Adventure lovers take the plunge to wedded bliss
The world beneath the waves provided the perfect setting for couple to explore each other's personalities and discover love
Before they were even introduced, Teresa Tse and Anthony Wong's paths crossed many times without them knowing it. They both experienced the New York blackout in the summer of 2003, and Anthony featured on an advertisement plastered across minibuses Teresa rode to work each day.
When they did meet, they both felt that a missing piece of their lives had fallen into place.
Teresa, 28, a doctor, and Anthony, 31, a banker, tied the knot on Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Caine Road. The reception was followed by a banquet in the ballroom of the W hotel with more than 200 guests. Today, they will celebrate with more friends and relatives at The Andaman resort on Langkawi island in Malaysia, where Anthony was born.
The couple were introduced in 2008 by mutual friends at a party in Central. Anthony was about to leave, but meeting Teresa gave him a reason to stay.
"Teresa seemed to be a friendly, outgoing and adventurous girl," Anthony said.
Teresa, however, remembered him as being straight-faced and serious-looking.
"I was told that in his three years in Hong Kong, he had hardly ventured out of Central district," she recalled, laughing.
Later that night, they went for snacks and Anthony did not waste time arranging their first date - lunch the following day. "It was a very comfortable and easy-going lunch, full of conversation about our life plans, dreams and adventures," Teresa said.
Anthony also learned that Teresa was a keen diver. So two weeks later, without telling her, he flew home for a weekend to learn how to dive.
"It was to prepare for the many diving adventures we would go on together," he said.
That was also about the time Anthony realised that Teresa could be the girl he would spend the rest of his life with. During their courtship, they spent many holidays together diving in different spots around the world.
"Going underwater and being dive buddies meant that we had to be able to communicate without talking, and it was through diving that we got to understand more about each other's ways and personalities," Teresa said. "We always say that we are happiest when we are underwater with no beepers, no BlackBerries, just the sea and the surrounding beauty."
When Anthony decided to propose to Teresa, he decided he would land them in hot water. So for her birthday last year, he planned a trip to Japan. They were immersed in the romantic hot springs of the Hakone region one night when Anthony popped the question.
"I thought it was very thoughtful and heart-warming. The rest of the trip was full of fun and anticipation of our new life ahead," Teresa said. "I really admire how he cares so much about people around him - his family and friends. When someone is like this, you know you can commit the rest of your life to him without reservation."
The adventure-loving couple will honeymoon in Africa.