Ever dreamed of getting married abroad, especially at an Eastern location like Thailand? I certainly dream BIG about it. And I’m still dreaming about it, as unfortunately it wasn’t my own wedding I was attending over in Patong, Phuket…
But, it was my beautiful friends wedding, and I was honoured to fly over as a wedding guest to watch her marry her soul mate (and also makeup artist for the bridesmaids for the wedding, which is always a pleasure!)
The wedding took place at the Amari Hotel, Patong, Phuket, in Thailand, on a sunshiney afternoon where temperatures climber 31 degrees. 31 degrees on your wedding day! Isn’t that just the dream? The only thing negative about that is having to squint in the sunshine on your wedding photos, and all your guests throwing on their sunglasses. But really – I could handle that for sure.
As I was doing the wedding makeup for a couple of the bridesmaids, and I was sharing a hotel with the Maid of Honour, I was lucky enough to stay at the Amari Hotel the night before the wedding with the Bride. The hotel was an absolute dream and I could totally see why this was the chosen venue to host the beautiful abroad wedding.
Amari Phuket is situated towards the quiet end of Phuket’s most popular beach, Patong. So you get the more luxury, exotic feel to Patong when staying at this place.
Weddings that take place here are ideally situated on a secluded headland next to Patong Beach, where the resort boasts romantic ocean views, palm tree lined gardens, bayside restaurants, two large swimming pools, a fitness room and a diving centre.
As you can see from my photos of the suite (which I apologise aren’t the best quality due to dim lighting) they are super modern, stylish, large in size and are surrounded with floor to ceiling windows overlooking the Amari Hotel’s pools and gardens, and of course, the beach strip.
The Amari comes with its own Breeze Spa which is set on a lush tropical hillside, overlooking Patong Bay, offering a range of massages, facials and body treatments. I wasn’t lucky enough to book in as I only stayed here for the duration of the wedding, but from passing by, it looked beautiful and prestigious – the perfect place for the newly weds to spend the day after the wedding.
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Probably the heaviest makeup look I’ve done on myself for about a year – I don’t even look like me – but it’s fun to play around! I’ve made my lips ‘bigger’ by layering on @bobbibrownuk True Pink lipstick and outlined my lips over their natural lip line with @maccosmeticsuk liner in ‘spice’. I’ve gone crazy with @barrymcosmetics Liquid Chrome highlighter, and lashes are from the @eylureofficial enchanted range from @welovelashes 💕 . . . . . #makeup #selfie #face #mua #makeupartist #mac #maccosmetics #bobbibrown #barrym #cosmetics #makeuptutorial #makeupblog #brows #lips #lipliner #highlighter #contour #foundation #bblogger #bbloggers #beautyblogger #makeupgoals #blueeyes #blonde #weddingmakeup #makeuplife #eyeshadow
Waking up at the Amari Hotel on the morning of the wedding was just like a dream – I took the above photo when lay down in the bed (I slept topsy-tailed to the bride and maid of honour! Hence wracking up 5 hours sleep, ooopps!).
Sleep deprivation aside, the room was flooded with natural daylight with beams of the Thailand sun warming up the room, making it the perfect setting for getting ready for the wedding.
We went down for the hotel breakfast the morning of the wedding and I only have three words: oh my god. I never thought I’d be sat there with the beach views, tucking into sticky pork buns at 7 am. Who knew Thai food could taste so good so early on in the day!
Aside from the traditional Thai foods that were served up, they laid out endless types of croissants and pan au chocolates, cereals, toasts, eggs, bacon, hash browns, tomatoes, sausages etc, and then of course, the noodles and the soups. We loaded ourselves with armfuls of fresh fruits and cakes to take back to the room too so we could snack up until the wedding.
Getting wedding-ready is hungry work, right!?
I used quite heavy makeup on myself and the bridesmaids, because the sweat from the sun and humid temperatures was sure to sweat the makeup off easier than when back in the UK.
The main products I used included the primer from The Ordinary, foundations from MAC and Dermablend, setting powder from Laura Mercier, eyeshadows from Urban Decay, and contour and highlights from Benefit.
I’ve used eyelure false lashes on my eyes in the photo above too so I didn’t need to top up on any eye makeup during the day, in which my lashes just did all the talking!
Amari Hotel has an absolutely gorgeous bar area which looks over the poolside and the ocean, with large orange soft beds to lie down and sip a cocktail. I took 15 minutes out after doing everyone’s makeup to just relax on the loungers and indulge in the creamiest Pina Colada cocktail.
Of course, with it being a 4-5 star hotel, prices are expensive, and you’re looking at the top end for cocktails and bar snacks. But it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to get to enjoy the day here, and I certainly did just that!
The hotel created the prettiest of ceremony setups overlooking the beach, and decorated with trails of petals, garlands and floral displays to re-create an exotic wedding destination. Each seat was complete with a fan to cool ourselves down, and a cone of rose petals to use as confetti.
The ceremony was just lovely – the glorious weather, the sea breeze and the ocean views just made it out of this world. This particular trip was my first wedding abroad, and it’s certainly shown me just how magnificent they can be.
Typical Thai canapes of satay chicken, spring rolls and crab fishcakes were handed out to guests before the wedding then lead of to a Chinese Tea Service. The main meal and entertainment started around 5 pm in the main wedding room, and we danced the night away over looking the sea.
The dress I’m wearing on the photos is from MissPap, and I’ll be putting together an out fit post on this to show off it’s detail a little more!
All in all, the Amari Hotel wedding in Phuket was by far one of the most magical weddings I’ve attended, and I was honoured to be apart of it. My friend looked absolutely incredible in her fishtail gown, sashay-ing around the beach hotel looking like a complete goddess.
Now whose getting married abroad next?!