Wading Dress

Maldives wedding

Royal Wedding Day! No one does weddings like the British, but few do wedding dress photoshoots like the Maldives. If the new Mrs. Harry Windsor, Duchess of Sussex has inspired your own nuptial aspirations, here is an international catalogue of gorgeous gowns…

  1. Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa
    Olesya Malinskaya (Russia) – Velaa 2
  2. Ana Jovanovic (Czech) – Sun Island
    Ana Jovanovic (Czech) - Sun Island
  3. Kristina Krayt (Russia) – Cocoon
    Kristina Krayt (Russia) - Cocoon
  4. Marie Praporshikova (Russia) – Vadoo
    Marie Praporshikova (Russia) - Vadoo
  5. Loves Nature (Russia) – Dhigurah
    Loves Nature (Russia) - Dhigurah
  6. S. Teodosieva (Russia) – Nika
    S Teodosieva  (Russia) - Nika
  7. Yadi Liang (China) – Angsana Velavaru
    Yadi Liang (China) - Angsana Velavaru
  8. Julia Shachar (Israel) – Milaidhoo
    Julia Shachar (Israel) - Milaidhoo
  9. Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
    Mary Muravieva (Russia) – Meedhupparu
  10. Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Lyudmila Bovkun (Russia) - One & Only Reethi Rah
  11. Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
    Tanya Glukhova (Ukraine) – Cocoon
  12. Lisa Cannon (Ireland) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Lisa Cannon (Ireland) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  13. Anyuta Rai (Russia) – Ayada
    Anyuta Rai (Russia) - Ayada
  14. Anna Pasternak (Italy) – Alimatha
    Anna Pasternak (Italy) - Alimatha
  15. Nina Ros (Hong Kong) – Paradise Island
    Nina Ros (Hong Kong) - Paradise Island
  16. Maja Rejec (Slovenia) – LUX South Ari Atoll
    Maja Rejec (Slovenia) - LUX South Ari Atoll
  17. Katusha Lobanova (Russia) – Cocoon
    Katusha Lobanova (Russia)
  18. Reina Sophia (Japan) – One & Only Reethi Rah
    Reina Sophia (Japan) - One & Only Reethi Rah

  19. Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) – Kuramathi
    Kristina Mikanovskis (Russia) - Kuramathi
  20. Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Vlada Sharpilova (Ukraine) - Sun Siyam Irufushi
  21. Karri Nicholas (Australia) – Amilla Fushi
    Karri Nicholas (Australia) - Amilla Fushi
  22. Mary Shum (Russia) – Ranveli
    Mary Shum (Russia) - Ranveli

  23. Anastasia Romanova (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Anastasia Romanova (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  24. June (Singapore) – Centara Grand
    June (Singapore) - Centara Grand
  25. Dilara özcan (Germany)
    Dilara özcan (Germany)
  26. Olka Axyonova (Russia) – Meeru
    Olka Axyonova (Russia) - Meeru
  27. Mrs. Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) – Baros
    Mrs Mohd Fadhli Zil Ikram Karim (Malaysia) - Baros
  28. Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Daniela Albuquerque (Brazil) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  29. Sharon Chuter (USA) – Cheval Blanc Randheli
    Sharon Chuter (USA) - Cheval Blanc Randheli
  30. Kristina Makeeva (Russia) – Club Med Finolhu Villas
    Kristina Makeeva (Russia) - Club Med Finolhu Villas
  31. Seven Holidays (South Korea) – Velassaru
    Seven Holidays (South Korea) - Velassaru
  32. Catherine (Taiwan) – Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
    Catherine (Taiwan) - Adaaran Hudhuran fushi
  33. Uliana Ptash (Russia)
    Uliana Ptash (Russia)
  34. Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) – Soneva Fushi
    Isabeli Fontana (Brazil) - Soneva Fushi
  35. Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
    Yana Rudkovskaya (Russia) – Anantara Kihavah Villas
  36. Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
    Mari Tagram (Japan) – Conrad Rangali
  37. Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
    Tatiana Lopatinskaya (Russia) – Huvafenfushi
  38. Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Linochka (Slovakia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
  39. Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
    Maria Nekrasov (Russia) – Sun Island
  40. Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Daniela Andreotti (Italy) – Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  41. Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
    Nikki Nier (China) Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
  42. Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
    Alexandra Lovchinovskaya (Russia) Vilu Reef
  43. Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
    Emma Grattridge (United Kingdom) Velassaru
  44. Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
    Anne-Catherine Sprunger Muller (Switzerland) Thilhagiri
  45. Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
    Shiralee Coleman (Australia) – Constance Moofushi
  46. Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
    Uliana Berdysheva (Russia) – Sun Island
  47. Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Velassaru
    Cherry Wong (Hong Kong) – Four Seasons Kuda Huraa

  48. Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Maldives
    Anastasia Boginskaya (Russia) W Retreat
  49. Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
    Anne Boyko (Ukraine) – Sun Island
  50. Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi
    Alexandra Lavrinenko (Russia) – Sun Siyam Irufushi

Best of the Maldives: Hidden Places – One & Only Reethi Rah

One & Only Reethi Rah wedding pavillion

One of the motivations for “destination weddings” is not just to put your wedding expenses into a better honeymoon, but also to have a more intimate celebration. If you want your private ceremony to be extra private, One & Only Reethi Rah’s Wedding Pavillion is actually one of its several “hidden places”. Tucked behind the Tappanyaki restaurant, it is not general open to the guests without special arrangement. Great for avoiding paparazzi or just the distraction of other guests meandering by.

Best of the Maldives: Wedding Buggy – One & Only Reethi Rah

One and Only Reethi Rah wedding buggy



Do you I do? Time to pop that question with National Proposal Day today. When you start planning you nuptials, you want to book that ideal vehicle to escort you from the chapel. Maybe a posh Roller, or a vintage classic or even a horse-drawn carriage. While the transport is simple, none of those beat the elegance of the paradise surroundings if you opt for the One & Only Reethi Rah wedding buggy though!

Upper-Crust Married

Best of the Maldives: Proposal Coaching – Conrad Rangali Maldives

Conrad Rangali underwater wedding proposal



Happy Valentines Day. The epicentre of romance in the annual calendar. As such, one of the most popular days for people to propose. And with the Maldives being the geographical epicentre of romance, when the two combine expect big things. Like Conrad Maldives Rangali Island’s “Marry Me” packages…

“Conrad Maldives Rangali Island is launching a ‘MarryMe’ package for those planning to pop the question on Valentine’s Day. Priced at US$150, the package includes a bottle of celebratory champagne and assistance from the resort in planning the proposal. As part of the offer, couples dining in Ithaa undersea restaurant on February 14 can use the services of the dive centre for a memorable underwater proposal, complete with a diver swimming outside the windows of the restaurant to help ask the question.”

Best of the Maldives: Wedding Proposal – One & Only Reethi Rah

One and Only Reethi Rah - fire wedding proposal


Will you be my Valentine?

Or will be be mine forever? Both are popular questions being asked today. But few with more bright light and fervid heat than Nick Candy’s proposal to firey Strictly contestant and actress Holly Valance.

“The 38-year-old property tycoon got down on one knee on a beach in the Maldives with the words 'Will you marry me' written in fire when he popped the question.”

None of the reports divulged the resort where it took place, but the tell tale give-away was the Reethi Rah pool shown in the picture she tweeted.

Not only is Valentines Day an iconic occasion to start a brothel, but the Maldives is also THE dream location to conclude it with your honeymoon according to the latest Agoda survey.

Happy Valentines to the romantically inspired everywhere.

Best of the Maldives: Underwater Wedding Package – Centara Grand

Centara Grand underwater wedding 2




Your most romantic moments can be spent not just by the water, over the water or in the water, but actually under the water in the Maldives. A number of resorts do offer underwater weddings (eg. Anantara Kihavah, Conrad Rangali), but none is as elaborate and colourful as Centara Grand’s lavish affair. Newlyweds Chris and Janet inaugurated the coral garden ceremony offering in October (shown above).

What does one throw for good luck?


Centara Grand underwater wedding 1


Centara Grand underwater wedding 3

Best of the Maldives: Wedding Pavillion – Ayada

Ayada wedding pavillion 1



As wedding season starts to hit full swing, expectant brides to be might want to spend the money that they save on their dress on a more spectacular setting for their nuptials.  If paradise alone isn’t a striking enough setting, then most resorts offer a white linen tabernacle set up on the beach or over the water on a groygne.  But Ayada features a stunning wedding tabernacle for ceremonies. Draped in white linen…set in a copse of swaying palms, the ‘The White Room’ provides an elegant wedding chapel.


Ayada wedding pavillion 2


Mind you, wedding pavilions can get trashed too as the epic wedding comedy ‘Meet the Fokers’ portrayed hysterically…


Meet the Parents wedding fire

Best of the Maldives: Dress Trashing – Irufushi

Iru Fushi - trash the dress 1

If you prefer to apply your camera creativity to staging something on that elusive boundary between above and below water, then you might want to turn to Tania Sorokina for some help. Tania is the resident photographer at Iru Fushi who has just introduced ‘Trash the Dress’ shoots…

“’Trash the Dress’ or ‘Rock the Frock’ is a photography phenomenon Taking the World by Storm and it is now in the Maldives at Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa…Guests can create a masterpiece that will hang proudly on their wall at home, a picture that will bring back fond and fun memories of their stay at Hilton Maldives Iru Fushi Resort & Spa. Perhaps they are celebrating a wedding anniversary or you just want to have fun in their wedding dress or maybe they are on their honeymoon and don’t want their special day to end. They can run along pristine white sandy beaches with their own set of props, create images that would suit a surreal pre-Raphaelite approach to painting, have a water fights, catch fish, jump (or be pushed) into swimming pools – Tania, the in-house photographer can create a fantastic library of amusing or serene images…If guests don’t have a wedding dress, but still fancy some fun an evening dress or a ball. gown would be equally as fun. Packages start from $450 and include 60 images.”

I always wondered about those wedding photo shoots and how they must have to worry about the dress getting ruined in the sand or ocean. Well, now they don’t have to fret. In fact, they can relish it. The meme is a great justification for splashing in the dress photo rather than splashing out on the dress.


Iru Fushi - trash the dress 2

Best of the Maldives: Wedding Coach – LUX* Maldives

LUX Maldives orchid

Most couples coming to the Maldives have a different sort of ‘elegant reception’ on their minds either having just arrived from one at their wedding or planning a special one at the Maldives. Some people like to have everything done for them by a wedding planner and others like to do all the preparation themselves. But sometimes, you want something in between. A personal touch of hands-on with the guidance of an expert who can spur ideas and thwart rookie errors.

My sister Sharyl Stropkay offers that sort of service for interior design for people who want to lend their own touch and apply their creativity, but need guidance about fundamentals as well as tricks and tips and it is very popular.

LUX* Maldives offer sjust such a ‘wedding coach’ service…

“Rather than rely on a professional wedding planner, some couples may prefer to use their own talents to produce a creative and more personal wedding. LUX* will support such individuals by helping them to imagine a design their own unique celebration.”

For example, LUX* Maldives have an orchid nursery so that you can go into it and design your own bouquet. They also once cleared one of their main island bars to create a special beach disco because that was the couple’s dream.