When Keith Poon decided to propose to his girlfriend, Flossie Chang, his plans were meticulous. He wanted to pop the question overseas, so he waited until the couple were on a trip in Seoul. There, he selected his location—Namsan Park—and coordinated with a photographer, envisioning a snowy winter wonderland as his backdrop. “But at the last minute it became really warm and all the snow melted,” Flossie recalls. “Keith freaked out.”
The daughter of a prominent investment professional and the head of his family’s textile manufacturing business, Flossie and Keith met through one of Flossie’s future bridesmaids at karaoke. They dated for five-and-a-half years before becoming engaged and held their wedding celebrations a year later: the first at Lake Como on May 8 followed by a reception in Hong Kong on July 5. Happily, their wedding celebrations, despite involving complicated logistics, went on without a hitch.
The venue in Italy
Flossie instantly knew where she wanted to hold their first wedding—Villa Erba on Lake Como. She had visited a few years earlier and was sure it was where she would one day get married. “There are a lot of venues in Como, but that particular venue really struck me,” Flossie says. “I had already envisioned how we would stage the ceremony on the lake.”
An architectural gem, the 19th-century villa boasts gorgeous, ornate interiors and a picturesque backdrop of mountains, and has served as the location for countless prestigious events and even as a location for the movie Ocean’s Twelve.
The ceremony’s 170 guests stayed at the CastaDiva Resort & Spa, which was conveniently located right across the lake from Villa Erba. Keeping her guests’ comfort and enjoyment at the forefront of her mind, Flossie even personally matched each of the hotel’s rooms to the guests she thought they suited best. Guests were welcomed with a dinner at CastaDiva and sumptuous gift packs in their rooms.