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It’s Wedding Season: Find out about getting married in Hong Kong from our readers

Everyone loves a wedding, and now that spring is in the air, so is wedding season. Three couples shared with us the details of their big day; the first is RACHEL ELIZABETH BUDD and STEPHEN DAVID BUDD who got married right here in Hong Kong.

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Mr & Mrs Budd on their wedding day

When Rachel met Stephen: We met in 2011 on, while both in our first years as teachers in Canterbury, England.

Married on: December 29, 2015

Married at: The Peak Lookout Restaurant, The Peak, Hong Kong.

The Details: We had 44 guests and both the ceremony and the reception were held at the Peak Lookout.

The Dress: My dress was by Orea Sposa (US-based designer); I bought it in Perth, Australia.

The invites: I designed the invitations myself on

Flowers: All my flowers were done by the little flower shop in Sai Ying Pun. They were lovely and delivered the flowers to the hotel on the morning of the wedding.

Photography: Suzanne Goodwin was our photographer.

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City smiles

Why did you choose to get married in Hong Kong?

Because we absolutely love our lives here and we wanted to celebrate with our close friends and family in our new home city. Hong Kong is particularly special for me as I was born and raised here until I was nine. We also felt it important to marry in a place where we will be starting life in as husband and wife.


Did you use a wedding planner?

No, we did it all the planning, decorating and organising ourselves with the amazing help of our wedding party and friends.


What did you serve guests at your reception?

We served canapés straight after our ceremony and a big buffet for dinner. We also had a cheese and dessert buffet during the evening.


Where did you honeymoon?

We are honeymooning at Easter in Singapore and the Maldives.
Your top tips for brides and grooms?                                                              

Every problem that a bride faces before the wedding just fades away on the day, and all that really matters is that the groom is there and that you are surrounded by people who love you. Our top tip for the day for the bride and groom is find the time to come back together every hour throughout the day just to take a moment together, look around the room and take everything in. It really does whizz by and those years and months of planning and thinking “wedding” are gone in a flash. Another final tip is to have a photographer you can trust and who knows what you want, so that all those precious moments are captured forever.


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