Designers and artists who met at work, Pierre Pang and Fion Chio tied the knot at The Helena May on November 27, 2016.
Why did you choose The Helena May?
Pierre Pang : When we found this place, we knew this was it. It’s a beautiful and unique heritage building with a garden for the ceremony and a main lounge for dinner. We didn’t want to have to move from location to location – we were more concerned about having good food and good people in one elegant place.
What were you most worried about?
PP: Rain, of course! The day before our wedding it was raining like crazy. I was checking the cloud patterns every hour. If you really fancy an outdoor venue, you have to take the risk. Prepare a rain plan and hope for the best.
How were you feeling before the ceremony?
PP: I was so, so nervous. Not about the rain anymore, as it had stopped. But we just wanted to make sure everything was perfect.
What was your favourite moment of the wedding?
PP: The ceremony. We held the ceremony at about five in the afternoon. The sun was like a golden yellow drop and the leaves from the trees cast shadows on the wall. In front of all the guests, I was holding Fion’s hands and looking at her face. That moment was just unreal.
How would you describe your wedding’s aesthetic?
PP: We love things to be simple and elegant. We were the art directors of our own wedding, and treated it like a visual identity project. We built the colour scheme first and all the decisions followed from there. “Love is the perfect gift” was our theme, so our letterpress invitations were designed to look like a framed picture with a ribbon, so guests would feel like they were opening a present.
How were your personalities reflected ?
PP: I wanted to show my love by creating something. I am an artist, so I designed Fion’s ring and our invitations. I also painted our welcome sign and the backdrop by hand.
Any advice for other couples?
PP: Eat enough and sleep enough. It’s your big day. Enjoy it!
Glad I spent on: A great photographer.
Glad I saved on: Pre-wedding photography.
Wish I spent on: A gift for guests or a photo album display.
Wish I saved on: The wedding dress – we paid extra after choosing the wrong one at the beginning.
Who helped us:
Caterer: The Helena May
Florist: We bought flowers from the market and prepared them ourselves
Makeup: Elysemakeupbox (www.facebook.com/Elysemakeupbox)
Photographers: Jacky Lau and Sumsum from MaryAnn (www.maryann.com.hk)
Hair: Circle Chong from Annie G Chan Makeup Centre (www.facebook.com/AnnieGChanMakeup)
Dress: YeeChoo (www.facebook.com/theyeechoo)
Tux: TCNY (www.tcny.com.hk)