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