Real weddings: Bernice and Ray Wong

A classic Hong Kong love story, Bernice and Ray met over dim sum. The two were dining with their parents, hit it off – and the rest is history.

How did you stumble upon The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club?

Bernice Wong: It actually took us a while to find the perfect venue. We wanted to have about 160-190 guests there for a late afternoon cocktail session, followed by dinner – all in the same place. Plus, we were getting married during the rainy season, so we needed a Plan B. At first, our parents thought the venue, which is located in an industrial building, was a bit avant-garde, but they warmed to the idea! 

Why didn’t you go with the usual banquet hall?

BW: We wanted the day to be a party rather than a formal affair for our guests – and for us. In the end, it was perfect: fun, energetic, simple and refreshingly atypical.

Did you incorporate any Chinese elements?

BW: We didn’t spend time or energy on the usual Chinese games and ceremonies, which we didn’t find meaningful. That being said, we ended up doing the Chinese tea ceremony, which was very important for our parents and grandparent. I also thought it would be fun to be in a traditional Chinese wedding gown, and I was very glad that Ray agreed to play along – not a lot of Hong Kong guys do!

How were your personalities reflected?

BW: We both like things to be simple and not too stressful, so I would say, as far as wedding planning goes, we aced on both fronts! As for the decor, it was more of a woody, natural theme with very simple colours, such as white and green on wood. The signage was accentuated in neon pink. Ray was also very excited about the pick-up truck, which was provided by the venue – the back was filled with ice-cold beers to welcome our guests.   

Any advice for other couples?

Take it easy, and enjoy the planning. You are supposed to do this once in your life, so make it fun!

In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: Portable fans and air conditioning for the alfresco area. It turned out to be a very hot day!

Glad I saved on: Simple decorations. Our decorator knew how much was “just right.”

Venue & Caterer: The Secret Kitchen by The Butchers Club,

Decorator: The Wooden Fox,

Photographer: KC Professional Photography,

Cake: Sift,

Wedding dress: Spring Wedding,

Hairstylist & Makeup: Bart Ko,

The Den at Mr & Mrs Fox

he Vibe: This three-storey restaurant in Quarry Bay is effortlessly cool, with a small outdoor area, an all-glass facade, and a sense of whimsy in the decor. The most stylish weddings take place in The Den, Mr & Mrs Fox’s private dining room located on the second floor. This secret spot comes with its own private entrance, personal chef and sommelier.

Wedding Style: Old world whimsy, perfectly private.

Best Part: There are secret taps for beer and wine!

Psst… Guests can toast to the evening on The Den’s private balcony.

Catering: Chef-designed sharing menus feature signature dishes such as foie gras torchon and Wagyu beef crostini. Canapes are also available.

Capacity: 24 guests seated, 70 standing.

23 Tong Chong St., Quarry Bay, 2697-8500,


Lantau’s Lower Cheung Sha Beach just welcomed a fresh face: Bathers beach restaurant. Awash in a chic palette of charcoal and white, the gorgeous waterfront property serves up quality cocktails and food to match – 900g steaks, salmon ceviche, and roasted red snapper headline the European menu. Better yet, the open-air space includes private packages for those booking engagement parties and intimate weddings for up to 100 people.

32 Lower Cheung Sha Village, South Lantau,2412-7744,

Kerry Hotel – Hung Hom’s new wedding venue

Looking for something new? The just-opened Kerry Hotel might be the venue of your dreams. With 17 different indoor and outdoor event spaces, the Hung Hom “urban resort” offers everything from the city’s largest pillarless ballroom (right, seating up to 1,030 guests!) to more intimate outdoor spaces and terraces. Our favourite spot? The gorgeous Red Sugar terrace (above), which
overlooks Hong Kong’s iconic Victoria Harbour.
38 Hung Luen Rd., Hung Hom, 2252-5888,

Yi’s Kitchen

Looking for a wedding venue that hasn’t been overdone? Yi’s Kitchen, run by the Epicurean Group, is a new two-storey restaurant serving Asian and Western cuisine. Located in the Jao Tsung-I Academy, a Grade-III heritage building and hostel that has previously served as a hospital and as accommodation for labourers, the red-brick structure and its surrounding gardens make for a one-of-a-kind backdrop that your guests will be talking about for months.

Block H, Jao Tsung-I Academy, 800 Castle Peak Rd., Mei Foo, 2811-9398,


The spot where Lupa used to be recently got a massive overhaul with the help of Joyce Wang Studio, one of Hong Kong’s most renowned interior designers. The newly opened Spiga will still embody a Mediterranean flare, but with a more cinematic design, paying homage to 1950s Italian glamour – think vintage musical instruments, silk wallpaper, a pendulum chandelier, terrazzo flooring and antique lighting fixtures. Sound like a good backdrop to a city wedding? We think so too! The 7,000-square-foot space also welcomes two new outdoor terraces: the intimate Secret Garden, and Portico, a spacious botanical rooftop terrace.

3/F, LHT Tower, 31 Queen’s Road Central, 2871-0055,