Car­ni­val Love

El­iz­a­beth Lee and Ben­jamin Yong tied the knot in a se­ries of beau­ti­ful cer­e­monies that re­flected their re­spec­tive be­liefs and per­son­al­i­ties

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Dubbed the na­tion’s ‘wed­ding of the year’, the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion of Ben­jamin Wong and El­iz­a­beth Lee was noth­ing short of ex­tra­or­di­nary

From the first day they met each other, the chem­istry be­tween them has been quite strong as they pos­sessed the same fun-lov­ing per­sona and sense of hu­mour. Their years of courtship cul­mi­nated in a care­fully planned pro­posal on the grounds of the Ci­ra­gan Palace Kempin­ski in Is­tan­bul. A true ro­man­tic mo­ment, Ben­jamin Yong got down on one knee and asked El­iz­a­beth Lee to marry him af­ter she found her en­gage­ment ring in a gum­ball ma­chine he had in­stalled on-lo­ca­tion just for her. As she said yes, fire­works ex­ploded in the skies.

The same fes­tive at­mos­phere was car­ried over to the cou­ple’s wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions. The party kick-started in Syd­ney where the bride was born and bred, with a tear-jerk­ing

cer­e­mony when the cou­ple ex­changed their vows in the beau­ti­ful in­te­ri­ors of the Syd­ney Opera House. The en­tire bridal party and guests then flew back to Kuala Lumpur for the sec­ond leg of the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions.

The tra­di­tional Chi­nese tea cer­e­mony held at the Ritz-Carl­ton KL ho­tel did not fall short of be­ing ex­trav­a­gant as well. But be­fore that, Ben­jamin and his team of grooms­men had to per­form a typ­i­cal Chi­nese wed­ding ac­tiv­ity. Their manly at­tempt to take the bride with them was ‘ham­pered’ by El­iz­a­beth’s brides­maids, headed by her sis­ter Shen-Tel Lee who was also the maid of hon­our, with a se­ries of dif­fi­cult games that in­cluded putting the men to a flex­i­bil­ity test and egging the groom in declar­ing 10 rea­sons why he loved his bride. His sin­cer­ity ul­ti­mately pre­vailed and he was able to claim his blush­ing bride, who was clad in a Kwa by Michael Ong that’s elab­o­rately stitched with golden phoenixes and dragons.

Once the fun ac­tiv­i­ties were over, the tea cer­e­mony took place. Here El­iz­a­beth re­ceived a hand-painted wed­ding bas­ket filled with es­sen­tial sewing items she would need as a wife, which was a tra­di­tion passed down from

her mother’s side. Next, her mother-in-law He­len Read and her mother Betty Lee placed the cus­tom-piece bridal tiara on her head. He­len also placed red pa­per flow­ers in the bride’s hair to sym­bol­ise her union with the fam­ily. Then, lion dancers es­corted the cou­ple to a tra­di­tional Chi­nese ban­quet din­ner where 250 close friends and fam­ily en­joyed a lav­ish meal set amidst an Ori­en­tal-themed decor with red silk lanterns hang­ing around.

Af­ter the for­mal­i­ties were wrapped up, the wed­ding took on a live­lier note with a mul­ti­tude of fes­tiv­i­ties at the cou­ple’s car­ni­val-themed din­ner re­cep­tion the next day, held at Chin Woo Sta­dium, KL. Keep­ing in mind El­iz­a­beth’s love for car­ni­vals and Cirque du Soleil, the vintage sta­dium was con­verted into a fun­house in lieu of a con­ven­tional sit-down din­ner. There were gourmet food stalls, photo booths and var­i­ous car­ni­val games such as lucky ducks, spin the wheel and slam dunk to en­ter­tain the guests. The crown jewel of the en­tire event was a carousel in the cen­tre of the hall where the cou­ple and their bridal party were in­tro­duced as they made their grand en­trance. It was truly a grand wed­ding that had the en­tire town buzzing with ex­cite­ment.

WED­DING RE­CEP­TION WHEN Oc­to­ber 17-18, 2014 WHERE Ritz-Carl­ton KL and Chin Woo Sta­dium Elizabeth Lee & Ben­jamin Yong

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