Three Days of Bliss


Hong Kong Tatler - - The Invitation -

There was a pal­pa­ble sense of mirth and true love in the air for one of the year’s most heart­felt and ro­man­tic events—the wed­ding of Tang Tang Tang Tang’s head of de­sign and mar­ket­ing, Vic­to­ria Tang, the daugh­ter of David Tang and Su­sanna Che­ung, to Bri­tish lawyer Christo­pher Owen. The cou­ple met four years ago and their ro­mance flour­ished dur­ing a trip to Myan­mar to visit their close friend Ivan Pun, who served as the best man.

The bride chose Bei­jing for their nup­tials, as it was the city where her par­ents wed. The mar­riage cer­e­mony took place across three days, and be­gan on the evening of Novem­ber 28 with a wel­come din­ner and drinks at a quaint Chi­nese court­yard atop Pangu Plaza, de­signed by David Tang and over­look­ing the Na­tional Sta­dium.

The next morn­ing, nearly 200 guests braved sub-zero tem­per­a­tures to at­tend the wed­ding cer­e­mony at St Michael’s Church. A happy and proud David Tang es­corted the beau­ti­ful bride, dressed in a Gi­ambat­tista Valli cou­ture dress, down the aisle. The se­ri­ous mood was bro­ken by a light-hearted mo­ment when the priest mis­read “wife” as “wise”— and then pro­ceeded to cor­rect him­self by say­ing “wise wife.” This led him to apol­o­gise for his “Chinglish,” a state­ment that was met with much laugh­ter from the con­gre­ga­tion. The cer­e­mony wrapped up with guests giv­ing their bless­ings out­side the church in a tra­di­tional man­ner, show­er­ing the cou­ple with rose pe­tals and grains of rice as they made their exit.

The fes­tiv­i­ties con­tin­ued into the evening, with the new­ly­weds at­tend­ing a tra­di­tional tea cer­e­mony and ban­quet at the China Club Bei­jing. Tang wore a cus­tom-em­broi­dered Chi­nese wed­ding dress, de­signed by friend and guest Huis­han Zhang. The dress de­picted pre­cious mem­o­ries for the cou­ple, in­clud­ing a Ja­panese pine tree to sig­nify Ky­oto, where Owen pro­posed, and a peach, which was Vic­to­ria’s nick­name as an in­fant.

Tang changed into an elab­o­rate cus­tom Gi­ambat­tista Valli white lace gown with red rhine­stone de­tails for the ban­quet, and Owen wore a tuxedo de­signed by a friend of the cou­ple, Kim Jones, who is the artis­tic direc­tor of Louis Vuit­ton menswear. A heart­felt yet hu­mor­ous speech was made by the fa­ther of the bride, who re­called that when Vic­to­ria was born, she cried so loudly that she en­tered the world with a bang. The groom and the best man also gave no­table toasts and thanks to the guests in at­ten­dance.

All the guests stayed on to party with the new­ly­weds at the China Club well into the wee hours of the morn­ing, with a sur­prise per­for­mance by The Bei­jing Bea­tles, who cov­ered their name­sakes’ iconic hits, in­clud­ing Love Me Do and Come To­gether.

On the fi­nal day, the new­ly­weds hosted a re­cov­ery party on the rooftop of the New World Bei­jing Ho­tel in the late af­ter­noon, where most of the outof-town guests stayed, to rem­i­nisce about the mag­i­cal week­end.

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