Famous Hong Kong model, 38-year-old model Kathy Chow (周汶錡), finally tied the knot with her French boyfriend of six years, 35-year-old Julien Lepeu, in southern France on September 29, 2012. With the blend of both Chinese and French wedding customs, Kathy and Julien’s wedding was not just a wedding for the couple, but a wedding for two cultures.
Kathy and Julien held their $20 million, fairytale-like wedding at ancient castle located in Grasse, the perfume city of France. The couple’s welcome dinner was first held in Cannes on the night of September 28, and their wedding ceremony was held in the garden of Chateau Diter on the afternoon of September 29.
The wedding was a blend of two cultures – Kathy and Julien had a traditional Chinese wedding customs in the morning, followed by a French wedding reception in the afternoon. The entire wedding celebration ended with a small tea gathering hosted by the newly-wed couple on September 30.
Currently filming for A Good Heart Goes Haywire <好心作怪> for TVB, Kathy’s younger sister and maid of honor, Niki Chow (周麗淇), took several days off of work to help Kathy prepare for the wedding. The sisters took a tour around the castle a few days before the wedding commencement, and took many pictures for lasting memories.
Kathy said, “I wanted my wedding to have a very romantic feel. With such beautiful greenery, flowers, and perfume, Grasse is the perfect place. Julien chose this place himself! It is indeed really beautiful!”
The Bride’s Exquisite Wardrobe
Kathy and Julien followed Chinese wedding customs that morning. A hair-combing ceremony was held, in which the bride’s mother would brush her hair while the family members give them blessings aloud. When Kathy’s mother recited the first blessing, “First combing, together all your lives,” she immediately burst into tears.
Instead of eating rice balls after the combing, Kathy chose to eat macaroons, a type of French biscuit. Afterwards, she changed into an exquisite red lace qipao, designed by Barney Cheng (鄭兆良). With Julien, the couple knelt down and served their parents tea.
After the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, Kathy changed into her $10,000 bridal gown, designed by Elie Saab. The gown was made entirely with lace and chiffon. For her heels, Kathy chose to wear a pair of plain but delicate pumps designed by France’s own Roger Vivier. Kathy’s jewelry was sponsored by Richemont, a Swiss company.
Celebrities including Christine Ng (伍詠薇) and her husband Kasey Lin (練海棠), Christine Au Yeung (歐陽妙芝), and Almen Wong (黃佩霞), especially flew from Hong Kong to France to attend the wedding. Kathy exclaimed, “We had about 180 guests attend. I’m so happy that so many friends and family could come! I am really touched.”
Julien Lepeu is currently the Chief Operating Officer for Interstar, a retail property company. He is the son of wealthy businessman, Richard Lepeu, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer and the Manufacturing Director of Richemont Group, a luxury goods holding company. Prior to joining Interstar, Julien worked as a member of Richemont’s marketing team and was the head of development for Agatha Asia-Pacific, a Hong Kong retail company.
Watch Video Clip of Kathy Chow’s Wedding
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.
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