In Full Bloom

With more than 1,000 guests, Jac­que­line Yam and Eric Yu had to host their se­cret gar­den­themed re­cep­tion at a con­fer­ence venue

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Jac­que­line Yam and Eric Yu turned the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre into a Se­cret Gar­den­themed re­cep­tion for more than 1,000 guests

It all started more than 10 years ago when Jac­que­line Yam and Eric Yu met as teenagers through mu­tual friends. In­sep­a­ra­ble ever since, their re­la­tion­ship de­vel­oped un­til Eric sur­prised Jac­que­line with a pro­posal while they were on hol­i­day in Koh Sa­mui. The cou­ple fi­nally tied the knot in a glam­orous cel­e­bra­tion on Novem­ber 14.

The day be­gan with a tra­di­tional Chinese tea cer­e­mony, fol­lowed by an in­ti­mate sign­ing with close fam­ily and friends, and ended with a huge she­bang at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (HKCEC) for more than 1,000 guests.

“There’s no sen­ti­men­tal value to host­ing it at the con­ven­tion cen­tre,” says Jac­que­line, when asked how the cou­ple picked the venue. “It was lit­er­ally the only place in Hong Kong that could fit the num­ber of guests we had to ac­com­mo­date!”

Trans­form­ing the ban­quet hall at HKCEC is no easy feat, but one ad­van­tage of the vast room’s blank can­vas was that it opened end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties for vet­eran party-plan­ner Sil­vio Bergé, with the cou­ple even­tu­ally set­tling on a se­cret gar­den theme. The dé­cor was com­plete with Bergé’s sig­na­ture mir­rored ta­ble tops and beau­ti­ful me­tre-high flower ar­range­ments as cen­tre­pieces. “There were so many fresh flow­ers that it ac­tu­ally smelled like a gar­den when we en­tered the ball­room for the first time,” says Eric. The il­lu­sion was com­pleted with im­ages of beau­ti­ful gar­dens pro­jected onto screens around the room.

Guests were served an ex­quis­ite ban­quet meal spe­cially catered by The Grand Hy­att Hong Kong. The cou­ple’s five-tier wed­ding cake, de­signed by Bergé, be­came a talk­ing point for the evening as it took pride of place on the stage.

“To elim­i­nate stress, the best thing to do is to trust your wed­ding plan­ner and take their ad­vice”- Jac­que­line & Eric

The new­ly­weds cre­ated their own em­blem, which in­cor­po­rated both of their ini­tials, de­signed to sig­nify their union. The sym­bol ap­peared on the wed­ding in­vi­ta­tion, on the dance floor and was even sub­tly pro­jected onto the walls dur­ing the din­ner.

The cou­ple’s favourite mo­ments in­cluded the touch­ing speeches from their par­ents and the spe­cially selected per­for­mances—a beau­ti­ful harp recital as well as a dra­matic ac­ro­batic per­for­mance, which fea­tured two per­form­ers hang­ing from a chan­de­lier on the ceil­ing. Both per­for­mances were chore­ographed by Bergé. Dur­ing the chan­de­lier per­for­mance, all the guests had their phones out and mouths agape in awe of the ac­ro­bats’ tal­ents.

Af­ter the fes­tiv­i­ties, Jac­que­line and Eric jet­ted off to the Mal­dives and Dubai for a month-long hon­ey­moon. “We were so ex­hausted af­ter the wed­ding, the Mal­dives was the per­fect spot to wind down,” says Jac­que­line. “And Dubai was ex­cit­ing be­cause we had both never been.”

Jac­que­line and eric WHEN Novem­ber 14, 2016 WHERE Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre

WeD­DinG De­tails BRIDE’S OUT­FITS Jenny Pack­ham, Ate­lier Pronovias and Minki GROOM’S OUT­FITS Dior Homme MAKE-UP Omix B HAIRSTYLING Keino @ Momo Salon EVENT PRO­DUC­TION Bergé Stu­dio PHOTOGRAPHY Philip Tsang VIDEOGRAPHY Philip Tsang

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