Posted by: kenlam | February 11, 2008

Thank you, butterflies

Calvin, one of our friends, shared with us a time when his teacher once described him as a “butterfly” – a creature that works very hard for objects around them such as the flowers to get the glory and beauty, the butterfly then flys away silently. This reminds us of the people who have helped us make our wedding such a beautiful memory. We would like to call them our “butterflies” and we dedicate this article to them.

Each and every one of these individuals made their contribution in a special and big way.

Our parents:
We want to say a million of “thank you” to our parents – we will never forget all the wonderful things that you have done for us. You are our heros in life and we are very blessed to have you as our parents. We love you always.

A hug to my father

Ee Poh Kim (sa-kor): Thank you Sa-Kor for organising the venue for Melaka. You also prepared a “vow” for Leung to say to Ling while on his knees!, this has created a very memorable scene for our videographers to record into the Highlight of the Day video in Hong Kong. Thank you sa-kor for making us laugh so much!

Ee Shedden JJ: Joon, you are the BKL (Bao Ka Liao – Hokkien term for “he who does EVERYthing”) man! You have always been there, not wanting attention to yourself. Hey you appeared 3 times in the Highlight of the Day video in Hong Kong (more than you think!). If anyone who reads this sees Shedden in the video for more than 3 times, please let me/him know 🙂

Walking out from the bridal room with Ling’s brother, Shedden

Lam Kwok Fai: Fai, you helped us take the instant photos in Malaysia. In Hong Kong, you gave a wonderful speech. You also accompanied us to buy the jewellery. You were a great host for our friends and relatives. Thank you for downing the last shot of VSOP for Leung! You are an outstanding brother.

Carrie Ee Wei Ling: You are the perfect bridesmaid for a bride. Thank you for being there for us all the way from our time in Malaysia to Hong Kong. We still remember that you stayed up with Ling to decorate, clean the room and also for the combing of hair 3AM! You also gave Ling the perfect complexion by giving her a luxury facial at 4AM! We cannot thank you enough.

Lam Kit Ying: You did all the behind-the-scenes work. You picked such a beautiful “mandarin-ducks” KUA (red traditional dress) for Ling. You also did Leung’s make-up (haha) for him in Malaysia and Hong Kong. You are a wonderful person, a wonderful sister, with a wonderful heart.

Lam Siu Kei: Kei, you helped us buy the wine, helped us move to the hotel, picked Anil from the airport with Leung. You also came to pick us at the tram stop to return to the hotel. You are a great brother Kei.

Joanne Ng Shin Rui: You gave us the gift of music and the gift of friendship. Joanne, you understand the meaning of “multipurpose” very well, 🙂 You used the back-up flowers for Ling’s hair as the flowers to hold to march-in during the ceremony. We are very touched that you have come from Malaysia to join us on our wedding day in Hong Kong. Thank you very much Joanne!

My Promise to Ling

Calvin: You are a special friend to Leung. You were like a rock throughout the wedding day. You bought the flowers for Ling, groomsmen and bridesmaids. You organised vans to carry our guests and the bridal car. You gave us such memorable surprises on the night in Hong Kong. All that you have done made us feel very special. Thank you Calvin for giving us so much happiness.

Hoi: Hoi, we will never forget how you have helped us with collecting our reception photo, drove us around to buy chocolates for the wedding favours, organising the groomsmen on the day, buying the wine, typing the rundown at 1am! You helped us realise our wedding plans. Thank you Hoi. You are a great “heng tai” (brother)! No wonder Leung kissed you so hard in the video!

Victor Ng: You are a great guy and will be a great husband for Carrie. Thank you for helping us at our “pre-wedding” photoshoot, drove us around in Malaysia, and being our MC at the reception in Malaysia. You are so professional and calm. We both like you very much. We look forward to welcoming you into our family!

Elaine Shek Lai Mei: When we watch back on our Highlight of the Day video, the flowers in Ling’s hair reminds us of you. You helped us order the bridesmaids dresses and flowers for our moms. Although Ling has not known you for long, you have been a great help and comfort. We wish you and hubby have the most wonderful day on your wedding day and a blissful marriage.

Tat: You helped Leung scan his childhood photos for the childhood montage. Without you, we wouldn’t have been able to get those photos eletronically. Thank you Tat and Karen for her beautiful card. We are so surprised when you also travelled to Fanling to join us for lunch before we left. Your sincerity have touched Ling.

Men in Black!

Lee Yee Cheng: Lee, you have many dreams and you have the ability to fulfill them (just not all at once!) Thank you for spending endless hours on the impressive drawings for our table numbers. You have an amazing talent in art. Thank you for coming all the way from UK and bringing all the pashminas and ties. Thank you Lee for being a great friend!

Chris Tang: Chris, you have helped us in so many ways. You helped us laminate Lee’s drawings for the table numbers, folded the wedding favour boxes in Malaysia and Hong Kong, you held Ling’s dress and bridal purse during the day in Malaysia. You also helped drive JJ’s car to drive Leung’s family around in Malaysia. You are a lovely person and a wonderful friend. Thank you Sai-Fa!

Ms Chow: Your speech for Leung was very touching. We are so happy to have you throughout the day. You still look like the Ms Chow Leung knew 14 years. We look forward to seeing you in July.

Ms Chung, Ms Kay and Siu sir: Despite not rehearsing before, both of you did so well with being the Masters of Ceremony of the night at HK. We enjoyed the childhood stories you told, it made us laugh so much! You are so animated and humorous and I am so happy to have teachers like you.

Yau: Yau, you were so concerned if we had food or drinks on the wedding day in Hong Kong. After the ceremony, you bought for us the apple buns and coffee from Pacific Coffee. Yau, you are such a caring person with a heart of gold.

Kelly Wong (17), Candy Wong (18) & Siu Hang, Wong Chi Cheung: Childhood friends of Leung. Thank you 17, 18 for helping Ling into her wedding dress, changing her jewellery. Siu Hang, thank you for helping us to distribute the invitation cards, the HK highlight video showed that you enjoyed the washabi during the bridemaids’s challenging. Cheung, your creative games ideas paid off. Thank you for hand-making the net and preparing the tea light games.

Tealight game at the wedding

Gan Chen Chuan (CC): You were there to help us the moment we arrived at the hotel. You also helped us with the march-in music at the registry. Thank you for coming from Singapore to celebrate our special day with us, your first trip to Hong Kong. We will treasure the times we spent in Hong Kong. It felt surreal to have meals with you in a foreign country (not Malaysia)!

Anil Solanki: You were such a good sport in joining the rest of the groomsmen to eat the awful wasabi cake! We feel so honoured that you have come all the way from UK to join us and bought a new suit to match with the rest of groomsmen’s outfit. We are so happy to hear that you have enjoyed your first Chinese wedding! Any woman who marries you is going to be very lucky.

Jess: Jess you have been a great host to Ling’s family. We still remember the day you brought us to select the gold jewellery. You also helped Ling wear her kua and help her with her shoes and hair accessory at the bridal room in Hong Kong. You also helped Leung mum with her clothes. Thank you Jess.

Sandy Wu Chen-Ying & Panagiotis Konstantinidis (Panos): Sandy, time and time again you have shown your sincerity and warmth as wonderful friend. You went out of your way to wear the bridesmaid dress (we are very proud to know that it was only your 2nd time to wear a skirt!). We are so touched that you travelled from Taiwan and Panos all the way from Greece to join us in our celebrations. Panos, you have a great sense of humour. We wish you every happiness in your journey of love.

At the Gold Coast Hotel in Hong Kong

Shamini Nadarajah: Shamini, you looked so striking and pretty in the Sari in Malaysia. There were so much emotions in your speech, and all the beautiful memories of Stafford came flashing back to us the moment you cried. We are so happy to see you and your mum travelled from Seremban to see us. You are the best curry chef to us always.

Lawrence Tsang (guest photographer, HK): We are so lucky to have you as our friend. We could not believe it when you offered to help us photograph our wedding! You are not only an awesome photographer, you are also an inspiring individual. You are also down to earth, humble and always have a kind heart to help your customers and friends. It is really “yuen2 fen4” to have met you.

At the Gold Coast Hotel in Hong Kong on 26th December 2007

Chew Lee Wan: Wan, when we heard that you had to use the macro function to take digital photos of the paper photos to make the slideshow, we were so touched by your gesture. Thank you Wan and we wish and Steven the happiest journey into parenthood!

Yvonne Law: Yvonne, despite not keeping in touch for so long, you were still such a genuine friend to help Ling go for the hair and trial make-up. We were so touched. You have given us the confidence to go ahead with booking the make-up artist. It was nice meeting up with you and seeing you at the wedding.

Stanley, Karen and Ying Ying (daughter of Stanley Cheung): Ying Ying thank you for being our flower girl. You are so pretty and cute especially in your little white dress and the lovely hairband. You were so cute you put a smile on our faces. Thank you Stanley and Karen for helping us co-ordinate Ying Ying’s outfit.

Mr. and Mrs. Lam, Sunny (son of Miss Ling): Sunny, you are such an intelligent, sociable and handsome young boy. We are so happy to have you as our ring bearer. You knew what to do with the rings! Miss Ling, you are one of the best Maths teacher I have ever have. Thanks for all your encouragement and guidance along the way. Lam Sir, I always remember the time you coached the man’s volleyball team. Although I wasn’t that tall at the time, you have been great to me.

Jamie Lew Li Wan: Thank you for coming from Kuala Lumpur to attend our wedding. Ling is very happy to see you after 10 years. You looked lovely that night and we enjoyed your speech. Do you remember that you laughed when you began the speech? It was such an infectious laugh.

Carol Tsang: Carol, you helped us order our wedding invitation cards in Hong Kong. Thank you Carol, for going to the printing company back and forth to agree on the format and wordings for the card. We appreciate your help and your presence at the wedding.

Ee Kai Poh (Sway Kor): Sway Kor and her family have been through so much in order to join us in Hong Kong. Despite missing their flights for the 6 of them, we were speechless when they bought a brand new set of flight tickets. We cannot thank you enough. We feel extremely honoured you made it to Hong Kong in the end to join us. Thank you Sway Kor, uncle Teck Keong and family. Your presence have meant so much to us.

Ling in Kua saying hugging her grand-aunty

Aunty Judy, Uncle Ah-Chai: Aunty Judy was the “dai kam jie” in Hong Kong. Aunty Judy, you also helped Ling buy her evening shoes. Thank you aunty Judy. You looked beautiful on both ocassions. Uncle Ah-Chai, thank you for coming back from Indonesia to join us on our wedding day. Thank you for the “lai-see” you gave Leung for his singing!

Chong Pei Pei: Pei Pei you helped us create more atmosphere by lending your “voice” for the toasting ceremony. Of all people, your “yam” and your “seng” was the loudest that night. Thank you for coming from Malaysia to join us to Hong Kong. You have been such a supportive cousin for Ling.

Our friends & relatives from Hong Kong & Malaysia: We know that each one of you have travelled very far to join us in our celebrations. Your presence have made a huge difference for us and made the event very memorable.

What Ling has to get pregnant next year?!

Our friends & colleagues from UK: Thank you for your lovely gifts and cards. We appreciate your blessings and will enjoy the presents for many years to come.

Last but not least, the official people who have worked very hard and have exceeded our expectations: Robin Ng (photographer, Malaysia), Peter (videographer, Malaysia), Alex (pre-wedding photographer, Malaysia), Ms Han & assistant (make-up & hair, Malaysia), Anthony Ho (photographer, HK), Terry, Alex and crew (videographers from One Shot Production, HK), Ms Sandy Wong (make-up & hair, HK).

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Responses

  1. Dear Ling & Leung,

    I am very happy to be part of your wedding team 🙂 Victor & I feel very honoured to be your mc for your Melaka wedding & I was your chief bridesmaid 🙂 Didn’t expect both of you are getting on so well with Victor even this is the first time you are both meeting him after we have been together for 4 years 🙂 The chemistry works very well 🙂 haha!

    You are my elder sister… it was just my duty to make sure everything will go on smoothly as planned…

    I am very happy to witness this special occasion! Also very happy to know a lot of new friends… like Lee & Ricky!

    Wishing you happy love journey as husband & wife…

  2. Dear Ling and Leung,

    we are very happy to witness your wedding and Sunny is very excited on that day! Actually, Sunny said Leung is very handsome boy and Ling is very very beautiful girl. He has a special memory on this special day.
    As your teacher, we are proud of having such a smart student like you Leung! It is not easy to have such a good wife, and so many friends,…around you. Keep them and we hope all of you have a sweet and happy love life!

  3. Dear Darlings,
    You both look so sweet and perfect as a couple. May GOD bless you both with all the Happiness,Prosperity and Good Health that life has to offer. Happy Chinese New Year & Happy Valentine’s Day…

    Take care…. Love you both a lot…..

    Love,
    Shamini & Laveen

  4. Ken and Ling,

    We are extremely proud of you both in many aspects of life. The notes of gratitude you left for many of your friends and relatives are very touching indeed. May you both continue to enjoy long lasting love, happiness and good health in the years ahead.

  5. Dear Ken and Ling,

    I missed the chance to attend your wedding ceremony in Hong Kong or Malaysia. The pictures show full of joy, happiness, definetly well organised event with endless love.

    May I wish your family full of joy and blessing.

    Love,

    Franky

  6. Dear Shirley & Ken,

    A match in heaven for sure! Congratulations to you both! The wedding sounded like an absolute success and obviously a beautiful one. Even though I have missed your wedding, I could still feel the tremendous amount of joy and happiness emanating from your lovely smiles captured in the shots.

    Wish you good health and strong marriage. May you share everything together including the housework… 😀

    Love,
    Cecilia

  7. Dear Ken & Shirley,

    Shirley, i haven’t heard from you for a long time and now what i heard about you is a wonderful news about your wedding. Congratulations to both of you to find your partner in life. May loves and happiness follow you two for life and hope to see little ken and little shirley soon…

    Regards,
    SheueJiun – your Brunei’s Friend

  8. Dear Ken & Shirley,

    We were unable to attend your wedding in Hong Kong but have fond memories because that is where we spent part of our honeymoon (20 years ago this Sept) We didn’t know the date of the wedding or would have sent a formal message. However let this one suffice. May the Lord bless and keep you both. May His face shine upon you and be gracious to you both and may He give you peace. Ken, you have changed since we saw you last. No longer the shy young man but the handsome husband of the beautiful Shirley. We look forward to meeting your lovely bride one day. Ken it looks like marriage will suit you. You are both invited to visit us in Switzerland anytime.
    Love and God’s many blessings to you both

  9. hey seriously, Shirley, you look stunning in all the pictures. and you and Ken make a really cute couple. All the photos and videos look so professionally done, I want Ken to do my future wedding photography! or if there ever would be one..:)

    Was a pleasure going to your wedding, and seeing you for the 1st time in 10 years..and so happy that you’ve found such a sweet and charming partner for life. All the best in your future together, and dont forget to keep in touch!

  10. Hi Shirley,
    I am so happy to see you in the wedding gown. You and ur hubby look so loving and stunning. So touched and happy I run out of words…May God’s blessings and grace be upon you and marriage.
    Love,
    Hsin Chieh –

  11. Hi Shirley/Ken
    Congratulations, hope you had a really nice wedding in Hong Kong. I am really feeling sorry that I couldn’t attend your Hong Kong Wedding. The photos of Hong Kong and Malaysia wedding look really nice. Good work for the professional wedding photography at Hong Kong and Malaysia wedding. Best wishes for your future.

    God bless.

    Love,
    Akshay
    x

  12. Hi Ken and Shirley,
    原本我想找人用英文寫出來的(我英文絕對唔掂!),但我覺得始終用中文好啲。
    雖然過了幾個月,但我仲好記得當日的感覺,至於境象已經唔記得,只想不希望有錯漏,在這裡我想多謝那天幫手的兄弟姊妹,因為你們唔怕我的脾氣(那天受過我氣的人在此說聲不好意思),而最後都繼續幫手直到晚上。我只記得最漂亮就是花炮的一幕,到現在我仍記得一齊發放的景像!而亞良你令我發現和知道,原來我仲需要學習耐心和聆聽,看完你的影片後我更加知道和明白,原來幸福的感覺是可以看得見的!我對愛的睇法是︰愛是用心去感受和接受!不是用時間或其他去衡量!我祝願你們將來的日子裏會有更多新的體會!到時一定更加精彩!(Butterfly—-希望令身邊的人有色彩和快樂!至於自己就從不去想的!)


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