Yen, a tenacious girl who never let the odds defy her and balanced studies with a side job to supplement the meager scholarship sum for living expenses.
Elric, a free-spirited, book-lover boy who loves his boardgames and takes chances - one of which was jumping onboard an extended South East Asian trip with mostly people he had never met before at the invitation of one of his former high school mates.
At the end of the trip, Elric met Yen and they spent the whole night (& morning) chatting away as everyone else had fallen asleep.
He went back to Melbourne to work.
She went back to Sydney to study.
Somehow through the short trips between the different cities, they managed to keep in contact before Elric eventually moved over.
LDR (Long-distance relationship) did not end there, as work eventually brought Yen away but they persisted through.
4 long years later after they first met, he popped the question.
She said yes!
I had the pleasure of recording their wedding day, of which you can enjoy in different parts here:
Yen & Elric Wedding Ceremony
Yen & Elric Couple Pre-wedding/Post-wedding Shoot
Yen & Elric Dinner Reception
I guess this is also a little encouragement to all the long-distance couples out there.
It CAN work, but it takes two hands to clap and both of you need to be intentional and fully committed from the start.
Having an end-game in mind definitely helps put things in perspective, as there is little second guessing on either side on what the other is doing or thinking a few time-zones away.
Communication will be hard, and through your different experiences, you will change, you may grow apart, you may become a totally different person and not know who your partner is anymore.
It is okay if it doesn't work out, but for all those who weathered the years, the distance, the time-differences - I salute you.