Phyllis Quek shuns spotlight on wedding day

As someone who basked in the spotlight during her showbiz heyday, former local model-turned-actress Phyllis Quek shunned it when it came to her big day.

Even though she hasn't done anything noteworthy in years, the 41-year-old pulled the ultimate diva move - by ordering a media blackout via her management company Hype on her wedding dinner reception held on Sunday night at Four Seasons Hotel.

But her request for privacy didn't stop sources close to Quek from speaking to The New Paper about it or posting wedding photos on Facebook.

Quek and her Australian husband, 51-year-old businessman David Cox, celebrated their union together with 13 tables of close friends and family - including his two teenage children from his previous marriage - who tucked into a traditional eight-course Chinese dinner.

They registered their marriage last December, after Cox popped the question in May at the Formula 1 Grand Prix de Monaco in Mandarin.

Local actress Carole Lin, a friend of Quek who attended the wedding with MediaCorp actress Yvonne Lim, said: "They looked great together."

"They are so natural with each other and he's definitely the right one for her."

"Her previous partners were all 'salah' (Malay for wrong) but (David) complements her character and you can just tell that it's a perfect match."

Quek, who said in a previous interview that she "never thought (she'd) go out with a Caucasian guy", wore a white bustier gown with French lace detailing around the bodice as well as a lacy red cheongsam.

Both dresses - which took three and a half months to complete - were designed by renowned local bridal designer Michelle Huimin from The Bridal Veil, who had previously created wedding gowns for other local celebrities like Carole Lin, Vernetta Lopez and Melody Chen.

During the reception, a video montage was played.

It featured pictures of Quek and Cox individually when they were younger and ended with holiday snaps of the couple.

Lin said: "There was a lot of laughing and clapping when the video montage was going on.

"They were not afraid to put together pictures of all kinds, even their unglam pictures."

"Then came the many different (magazine) covers that she appeared on and everyone was just so amazed by it."

The bride and groom eschewed making speeches during the event, choosing instead to interact with guests on a more personal level by going from table to table to chat, take photos and deliver their thank-yous.