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Genevieve and Raymond pose for the camera after the wedding
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Genevieve and Raymond
When you live in England, meet your Australian fiance in Malaysia, and have friends and relatives from around the world, where would be the appropriate venue to host your wedding? This was a big decision for Genevieve Cheng-Tsien Choo and Raymond Ford.

The Story
They met in 1999 while working at Club Med’s Petit Club, which offers babysitting services for in-house guests.

Having to work together, it was natural that the coupld fell in love.

According to Genevieve, “maintaining a relationship in Club Med was not an easy task but we managed to do so.”

Soon after, Raymond and Genevieve went to Australia, where Ray worked  at Club Med Lindeman Island for six months.

Genevieve then went to England to look for a job. Raymond later joined her, where they have since been living.

Although they reside in England, they do fly “home” to KL at least twice a year to enjoy the sun and food.

It was on one of those trip to Malaysia, where the couple were holidaying in Club Med, Cherating, when Raymond popped the question.

They got engaged in London and started planning for the wedding straightaway.
The Wedding

“The original plan was to get married in Englad, but things are so expensive there,” says Genevieve.

They had other destinations in mind to hold the wedding but organising it was difficult. Finally, they decided to meet half way - Kuala Lumpur.

“This was the most strategic location as it is half way between Australia and England and central for our friends and families.

“Being in England made organising difficult for me, so my dad appointed a wedding planner, Leticia Hsu from Events Wizards,” says Genevieve.

Leticia and Genevieve started off by e-mailing each other and as time went by, they built a close rapport.

Finally, the wedding date was set.

“On our wedding day, I felt very calm, which was quite surprising as I am easily stressed out.

“Luckily for Leticia, everything was taken care of, so my sister and I had time to relax by the poolside.” says Genevieve.

“I didn’t have to worry about a thing, and that made me enjoy my wedding.”
The wedding went on without a hitch and everyone had a ball of a time.

“It was really fun to have all our friends from all over together. It was a wedding cum get-together,” says Ray.

After the ceremony, the couple and their families took photographs around the reception area.

Being half Chinese, Genevieve also had the traditional “tea ceremony”.

“I still hold close to my tradition as I feel the wedding would not be complete without a tea ceremony,” says the proud bride.

After dinner, all guests were invited to strut their stuff on the dance followed by the the throwing of the bouquet.

The couple and their friiends were then chauffeured to the hotel where they partied till dawn!

Cherished moments
“There was not a specific moment of the day that stood out. All of it was simply fabulous and it was really nice that all our friends could turn up from near and far to make our wedding special,” says Ray.

“It was fun because we were not bogged down by the planning, instead we had time to go clubbing and take our friends around,” adds Genevieve.