East met West in Christine and Fu’s chic city wedding, combining contemporary elegance and Chinese tradition for a truly beautiful day.
How they met
The couple first met in St Louis in the USA, where Christine was living. “I felt giddy when I met him,” Christine smiles.
Fu proposed to Christine in San Diego. “We had been talking for a while about me moving to London, and Fu knew I wouldn’t go without a serious commitment,” Christine says. “We were walking by the bay on our way to dinner when he pulled me aside on the boardwalk and asked me to marry him. It was a wonderful, intimate moment.”
The bride’s outfit
After trying on around 20 dresses, Christine met her match in a silk gown by Paloma Blanca, with a lace bodice and halterneck. “I wanted something a bit different, and I knew as soon as I tried it on that it was ‘the one’,” Christine smiles. She added simple drop earrings and a bracelet given to her by Fu’s family.
The groom’s outfit
Fu wore a chic navy suit by Ermenegildo Zegna with a pink dress shirt with a subtle floral pattern from Duchamp, a lavender and pink tie from Savoy Taylors’ Guild and dress shoes from Dune. “The cut of his suit was superb – he looked really handsome,” Christine says.
Christine was attended by her sister Laura, who wore a stunning red dress by Elie Tahiri. “I wanted her to wear something that she really liked and looked good in,” says Christine.
Christine and Fu were married in a civil ceremony at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. They began their day with a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
The couple chose a contemporary theme for their reception, incorporating traditional Chinese elements. “We wanted everything to look elegant, so we decorated simply with floral centrepieces in bold colours,” Christine explains. They wowed their guests with their first dance, a recreation of the famous dance scene from Pulp Fiction. “It was great fun to practise and a real surprise for our guests,” Christine adds.
The newlyweds travelled to the Oberoi Resort in Mauritius, where they snorkelled, sampled the local cuisine and explored the area on bikes.