Real Weddings: Evelyn and Matthew

In order to celebrate Evelyn and Matthew’s dual cultures, a two-day ceremony was required of the couple, who were married on January 11 and 12, 2010. “We wanted to keep with both Western and Chinese traditions,” says Evelyn, “So we had to stretch our celebration over two days to pace ourselves”. The first day consisted of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony with Evelyn’s parents, followed by the wedding ceremony at Clearwater Bay Golf & Country Club. “It was supposed to have been an outdoor ceremony, but rainy weather quickly diverted us indoors. Matthew’s father conducted the ceremony with a sprinkle of humour and lots of love,” she adds. A buffet luncheon was held afterwards at the country club.

The next evening, a traditional Chinese banquet was held at the Four Seasons in the Harbour View Ballroom, with dancing until late. “I loved everything about the wedding,’ says Evelyn. “But I wish that I had hired a wedding planner to help!” The decision to acknowledge both western and Chinese traditions also helped to make the day special. “We were so glad that we managed to fit in countless wedding traditions over the two days,” says Evelyn. The couple was delighted to have so many of the couple’s closest family and friends there to share they day, and of course, to help them dance the night away.

The bride wore: A traditional hand-embroidered Kwa, Silk faille Amsale wedding gown, Christian Louboutin shoes, handmade veil by Mariella Creations for the ceremony. Custom tailored qipao by Four Seas Silk Co., custom tailored cocktail dress, and shoes by Miu Miu for the banquet.

The groom wore: A custom tailored three-piece suit, Hermès tie and pocket square, Barker Black shoes, and J.Press cufflinks for the ceremony. A custom tailored three-piece tuxedo, John Hardy stud set, Stubbs & Wootton velvet slippers for the banquet.

Invitations: Letterpressed invitations by designTwitch

The bridesmaids wore: Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses

Hair and makeup: Wow Productions

Videographer: Norris Films

Photographer: Tanarak Photography

Entertainment: Howard McCrary Band

Flowers: Solomon Bloemen

Wedding cupcakes: Maggie Lim

Wedding Coordination: Blackberries & Cream

String quartet: Orfeo Strings

The guests ate: An international buffet spread for luncheon, and a traditional Chinese banquet (without shark’s fin)

The first song: “Fly Me to the Moon” by Frank Sinatra, and “By Your Side” by Sade for the cake-cutting

The wedding night: An intimate night spent quietly in a Four Seasons suite

Advice to couples planning their wedding: “Relax and enjoy. The journey to the altar should be a memorable experience.”

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