Real Weddings: Emma and Dan

“The main thing that we wanted from our wedding was to have a really fun day and a great big party”, say Emma Smith, a journalist who married her husband Dan, a recruitment professional in October 2008. The ceremony–which had a distincly Asian flavour–began at Bethanie Chapel in Pok Fu Lam, where a civil ceremony was accompanied by a few readings and a song. The live band from Ned Kelly’s bar in Tsim Sha Tsui were also present to help create a party atmosphere. The couple and their guests (accompanied by the band, of course!) then boarded an open-top bus to Central, where everyone boarded the Aqua Luna junk. The party then sailed to Deep Water Bay, where lunch and Pimm’s was served onboard, before sailing to the Top Deck for the evening reception, where there was a buffet dinner, lion dance and disco. “We were so happy that we had so many family and friends share our day with us,” says Emma, “and that so many people were able to come and join us from overseas. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it was an amazingly fun day.” Emma offers this advice to other aspiring brides: “Just remember that it’s your day and don’t try to fulfill other people’s expectations. If you don’t want cake, don’t have it! Don’t stress and make sure to enjoy every minute.”

The bride wore
A Chiffon dress with a silk empire line by Lusan Mandongus

The groom wore
A navy silk-linen suit from a tailor in The Landmark

The couple made up postcards featuring a 1930s tourism poster of Hong Kong, with a junk boat sailing in Victoria Harbour

The bridesmaids wore
Navy blue silk dresses by Dessy in the UK. Each bridesmaid had a different style to suit their figure. One strapless, one halterneck and the other with floaty sleeves

Hair and makeup
Toni & Guy

Gary Tyson


  • Ned Kelly‚Äôs Band at the ceremony and on the bus
  • Lion dance troupe: Shea Bing Cheong Sport Association Co.
  • Disco DJ: Spin-A-Disc Promotions

The guests ate

  • Aqualuna: lunch buffet including steak, salmon and teriyaki chicken
  • Top Deck: full buffet including oysters, sushi, cooked ham and an open bar
  • Champagne: The Cellar Door

The first song
Yellow (acoustic version) by Coldplay

The wedding night
The Conrad Hotel

One Reply to “Real Weddings: Emma and Dan”

  1. Hi,

    My fiance and I wanted to have just a simple but meaningful wedding for just the two of us and three to five of our family members only.. so its just a small wedding to be attended by our closest family members only.. so we thought of Hongkong because its just near the Philippines. We are thinking to have a unique wedding compared to conventional ones. May we ask if you can arrange for us for this small event, but real wonderful for us.. can you recommend a traditional HOngkong wedding with costumes and all sorts? I hope you can recommend an option that will suit our preference.

    and do you also arrange paperworks for the legality of the marriage in Hongkong?

    thank you, Hope to hear from you soon..

    -Barbie Laserna

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