Ok so I haven’t really blogged about only THE most important happening in my life – my wedding. So as you know, I finally got hitched with my favourite person in the world back in March. I guess I’ve blogged about some of the few things I did for the preparations. Nothing major haha.
We kept as much tradition as we could, but as I’m from Tutong, we didn’t really have a million functions or traditions to follow and GD’s family is pretty chill. So was able to keep it quite minimal.
(This post was edited because somehow the images would not appear so I replaced them with new pictures)
(Pictures unavailable for now – let me find them first 😭😭)
Ok technically this is not an engagement ceremony per se. It’s basically his family came over to my house to ask formally for my hand in marriage and also so my family can communicate to them our “demands” (highly orchestrated – since we started planning the wedding since March 2012 haha).
But it’s nice to have a party at the house and see my cousins. Essentially this is my mum’s gig – she ran the show. We prepared food, doorgifts, and I dressed up too.
Doorgifts are my Mum’s homemade manisan made with love. Hehe.
Served food, catered by my sister’s sister in law’s friend. LOL. Information given to me was quite vague. But the food was excellent and they even covered our table. Haha.
While they were preparing downstairs, I was busy camwhoring upstairs. Wore a Cotton On Chiffon Blouse with some shoulder studs and a silver skirt I made during previous hari raya. Also wore my late grandmother’s silver belt and my hair up in a bun like how she used to do.
Also, wore a pair of Pearl Studs, which GD bought for me long time ago when we both started dating. ❤
Worth mentioning that my late grandmother was a very tiny woman so sometimes when I’m sitting down I cannot breathe haha.
Believe it or not this is my ONLY full length photo.
So his family came, discussed me for 5 minutes and the demands (permintaan). The rest of the time I think they were discussing stuff like how they know each other…… I’m not really sure.
So the permintaan are as below:
SO this is why I say it’s not really an engagement per se. Cause these demands haven’t been fulfilled. Haha. So they will be delivered on my Nikah. So I was engaged for like…20 minutes. Haha.
The Nikah is what I would describe as as a flurry of activities. We did it at Masjid Al Ameerah Al Hajjah Maryam, Jerudong Park. This event is hosted by GD’s family.
Here is the to-do list.
- I had to get ready at home, do my makeup and look pretty.
- Guests go directly to the venue. Most of my family will be there as well, to welcome guests.
- My sister who is in charge of the hantarans, have to be there early, so she can arrange and coordinate.
- I’m supposed to follow my dad and wait in the car until such time I am summoned.
- Will then wait in the small room where women pray.
My sister doing assistant duties 😂
Obligatory hand bouquet shot. Made by yours truly. This is while waiting at the small prayer room.
In the mean time, the entourage outside discussed my hantarans.
Then when all is well, and accounted for, the men came in and asked Dad and me to sign documents.
Then they went out and I was summoned outside to the big hall to sit on the most uncomfortable cushion in the world.
After about 30 minutes, the wedding vows starts. Here is GD in his big shining moment. And there I was, cannot feel my legs. Or butt.
After akad nikah, yeayyyyy. We’re married! He can touch my forehead!!! Haha.
Also I can finally wear my BEAUTIFUL RINGS!!!!!!!
Then it was photo session time and then hurried home cause… I need to be scrubbed, again, by the Pengangun.
I really love the Masjid Jerudong venue plus lots of beautiful foliage outside to make beautiful photos. Plus they have chairs and tables for borrowing and no tents needed!
Reception or my Bersanding is done at a non-conventional venue.
It’s also a super small wedding (with only 400 guests – 200 from my side and 200 from groom side). I wanted a small, intimate ceremony with my very favourite and my closest family who knows me so well (no one even questioned the venue).
Growing up in Danau, I was always surrounded by beaches and trees. So I am really crazy about beaches and the thought of doing a wedding in a big stuffy hall makes me feel suffocated.
Furthermore it’s a March wedding, the monsoon rains are gone, and we have windy mornings (boy was it windy!). I wanted to incorporate a beach, the waves and beautiful sky into the most important day in my life.
To tell u the truth, it really wasn’t that hard. Everything remains the same as a normal wedding you generally experience in a hall, but just…on a beach. So the concept really is a Malay wedding concept, bringing us back to those days when remember how we used to have weddings outside?
Parking was plenty, as my wedding was at 8am in the morning!
Yes 8am!!! I had to wake up at 430am that day to do lulur, mandi bunga and all that, and then do makeup at home, and by 7am was already at the venue, where my hairdresser was waiting to do my hair.
My eyes was so watery and very difficult to draw on my eyeliner and put on fake lashes. Haha!
[Edit 3.3.2019] FYI for all my events I did my own makeup – the beginning of a slippery slope and now I am a makeup addict.
Imagine this setting with some Bebel Gilberto Samba playing in the background. I’ve put the playlist myself so if you were there that was all my FAVOURITE love songs ever.
It was such a beautiful day!
Meanwhile I was in the main building getting ready and having laughs with friends who came to visit and have breakfast!
My dress was a konon Elie Saab lookalike.
Back at the venue, guests were already starting to trickle in. (I know cause I get to see all these photos on the Wedding Party app)
The Reception Table – is where you “sign in” & receive doorgifts but I seem to not be able to find any pics.
Then it was time for me to walk down the aisle! With Yuna’s Terukir di Bintang playing in the background.
Then I walked first and GD did Pusing Naga, Memecah Buluh and did the forehead thing again. Haha.
Then it was Majlis Berbasuh Kaki
Then people eat and then we sat and took photos?
I also had wedding singers!
And finally personally said goodbye to everyone who took the time to come. ❤
I love the photobooth – I think my guests had fun 🥰
So from the bottom of my heart thank you so much for coming to my wedding and most importantly thank you so much for participating- whether with your roles or by dressing up in your assigned colour!