We met on an online dating app in Hong Kong and had our first date after about two months of chatting online. Four hours of conversation over drinks made us realize we had quite a bit in common, and we exchanged numbers and met up soon again for date number two.
We chose the Bethanie Chapel and Holiday Inn Golden Mile. The wedding was summery with bright colours, elegant, intimate, full of love, and with a lovely representation of our two cultures.
I had two wedding gowns for our wedding: a white one for the church ceremony, and a red and gold one for the Indian ceremony.
For the western gown, I had appointments at many stores to find the perfect dress with my maid of honour. We had an emotional and girly two days where I tried on dresses in front of her. Funnily enough, the last store appointment on my list was the only one she couldn’t make it to, and that was the store with the dress that felt the most right. I sent her some photos on my phone and after hearing her response, we knew it was the right one!
For the Indian bridal wear, the decision was a little easier. James and I made a quick trip to Mumbai in May to shop for our entire wedding attire. We went to the first and second store on my list together, and James fell in love with the third dress I tried on. It was a happy and quick purchase.
In some Indian weddings, brides walk down the aisle with their close family and friends under a “bed of flowers,” essentially a frame covered with a pattern of flowers. This is something I envisioned for my own wedding, however, it was hard to find such a frame in Hong Kong. Therefore, James did a bit of research on how it looks, picked up blocks of wood, hard string, and an array of flowers, and constructed the frame from scratch.
Words by Mita. Photos by Ali Ghorbani
Ali G is a professional wedding, celebrity and VIP photographer in Hong Kong. His romance with photography began in 1989 when his uncle gave him a 35mm camera as a birthday present. At the age of 16, Ali began documenting one of the modern world’s most important events: The fall of the Berlin Wall. Witnessing this unique event filled with emotions, colors and cultural diversity shaped Ali’s photographic style. Since then, Ali has traveled the world in 30 countries and be homed in 6 of them, with the privilege of working in the United States, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Brasil, France, and the Philippines.