#COVERBRIDE FINALIST: Sarah Md Ong, 29, Public Affairs Manager, engaged to Geoffrey Chua, 34, Banker.
Date of marriage: October 20, 2018
The first meet-up and ‘proposal’
Geoff and I both studied in Perth, Western Australia, but we never met when he was still studying there. He dropped me a message on Facebook only after he graduated, and while I was still in my second year. A week later, he flew over to supposedly settle some stuff in Perth, and that was when we first met in person.
We hit it off pretty well and kept in contact. Coincidentally, it was seven years ago on the same date as our forthcoming marriage, that Geoff surprised me in Australia with his first ‘proposal’ - he gave me an infinity ring with the words 'Now & Forever' engraved in it, and asked if I'd let him take care of me. In short, that's when he asked me to be his girlfriend.
“Marriage is a lifelong journey of learning and growing together.”
First date and how I knew he was ‘The One’
Sorry if this sounds cheesy, but our first date was rather magical. We had a picnic at Kings Park, Western Australia, and Geoff had all the things prepared; blanket, old school polaroids etc. There were three kids close by who tried to catch our attention, and we eventually ended up playing with them. I knew that Geoff was the one when I saw how he interacted with them - he's warm, loving, and patient.
A socially-conscious wedding
More importantly, we plan to include and partner with some truly unique and creative talents for our wedding. Our invites/posters are illustrated by a budding artist from Very Special Arts, and we designed and painted Geoff's pocket square, and my wedding skirt, with young female artists from Little Arts Academy/The Business Times Budding Artists Fund.
“I hope that we will continue to be patient, kind and loving to each other, to be each other's pillars of strength and to emulate all important values that our parents have taught us.”
A good friend of ours gifted us with a special photographer, and I’m also creating a necklace from local artisanal and socially conscious brand, Eden + Elie’s Necklace Bar collection. We will also be donating our wedding flowers to a hospice. (See 9 ways you can have an eco- and socially-conscious wedding that gives back)
I'm very lucky to be able to engage in community projects at work and it's only natural for us to include their amazing talents into our wedding plans.
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GOWN: LOVE STORY WEDDING BOUTIQUE
JEWELLERY: GOLDHEART JEWELRY
FACIAL TREATMENT: ESTHECLINIC
STYLING: STEVE THIO
HAIR: GREG OH
MAKEUP: SHA SHAMSI