Andrew Tan never imagined he’d be walking down the aisle with his crush Melisa Lee seven years since their first meeting.

“It was seven years ago that I first met Melisa… in a club. I thought to myself that she was beautiful and probably out of my league,” said a slightly bashful Andrew. Looking dashing in a tailored suit from Lord’s Tailor and a ruffled bowtie, the new groom has his arms linked with Melisa, whose modern-day cheongsam in gold brocade and sequins was created by Jason Yek Couture in Kota Damansara.

Andrew explains how he and Melisa kept crossing paths again down the road. “A year and a half later, we crossed paths again at a restaurant. The funny thing is that my mother-in-law recognised me but she didn’t.”

As the saying goes, ‘Better late than never.’ Seven years since their first meeting, they finally got to know each other better, and slowly but surely, they fell in love.

Respectively the youngest son and daughter of Dato’ Richard Tan Hook An and Datin Alice Yap May Kiew, and Dato’ Lee Yoon Kong and Datin Kelly Chen Lee Bee, Andrew and Melisa chose to celebrate her family’s side of the nuptials at Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur’s Grand Ballroom.

Throngs of guests were already gathered outside the ballroom an hour before the reception, sipping on cocktails and enjoying catching up. A gargantuan wall of flowers set up by floral design company Spring Cottage served as a dreamy photo shoot backdrop for the couple’s friends and family members.

When the time came for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, they had already changed into their second outfits of the night. Hers was a show-stopping white gown with a royal cathedral trail and an LED crown, while his was a smart officer-inspired uniform from D&L Bridal Fashion.

Covered by: Samantha Lim