A Wed­ding in Threes

What do you do when you can’t de­cide where to hold your wed­ding? For Joanna Lui and Troy Hickox, the an­swer was sim­ple: three cel­e­bra­tions on three con­ti­nents, writes Melissa Twigg

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What do you do when you can’t de­cide where to hold your wed­ding? For Joanna Lui and Troy Hickox, the an­swer is sim­ple: three cel­e­bra­tions on three con­ti­nents

When you’re as in­ter­na­tional a cou­ple as Joanna Lui and Troy Hickox, it’s not the en­gage­ment, the vows, the dress or even the seat­ing plan that’s the most dif­fi­cult part of wed­ding plan­ning—it’s choos­ing which time zone to hold your cel­e­bra­tion in. And so in­stead of pick­ing be­tween her home­town of Hong Kong, his birth city of Syd­ney, or their mu­tual love of Monaco, the pair de­cided to cel­e­brate in all three.

The sum­mer of fes­tiv­i­ties kicked off with the all-im­por­tant civil cer­e­mony, which took place in Monaco on a warm spring day in May. “Troy stud­ied French and lived in France in his youth, and he had vis­ited Monaco in his younger days. He had long har­boured a dream to re­turn to Monaco one day to marry—al­beit prob­a­bly to qui­etly elope!” says Joanna.

“We were look­ing for some­thing ex­clu­sive and in­ti­mate for a small group,” she ex­plains. “We were very lucky to get ac­cess to one of Monaco’s most ex­clu­sive and beau­ti­ful man­sions: Villa La Vigie, Karl Lager­feld’s for­mer home, which is rarely avail­able.”

While they de­cided not to add too much em­bel­lish­ment to the decor— un­der­stand­able, given that Lager­feld him­self de­signed much of the villa— they did work on a few choice de­tails to en­sure the venue fit their ex­act­ing stan­dards.

“We felt it should be el­e­gant and provin­cial to be true to Monaco and

“Get a wed­ding plan­ner who has sim­i­lar taste and style to your own—it will save you a lot of time and help min­imise the stress!” – Joanna & Troy

the Riviera, but we wanted it to have a con­tem­po­rary feel,” says Joanna.

“We did car­pet the out­door ar­eas to soften the at­mos­phere, and went very heavy with flow­ers. Oth­er­wise, we lever­aged the beauty of the ar­chi­tec­ture of the man­sion. We used a base of off-white, and then em­bel­lished with a pal­ette of dusty pink and soft laven­der.”

The most no­table dec­o­ra­tions were the ex­traor­di­nar­ily lus­cious flow­ers—although con­sid­er­ing that their florist had pre­vi­ously catered to roy­alty, it’s no sur­prise that the blooms be­came an in­stant In­sta­gram hit.

“The flow­ers to­tally stole the show,” says Joanna. “Per­rine of Miss Rose also did the flow­ers for the royal wed­ding of Prince Al­bert to Princess Char­lene and they were truly amaz­ing.” With the bride in a dress by Ate­lier Pronovias, jew­ellery by Chaumet and Bul­gari and shoes from Jimmy Choo, the el­e­gance of the day was rem­i­nis­cent of that other great Monte Carlo wed­ding: Princess Grace and Prince Rainier.

This be­ing France, the qual­ity of the food was just as im­por­tant as the vis­ual spec­ta­cle. “We asked chef Paolo Sari, prob­a­bly the only Miche­lin-starred chef in the world with a to­tally or­ganic and bio-friendly restau­rant, to plan the menu,” says Joanna. “Each course was in­spired by in­gre­di­ents from some of the des­ti­na­tions that were key mo­ments in our re­la­tion­ship.”

This in­cluded Cuban-in­spired food from Miami where the cou­ple had their first kiss, and Ital­ian dishes from Portofino where they first met, and from Capri, where Troy pro­posed. And of course, they couldn’t leave out dim sum from Hong Kong.

So how were the cou­ple go­ing to top their mod­ern-day fairy­tale in their next two events?

The Hong Kong wed­ding came first, in the steamy month of June at the Grand Hy­att. The colour scheme was pink, with colour­ful flow­ers from Ro­coco adorn­ing the en­tire ball­room.

“Af­ter our in­ti­mate wed­ding in Monaco, we had a rather over­whelm­ing 900 guests in Hong Kong. We missed most of the event just tak­ing pho­tos with peo­ple as they ar­rived, but we heard from guests that the food in par­tic­u­lar was very im­pres­sive,” says Joanna.

An im­pres­sive two days later, the cou­ple boarded a plane for Syd­ney for their fi­nal cel­e­bra­tion. Want­ing some­thing more re­laxed

af­ter the op­u­lence of the last two venues, the pair de­cided on a seafront re­treat in Vau­cluse with dra­matic views along the coast to Har­bour Bridge. And while the dé­cor was sub­dued to al­low na­ture to take cen­tre stage, the flo­ral ar­range­ments—once again— stood out.

“The flow­ers in Syd­ney by Sophia Ka­plan re­ally wowed us, and we had her set up a wrap­ping sta­tion at the end of the event so peo­ple could take them home with them,” says Joanna. “The naked cake was also our favourite of the three.”

Rus­tic as it was, there was some James Bond glam­our in the form of a Comitti wooden speed­boat, fit­tingly named La Dolce Vita. Guests lined up on the pier to wave good­bye a fi­nal time, and watch them speed off into the Aus­tralian sun­set: three wed­dings down, and with a life­time ahead of them.

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