C ALM A F T E R THE S TORM

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Fashionable Life -

The rus­tic set­ting lead­ing up to the wed­ding’s grassy al­tar No good deed comes with­out ob­sta­cles. The day of the wed­ding started as any day in the city would – with heavy traf­fic, and the mis­place­ment of lit­tle things. “Al­ways bring the rings with you in the same car!” laughed Ray­mond, be­fore sober­ing up slightly. “We were all so caught up with ar­riv­ing on time and beat­ing traf­fic that a brides­maid who was car­ry­ing our rings had mis­tak­enly jumped in a dif­fer­ent car. We had also ar­rived half an hour later than 6.30pm as pre­vi­ously agreed.” Nev­er­the­less, she re­mained calm upon ar­rival, much to the de­light of an ever-ready Foo. And what com­po­sure the bride had to main­tain to carry her stride down the aisle, be­fore her father gave her away. “I was just so ner­vous. I didn’t think I could break down – I didn’t have any emo­tions, be­sides anx­i­ety. Fear just kills your emo­tions,” laughed Ray­mond again, to which the 32-year-old Foo added, “She was so caught up in not fall­ing down.” His wife con­tin­ued, her tone grad­u­at­ing to a slight ban­ter, “I was ac­tu­ally more wor­ried that my veil would catch onto my eye­lashes!”

Once their vows and rings (black di­a­mond for her, black gold band for him) were ex­changed on their grassy al­tar, the cou­ple breathed a huge sigh of re­lief, be­fore mak­ing a bee­line for the sump­tu­ous Mar­ble 8 of­fer­ings at the buf­fet ta­ble – or at least, that’s what Foo did. “The food was amaz­ing. Ev­ery­one loved it,” the Ari­ana Rose star ex­claimed on the wed­ding’s menu of pasta with truf­fle oil, dry-aged se­lec­tion of melt-in-your-mouth Wagyu steak, and plenty of hors d’oeu­vres. Call it the af­ter­math of wed­ding jit­ters if you will, but the an­tic­i­pa­tion of her spe­cial day had a some­what damp­en­ing ef­fect on Ray­mond’s ap­petite – a con­di­tion she re­gret­ted till this day. “But ul­ti­mately, I’m happy ev­ery­one en­joyed the event,” she added with a heart-warm­ing smile. In­deed they did, as they danced to their heart’s con­tent to the cou­ple’s favourite ’90s R&B tracks, all knots un­done on an end­less sup­ply of wine.

To love­birds yearn­ing for an hon­est

joie de vivre

A pri­vate mo­ment on the dance floor to com­mem­o­rate their spe­cial day, Ray­mond had only this to say: “At the end of the day, ev­ery­thing will al­ways fall into place any­way. If you stress too much, you be­come un­happy and it will af­fect ev­ery­one else around you.” Cit­ing un­der­stand­ing and good team­work as the rea­son for their suc­cess­ful cel­e­bra­tion, the like­minded duo agreed that com­mu­ni­ca­tion is ul­ti­mately key. With a smit­ten glance at his wife, Foo con­cluded, “Love is sim­ple – so just go with the flow.”

Ray­mond shar­ing her spe­cial day with her girl­friends

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