Ronald Lai and Suki Lau are glad they did not turn down that invitation to a Christmas party a few years ago. Even though they were both being party poopers, the duo later found much to celebrate. Civil engineer Ronald, 28, and Suki, 24, who has just graduated from a master's programme in business, got married at the Orleans House Gallery in London on June 24 last year. They celebrated with friends and relatives at The Peninsula hotel in Hong Kong on January 16, then held another party in Jiangmen , Guangdong, two days later. The couple met in 2009 in London at a party hosted by mutual friends. 'It wasn't the most interesting party so I chose to lie back in a corner. That's where I found a girl who was also not enjoying the party,' Ronald recalled. Instead, they enjoyed each other's company and conversation. 'I don't remember talking to any other girls for the rest of the night,' he said. In February 2010, Ronald made his move and asked Suki out on her birthday. 'The first date was like being a tourist. We walked along the River Thames and got on the London Eye. I still remember we took our first photo together with Parliament in the background,' Ronald recalled. 'We hung out a lot after that for reasons I made up, like celebrating her lunar calendar birthday and happy hour promotions at a restaurant we both love. We are both foodies and London has a lot of great restaurants,' he said. However, what cemented their union was a home-cooked dinner at Ronald's place. 'I went to the market at six o'clock in the morning to pick oysters, salmon and lobsters. That relaxing night was when I asked if I could be her boyfriend,' he said. 'My cooking helped, for sure.' In January last year, Ronald planned a surprise proposal involving fireworks. 'I had my friends ready downstairs [at the apartment] to start the fireworks. I asked her to come and tidy up the balcony with me, where flowers had been arranged, and I got down on one knee. She said yes, and then there were fireworks against the backdrop of the River Thames,' Ronald said. Suki said: 'Ronald is very thoughtful and takes care of me. I feel so warm and secure when I'm with him.' Ronald loves how Suki is supportive and cheerful. 'I cannot resist her smile. She's smart and simply the best fit for my missing other half,' he said. The couple moved back to Hong Kong last year to be closer to their families. 'When we were thinking about whether or not to relocate, Suki told me she'd follow me no matter where I go, even though she loves London,' Ronald said. During their wedding ceremony in London, Ronald surprised Suki as she walked in with her father by singing the Perry Como song And I Love You So. He serenaded Suki again at their Hong Kong wedding party with Jason Mraz's I'm Yours. The couple spent their honeymoon in Barcelona and Athens.