Hong Kong Style Tea Ceremony in Ireland

Real Weddings

Names: Carol Ho & Keith Killilea

Wedding Date: February 22nd, 2019

Civil Ceremony: Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Reception Dinner: The G Hotel

Photographer: P3B Photography



We met…  in Junior Chamber International (JCI), It’s an international non profit organization and Carol attended the JCI World Congress in Quebec Canada in 2016 November and met the irish delegation. Carol took a selfie with Keith’s friends Brian and Joanna and posted the photo on facebook. Keith saw the photo and he added Carol as friend and Carol thought Keith was one of the Irish lads she met in the congress but after the first chat, Carol found that Keith did not turn up to Canada for the JCI congress but he just saw the photo of Carol  on Brian’s facebook so he decided to meet this girl. Carol was the local President in 2017 in Hong Kong so she invited Keith to travel to Hong Kong for her inaugural ceremony and we first met each other in person in January 2017 and Keith stayed in Hong Kong for the whole year for Carol due to her duty in JCI.



Our proposal… Keith proposed in June 2017. That was Carol’s first visit to Europe. Keith and Carol travelled to Basel for JCI European Conference and then came back to Galway after that.  We joined the bus tour and went to the Cliff Moher. On the way back we had a lunch break by the village of Doolin. Keith asked me to have a walk outside after lunch and he proposed to me. I was kind of excited and we went back to the bus and continued the journey back to Galway city. I kept texting my friends and family and telling everyone “I’m engaged” and a random lady sat next to me saw my text and asked “Did I miss anything?? Are you engaged? Congratulations!” then all the sudden all the passengers on the bus said congrats to me. We were kind of embarrassed but happy at the same time.



Our wedding theme/colours…  we did not have a special color theme. I would say we try to keep everything simple.



Things we DIY’d/made ourselves… we DIYed the flower centerpieces.



My dress…  tailor-made wedding dress in mainland China around 400 euro.



My hair and make up… Kat Chan. Kat is a Hong Kong based make up artist but she travels around the world for the makeup jobs. She did my bridal make up and hair along with my mum and 4 bridesmaids. She got everyone ready and looked pretty in less than 2 hours. She is very fast and experienced and the whole package is around 800 euro.

His suit… Martin Feeney Galway. Best place in Galway for suit. Very professional and efficient as well.



What our bridal party wore… my bridesmaids: tailor-made dress in mainland China around 20 euro each.



Our ceremony… We had a traditional tea ceremony in the Presidential Suite in the G hotel before we traveled to the Glenlo Abbey. It is part of the Cantonese style wedding ceremony for the bride. The groomsmen had to play some” break in the door” games and we presented the tea to our parents as appreciation for taking care of us and now we have to build our new family.  Then we went to Glenlo Abbey for the Irish civil ceremony.



We chose our photographer because… Jeff is the best photographer in Galway.  He knows everything we need and of course he captured all the great moments during the wedding.



We chose our venue because… we want to pick the venue which represents Galway well. Glenlo Abbey is a castle like hotel with a beautiful golf course and it gave a special experience to some of the overseas guests. The G hotel is the best hotel in Galway city so definitely it’s the only choice we went to.  (The presidential suite is a big plus.)



Our menu…  6 courses meal.



My favourite part of the wedding day… the first dance. We bought some party poppers and the guest popped them during our first dance. After that we found that the confetti followed us and the guests everywhere.



My piece of advice for other couples… Picking the right venue is very important. We spent most of the money on the best menu for food and picked the best venue in the city (convenient and easy to access if the guests don’t drive). As the venue is already pretty enough so we did not spend too much money for decoration.  We are so glad that we picked the G as all the staff there were lovely and very helpful.




Wedding venue: Glenlo Abbey Hotel | Dinner Reception: The G hotel | Photographer: Jeff Warde of P3B Photography | Videographer: Earth Bound Film | Musician and DJ: Oddity band | Hair and makeup: Kat Chan | Dress: Tailor-made | Suits: Martin Feeney | Bridesmaids dresses: Tailor-made | Cake: Goyas