At Long Last

Long­time sweet­hearts Ange­lyn Chong and Mah Kok Wah have come a long way to­gether, which made their beau­ti­ful and stylish union all the more sweeter

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The com­ing to­gether of long-time sweet­hearts Ange­lyn Chong and Mah Kok Wah was truly a grand and classy af­fair

In their courtship span­ning eight years, Mah Kok Wah and Ange­lyn Chong have stuck to­gether through the ups-and-downs of life. In­tro­duced to each other through her sis­ters Cher­lyn and Clairyn, Kok Wah was struck by Ange­lyn’s beauty and poise. Deter­mined to pur­sue her, he en­listed the help of her sis­ters to match­make them, and it wasn’t long be­fore she too re­cip­ro­cated his feel­ings and then ac­cepted Kok Wah as her first boyfriend.

Six years into their re­la­tion­ship, Kok Wah ex­pe­ri­enced a health scare that re­sulted in him be­ing hos­pi­talised. Through­out his re­cov­ery, Ange­lyn stayed by his side and cared for him—her de­vo­tion made him re­alise that she was the ‘one’. Af­ter re­cov­er­ing, he went around look­ing for an en­gage­ment ring for his pro­posal. Then Kok Wah planned for them to go to Paris for a hol­i­day, and it was there in the City of Lights that he sprung his sur­prise pro­posal.

“I qui­etly took the ring from my pocket and got down on one knee… only to re­alise she was too busy tak­ing self­ies with the Eif­fel Tower to no­tice I was propos­ing to her!” he said with a laugh. Ange­lyn did not see it com­ing at all and stared at him in stunned si­lence for a while be­fore she said “yes”.

Their wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions were coloured by the cou­ple’s fun-lov­ing per­son­al­i­ties, from the cul­tural cer­e­monies all the way to the flo­ral-fan­tas­ti­cal din­ner re­cep­tion at the grand ball­room of St Regis Ho­tel Kuala Lumpur. Kok Wah’s en­tourage of grooms­men—dressed in pi­lot cos­tumes as a trib­ute to the groom’s work with the avi­a­tion in­dus­try—were sub­jected to a se­ries of hi­lar­i­ous tests by the brides­maids be­fore he could claim his bride, dur­ing the gate-crash­ing. Af­ter ac­ing the tests, the cou­ple then pro­ceeded with the tra­di­tional cer­e­mony of serv­ing tea to their elders as a sign of re­spect.

The wed­ding din­ner saw around 600 of the cou­ple’s clos­est fam­ily and friends in at­ten­dance. It started off with a cock­tail re­cep­tion in the foyer, be­fore guests sat down for din­ner in the main hall.

There was ap­plause all around when the cou­ple made their fairy­tale-like en­trance arm-in-arm. And in be­tween cour­ses, peo­ple moved around the ball­room to catch up with one an­other. One of the night’s high­lights was a bois­ter­ous yam seng toast to the cou­ple’s fu­ture to­gether. The cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued on with an af­ter-party that lasted un­til the next day—and the day af­ter as well. Prov­ing the cou­ple’s fun-lov­ing na­ture and en­ergy when the oc­ca­sion calls for it.

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