Real weddings: Karen and Chris

ow did you two meet?
Chris Clarke: We met online via Lovestruck. After countless wooing and six dates, I managed to convince Karen I was worth a shot.

Tell us your engagement story!
CC: We were staying at the W Sentosa for my birthday and there was a nice little marina you had to walk to for dinner. It was dimly lit and romantic, and I decided this was my opportunity for a surprise. I dropped down on one knee and asked for Karen’s hand. Once she realised what was going on, it was hugs and kisses as we walked off to dinner. I then realised she hadn’t actually said “Yes”! Thankfully, she confirmed later.

Tell us a little bit about planning.
Karen Lau: We really wanted it to be a celebration of our love – more of a party vibe than a formal wedding. We also wanted to incorporate Chinese and
Western traditions.

Why did you choose Air|Space?
CC: Because it’s amazing! You have the best of both worlds with a large indoor space that can be split into two, and then there’s the beautiful terrace overlooking the sea.

Did you run into any complications leading up to the day?
KL: We had originally booked a venue in Sheung Wan but the landlord changed so the place was closing before our wedding. That’s when we found Air|Space on Venuehub. In the end, it was fate.

How were your personalities reflected?
KL: We are both pretty down-to-earth and passionate about design, so we wanted to make sure the decor wasn’t too busy. There were
some focal pieces, as well as a mix of east and west accents.

What are some of your favourite design elements?
CC: We had the backdrop for the photo booth specially made. We wanted to capture what we loved about Hong Kong, so we found an image of
a city street. Another focal point were the bouquets and corsages – these were handmade succulents which are Karen’s favourite plant.

What Chinese elements did you incorporate?
KL: We had Chinese lanterns across the ceiling, double happiness icons on the windows, and different Chinese-style tablecloths and candles.
The other big Chinese element was the tea ceremony – traditionally it would be done in the morning along with the bride games to win the bride. Instead, we chose to honour the tradition and show our guests something different by adding this after the western ceremony.

Which did your guests enjoy most?
CC: Apart from the seven-hour open bar, our guests loved the venue and the decorations along with the terrace. When the sun set, it was beautiful. Plus, there was a beer pong table and pool table to keep people entertained.

What was your favourite moment of the wedding?
CC: Besides the “I do,” it was just looking out into the crowd and seeing all the people we love in one room celebrating – that moment of euphoric happiness.

In hindsight…

Glad I spent on: A videographer and the DJ – both were amazing.

Glad I saved on: Decorations.

Wish I spent on: Chinese food, as some of the relatives on Karen side did not prefer Western food.

Wish I saved on: A wedding planner – an on-the-day service would have been perfect for us.

Photographer: KC Chan, www.kcchanphotography.com

Videographer: Emma French

Florist: Celeste Hana Designs, www.fb.com/celestehanadesigns

Hai & Makeup: Michelle Cheung, tinyurl.com/MichelleCheung

Dress: Victoria Wedding Gown, tinyurl.com/VicWedding

Suit: Costume Suits, costumehk.com

Entertainment: Sol Passion Music, www.solpassionmusic.com

Wedding planner: Tiara, www.fb.com/tiaraweddingsnevents

Wedding cake: Complete Deelite, completedeelite.com

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