooking the Andaman Sea.

The wedding date was set for 26th November 2016, and it turned out to be one of the most international weddings we have ever had the privilege of capturing. 170 guests from all around the world; USA, Canada, England, UK, France, Bahrain, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Philippines, China, South Africa, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, Iran and Taiwan. They achieved exactly what they planned, a naturally themed wedding taking advantage of natural surrounding beauty with the addition of green and white orchids.

Favourite Photographic Moments 

Matt prepared for the day ahead with the support of his older brother and best man Zach McAfee, 2 groomsmen and 6 ushers. This is when we captured one of our favourite photographs of the day, with the men standing outside the villas dressed in suits by American retailer J Crew wearing their sunglasses looking extremely dapper! Another favourite photographic moment was taken while the ladies were getting ready, relaxing on Tina’s bed with her wedding dress neatly spread out by bridal gown designer Monique Lhuillier 

Despite the rain there was a fantastic atmosphere throughout the day at this spectacular Amanpuri Villa wedding. Matt and Tina were such a great couple to work with. The bride and groom’s favourite wedding day memory happened during the ceremony – standing side by side and facing all their loved ones while Tina’s cousin Michael sang: What a wonderful world!

You can see from the photographs what an exciting Amanpuri Villa wedding it was for us to capture with an assortment of musical entertainment and dancers throughout the day.

Useful links

Wedding and engagement rings by Ronald Abram HK

Bridal hair and make-up by our talented friend Neil Donkin

Bride’s watch: Cartier

Groom’s watch (wedding gift by Tina & brother Zach): Rolex

Bridesmaid dresses by designer: Jenny Yoo.

Catering and Flowers – The Amanpuri

Wedding planners – The Amanpuri

Musical Entertainment: Ceremony: Dhonna & Band, Reception: Eka & Band, Party: DJ Shane.