Matt and Chloe met in Birmingham in the summer of 2004 after Matt’s friend tried to get in front of Chloe at a concert. But despite his vulgar techniques (which they will resist mentioning) she was too stubborn to let him past her. However, for reasons they still can’t explain, they got to know each other and have had a successful eleven year relationship ever since.
Fusion Wedding Planning
In theory the wedding ceremony itself should have been quite problematic; Matt coming from a secular/culturally Anglican background and Chloe being a BBC (British Born Chinese), but we managed to compromise quite easily. I think this is primarily because neither of us hold a particular religious persuasion and nowadays religious customs seem to be slightly more difficult to negotiate than that of nationality or ethnicity.
Also, Matt probably cares more about films than he does his heritage so we decided to try and add a Chinese film theme to our wedding lay out too – naming each table after a classic Chinese language movie for instance. At the end of the day you hope only to ever have one wedding, so making it a celebration of the type of people we are, rather than our heritage was important to us.
Contrasting the Chinese tea ceremony and the Groom’s bridesmaid challenges (where Matt had to complete several tasks to see Chloe before the actual wedding) with the nostalgic Avon Croft museum venue, pretty much summed up how weird and awkward we are – Which is good, right?