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This Couple Performed the Jiao Bei Jiu Ritual at Their Summer “Pastel Dreams” Wedding at Villa Cimbrone

By Sara Dial | Photography by 

David Bastianoni

|Planning by 

Exclusive Italy Weddings

Chang Liu and Andrew Mauboussin first crossed paths on the dating app The League. Shortly after, the two shared their first date in Boston, and four years later, Andrew proposed while on a road trip in California. Andrew told Chang he had made dinner reservations at Post Ranch Inn’s restaurant. When they arrived, the manager offered to give the couple a tour of the property. He stopped at a charming cottage overlooking the ocean and mentioned it was his favorite and that it happened to be unoccupied.

“He opened the door to the cabin, and the moment I walked in, I gasped. . .I stepped onto the balcony and saw an unobstructed view of the sunset over the sea. This was when things got quiet,” she recalls. “I turned around and saw Andrew on one knee. I was so surprised, moved, and excited that I screamed, ‘Yes!’ and immediately started hugging him, even before I put on the ring.”

Once engaged, the couple chose Villa Cimbrone in Ravello for their summer ceremony. “I’ve always liked the cliff-over-sea view, and the Amalfi Coast offers the most stunning sea cliffs of them all. The infinity terrace at Villa Cimbrone is what drew us, and the beautiful crypt is what sealed the deal,” she explains. “The design theme of the three-day wedding was ‘pastel dreams’ to reflect the soft pastel hues of the Amalfi Coast.”

To help bring their vision to life, Exclusive Italy Weddings took on the planning, while David Bastianoni was behind the lens. Michaela McBride Calligraphy set the tone for the weekend with a custom invitation suite. Flower Addicted arranged florals of pale pink, powder blue, light lavender, and a soft yellow detailed the day-of to create an enchanted look. “Even the Chinese tea ceremony had some soft pastel tones in the ceramic tile background to contrast with the traditional bright red tones,” Chang notes. 

Over The Moon’s styling team curated a lineup of wedding weekend looks for the bride-to-be. “Anny was a big help to me, and we styled my outfits to match the pastel theme,” Chang shares. The weekend began with a welcome party at the Belmond Hotel Caruso to which she wore a yellow floral brocade dress by Markarian.

“At our rehearsal dinner, we had all the guests wear white, and I wore a multi-layered white gown dotted with pastel florals and with a layer of lace underneath, custom designed and made by One/Of.” She paired the look with blue diamond earrings—family heirlooms of Andrew’s, originally worn by his great-great grandmother. 

Chang always knew she wanted a traditional bridal look for her wedding day. She chose a lace-detailed dress by Monique Lhuillier supplemented with a removable lace bolero and a custom cathedral veil by Monvieve. “My biggest inspiration for the bridal gown was Kate Middleton—not that original I know, but I loved a good lace ball gown!” the bride laughs. “What drew me to this particular Monique gown was the drop waist, the unique structure of the train, how sheer it looked under the sun, and the possibility to create two separate looks with the removable bolero. It was one of the first dresses I tried on, and I couldn’t get it out of my head even after visiting 15 more bridal salons!”

The bride also donned a Cartier, four-diamond Love bracelet gifted to her by Andrew’s parents on the morning of the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Ying Ying Makeup and Alessandro Mancino Studios collaborated to create a beauty look that featured natural makeup and gentle waves. 

On July 6, 2022, Chang walked down the aisle as a string quartet strummed Ennio Morricone’s “Love Theme.” “I wanted our wedding to reflect the union of two cultures. We added a Chinese tea ceremony the day before the wedding, where we served tea to our parents and grandparents, and a Jiao Bei Jiu ritual during the actual wedding ceremony,” she notes. After exchanging vows, the newlyweds exited the ceremony to Coldplay’s “A Sky Full of Stars”—“I’ll never forget the sheer amount of joy I felt in that moment!”

During the reception, Italian ceramic tiles doubled as escort cards that led guests to a seated dinner, where a jazz quartet played. “When the sun went down and the lights came on, the crypt became simply magical,” the bride smiles. Michelin-star restaurant Il Flauto Di Pan served smoked swordfish, ravioli, and braised beef shoulder ahead of chocolate soufflé.

Afterward, Chang’s mother gave a touching toast in Chinese. “It was powerfully delivered, and beautifully translated.” the bride shares. “My mom got a standing ovation. I and many guests were moved to tears. Many guests told me to this day that it was the most beautiful speech they’d ever heard. Her speech reminded me of the depth of love she has for me and of how marriage marks the start of a new chapter.”

James Park DJ and The Sax Man Ben Barnett had everyone on the dance floor all evening in the gardens. As the night journeyed on, guests keenly moved to the after-party in an underground wine cellar. Chang and Andrew ended the night with friends, sitting on the steps of Duomo di Ravello in the town square, recounting and laughing under the stars. “A wedding is not just about a celebration of two people, but a celebration of the community around them. We felt so loved by our friends and will forever cherish this feeling of togetherness.”