Monday, April 14, 2008

IN Magazine: Apr 08 issue - spread

(photos: Edmon Leong, text: Jenn Chan Lyman)

IN Magazine: Apr 08 issue - text

Susan and Steven

Long ago, during their university days in Vancouver, Steven was first attracted to Susan when he heard her dulcet tones on the other end of the phone. Sure enough, the rest of Susan proved just as adorable as her voice and from their very first date, Steven had his heart set on being with her for the rest of their lives. Within six months, the two created their own wedding certificate, exchanged rings, and declared themselves married in their hearts. Eight years later and all grown up, the happy-go-lucky couple made it official at St. Margaret Mary’s Church in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.

As Susan walked down the aisle, her heart fluttered along with the delicate feathers adorning her Melissa Sweet silk and lace sheath, which her father helped her select. Steven’s Ermenegildo Zegna white jacket and black trousers were accentuated by a vintage cream ascot tied in a bow around his collar, a gift from his soon to be father-in-law. Seeing Susan’s sweet smile behind her mantilla, Steven was once again reminded how she had been “the one” for a long time.

After the priest’s blessing, Susan and Steven exchanged matching Cartier bands and kissed for the first time as husband and wife. A photo excursion was next, starting with a stroll in the park and then a tram ride into the heart of the Central district. Onlookers smiled as the decked-out couple sauntered along busy overpasses and stopped for lunch at McDonald’s. Afterwards, they hopped aboard the Star Ferry which whisked them across the water towards their evening destination.

The historic Peninsula hotel was the perfect follow up to St. Margaret Mary’s Church, as both were built in the late twenties. Friends and family gathered together in the colonial-style banquet hall and were touched by videos recorded by the couple with personalized messages to each of the guests. Steven surprised Susan with an on-the-spot re-enactment of the proposal, while Susan brought tears to his eyes during her speech. After stepping away momentarily, Susan returned in a ruby red Vera Wang evening gown, escorted by Steven in a sleek Georgio Armani suit. A personal Ceroc dance instructor inspired the entire party to dance until midnight, celebrating this long-awaited day in the story of Susan and Steven.