An exclusive peek into Jesseca Liu and Jeremy Chan’s
pre-wedding portraits shot in Bhutan.
Actors Jesseca Liu and Jeremy Chan escaped to Bhutan with the Luxe team to shoot their pre-wedding portaits against the striking Himalayan scenery and architecture.
I N TO T H E W I L D
A quick snap with the ponies that took them halfway through their journey to Tiger’s
Nest, also known as the Taktsang Palphug Monastery, which is on a mountainside overlooking Paro Valley. They had to trek the rest of the way up to the iconic site. Karen Willis Holmes crystal embellished silk gown, Frieda Brides.
"Love means providing unconditional strength and encouragement in both bad and good times. We may not be perfect, but we strive to be the best for one another." – Jeremy
LOCAL FLAVOUR Archery is the national sport of Bhutan, and the men are now seeing more women chasing the dream to become a national archer alongside them. The women’s traditional dress includes a Kira, an ankle-length dress accompanied by a light outer jacket known as a Tego. The Rachu, usually woven out of raw silk and embroidered with rich patterns goes over the shoulders.
Jenny Packham lace and beaded gown,
Taken in the serene surroundings of the Amankora Para Lodge that is all but hidden in a pine forest, and has the most magnificent views of the jagged mountain peaks in Jigme Dorji National Park.
TO G E T H E R FOREVER
A quiet moment in front of a traditional woodern door. The architecture of houses and buildings varies according to location and elevation. Pronovias fit and flare lace gown with beading, The Proposal.
PALACE ROMANCE At Wangdicholing Palace, now being restored to its
former glory. Galia Lahav lace mermaid with silk chiffon cowl back sashes, and Wong Hang Tailor navy suit,
shirt and tie, The Proposal.
"Bhutan is the
world’s only officially Buddhist
country. Monks make up more than
10 per cent of the population."
"This man makes me happy in a way no one else has been able to. I’d say that I am pretty blessed.”
EYES ON THE PRIZE Shot at the Amankora Bumthang Lodge. Step outside its sprawling estate and you will find yourself captivated by a world of palaces, temples, monasteries and local dwellings. Galia Lahav lace mermaid gown,
"Jeremy is usually a very serious and sincere person. When he makes a promise, he always delivers."
FA I R Y-TAL E KI S S E S Jesseca and Jeremy on the grounds of the Amankora Bumthang Lodge. It has 16 lavish private suites in its extensive grounds. It also has an apple orchard on one side and a royal palace on the other.
Galia Lahva lace gown with sheer panels,
Shot at the lounge of the Amankora Bumthang Lodge. Like those in all the guest suites, its windows offer majestic views of forests and mountains. Bliss lace and chiffon gown with high slits, The Proposal.
FAR AND AWAY Shot at Amankora Paro Lodge, which
is surrounded by blue pine trees and has 360-degree
grand views. Hayley Paige low silk gown with a layered skirt, The Proposal.
S T Y L I NG ASS I S TA NT JIMMY TAN HAIR & MAKEUP
E L AI N L I M ( HP: 9 1 7 3 1 1 0 8 ) ALL ACCESSORIES HELAN TAN (WWW.
GI OI E L L I .COM. S G) J E R E MY’ S OUTFITS, S T Y L I S T ’ S OWN, UNLESS S TAT E D
THANKS DRUKAIR, AMANKORA PARO AND BUMTHANG LODGES, AS WELL
AS CIPTO AND T HE R E S T OF T HE DRUK ASIA BHUTAN T R AVEL S P E CI AL I S T S WHO MADE THIS
T R I P HAPPEN.
LO S T I N T I M EJesseca insisted on this shot at Wangdicholing Palace that sits next door to Amankora Bhumthang Lodge. It was the first palace (1857) in Bhutan that was not designed as a fortress. It was also the summer residence of the first and second kings. At the time of writing, work was going on to restore the glory of this beautiful building.Karen Willis Holmes sequinned silk chiffon gown with layered skirt and belt, Frieda Brides.
P R I VATE R E T R E AT Taken at Karchung Dratshang, a private monastery built on a forested slope in Bumthang. It combines a monastic school, a college and a retreat centre.Anna Campbell empire-cut lace gown with silver embroidery and crystal beading, Frieda Brides.
LOVE, ACTUALLYEvery corner they turned was a photoopportunity. Karen Willis Holmes lace and silk chiffonmermaid, Frieda Brides.