choy mike6.jpgHappily married, at last!

choy mike.jpgChoy and best friend, florist Justin Koh of Fleurlicious, also her bridesman, bought peonies, roses and wildflowers for her bouquet from a flower market in Brisbane. May, her matron of honour, and the bridesmaids carried roses.

Malaysian-born, Norwegian-Chinese Choy Teh, 33, and Indonesian Michael Tanujaya, 35, celebrated with a fabulous destination wedding in Australia. She tells us:

choy mike7.jpgChoy’s adorable flower girls, twin sister May’s daughters, carried posies and fun signs.

“Michael and I were introduced by a mutual friend at a full moon party at Tanjong Beach Club in June 2011. He pursued me for a month and soon after, we became a couple. I fell in love with his sincerity, charm, intelligence, and sense of humour, as well as his ability to love unconditionally. The bonus: he was gorgeous and tall, too!

choy mike5.jpgMay (far right), the matron of honour, was in H&M while the bridesmaids (left) wore dresses from ASOS. The flower girls wore dresses from WWW.BHLDN.COM. Bridesman, Justin, wore his own bespoke suit.

We were in New York on my belated birthday trip when Michael popped the question in Central Park.

choy mike2.jpgFun pictures, like these of Michael and his groomsmen showing off their socks, and Choy with a friend, are priceless.

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For our wedding, we wanted an intimate and relaxed space and chose Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins at Mount Warning in Uki, New South Wales, for its warmth and homely atmosphere. Both our families stayed there with us. It was a 50-minute drive from Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coolangatta, where we exchanged vows. Coolangatta is in Queensland and borders the south coast of New South Wales. Our guests stayed nearby to make getting around easier.

choy mike3.jpgChoy with her father Teh Khye San and stepdad Allan Walker.

choy mike10.jpgIt was a night of fun, laughter and love as people moved about indoors and outdoors.

choy mike13.jpgChoy’s surprise for Michael: a makeshift gentleman’s lounge with cigars, whisky and ladies in burlesque costumes.

We had a tea ceremony in the morning, the church service in the afternoon, and dinner later. We used the inside of Mavis’s Kitchen as well as the outdoors as we wanted it to feel like we were throwing a house party, which is what we do a lot of in Singapore. It was a rustic family-style, old-school garden dinner party. We literally transformed a space by the pond with picnic blankets and couches. Inside and outdoors, there was great food, organic wine and excellent company. Dinner was followed by dancing in the barn decorated with bales of hay and fairy lights.

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choy mike9.jpgThe wedding cake was a gluten-free chocolate and hazelnut brownie cake topped with fresh flowers.

choy mike14.jpgMay surprised Choy and Michael with a video montage of photos, and sang the twins’ childhood favourite by ABBA: I Have A Dream.

Everything was memorable, especially having Michael’s grandparents present – a huge blessing, which we were very grateful for – and our gift from my twin sister May: a video montage of photos that included ones from our childhood and courtship days.”

choy mike11.jpg“I fell in love with his sincerity, charm, intelligence and sense of humour, as well as his ability to love unconditionally.”

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Venue
 Church: Saint Augustine’s Catholic Church in Coolangatta, Queensland (augmon@bne.catholic.net.au); dinner: Mavis’s Kitchen and Cabins at Mount Warning in New South Wales, Australia (+61-2-6679-5664)

Wardrobe Wedding gown: Legends by Romona Keveza (The Atelier Bridal, 6222-5516); evening dress: Francis Cheong (6734-9898); his suit: Azabu Tailor in Tokyo, Japan (www.azabutailor.com)

Hair and makeup A Cut Above, Bangsar Village II in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Faevian yee, +603-2283-2233)

Photography Blue Tulip Imaging in Byron Bay, Australia (Benjamin Lynch, +61-458-250-522)

Videography Substance Films (Zech Ni, 9299-4143)

Decor Flowers for the bride, bridesmaids and flower girls: Fleurlicious (Justin Koh, 6736-0036); centrepieces and other decorations: White Ivy Design in Queensland, Australia (whiteivydesign@gmail.com)

Wedding planner Sugar & Spice Events (Decinda McDonald, +61-7-5568-0523)

Special Thanks To Decinda for being the most patient and professional planner ever, Faevien (my close friend and stylist for 10 years) for hair and makeup, DJ Trent Maximas for the music, Benson Tan for his wonderful gospel performance in church, and Peter and Charlie as well as the Mavis Team for their patience, hospitality and humour. Also, Surfers Paradise Coaches for the flawless transportation. Lastly, my family and close friends, who helped to make the day go by as seamlessly as possible.

Choy and Michael’s wedding was first featured in Her World Brides March – May 2015.

See also: Choy and May’s cover story, where we catch up with them since their MTV VJ days, wedding plans, relationship tips and more.