Blind date leads to a few auspicious dates
After more than a dozen speed dates and still no Ms Right, Leslie Tam was about to lose hope - until he met Cathy Law.
Leslie, a global quality-assurance manager at a retail chain, and Cathy, an accountant, were married yesterday at the Bethanie chapel in Pok Fu Lam and held a banquet with about 300 guests at Lippo Chiuchow Restaurant in Admiralty.
The two were introduced in 2009 by a mutual friend and went on a blind date.
'We had a lot to talk about on the first date,' Leslie said. 'The more we talked, the more I was convinced that she was my dream girl. Cathy is pretty and very gentle, kind and considerate.'
A month later, they decided to get serious and went on their first proper date.
'I think it was destiny, because I'd met various girls through speed dating but none of them worked out. I was single for a long time before meeting Cathy,' Leslie said. 'I'm a lucky man.'
That first proper date was on an October 10. Since then, the love birds celebrated their anniversary every month on the 10th, taking turns to plan a surprise dinner and prepare a gift.
The most memorable gift Leslie received was a handmade scrapbook of photos and a marked calendar of their most unforgettable days.
One day, Leslie gave Cathy an air ticket to Taipei, where they would celebrate their first year together. Cathy thought it was a romantic getaway, but Leslie had a bigger plan.
'After dating for six months, I knew she was the girl I wanted to marry,' Leslie said. 'And she had mentioned that it would be special to get married on November 11, 2011, so I took the liberty of booking the banquet and the church before even popping the question.'
On the second day of their Taipei trip, October 10, 2010, Leslie took Cathy to Taipei 101, the city's tallest building. In front of the famous Love sculpture beside the skyscraper, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
It took Cathy by surprise, because they had been dating for only a year and she thought they were on their way to brunch. She said yes and couldn't hold back her tears of joy when Leslie told her she would be an 11-11-11 bride.
Knowing that Cathy's dream wedding car was a London taxi, Leslie arranged for one to be waiting when they stepped out of the chapel yesterday.
At the banquet, a love song Leslie had prepared two months earlier in a studio played in the background.
The couple will be flying to the Maldives for a week-long honeymoon.