White Roses and Sunflowers at a Bournemouth Beach Wedding: King-Chung Chong and Wing Na Eva Chan
13 Jan 2016
A cool aqua colour scheme reminiscent of ocean waves combined with vivid sunflowers to create a beautiful ambience at the Bournemouth seaside. Recalling their memories of deckchairs, a wedding hut and romantic moments by the sea, King-Chung and Wing Na Eva tell us more about their spectacular day
Photography by Darima Frampton
How did you meet?
King: We met at Chinese School held on Sundays at Moordown Community Centre when we were 14.
Tell us about the proposal.
King: I had one of my best friends, Dami, help set up a heart made of candles at the cliff-top by the BIC (Bournemouth International Centre). Eva finished work and would normally call for a pick-up but on this occasion was offered a lift by her boss Di. I insisted on coming to pick her up and telling her not to get a lift with Di, much to her annoyance as she would have to wait. I told her we’d be going to dinner with some colleagues.
As I picked her up she was moaning in the car that I was late, that she didn’t have time to change and that she was cold. I then drove her down to BIC by the west cliff cliff-top and on arrival played Bruno Mars’s Rest of My Life. I then handed her a bunch of gorgeous red roses and led her out of the car into the heart of candles where the first Me To You teddy I gave her laid in the middle.
Eva didn’t know how to react and was calling me ‘crazy’ and asking ‘what are you doing?’ I then got down on one knee and reached into my jacket pocket to pull out a ring box and opened it and asked her to marry me. Eva was very emotional and said yes. It was the most special moment for us, and will forever be in our memories. Eva finally realised why I insisted on picking her up from work.
What was the theme for the day, and did you have a colour scheme?
Eva: Blue and yellow with sunflowers and white roses.
When did you know when you’d found your dress?
Eva: When I looked into the mirror and could see myself wearing this dress and tears were building up.
Where did you find your suits?
King: It was tailor-made from Hong Kong. We’d gone back to Hong Kong to have some pre-wedding photos where I wore a white suit. I really liked it and it felt special, so I had one made.
Tell us about your floral arrangements.
Eva: I’ve always loved sunflowers and roses. Sunflowers give me the feeling of happiness, as they’re bright and cheerful. White roses just blended in with the sunflowers and gave a bit of softness and romance.
Tell us about the details of the day.
Eva: What made it easy for us was the venue. We didn’t really need to do too much. With the sun shining (we were blessed with that) the venue was just amazing and didn’t require over-decorating. We just kept it simple, and I think the attention became focused on us, as the couple, and our close families. We did have wonderful cupcakes with pandas on the top as bride and groom. King loves pandas. Everyone loved the fish and chips and the unlimited ice cream.
King: The beach was special to us both because we spent most of our dates there, and it was where I proposed, so it was fitting that our ceremony was on the beach.
How did you feel as you walked down the aisle?
Eva: Very nervous and emotional.
What was your most memorable moment?
King: When I left the house it was raining, but by the time I arrived at the venue and guests started pouring in, the sun was shining at its brightest. The best sun all summer. Also, when Eva started to cry when saying ‘I will make you happy.’
Eva: Walking down the aisle seeing King waiting for me.
What was the most challenging aspect of planning this wedding?
King: Trying to keep everything on a budget to get what we wanted and trying to keep families happy (which was very hard).
What was the most important investment for you? Food, drink, honeymoon?
King: The venue – the beach wedding.
What song did you choose for your first dance, and why?
Eva: We didn’t really have a first dance because we had a Chinese wedding and reception afterward, but we down walked down aisle to ;‘Rest of My Life by Bruno Mars. The first time I heard this I was like ‘this going to be my wedding song.’ And this was the song he proposed to.
Tell us about your wedding cake.
Eva: We had enough cupcakes for all of our guests with a big cake on the top tier with some pandas as bride and groom. King loves pandas, and it was a nice, cute touch.
If you could go back and change anything, what would it be?
King: Honestly, nothing, but maybe have the whole thing last a bit longer. So probably book the venue for the whole day, but someone else was getting married there after us too so we could only book half a day.
Do you have any advice for couples in the planning stages?
Eva: Start early, and keep at it. Also, pleasing everyone is hard, and may not be possible. Yes, family and friends are important and will have their input, but remember that it is your wedding, and the happiest people should be yourselves. Do the best you can with a set budget, compromise for each other and work collaboratively.
Steal their style:
Photographer: Darima Frampton, www.darimaframpton.com
Videographer: Gareth Hodgson www.harbourbay.co.uk
Venue and organiser: Celeste Yeatman and Julia Holland, www.beachweddingsbournemouth.co.uk
Florist: Laura at Flaura Boutique www.flauraboutique.co.uk
Cake: Kelli-Tamara Ford