If you’ve ever set foot in the creative interior design and furnishings den that is Lala Curio in Wan Chai’s Sau Wa Fong, you’d know not to expect a typical white wedding from its owner, Laura Cheung. There’s a veritable treasure trove of curiosities and an almost theatrical aesthetic inside the much-loved artisans’ paradise that champions the march-to-her-own-beat founder’s personality.
It was therefore unlikely that Laura’s wedding to beau James Wolf would have been run-of-the-mill in any sense of the phrase. This was a ceremony filled with colour, verve and personality—and just a small dash of circus-style hijinks—at Cary Grant’s estate in Palm Springs, California.
Laura and James first met at a dinner party that Laura threw at the Happy Valley racecourse. James had set his eyes on Laura then, but she was unavailable. However, the timing worked out better for the couple a few years later, when they bumped into each other at brunch.
“He was with a really handsome friend,” says Laura. “My girlfriend was checking out his friend, so I invited James and his friend to dinner so that I could put the two of them together.”
While Laura played matchmaker, James saw this as the perfect opportunity to start a courtship, a race that took him around the world from Hong Kong to Macau, Okinawa, and New York City.
The proposal came three years after the couple got together, while they were on a hike up Mount Hinode in Tokyo. “I was hungry and grumpy and was like 'Why are you making me walk so far?'" says Cheung. "But on the top there was a stunning view and he proposed. I had a can of sake, so I popped the sake and went 'Yeah!'"
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