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, thebutchers.club/wong-chuk-hang

Decorator: The Wooden Fox, instagram.com/thewoodenfox.co

Photographer: KC Professional Photography, www.chankichun.com

Cake: Sift, www.siftdesserts.com

Wedding dress: Spring Wedding, www.springwedding.com.hk

Hairstylist & Makeup: Bart Ko, www.beaute.com.hk

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