Henry Fok's grandson ties knot with diving queen Guo Jingjing in HK$15 million wedding
Tycoon's grandson ties the knot with Olympics star Guo Jingjing as hovering paparazzi zoom in
It must be a contender for wedding of the year - China's retired Olympic diving queen married a tycoon's grandson yesterday under a cloud of paparazzi sitting aloft on cranes.
Guo Jingjing, 31, who shares the world record for the most Olympic medals won by a woman diver (six), exchanged vows with Kenneth Fok Kai-kong, 33, grandson of late billionaire Henry Fok Ying-tung and eldest son of Hong Kong Olympic chief Timothy Fok Tsun-ting.
By 9am, three hours before the ceremony began, security guards were already stationed around the Fok family mansion, Stone Manor, in Sassoon Road, Pok Fu Lam.
Five cranes, with photographers perched on top, hovered above the walled estate while over 80 reporters and photographers were camped outside.
Police had to turn away two cranes when the road became too crowded. Then came a parade of Jaguars, Mercedes Benzes, Porsches with tinted windows - plus a vintage Rolls-Royce.
Cameras flashed as more than 100 of the couple's family, friends and a few celebrities arrived for the ceremony, at which former justice secretary Elsie Leung Oi-sie officiated. Sandwiches and water were served to the media, with boxes of cookies - one in the shape of the bride's dress and the other of the groom's suit.
All this was just the beginning. There will be banquets tomorrow at the Nansha Grand Hotel in Guangzhou - the Fok family's hometown - and on Sunday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai.
The price tag for all this has been estimated at HK$15 million.
The couple met in 2004 and dated for seven years. Their relationship has been followed keenly by the tabloids over the years, with rumours of an engagement flying around early this year.
Fok's mother, former beauty queen Loletta Chu Ling-ling, confirmed the marriage in May.