I’m sure you recognise this week’s GLAMAMAMA. You’ve either read about her, met her, or seen her. You can’t miss her actually… She’s gorgeous!
Photo courtesy of GAFENCU
She’s a half-British, half-Chinese beauty. Anyone who knows her will offer the same testimonial: simply a class act. She’s a generous soul, kind, understated, elegant, with impeccable manners. Over the past 20 years she’s been featured in the pages of Hong Kong Tatler, Prestige, Elle, GAFENCU, Ming Pao Weekly etc etc etc and has been photographed by several internationally acclaimed photographers for just that, her classic beauty and elegance. However these days, you will see her making headlines for more than just her pretty face. Over the past 10 years, this weeks GLAMAMAMA has carved a solid niche for herself in Asia as the go-to Wedding Planner in and around Asia.
GLAMAROSS talks Weddings and planning with this week’s GLAMAMAMA MONDAYS: MICHELE LI
GR: WHEN DID YOU START THE WEDDING COMPANY?
ML: I started The Wedding Company (TWC) with Caroline Shaw in the Spring of 2003. Our first client was a Mr. Husband which we thought was a good sign!
Michele Li and Caroline Shaw, the founding partners of The Wedding Company
Photo courtesy of themarriage.com.hk 2009
GR: WHO DESIGNED YOUR WEDDING GOWN?
ML: Sylvia Yeh (I think… it was a long long time ago) She had a dressmaking atelier using beautiful fabrics and laces from Europe. This was before the days of Vera Wang and Monique L’huillier..
Photos courtesy of GAFENCU
GR: WHAT’S THE FIRST QUESTION YOU ASK COUPLES WHO COME TO SEE YOU?
ML: I try to understand them as individuals as well as a couple and to that end, I discreetly ask as many questions as I can, from practical questions such as where they will have their ceremony and reception to what type of wedding they would like.
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2) Some of our challenging moments involve Mother-in-laws. They are very well meaning, often very pragmatic and practical with many years of experience attending and arranging events. At times though, they have different ideas and opinions than their daughter-in-laws to-be and that can cause some stress and anxiety. We try to balance the needs of all parties which can be somewhat challenging.
3) Last year, we worked on a wedding in Bali at a private estate which was one of the most challenging weddings we have ever worked on. The bride had a clear vision of what she wanted and that included a marquee, chandeliers and flooring. We spent 18 months on this wedding, uprooted and replanted three 30′ palm trees to accommodate the marquee and achieved her vision. This wedding was featured in this issue of Inside Weddings, a national U.S wedding publication. It’s my favourite wedding so far.
GR: FUNNIEST WEDDING PLANNING MOMENT
ML: Oh there have been many…
ML: Yes, I have to admit, Alana, my eldest daughter definitely has a creative gene. She notices everything and last year, helped me and my team set up the InterContinental Wedding Showcase, she was 15 at the time and enjoyed it immensely.
ML: There hasn’t been a defining humbling moment in my life but all the births and deaths I have experienced makes me realise how precious life is and how fleeting.
GR: WHO ARE YOUR TOP 3 FLORISTS IN HONG KONG ?