THE LOOM OF LOVE

Feip­ing chang and lincoln li chose the gor­geous isle of capri for their wed­ding, giv­ing fam­ily and friends a glimpse of one of their favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions over the lav­ish, three-day cel­e­bra­tion, writes Jac­que­line Kot

Hong Kong Tatler Weddings - - Big Day Beauty - Pho­tog­ra­phy AARON DELESIE

“I love Capri, it’s my happy place. I al­ways knew that if I were to get mar­ried one day, I would want to do it there”

It started three years ago when they met at a party in Myan­mar, and it be­came of­fi­cial this sum­mer in Capri, when Hong Kong It girl Feip­ing Chang, the founder of life­style web­site xox­ofei.com, and fi­nancier Lincoln Li tied the knot dur­ing a sun-soaked three-day week­end filled with love, laughs and plenty of limon­cello.

Feip­ing, known as Fei to her friends, and Lincoln chose the glam­orous Ital­ian is­land be­cause they wanted to share a favourite hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion with their friends and fam­i­lies. “I love Capri, it’s my happy place,” says Fei. “I al­ways knew that if I were to get mar­ried one day, I would want to do it there. I think it’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful and mag­i­cal spot where ev­ery­one, not just us, will be able to make amaz­ing mem­o­ries.”

The cou­ple wanted their 130 guests to ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent parts of the is­land over the three days of fes­tiv­i­ties. The cel­e­bra­tions kicked off with a wel­come din­ner at Da Paolino, a pop­u­lar restau­rant that serves tra­di­tional fare un­der a canopy of fra­grant lemon trees, the very essence of Capri.

The night started on a fun note, with the guests hav­ing to fig­ure out where they were to sit by search­ing through a fruit stand laid out in the tra­di­tional style of Capri and the Amalfi Coast. There, among the crates of lemons, were the guests’ names, drawn on ce­ramic plates made by lo­cal ar­ti­sans. The fruit stand also served as a photo booth, fea­tur­ing the cou­ple’s wed­ding hash­tag in fes­ti­val light­ing.

Once seated, the guests feasted on clas­sic south­ern Ital­ian fare served fam­ily style, in­clud­ing me­tre-long piz­zas that were sliced at the ta­ble, fresh bur­rata with basil, and pasta pre­pared in the hol­low of a parme­san wheel.

“We wanted the vibe of the whole night to be very Ital­ian—very clas­sic and colour­ful,” says Fei. “The af­ter-party was at a club called Tav­erna Anema e Core, the quin­tes­sen­tial Capri night club that feels straight out of a Fellini movie, where we danced on ta­bles to clas­sic Ital­ian songs.”

The next day was spent en­joy­ing the sun­shine and azure waters of the Amalfi Coast. “We took ev­ery­body out to Ner­ano to our favourite beach club, called Conca del Sogno. It’s a re­ally beau­ti­ful spot where you can have lunch by the ocean, work on your tan and drink cock­tails all the way till sun­set.”

Af­ter a seafood lunch, the guests headed to the out­door lounge area for danc­ing and clas­sic Ital­ian sum­mer cock­tails of sgrop­pini (lemon sor­bet topped with pros­ecco), lemon gran­i­tas and Aperol spritzes. They hap­pily made use of the tow­els, cus­tom-made fans and Revé by René sun­glasses that came in straw tote bags per­son­alised with each guest’s name em­broi­dered on the front, along with other help­ful wel­come gifts such as the cus­tom-made book­lets with in­for­ma­tion on the cou­ple’s favourite spots in Capri.

“Our DJ, Fabio Vuotto, was play­ing up­beat tunes all day and we con­tin­ued danc­ing till sun­set. Many of us de­cided to do as the lo­cals do and jump off the cliff into the per­fect blue sea. It was so much fun,” laughs Fei. “I prob­a­bly shouldn’t have jumped off the cliff a day be­fore my wed­ding, though, as I woke up with a ton of bruises ev­ery­where, but it was to­tally worth it!”

While the days lead­ing up to the wed­ding had al­ready been filled with so many per­sonal and unique el­e­ments, the cer­e­mony and re­cep­tion stepped it up an­other notch. Fei and Lincoln had im­me­di­ately fallen in love with the his­toric Villa Ly­sis when they vis­ited it, be­cause of its in­cred­i­ble ar­chi­tec­ture, lo­ca­tion and ro­man­tic his­tory.

Lo­cated on a moun­tain­top, Villa Ly­sis boasts pic­ture-per­fect views of Capri and the Mediter­ranean Sea. Built in 1904, the lo­cal gov­ern­ment has been grad­u­ally restor­ing it to its for­mer glory and this was the first wed­ding of its kind to take place at the venue. The prepa­ra­tions for the wed­ding in­cluded repaving the roof and build­ing a bridge to con­nect the pre­vi­ously in­ac­ces­si­ble rooftop to the villa’s ex­ten­sive gar­dens. “We were happy to aid in the restora­tion of the villa as our gift to this is­land

“I think it is a re­ally beau­ti­ful and mag­i­cal spot where ev­ery­one, not just us, will be able to make amaz­ing mem­o­ries”

that we love so much, and we can’t wait for more peo­ple to visit this spe­cial place in the years to come,” says Fei.

On the big day, carts fit­ted with com­fort­able seat­ing and blue-and-white striped canopies trans­ported the guests from their ho­tel, the Tiberio Palace, to Villa Ly­sis. As the carts me­an­dered up the steep foot­path, the guests were treated to lit­tle sur­prises along the way. Lo­cal folk bands in tra­di­tional cos­tume danced and pro­vided mu­sic; the owner of a salume­ria came out to serve glasses of chilled limon­cello; and there were signs on the shopfronts, among boxes of pro­duce and along the road that were cus­tomised for the wed­ding.

“The whole com­mu­nity was so wel­com­ing. We could hear cheers of au­guri!— con­grat­u­la­tions in Ital­ian—com­ing from the houses along the way. It was such a heart-warm­ing jour­ney,” re­mem­bers Fei.

Tall trees fram­ing the court­yard in front of the villa were dec­o­rated with flow­ers and hang­ing lights for the oc­ca­sion, and the ground was car­peted with wild flow­ers. Amid this fairy­tale set­ting, Fei walked down the aisle to Lincoln in an haute cou­ture wed­ding dress by Gi­ambat­tista Valli, an ethe­real con­fec­tion of lay­ers and lay­ers of pleated tulle that took nine months and four fit­tings in Paris to be­come re­al­ity, com­ple­mented by Ni­rav Modi jew­ellery.

“The dress took a long time to cre­ate and was sent di­rectly from Paris to Capri, so I saw the fi­nal dress for the first time on my wed­ding day,” says Fei. “Gi­amba re­ally went above and beyond to cre­ate the most spec­tac­u­lar gown of my dreams. It was an ab­so­lute work of art and I felt like I was wrapped in a cloud I pulled from the sky.

“I re­ally didn’t want to cry on the day, but while I was walk­ing down the aisle, I saw sev­eral friends shed­ding happy tears. That was such a touch­ing mo­ment for me and, of course, I had a good cry in the end.”

Af­ter the cer­e­mony, the guests headed to the rooftop for the re­cep­tion, where a cus­tombuilt per­gola was dec­o­rated with wild flow­ers. Hand­made sugar flow­ers bear­ing the guest’s name marked each place set­ting. Be­tween cour­ses, warm-hearted speeches were de­liv­ered by Lincoln’s grooms­men, Eric Fok, An­thony Shek, Hui Lim and Rex Lo, whose ver­sion of the “10 Things to Know About Al­most-Weds Feip­ing Chang & Lincoln Li” story on hongkong­tatler.com pro­vided lots of laughs. Caroline Li, one of the brides­maids, gave a mov­ing speech, as did Lincoln’s god­sis­ter, Shen­tel Lee.

While all this was go­ing on, Fei and Lincoln’s wed­ding cake was be­ing as­sem­bled on site—a tra­di­tional mille­foglie cake, the Ital­ian ver­sion of the French mille­feuille, that was topped with wild straw­ber­ries. Af­ter they cut the cake, the cou­ple had their first dance as hus­band and wife to songs sung by their friend, Ge­of­frey Chuang, while the sky was filled with fire­works and con­fetti.

De­spite hav­ing so many mo­ments to choose from, Fei did not hes­i­tate to name her favourite. “Def­i­nitely Lincoln’s speech. There was not a dry eye in sight and we were both over­whelmed with emo­tions,” she says. “As beau­ti­ful as a wed­ding can be, the most im­por­tant el­e­ment is ul­ti­mately the union of two lives. I feel so lucky to be mar­ry­ing such an in­cred­i­ble man whom I re­spect so much and who in­spires me every day.”

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