Mark And Laine Koon Murray
Interview: Kate Springer
After meeting on a dragon boat team in London, Mark and Laine married in Hong Kong eight years later. The ceremony took place on the Star Ferry’s Meridian Star in the middle the harbour, followed by a reception at The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club in Wong Chuk Hang.
Q How’d Mark pop the question?
Laine Murray: It was a complete surprise and out-of-character PDA… he asked in the queue at the departure gate just before a flight back to the UK for Christmas. I turned around and Mark was on one knee! We have great memories every time we see “our” departure gate at Hong Kong Airport.
Q Why the Star Ferry for the ceremony?
LM: The Star Ferry and Victoria Harbour are so iconic. We wanted to incorporate a part of Hong Kong history into our wedding since we have spent the majority of our time as a couple here. As with Hong Kong Airport, we do get a little nostalgic whenever we find ourselves down at Central Pier, and always try to spot the Meridian Star crossing the harbour.
Q What advice would you give to couples looking for outdoor venues?
LM: Prepare for the unpredictable Hong Kong weather – heat, humidity and typhoons! We gave customised wooden Chinese fans as a wedding favour for the ceremony on the Star Ferry, and kept our fingers firmly crossed for calm seas. As a backup, we did make sure we were able to hold the ceremony at The Butchers Club.
Q What were you most stressed about before the ceremony?
LM: We had a few hiccups on the day including a champagne delivery fail and a missing bus driver. But we quickly realised that we didn’t need everything to be perfect, the important thing was that we were getting married, with family and closest friends to celebrate our big day.
Q What was your favourite moment?
LM: Just before the ceremony was due to start, David, our celebrant, came into the bridal area looking very serious and quietly announced that my part of the vows had blown overboard! Then the ferry staff didn’t know how to work the sound system, and we ended up playing the “Wedding March” three times. We found it hilarious!
Q What did guests enjoy the most?
LM: The boys were on great form for the door games before the Chinese tea ceremony in the morning. Let’s just say that mankinis, Beyonce and bananas were involved! For the rest of our guests, I’d say the open top bus ride from Central Ferry Pier to the reception in Aberdeen.
Glad I spent on: Having our families out from the UK; an amazing photographer and fantastic decor for the reception.
Glad I saved on: Favours, by ordering from Taobao and customising; I also designed our invitations.
Wish I spent on: A decor team to jazz up the ferry.
Wish I saved on: My cheongsam and evening dress. I didn’t want to change out of my wedding dress.
WHO HELPED THEM:
Caterer: The Butchers Club (thebutchers.club)
Transport: Star Ferry (www.starferry.com.hk); Big Bus (www. bigbustours.com)
Dress: elDevere Bridal (180 Queen’s Road Central, 6488-8330)
Rings: Haywards of Hong Kong (www.haywards.com.hk)
Suit: Misurino Tailors (www.misurino.com)
Entertainment: Mark and a friend took care of the music.
Gift Favours: Taobao (taobao.com)
Invitations: Ringo Ching, M-Forest Production (mforest1998.wixsite. com/mforest)
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