A Love like Wine

Matthew Lim and Clairyn Chong’s sweet ro­mance and sub­se­quent wed­ding in a vine­yard proves that like fine wine, love only gets bet­ter as it ages

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Matthew Lim and Clairyn Chong’s love story proves that like fine wine, love only gets bet­ter as it ages

Per­fect re­la­tion­ships of­ten times re­quire pa­tience and work by the par­ties in­volved. Take Matthew Lim and Clairyn Chong, whose re­la­tion­ship has been steadily grow­ing over their time spent to­gether. The love­birds stud­ied in Mel­bourne, Aus­tralia dur­ing their univer­sity days, how­ever, they only of­fi­cially met when they were col­leagues, back home in Malaysia, and then be­gan see­ing each other in 2009. Fast for­ward seven years later, Matthew fi­nally plucked the courage to pro­pose to Clairyn with the help of his close friends, at a ho­tel in KL. The heart­felt pro­posal started off with rose petals on the floor, red and white bal­loons as well as per­son­alised mes­sage boards that led Clairyn to Matthew, who was wait­ing pa­tiently for her with a bou­quet of roses in his hands.

Matthew had al­ways wanted to have their wed­ding at some place unique and dreamy, so, it was de­cided that they would have their wed­ding at a vine­yard, par­tic­u­larly at

Pep­pers Creek Winery in Aus­tralia. And since both Matthew and Clairyn were wine ap­pre­ci­a­tors them­selves, the place was the ideal setup for the wed­ding of their dreams. The beau­ti­ful spring weather com­ple­mented the stun­ning lo­ca­tion as the pair ex­changed their vows in the pres­ence of 75 at­ten­dees com­pris­ing close friends and fam­ily. Bryan Loo, Joon Ong and Vin­cent Tan were among those who flew to Aus­tralia to cel­e­brate the holy mat­ri­mony of the beloved cou­ple. When the bride and groom were asked about how they felt dur­ing their walk down the aisle, Clairyn’s re­sponse was a re­flec­tion of how ex­cited she felt, as she said, “My heart was thump­ing, and I was ad­mir­ing the hard work that was put into mak­ing this whole wed­ding fall into place.” Matthew’s an­swer was con­cise, yet com­pelling. “Pure joy,” he sim­ply said.

The fairy tale wed­ding, so full of char­ac­ter, spanned over the course of two days, fea­tur­ing a se­ries of tra­di­tional wed­ding ac­tiv­i­ties such as the tea cer­e­mony and the gate crash­ing game, along­side a church cer­e­mony in the day­time, then fol­lowed by a din­ner re­cep­tion at night.

What was most mem­o­rable dur­ing the wed­ding, Clairyn stated, was “def­i­nitely the horse car­riage, when we said our vows and when we per­formed an im­promptu

dance dur­ing the re­cep­tion. Also, hav­ing it in the bar­rel room was truly a one-of-a-kind ex­pe­ri­ence. Thank­fully the weather was per­fect too!”

Plan­ning the en­tire wed­ding was no easy task, es­pe­cially since the cou­ple did not seek help from an event plan­ner for the oc­ca­sion. How­ever, it made the whole event even more mean­ing­ful as they got to see all their hard work from weeks of prepa­ra­tion, come to life.

“Clairyn plans way ahead and had ev­ery­thing done and sorted three weeks prior to us fly­ing off. She then had three weeks to pam­per her­self be­fore the wed­ding,” ex­pressed Matthew. “As for me, I was a re­laxed groom un­til three weeks till the wed­ding! While she was the chilled bride, I was en­sur­ing ev­ery­thing was ready.”

While some may be blinded by the sheer thought of fall­ing in love and dis­re­gard the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, ef­fort and time it takes, that are cru­cial for a fruit­ful re­la­tion­ship, both Matthew and Clairyn prove that it takes more than just emo­tions to keep a re­la­tion­ship go­ing—adding that it re­quires per­se­ver­ance and com­mit­ment to one an­other as well as hard work and stick­ing to­gether to over­come all ob­sta­cles.

WHEN WHERE Septem­ber 20, 2016 Pep­pers Creek Winery, Aus­tralia

WED­DING DE­TAILS PHO­TOG­RA­PHER, HAIR & MAKEUP JS Photography, New South Wales BRIDE’S OUT­FIT Guangzhou JEW­ELLERY Di­a­mond ear­rings and neck­lace passed down by bride’s par­ents and par­ents-in-law GROOM’S OUT­FIT Lo­cal tai­lor in KL city INVITATIONS Premio...

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