Tony & Venus

The Peninsula Hotel Wedding

01.03.2018

couple having their wedding photos taken at the peninsula hotel in hong kong

Wedding Photography & Videography

The Peninsula Hotel wedding of Tony and Venus was a real honour to be part of and getting to both photograph and video their special wedding day is something that we are truly happy to have done.

Our team did an amazing job of capturing this joyous celebration at one of the best wedding venues in Hong Kong.

Have a good read through this post and take a look at their beautiful wedding story.

Where is The Peninsula Hotel Wedding Venue?

This stunning hotel has been in operation for over 90 years and continues to occupy guests and host weddings from all over the world. It really is a fantastic place to get married.

We are well versed in The Peninsula Hotel wedding photography and have shot many events in this gorgeous setting.

As we are sure you will be aware the hotel is situated on Salisbury Road, Kowloon. If you don’t instantly recognise it from the road then you are sure to hear it instead! This hotel is the only one in Hong Kong to have its own helicopter landing pad which is in constant use.

It’s reputation is second to none and as a result, draws crowds from across the world wanting to snap a photo of the famous hotel.

What are our favourite spots for wedding photos?

Whether you intend to have an elegant and sophisticated banquet in the legendary Salisbury Room or an outdoor wedding in the beautiful Garden Suite you are sure to have a fantastic day. As wedding photographers our job is made much easier when the location is as beautiful as this.

The Peninsula Hotel wedding venue is actually split in to five different spaces. This versatility makes it the perfect wedding venue and means it can cater to various sizes of wedding party.

Spring Moon Private Wedding Dining Room

This is the Peninsula Hotels Michelin starred Cantonese restaurant which features delicate and stunning art deco interiors. It is a versatile room that allow small dining rooms to connect in order to accommodate larger parties of guests. The dining room has an old world charm to it but has the ability to get contemporary with additions such as a projector screen etc. Couples typically book this area if they are having a banquet of around 50 guests.

Felix Private Wedding Dining Room

Views for your wedding banquet don’t get much better than this with its amazing city panoramas. If the cityscape isn’t enough to grab your attention then maybe the full crystal chandelier is? It is set above a sprawling oval table that uses candle light to set the mood for your special event. To stay that it’s an amazing place to have your wedding photos taken is an understatement.

Gaddi’s Private Wedding Dining Room

Eating at the Gaddi’s is always a special occasion and it’s easy to see why. The Grande Dame’s refined French destination remains one of the city’s most loved spaces to enjoy fine dining. This room is really most suitable for those looking to have a small wedding party of very close family or friends. It seats approximately 18 people who can enjoy the large feature windows which overlook the prominent Peninsula courtyard. Again a fantastic place for one or two portrait shots.

The Garden Suite

As we alluded to earlier The Garden Suite is a great option for an outdoor wedding with spectacular views. A private elevator opens into this spectacular venue where candles and glittering lights can be seen of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour.

This dramatic skyline make The Garden Suite the perfect option for couples who love Hong Kong’s scenery. Catering for receptions of parties ip to 60 this is a great venue for those couples who are perhaps have a smaller wedding reception.

Salisbury Room & Foyer

Tony and Venus chose the Salisbury Room for their wedding. Draped in gold and with ornate chandeliers the Salisbury Room is perhaps the most reflective of the hotel itself. Guests will be inspired from the moment they are welcomed in the dramatic foyer with its refined trompe l’oeil ceiling.

The Salisbury Room is the best option for couples who are having a large wedding such as Tony and Venus. It caters for approximately 300 reception guests and can provide banquet for 192. As you can see from the photos it is a simply stunning venue and a very popular choice for people having a Peninsula Hotel wedding.

Outdoor Wedding Photos

Additional to the great indoor spaces that the Peninsula Hotel wedding venue has to offer there are also some great options outside.

Taking photos with the on site fleet of Rolls Royces is a real bonus of this venue. As you can see in the images we actually went for a short drive around Hong Kong and this gave us a chance to capture some elegant photos inside the cars, showing off that fabulous interior.

The Peninsula Hotel wedding venue is situated very close to the picturesque Victoria Harbour. If you like we can always head across the road and capture some amazing images by the waters edge.

The Peninsula Hotel Wedding Video

As well getting to photograph Tony and Venus’ beautiful wedding, we were also lucky enough to be on videography duty.

Getting to video weddings at The Peninsula is a great experience as it has got to be one of the best wedding venues in Hong Kong for videography.

We created several wedding videos for them including a beautiful highlights wedding film that you can see below.

The cinematic style really works well with their wedding day, working side by side to create a fantastic story of their day.

couple getting married at the peninsula hotel

How did the wedding day unfold?

When a couple enquire about The Peninsula Hotel wedding photography there is a sense of excitement around our studio. Every photographer that works at Koda Weddings wants to be the person to shoot that wedding.

As it happens Tony and Venus selected our premium wedding day photography service which means their wedding was photographed by Koda himself.

Bridal Preparation

The day started with bridal preparations taking place at The Peninsula Hotel in the bridal suite.

As you can see from the photos there were some lovely Chinese traditions and heartfelt moments between Venus and her mum.

As with most weddings that we photograph in Hong Kong the bride started the day in her red Qun Kua. In the past and before the white wedding dress became fashionable, Chinese brides would wear this striking red dress to symbolise luck and happiness. It has now become custom to wear the red dress for the Chinese tea ceremony typically taking place in the morning.

Groom Preparations and Chinese Door Games

When Tony’s button holes arrived we advised them to put them on outdoors as the lighting was perfect.

Soon after this Tony and his groomsmen ventured up to the bridal suite for the traditional Chinese door games. The boys really embraced what the girls had planned and we are really happy with the photos we created here. Featuring wasabi toothpaste, some very skimpy underwear and a few questionable games with a banana this is what we love to capture, real and joyous emotion.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

One of our favourite parts of the wedding to document is the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. This is a great opportunity to capture some heartfelt moments between family and friends. The tea ceremony is a significant way to show respect to parents for all the years of love and care. Typically this part of the day also consists of the exchange of red envelopes and gold jewellery.

Rolls Royce Phantom Wedding Car

The Peninsula Hotel wedding is not complete with out a ride in one of their Rolls Royce Phantoms and Tony and Venus’ was no different.

Once the traditions of the Chinese tea ceremony were over the couple went for a ride covered head to toe in gold in a very fitting Rolls Royce. We tagged along to capture some elegant photos and video of this happy couple posing with the car and this is a real added bonus of getting married at the Peninsula.

Wedding Ceremony

The wedding ceremony took place in the Salisbury Room under one of its many chandeliers. As experienced Peninsula Hotel wedding photographers we know that the lighting can sometimes be tricky in the Salisbury Room. The results speak for themselves as we got creative with some off camera flash in order to capture the best photos and film for Tony and Venus.

couple in love having wedding photos taken

What did Tony & Venus want from their wedding photos?

Creative Storytelling

When Tony and Venus first enquired to us about their Peninsula Hotel Wedding they said ‘we trust you to capture the fun and excitement of our day’. Their constant smiling faces made it difficult to let them down in this regard and they are really pleased with the finished photos and video.

Wedding days are typically full of emotion and are great opportunities to capture amazingly natural photographs. Everywhere you look there is something happening. For this reason we typically favour a documentary approach for your wedding day and try to keep posing to a minimum. We do intervene for certain photos such as the couple shoot and may offer advice on the best places to stand for group photos etc. However, our general aim is to capture the day as it happened so you can look back on your photos and video and see what a great time you had.

A combination of ‘standard’ and ‘snap’ photography

As with most packages that couple book we offer both a ‘standard’ and ‘snap’ photographer. The ‘snap’ photographers role is to capture the details in a creative and fine art manner. They also lead the couple shoots and focus on the raw and exciting emotion of the day.

The ‘standard’ photographer intends to arrange and capture group photos throughout the day. Their goal is to provide overall coverage. We find that this combination works best to serve our couples and provides the best wedding photographs.

Who were the suppliers for the wedding?

Tony and Venus chose very wisely as they hired experienced and meticulous suppliers for their big day.

Below you will find a list with links to all suppliers. We recommend checking all of them out if you are planning your very own Peninsula Hotel wedding.

Koda Weddings

Not content with just booking us for The Peninsula Hotel wedding photography they also let us take care of the wedding video.

We provided Tony and Venus with our ever so popular same day edit. This video takes the best moments from throughout the day and packages them in to a short highlights video set to music.

Couples who book us for a same day edit video will typically play it back to their guests later in the evening. This means that people who couldn’t attend the wedding earlier in the day get a chance to see what they missed.

A wedding video is a great addition to your wedding photography. As our experienced team is used to working together it means that we are equipped to get the best shots for you at all times.

Kayo Makeup

Kayo Wang took care of the make up and did an excellent job. Her amazing skills can be seen throughout the day. You can enquire to her availability by visiting her Facebook page. We are always looking for reliable and experienced suppliers and we would definitely recommend Kayo to any of our couples.

Tarik Ediz White

Venus wore a stunning white dress for the wedding ceremony by the skilfully talented dress designer Tarik Ediz.

After graduating college as an engineer, Tarik combined his mathematically gifted mind with his love for fashion. The bride teamed her amazing white dress with a lovely pair of Jimmy Choo shoes.

TUXEE

Tony and his groomsmen looked super cool in their outfits from TUXEE.

Using only the best quality fabrics these suits not only look great but are used the highest quality fabrics.

Launched by celebrity icon Eric Suen, TUXEE uses the best mills and finest couturiers to offer an extensive choice of bespoke suit items and accessories.

That Cake

As you can see by the photographs Tony and Venus opted for a wedding cake that was the size of a small skyscraper (not really but it was huge!!).

The cake towered over the couple as they cut it and luckily didn’t topple over.

Tips for planning a Peninsula Hotel wedding

We recommend getting your request in early if you intend to have your wedding at The Peninsula Hong Kong. It is a very popular venue and offers the best of both worlds as it can accommodate many sizes of wedding party.

The hotels convenient location and stunning interiors make it the ideal choice if you want to have stunning wedding photos.

Peninsula Hotel wedding photography is a real treat to be a part of. If you are considering booking a photographer or videographer for this venue we would love to be a part of it.

Choose any of the five locations within the hotel and you are sure to have a fantastic day filled with love, joy and happiness.

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