PRE-WED­DING COCK­TAIL RE­CEP­TION FOR MAYA LIN AND ALEX PEI

Desert Blossom

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

“It wasn’t love at first sight, but it surely felt like a fairy tale.” That’s the quote that adorned, along with il­lus­tra­tions of camels, the back­drop at the Hong Kong cock­tail re­cep­tion pre­ced­ing Maya Lin and Alex Pei’s wed­ding in Thai­land. Camels? Be­cause it was dur­ing a two-hour camel ride while the cou­ple were on hol­i­day in Morocco that Alex popped the ques­tion—eight years af­ter they had met and started dat­ing while study­ing for MBAS at the Hong Kong Univer­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy.

Dur­ing the cock­tail re­cep­tion, held in the Habourview Ball­room of the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel, Maya’s mother, Jac­que­line PC Le­ung, and Alex’s par­ents made heart­felt speeches about their chil­dren. But it was the city’s Sec­re­tary for Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices and the Trea­sury, KC Chan, who claimed to have been the match­maker, hav­ing been dean of busi­ness and man­age­ment when the cou­ple en­rolled at the univer­sity. KC told the gath­er­ing a num­ber of men ap­plied to his MBA pro­gramme hop­ing to meet some­one spe­cial, and he con­fessed to be­ing sur­prised by how many at­trac­tive women en­rolled in it.

Maya looked ev­ery inch the mod­ern-day princess in an ex­quis­ite Os­car de la Renta gown com­ple­mented, nat­u­rally, by Cartier jew­ellery, given her role as head of high jew­ellery for Cartier Far East. Flo­ral teddy bears cour­tesy of Yvonne Kung’s Ro­coco Flow­ers gave the ball­room a warm and fes­tive air. With more than 500 guests, the cock­tail re­cep­tion was in stark con­trast to the cou­ple’s in­ti­mate desti­na­tion wed­ding, for which 80 fam­ily mem­bers and close friends trav­elled to Koh Sa­mui the fol­low­ing week. Maya and Alex are set to em­bark for the Mal­dives on their hon­ey­moon next month.

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