The Chinese character, “Double Happiness” character has represented love, happiness, and luck, and has evolved into part of the social custom for the Chinese wedding.
Just before I flew to Bali for my bachelorette party and wedding festivities, Peter and I actually sealed the deal and made our marriage legal in Hong Kong. Although we plan to celebrate our Balinese wedding as our anniversary date, we let ourselves enjoy our Hong Kong wedding and be Mr. and Mrs. Lampard just for the weekend.
There are a few places where you can hold civil ceremonies in Hong Kong. Ours was at the marriage registry on Cotton Tree Drive in Hong Kong just a couple of minutes away from our apartment. As we walked over to the registry, a big gust of wind blew by and knocked a giant tree limb down and smack down on to my head and back.
They say it’s good luck if a bird poops on your head (I’ve had this happen to me 3 times so I must be very lucky…) so withstanding a tree limb to the your head must be extra good luck. I refuse to think of it as anything else, because shortly after we arrived at the registry, my new parents, Carol and Colin, presented Peter and me with a gift— a beautiful antique Chinese wedding rice basket filled with gummy bears.
My cousin, Aaron, and his girlfriend, Sarah, flew from DC to join us for our very romantic civil ceremony led by a Hong Kong immigration officer. Despite the odd circumstances, the short ceremony was a really fun and exciting precursor to the events in Bali.
That night we popped a bottle of champagne at one of our favourite Hong Kong spots— the night market. While eating on plastic chairs with toilet paper as napkins isn’t the most traditional wedding celebration, it seemed more than appropriate for our Hong Kong wedding.
Afterwards we kept up the celebrations at Wolf Market and the same bar (though now under a new name) that Peter and I went to the first night we had met nearly 6 years before. This time we got down on the dance floor as newlyweds!