Though the weather and time of year were ideal, it was how the date matched Jasmine Yang’s and Roony Yan’s horoscopes that made May 10 the right time to say “I do.” Jasmine’s father consulted a feng shui master for advice on the most auspicious day for his daughter to marry her fiancé. The couple chose to host their mid-May wedding festivities at Four Seasons Hotel Beijing. “The Hotel not only has a great location,” explains Jasmine, but also has an appealing aesthetic that the duo could not ignore.
The Bride and Groom: Though Jasmine and Roony were high school classmates, it wasn’t until they ran into one another unexpectedly during family vacations to Tokyo that sparks began to fly. After a two-year courtship, the couple became engaged. “We found the right person to settle down with forever,” says Jasmine. The pair celebrated by hosting an intimate breakfast for close friends and family at a small Beijing restaurant in lieu of a large engagement party.
The Scene: Roony and Jasmine were inspired by Chinese television dramas and the period of the Republic of China (1912 to 1949), and created a romantic vibe to match in everything from the décor to the attire. Vintage photos of old cars, antique gramophones and telephones, and paintings from a bygone time decorated the venue, which was enhanced with a bold colour palette of deep burgundy and gold. The ceremony—a sophisticated coupling of Western and Chinese traditions—included special Chinese conventions such as cutting a small amount of hair from the bride and groom to put in a pouch, and making a toast using half of a gourd as a wine glass.
The Bride Wore: Jasmine paired her elegant Pronovias Atelier gown with custom-designed jewellery. For a pop of colour, she chose burgundy Tory Burch flats. Her bridesmaids wore floral-patterned qipao, traditional Chinese gowns.
Photography William Liu Photography