Real Weddings: Inside Flossie Chang And Keith Poon's Lake Como And Hong Kong Weddings
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.
The decorations and entertainment
The wedding ceremony took place the following day. Flossie’s favourite flower, the coral charm peony, took centre stage when it came to the decor. She had commissioned California-based floral design studio Tulipina—whose unique use of colour and floral varieties had captured her heart—to provide all the floral styling for the day. “Their style really suited the whole Como atmosphere,” she says.
Guests witnessed the couple exchange their vows on Villa Erba’s picturesque dock, then enjoyed a multi-course Italian feast under the stars courtesy of a crystal marquee erected in one of the gardens beside the villa. “I felt more emotional at the banquet than at the ceremony itself,” Flossie confides. “I think it was because we played Don’t Dream It’s Over during the banquet and we really love that song.”
The jazz performance during dinner was followed by a fireworks display, continuing the convivial mood. The following day, guests had the option of enjoying a range of activities, from making pasta and pairing wine to wakesurfing, one of Keith’s favourite sports.
“Make sure to communicate your vision properly to everyone involved in the planning—that goes double for the bride!”—Flossie & Keith
The ceremony in Hong Kong
While more guests were in attendance for the couple’s Hong Kong reception at the Grand Hyatt—550 to be exact—it was a much less stressful affair. Elements echoing the wedding in Italy were woven through the decor, from the same coral charm peonies in the floral arrangements to a boat-dock photo backdrop featuring a life-size model water taxi that was built from scratch.
Once seated, guests were treated to touching speeches and toasts by the couple and family members. “My dad’s speech was quite moving,” says Flossie. “My mum cries very easily, and at the Lake Como wedding the head table had to face the guests, so my dad had to make sure his speech wouldn’t make her cry, because everyone would see her. But at the Hong Kong wedding, she was facing the stage, so no one could see.”
Flossie ran through an array of outfits at both wedding celebrations, but she especially loved the gown and shoes she wore at the Lake Como wedding ceremony, both by European high fashion house Ralph & Russo. “I saw a black version on their Instagram and asked them to make it in white,” she says. After multiple fittings in London, the final design featured gorgeous custom details, such as a nude sheer mesh at the top of the dress lined with beads, and earned plenty of compliments from guests.
As they catch their breath after wedding celebrations on two continents, Flossie and Keith plan to honeymoon in Miami, a spot sure to provide an exciting beginning to their new life together as a married couple.