Actor Aaron Kwok, 51, ended days of speculation over his marriage plans when he threw a low-key wedding banquet at the swanky Peninsula Hong Kong on April 18 with his Chinese model girlfriend Moka Fang.
The Apple Daily reported that security was tight at the hotel where 10 tables were laid out at the mezzanine floor which was decked out in "a thousand" pink roses.
Although the media was barred from covering the event, award-winning Hong Kong actor and singer Kwok allowed a peek into his wedding day by releasing photos on his Weibo account. The pictures include one showing him flanked by his groomsmen.
Other images include a pre-wedding portrait themed "Let's Dance", snapped by filmmaker and photographer Wing Shya.
Kwok was suited in Tom Ford, while Fang wore a white Georges Hobeika gown and jewellery from the Louis Vuitton High Jewellery collection.
The 29-year-old bride dropped her first hint of the big day when she posted a pair of shiny red Roger Vivier shoes on her Instagram page early yesterday, sparking speculation that they could be her bridal shoes.
A handful of celebrity guests, including former actress Chingmy Yau, attended the private wedding. They received pralines prepared by Armani/Dolci, a confectionery affiliated with Italian luxury brand Giorgo Armani, as door gifts.
The couple, who are believed to have started dating in 2015, had kept their wedding plans under wraps. However, talk began swirling in March when a Chinese netizen claimed to have heard a bank employee, allegedly Fang's relative, discussing the wedding.
The news was later confirmed by Kwok's manager Leung May May. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network/Foong Woei Wan
Heavenly King Aaron Kwok went to great lengths to keep his wedding to model Moka Fang low-key.
Security was tight on April 18 at The Peninsula Hong Kong, where the couple arrived by helicopter and avoided the media completely, said Oriental Daily News.
The carefulness extended to the official wedding photos that were issued to the press. A first set of pictures showed the groom and groomsmen but not the bride. Meanwhile, in a photo that was taken by photographer Wing Shya and released later, Fang is in white lace and Kwok's hand is on her waist, as if to shield her from pregnancy speculation.
However, in the evening, a picture of a seemingly swollen Fang in a Chinese wedding jacket and skirt surfaced on Weibo, said Oriental.
Kwok, 51, and Fang, 29, were married by a lawyer at a banquet in the hotel on April 18, after dating for not more than two years, said Hong Kong newspapers.
Ming Pao Daily News said he got engaged to his Chinese girlfriend in December last year, hoping for his ageing mother to witness his nuptials. The singer and actor, who rose to fame in the 1990s, is the last of Hong Kong pop's Four Heavenly Kings to wed.
On the big day, the couple had a Chinese ceremony in the hotel in the morning, a video of which was shown to guests in the evening.
Tea ceremony and speeches
According to Oriental, the bride's father told the groom at the tea ceremony: "Big brother, when I was a child, I grew up listening to your songs. Now I'm giving my daughter to you. I hope you treat her well."
Meanwhile, when Fang's friends asked Kwok to kiss her at the end of the Chinese ceremony, he begged off, saying he would wait till the civil wedding.
After they were officially married, the groom's eyes were wet and the bride was in tears, said Oriental. He then gave a speech, thanking his mother for raising him.
Guests, numbering over 100, included singer Julian Cheung and his wife, actress Anita Yuen, as well as former actress Chingmy Yau and her husband, fashion mogul Sham Kar Wai. Cheung and Sham were also Kwok's groomsmen, alongside the likes of choreographer Sunny Wong and composer Tam Kwok Ching.
Although the newlyweds did not meet the media, they sent his manager, lyricist Leung May May, as well as Wong and Tam, to speak to reporters.
However, when asked about the rumours that the couple are expecting a baby, Leung answered: "I didn't ask. He will say what he has to at every stage. If I really knew Heaven had given him a gift, I would say."
She also explained why her team had picked The Peninsula for the wedding. She said it was the hotel where Kwok had held his 50th birthday party around October 2015 and expressed his wish to meet Miss Right and start a family.
Less than two months later, he introduced Fang to the public as his girlfriend. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network/Foong Woei Wan
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