Sweet Sur­ren­der

In­spired by their first cou­ple ad­ven­ture, the nup­tials of STEPHANIE YAP AND CHEO MINGYOU were em­bel­lished with over­ar­ch­ing bou­quets of blush pink sakuras that her­alded the be­gin­ning of an ex­cit­ing new jour­ney

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Stephanie Yap and Cheo Mingyou

You could say the story of Stephanie Yap and Cheo Mingyou be­gan with in­stant at­trac­tion. “When Stephanie walked into the room dur­ing a gath­er­ing or­gan­ised by a mu­tual friend, I im­me­di­ately took no­tice and tried to get her at­ten­tion in ev­ery way pos­si­ble,” re­calls Mingyou—blush­ingly, we would like to think. The CEO of Choon Heng Group, where his fa­ther Cheo Tiong Heng is chair­man, must have done some­thing right as Stephanie says, “My first im­pres­sion of him was that he was pretty charm­ing and witty, an in­tel­li­gent guy with style.”

Stephanie may have been liv­ing in Syd­ney at that point, but the dis­tance did not de­ter Mingyou, who flew al­most 4,000 miles just to be with her. Their first date en­tailed a stroll by the sea where they were sur­prised by an un­ex­pected dis­play of fire­works, an apt re­flec­tion of the sparks be­tween them.

Dur­ing their two-year courtship, the ad­ven­ture junkies ex­plored var­i­ous coun­tries to­gether, in­clud­ing Hong Kong where Mingyou sur­prised Stephanie with a room filled with float­ing heart-shaped bal­loons and rose petals strewn ev­ery­where. Go­ing down on one knee with a cus­tom-made di­a­mond ring from Hong Kong jew­eller Ron­ald Abram, he asked Stephanie to marry him.

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