It is one thing to shoot a set of bridal portraits when you are both newly engaged, and quite another to do it after a year of marriage. Most couples find the first year after moving in together challenging, and that is the real test – only those who truly enjoy each other’s company will survive.
In this collaboration with Rev AsiaxEcoWorld, we found a couple who had been married for a year, and photographed them doing simple, everyday things. We adore this set of portraits that was taken by Joshua Koh Photography. If you think the photos are lovely, their love story will melt your heart.
Michelle: “We met in church in Kuala Lumpur back in October 2015. I had just moved back from the States, and he had moved from Penang earlier in the year. It was drizzling outside, and he offered to walk me to my car with his umbrella, but I declined.
“That night, Matthew found me through a mutual friend on Facebook. We began talking and haven’t stopped since. There was a minor setback when I had to move to Singapore for work, but he made an effort to meet me in Ipoh during one of my trips back. He ended up meeting my whole family as I was having lunch with them – grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins included!
“We spoke every night for hours and saw each other once or twice a month, either in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore when he came to visit. During my trip home one Christmas, our families gathered for Christmas Eve dinner at my grandparents’ house, and everyone got along so well! We were still friends at this point, but a few days later, he asked me to be his girlfriend and I immediately said yes!
“Over the next year, we took turns travelling every other week to see each other, and I eventually moved back to Kuala Lumpur. On 30 September 2017, we went hiking with both of our best friends, and at the top of Bukit Tabur, Matthew got down on one knee and proposed. I burst into tears and said yes! We got married on 19 January 2019, and are truly so blessed to be on this journey together.”