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Close Up Couple Spotlight: Benjamin Yong & Elizabeth Lee-Yong, And A Love That's Larger Than Life

Couple Spotlight: Benjamin Yong & Elizabeth Lee-Yong, And A Love That's Larger Than Life

Couple Spotlight: Benjamin Yong & Elizabeth Lee-Yong, And A Love That's Larger Than Life
By Jessica Liew
By Jessica Liew
October 19, 2017
With the new addition of baby Benjamin Baylee Yong to their family, we chart the adored couple’s relationship milestones and dissect their unique love language.
This is not for show: Their goofiness comes naturally, as captured in our October 2014 cover story
This is not for show: Their goofiness comes naturally, as captured in our October 2014 cover story

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again: There’s not many love stories that have tugged at heartstrings like that of Benjamin Yong and Elizabeth Lee-Yong’s unique relationship. It’s safe to say the adored couple’s family and friends would agree, in a heartbeat.

From the moment they stepped out as an official item at the 2012 Malaysia Tatler Ball, to their present-day role as parents, Ben and Liz possess a bond that grows deeper over the years. It’s in the subtle ways they compliment each other on social media, and the thoughtful favours they do to support the others’ interests (Ben as a serial entrepreneur and Liz is the artistic, social butterfly). Distinct they may be, with an age gap of 10 years, but it’s a mutual love for their babies, travel, vigorous appetite and knack for seizing opportunity that makes them a match made in heaven.  

 See also: Benjamin Yong And Elizabeth Lee's Pre-Wedding Kitchen Tea Party

Ben and Liz stepped out officially as a couple, at the 2012 Tatler Ball
Ben and Liz stepped out officially as a couple, at the 2012 Tatler Ball

The couple’s whirwind romance is one for the books – the pair have been inseparable since Liz’s sister, Shen-Tel Lee, introduced them one afternoon in 2012. Their love deepened and after enduring a long-distance relationship, Ben decided to pop the question in December 2013. He pulled off an elaborate plan – which entailed a romantic dinner at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, a serenading cellist, a gumball machine, and fireworks – to a magnificent success.

Malaysia Tatler had the privilege of covering their love story in September 2014 – and were treated to a firsthand experience of their playful, lovestruck banter. In October 2014, the couple threw ‘the wedding of the year’ – a celebration of their quirky natures and personalities in a carnival extravaganza held at the vintage Chin Woo Stadium. Guests toasted their marriage in a big way, feasting over air-flown tuna from Japan, a carousel centerpiece, and lots of fun that appealed to everyone’s inner child.

See also: Get To Know Our Creators of #WeAreGen.T 2016

The couple with baby Blake, celebrating Liz's 30th birthday in July 2017
The couple with baby Blake, celebrating Liz's 30th birthday in July 2017

The couple welcomed their firstborn in July 2015, a gorgeous girl called Blake Azalee Yong, who’s turned their world upside down with her joyful, adorable ways. The model parents recently added a new member to the brood, Benjamin Baylee Yong, born October 5. 

Looking back on how far their big hearts and larger than life relationship has taken them, Ben and Liz is a love story that’s inspiring and one we’ll revisit for a dose of warm and fuzzy feels.

Launch gallery to see 16 of their memorable snapshots. 

Bonding over what they love best, food. Behind the scenes shot for their September 2014 cover
Behind the scenes shot for their September 2014 cover : The couple acting out their first date that took place at Wong Kee coffeeshop at Jalan Pudu
Welding their star power for the money shot. This became their cover for Tatler's September 2014 issue
There's no containing the playful synergy they share, captured in their September 2014 cover story
Suited and glammed up: Ben and Liz at the 2014 Tatler Ball
Ben steals a quick peck on Liz's cheek at their wedding ceremony in October 2014
The smiles say it all -- this is the Ben and Liz effect, at their wedding ceremony in October 2014
Ben and Liz, all smiles at their carnival-themed wedding in Chin Woo Stadium, October 2014
We're hitched! The couple raise a glass to their new chapter in life at their wedding in October 2014
Radiating glam appeal at the 2015 Tatler Ball
Fussing over Blake as brand new parents, at their firstborn's full moon party in August 2015
Young at heart, the new parents posing at Blake's full moon party in 2015
Ben's mum Helen Read, Ben and Liz at the grand launch of Little B.I.G. Batai in November 2015
It's in those loving glances and gentle touches. Full on PDA at Liz's 30th birthday party earlier this year
At our Generation T 2016 party. They still know how to enjoy a night on the town.
Ben and Liz share an unbreakable bond, and it's evident in their little love gestures
 

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