Weddings: Kelly Tsoi and Charles Ng

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 29 September, 2012, 3:11am

For almost two months after they first met, Charles Ng and Kelly Tsoi communicated only through text messages. But after their first date they both felt that they had a future together.

Charles, an equity capital markets manager, and Kelly, deputy chairwoman of a maritime school in Quanzhou , Fujian , wed on September 17. They celebrated in the ballroom of the Grand Hyatt hotel with 550 friends and relatives, many of whom flew in from overseas.

The couple met last year when Kelly was based in Singapore.

Their parents had been friends for years and organised a get-together when Charles' family visited the city state.

At first, Charles thought Kelly was a bit shy, but he was attracted to a special something in her eyes. Kelly was impressed by the respect Charles showed for his parents.

"He is such a sweet son," she said.

The following day Charles returned to Hong Kong, and they messaged each other almost every day. Two months later Charles visited Kelly in Singapore again, and asked her out on a date.

"Our first date was not that romantic, as we were both nervous, but also because we hadn't really interacted with each other face to face without our parents present," Kelly said.

Nevertheless they both knew they were meant for each other. "I realised he was the one quite early on because I have a strong belief in my intuition," Kelly said.

Their parents were thrilled to hear about their romance, and earlier this year Charles' father asked, on behalf of his son, for Kelly's hand in marriage from her father.

Four months ago, at their engagement party, Charles got down on one knee and asked Kelly to be his, in front of their friends and relatives.

The bride and her wedding planner had just three months to organise their big day.

"It was quite a challenge," said Elmis Chiu of White Bridal Salon, who planned Kelly's dream wedding.

Kelly said the most memorable moment of her big day was when her father walked her down the aisle, then took her hand and passed it to Charles.