Raymond Ho Man-kit and Iris Wu Lai-ying became the first couple to marry on a beach in Hong Kong yesterday when they tied the knot amid sunshine, flowers and blessings from family and friends. It was the hottest day this year, as temperatures hit a record 33.7 degrees Celsius. However, the heat didn't seem to curb the enthusiasm of more than 600 guests who showed up at Repulse Bay for the event. Under a heart-shaped arch only a few metres from the water, the couple exchanged their rings and signed the marriage certificate. Mr Ho, a Sai Kung district councillor, said a beach wedding had always been a dream of his bride, a middle-school teacher. 'The beach is a special place for us,' said Mr Ho. 'We got to know each other on the beach at Gold Coast in Yuen Long two years ago and we both love to spend our leisure time on the beach. 'I know she really wanted a wedding on the beach, where we could make our solemn pledge of love in front of the sea and the mountains. I wanted to do everything to make her dream come true.' Repulse Bay beach was one of six leisure venues approved by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in March for marriage ceremonies. The other five are the Lei Yue Mun Park and Holiday Village, Kowloon Tsai Park, Kowloon Walled City Park, Tai Po Waterfront Park and Sai Kung Waterfront Park.