The alarms sounded at 3 AM, stirring us from dim-sum-induced slumber. Foggy confusion about where and what on Earth we were doing up at that ungodly hour gradually dissipated, as light from the Hong Kong skyline glowed upon meticulously packed camera bags. We’d traveled half way around the planet to photograph Flossie and Keith’s wedding in Hong Kong (not to be confused with Flossie and Keith’s wedding in Lake Como, photographed by the legendary Jose Villa).
Whose wedding starts at 3 AM? Who celebrates two weddings, on two continents? Who trusts those wedding memories to two paradoxically different photographers? Flossie and Keith do. Their zest for adventure, travel, and photography is boundless and inspiring (here they are on photoshoots all over the world). Their life is a wild adventure, and photographing their wedding would be 21 non-stop hours of exactly that.
Why were we up and ready to rock at 3 AM? Because Flossie was up and getting ready to rock at 3 AM (off 2 hours sleep, no less) into her first of, not one, not two, not three, not four, but five (5) show-stoping dresses! Helping her through each and every transformation was the incredible Christina Chen from San Fransisco, whose makeup artistry is as outstanding as her supportive energy.
Keith, meanwhile, was busy readying himself for the rigours ahead. As per Chinese wedding tradition, he would have to bribe and negotiate his way into Flossie’s home. Then, once inside, he would not be granted access to Flossie until he and his groomsmen performed a number of ridiculous tasks, dictated by Flossie’s bridesmaids. It was absolutely hilarious to witness and document. Shockingly enough, Keith was successful and Flossie’s dad eventually walked his daughter down the stairs of the luxurious home wherein Flossie has lived for 18 years. The whole place erupted into cheers!
After a beautiful tea ceremony and an intimate gathering at Keith’s classy apartment, we all headed over to the Grand Hyatt for a nice little ceremony and a lavish reception for 550 worldly guests. The entire place had been transformed into a magical, Lake Como inspired wonderland. Just walking into the place was like being transported into another world. We’re talking, more flowers than we imagined possible, chirping birds, mist-covered floor, and a life-size model water taxi built from scratch!? But that wasn’t the highlight of the night for us. Nor was the exquisite 10 course meal, which was unbelievable. It was the heart felt words spoken that brought these beautiful souls to tears and showed us how much they all mean to each other. That’s what this was all really about… celebrating life and each other and togetherness. Being there to document that for these families was a true honour.
A huge shout out to Joan, from White Bridal Salon, who worked tirelessly to pull this wedding dream off for Flossie and Keith. Joan was absolutely extraordinary at making sure so many moving parts came together flawlessly. Thanks for going above and beyond for us, Joan!
Thanks to our friend and alumnus from China, Henry XU for helping us out at this one (a few of these photos are his).
And Flossie and Keith, thank you for welcoming us into your celebration with open arms and flaming Lamborghinis! Documenting your wedding is an experience we’ll never forget. Thanks for trusting us with your memories!
Venue: Grand Hyatt Hong Kong | Planner & coordination: White Bridal Salon | Videography: T. Art Videography | Bridal hair & makeup: Christina Chen, Makeup by Quis | Bridal flowers & table centrepieces: Ellermann | Decorations & lighting production house: Wedding Garden | Hair & Makeup for moms & bridesmaids: Bart Ko & Jovi Chui of Beauté Make-up, Kelly Mak Hair & Make Up Styling | Live music: Unison Production | Wedding Invitation and stationery: Flare Paper n’ Style | Wedding cake & dessert table: Symphony Designer Cakes | Wedding favours: Marchesi 1824 | Chinese marriage customs specialist: Lo Kan Fong Chinese Wedding | Flossie’s Outfits: custom-made qipao; Galia Lahav, custom-made Zuhair Murad and Oscar de la Renta gowns for the dinner banquet; custom-made Barney Cheng gown for after-party