Erika first saw her now husband, Paul, at a seminar where he was on stage giving a talk. Then about one month later, Erika unexpectedly ran into him again while she was working as for an advertising firm that was connected to Paul. Erika worked for McDonalds and Paul worked for Angry Birds, and the two companies were working on a joint project together. While the two exchanged many emails over the course of the project, they never met in person until the night of the event. At the event, they exchanged business cards and didn’t speak further.
A few days later, Erika received a Linkedin invite from Paul, asking her out for coffee. Because Linkedin is a website for professionals, she automatically assumed that Paul was trying to recruit her for his company, so she brought along her resume. Little did she know, in Paul’s mind, it was a date-date, and not just a networking coffee date. Erika quickly realised her and Paul had a lot in common- they are both Taiwanese and found they had very similar backgrounds. Erika was immediately drawn to Paul’s romantic side. Each month, he had a bouquet of roses delivered to Erika’s office to celebrate their monthly anniversary, and he had the number of roses match the number of months they had been together. Needless to say, they began dating automatically.
Four years into dating, they took a trip to Finland to celebrate a white Christmas. They stayed at the Kakslauttanen arctic resort, known for its amazing glass igloos and its aurora borealis. They went on reindeer and husky sleigh rides and met Santa Claus on Christmas Eve. Then, on Christmas day, Erika woke up to the best present of them all, to Paul down on one knee and proposing.
Erika always wanted a fitted mermaid gown with a dramatic train, and she instantly fell in love with the Ms. Elle dress when she saw it at our trunk show in Hong Kong at Trinity Bridal. The Ms. Elle design is also inspired by the concept of the royal white peacock, which is a symbol of good fortune and love in the Chinese culture. Erika knew it was the perfect dress for the occasion.
Capetown, South Africa was the first place that came to mind as the ideal location for their wedding. The couple traveled often so a destination wedding was obvious, and they also wanted their wedding to be somewhere their guests would enjoy visiting. Erika grew up in South Africa, so they decided that the Molenvliet wine far in Stellenbosch was the perfect venue to host their wedding.
Erika and Paul spent considerable time planning the dinner reception décor. They wanted a deep burgundy and black theme to contrast the white and blush color scheme of the day, and with the help of their wedding planner, the Aleit Group, were able to turn the bright and spacious reception hall into an intimate and mysterious room with burgundy drawings and black and gold table decor.
The first secret Erika ever kept from Paul was not telling him which wedding dress she chose, and it was a secret she had to keep for six months! Her favourite part of the day was walking down the aisle, and watching Paul wipe the tears from his eyes as he saw her looking beautiful in her gown.
Overall, Erika’s wedding day was exactly how she had always dreamt, and she will always remember opening a beautiful new chapter in her life together with Paul as husband and wife.
Congrats to this amazing #GLcouple, Erika and Paul. Wishing them a lifetime of love and happiness!