Jonathan Lim and Mienli Tang
Singapore, Intercontinental Hotel
Mienli had declined Jonathan's coffee invitation several time before her friends convinced her to go. It was after all "just one coffee".
That 'one coffee' went well. Her first meeting with her future in-laws did not.
In the car, on the way to the Hunter Valley for a trip together, Mienli was feeling sick. "I asked him to stop the car... so he stopped at the nearest truck/bikie stop."
She ran into the bathroom, incredibly unwell and Jonathan's mother and sister came in to check she was OK. It turned out she had a nasty case of food poisoning and their first meeting was witnessing the after-effects of this. While it was "memorable and is now funny... it wasn't pleasant for them and for me," she says.
An impressive Valentine's Day gift was followed by an equally impressive proposal. Jonathan had surprised Mienli with a trip to Europe because she wanted to travel and see more of the continent.
He asked for her parent's permission and then waited until they were in Avignon, in the south of France, to pop the question.
"We stayed at a gorgeous, small hotel - La Mirande, so so beautiful," Mienli says. "When we arrived, it still didn't click [that he might propose], as I thought he just wanted to surprise me with a nice place during our trip. He's that sort of a sweet guy."
That night he arranged for a dinner at the chefs table in the hotel's restaurant. After the five-course meal and nightcaps, they returned to their room. Jonathan had organised for tea light candles to line the room floor and tables. There were also flowers and dessert wine on the table. ''I thought 'wow, this hotel is amazing! Customer service at a five star hotel is just on top of this world'," Mienli recalls. "I had no clue, which is nothing like me."
After going to the bathroom, still clueless, Mienli saw a strange expression on Jonathan's face. "That's when it hit... he got on one knee and asked me."
She said 'yes' before checking, "Did you ask my mum and dad?"
Having both sides of their family all together made the day special. "My family is mainly from Sydney and his family were mainly in Singapore so to meet together was great," Mienli says. "It feels complete.
"Also having friends there in Singapore with us felt like a massive holiday and party, it was amazing."
Mienli says she and Jonathan are very different. In fact "we are complete opposites - except for food, we like the same food." But, they take everything step by step and "try to communicate as much as possible."
Plus, she says they have a sense of humour. "We laugh a lot."
An organza dress by a Singaporean wedding dress designer.
The cake was supplied by the hotel.