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A Rocking Garden Wedding At Campus Lakeside

Bridal shoes. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Faith and Max held their wedding at Taylor’s University Lakeside, and from the moment guests received their invitations, it was like they had just gotten passes to the most happening event of the year. We wish we were there because it looked like such an uber cool wedding.

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding invitations. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Max: “The theme of our wedding was ‘We Love Because God First Loved Us’ (1 John 4:19). I believe our wedding theme and concept came from none other than God. [Faith and I] have so many differences, yet we are able to choose to love because we know God has planned this relationship for us since the beginning. Basically we realised that we can’t love if we never learn that love comes from God in the first place.

“As to why we chose this venue, this is where our hearts are. We love college students. There’s just so much energy in them as well as potential. We are thankful for the privilege of building a campus generation as well as our church ministry. It was at this very spot that I proposed a year before our wedding.

Guest notes. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding party. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Taylor's Lakeside garden wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garden wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“It was unbelievable that the day had come – a day in which I saw how God had orchestrated such a beautiful wedding for us! Firstly, there was fine weather during the rainy season, and secondly, my bride sang her vows in a song – the sweetest one. On that day, we married the best that God has given us.”

Ultimately, we think weddings are only for a day, but marriage is for a lifetime, so build the latter. It doesn’t cost tons of money to have a good wedding; after all, it’s not so much a good wedding that we desire but a good marriage. The key is to have a meaningful wedding.”

Taylor's Lakeside garden wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Pouring of sand ceremony. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We both love creativity. We had a casual vintage theme. Pastel blue was the main colour, followed by pastel pink and yellow. With the limited budget we had, and leveraging on God’s given idea, we made use of designs and lots of recycled materials for our invitations and wedding décor.

“Bottles and cans were collected from different kopitiam and cafés, with the help of some friends. Faith’s cousin Alexandrea Yeo, who is a designer, designed and made her wedding gown, and Faith’s brother composed a song for us.

Paper plane instead of confetti, clever idea. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

First valentine's gift as ring holder. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“Our wedding bands were carried by my first Valentine’s Day gift to her – a teddy bear. I must admit that Faith was the main creative person when it came to the entire theme, resources and planning. She would make a really good wedding planner!

“I personally loved the wedding invitations (I’m biased!). It served not just as a wedding card with concept and info, but also as a fridge magnet. We’ve seen them in many of our relatives and friends’ homes. If you look closely, you’ll see ‘12345’ – 2012, March 4 at 5pm.

Taylor's Lakeside Campus wedding. Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Inlight Photos. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Our tips for brides-to-be: “Start with a theme while planning. Try to DIY if you’re confident enough, otherwise find friends who are. Get a good wedding coordinator who will help relief you from stress so you can enjoy the moment. Finally, appreciate those involved in making your big day happen.”

FAITH & MAX {Malaysia}

Photography by Inlight Photos / Videography by With Love / Venue Taylor’s University Lakeside Campus Uni Square, Selangor / Number of Guests 350 / Bridal Gown by Alexandrea Yeo / Bride’s Shoes by Taobao / Hair and Makeup by Pixie / Wedding Bands by Materialise Creativity & Mass Customization / Groom’s Attire by Topshop / Wedding Cake by Chef Karam / Catering by Ruemz Hotel / Invitations by Max (Groom) / Entertainment by Relent, Taylor’s University Symphony Orchestra and Jyne Lim (FRESCO) / Sound and Lighting by Psychoacoustic Sound & Lights

Peachy Spring Garden Party

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridesmaids' dresses. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Welcome sign and notes from guests. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This wedding made us fall in love with the colour peach all over again. Peach injects a kind of sweetness and happiness into the atmosphere. From the bride’s bouquet and VW van to the stationery, cake and big peach balloons, there is just so much to love about this wedding.

Sugarcoated Events beautifully crafted and put together the stationery. The wedding programme fans – complete with handpainted handles – menus, signs, meringue bar labels, right down to the cushions for the little ones at the end of the aisle. Detailed to the last dot, they also hand-dyed vintage napkins and aprons for the waiters to wear.

Bridal bouquet and confetti. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tealily Photography: “Banker by day, creator by night and all the moments in between. Nicola, of the gorgeous Etsy shop Concrete & Honey, dressed up her wedding with the sweetest handmade pieces in just about every nook and cranny. Hope you enjoy this visual feast as much as we did; I think I’m still in awe of it all. Special mention also goes to the type-your-own guest notes.”

Vintage peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Adorable flowergirls and pageboys. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Whimsical peach garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridesmaids in peach tones. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Beautiful garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Outdoor wedding reception. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Outdoor wedding reception. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach colour wedding cake. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Peach colour wedding décor. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Outdoor lunch reception. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.comn

Peach colour garden wedding. Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

NICOLA & DARREN {Australia}

Photography by Tealily Photography / Bridal Gown by Collette Dinnigan / Bride’s Shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti / Groom’s Attire by J.Crew and Herringbone / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Anna Campbell / Flowergirls’ Dresses by Tutu Du Monde / Flowers and Décor by Aleksandra / Wedding Cake by Sweet Bloom / Catering by Katering / Art and Stationery by Sugarcoated Events / Invitation Illustrations by Studio Kandy / Pews and Handmade Goods by Mr & Moi and Concrete & Honey on Etsy / Vintage Tableware by The Vintage Kitchen / Furniture by Splendid Days

Many Cultures, One Union

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Semara Resort in Uluwatu, Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridal bouquet. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

For the ring. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Pageboys. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The beauty of traditional design elements combined with a modern touch. In design school, we learned that beauty is meaningless without a concept or reason. Designs with meaning impart something to the people who encounter them. The great thing about Asia is our rich culture. We take it for granted sometimes, but Mary and Jeffrey have breathed new life into it for us.

Mary grew up in the Philippines, but did her law degree in the Netherlands. Jeffrey grew up in the US, and lived in France and Senegal while in the Peace Corp before making the move to Indonesia. We are privileged to get to see this lovely couple’s wedding ceremony at Villa Ambar of Semara Luxury Villa Resort, Uluwatu, through the camera lens of Vicki Grafton.

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Batik fans for guests. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding at Semara Resort in Uluwatu. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Mary: “For our wedding, we decided to bring our cultures together – Indonesian, Filipino, Swedish, English, Scottish, Irish and French – as well as our interest in the environment and nature. Besides the ring box with roots in it, the table numbers were made from logs and the guests’ place settings were little stones.

“’Wayang’ (shadow puppet), ‘Loro Blonyo’ dolls and batik represented Indonesian culture. ‘Wayang’ is most often associated with puppet theater performance. In every wayang performance, the ‘dalang’ (puppeteer) will tell stories about good and bad things, with a lot of philosophy that is highly influenced by epic Hindu stories.

Wedding at Uluwatu. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garden wedding. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Table centrepiece. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding table décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding table décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We chose the characters Krisna and Shinta, who are from a love story from Ramayana. You can see Krisna and Shinta ‘wayang’ in our decorations, and the symbol of Krisna and Shinta on our wedding invitations and save the dates.

“We also had a ‘Loro Blonyo’ (inseparable couple) cake topper and statues. ‘Loro Blonyo’ represents family life and the husband and wife as a beautiful relationship in harmony.

“Back in the day, ‘batik’ was the highest art, because it’s handmade – haute couture and a symbol of status. Nowadays, people in Indonesia wear ‘batik’ for any occasion. ‘Batik’ was seen in our chair ties and other aspects of our decorations.

Bali wedding. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“The ring bearers wore traditional Filipino shirts called ‘Barong’ – representing Filipino culture. I wore a white wedding dress that was designed by the American designer Sophia Tolli. Also, we tailored our wedding liturgy together with our celebrant, who is a Quaker priest.

“For our ceremony, we took readings from the Koran, the Bible as well as our favorite poets, Antoine de Saint Exupery (‘Little Prince’) and Kahlil Gilbran (‘The Prophet’). At the end of the ceremony, our celebrant gave ‘the Blessing of the Apaches’.”

Wedding gown interesting back. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding décor. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding in Bali. Vicki Grafton Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

MARY & JEFFREY {Indonesia}

Photography by Vicki Grafton Photography / Venue Semara Luxury Villa Resort in Uluwatu, Bali / Wedding Planning by ASMARA Events / Bridal Gown by Sophia Tolli / Groom’s attire ZARA / Flowers Ambience Flowers & Occasions / Catering by Bali Good Food Catering / Wedding Cake by Ixora Cakes Bali / Entertainment by Ricky & Co

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Childhood Sweethearts Marry After 23 Years Apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

This is definitely not a story you hear every day. While puppy love often fades, it didn’t for Sarah Ho and Wilson Ng, who tied the knot at The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong, more than 20 years after they first met as children.

Sarah formerly a designer at Paul Smith and Cath Kidston told the Hong Kong South China Morning Post, “Our mums were best friends and when they met, all the kids used to play together. I remember clearly that Wilson was my partner for this silly game we used to play. When his family left for America, I refused to partner up with any other boy. In fact, I stopped playing that game for good.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Bridal gown

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding day at Repulse Bay

Years later, with Sarah studying fashion design at Central Saint Martins, London, and Wilson pursuing his career as an accountant in the United States, a nudge from destiny caused their paths to cross once more.

When one of Wilson’s brothers got married, Sarah asked her mother for Wilson’s telephone number to congratulate him. She texted him, he texted back, and they never stopped.

Having lost touch with Sarah when his family relocated to the States, Wilson confessed that as he was growing up, he missed Sarah once in a while.

“Without realising it, a small part of me always thought of her as the perfect girl. Imagine my surprise when one day, after 23 years of silence, I finally got to talk to her, albeit electronically,” he said. “I knew I had probably put her on a pedestal, but after getting to know her better, I realised that I could never have imagined how great she really was … I couldn’t wait another second to see her.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Pink bridesmaids

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Bridesmaids box

Sarah soon realised Wilson was all she could think about, and decided to visit him. But before she got around to it, Wilson turned up in London.

“I knew that with each passing day, it was a missed opportunity to meet her and make my life complete,” he said. “The realisation came 10 minutes before I bought a ticket for a long ride to a country I’d never been to, to see a girl I hadn’t met in all those years.”

He showed up in a suit and with flowers. Although they hadn’t seen each other for more than 20 years, Sarah never forgot her first love. “When we reunited, he looked exactly the way I had imagined and had a smile that almost made me pass out,” she said. “I couldn’t believe that this incredible guy had been in my life all this time and I didn’t even know it.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding details

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Colourful wedding arch

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding confetti

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Garden wedding at The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. The wedding party

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding cake

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Love birds wedding cake topper

The day after he returned to the States, Wilson rang a jeweller. Less than two months later, he was on his way to London again, but this time with a ring in his pocket.

When he proposed, Sarah said yes immediately. “I know this sounds cheesy, but I really felt that he was the one the moment I met him again,” she said. “It was as if he just appeared out of nowhere and all I could think about was how lucky I was that he found a way back into my life.”

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Table number

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Childhood sweethearts marry after 23 years apart

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Wedding at The Verandah - The Repulse Bay

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Bridal red cheongsam

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Tea ceremony

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. First dance

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio. Photoboot

www.theweddingnotebook.com.Photography by History Studio

SARAH & WILSON {Hong Kong}

Photography by Kong Wai of History Studio / Venue The Repulse Bay, Hong Kong / Number of Guests 190 / Bridal Gown by Rosa Clara from Le Salon Bridal Boutique, Michigan / Bride’s Shoes by Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo / Hair and Makeup by Sum Wong / Groom’s Attire by Paul Smith, Armani and Ermenegildo Zegna / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Robert Rodriguez / Flower girl’s dress by Laura Ashley / Flowers and Décor by My Elegant Wedding / Wedding Cake Topper by My Merry Made / Invitations by Bride / Entertainment by Ladybird & The Diamonds / Photobooth by HK Photo Box

{Read about her DIY on our magazine}

Love Is Art

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK via The Wedding Notebook

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Pink wedding

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Tree décor

Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac) is the centre of performing arts in Malaysia, a place where people can truly express themselves through theatre, music and dance. Cherrie, who works in a bank, and William, who is from the IT industry, chose to show their love for each other in the gardens of KLPac. Everything looks like such fun – a true reflection of this couple. We especially like the photobooth’s big heart-shaped backdrop.

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding photobooth

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding photobooth

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. Garden wedding candy buffet

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK.

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK. KLPac Wedding

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK.

www.theweddingnotebook.com. Photography by Gallerie CK.

CHERRIE & WILLIAM {Malaysia}

Photography by Gallerie CK / Venue Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Breakfast At The Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. The wedding party

The thing about weddings, as much as most people want to be different, they often find themselves falling into the trap of mediocrity. This site is not about imitation, or worse, intimidation and making you think there’s a benchmark for what your wedding should be like. Rather, it’s about inspiring you to be who you are and celebrating that, as well as reminding you of the things you love and that purity of love you had as a child.

Euodia and Nic are a couple that embodies that. According to Chinese tradition, it should have been a gatecrashing ceremony. We have nothing against that – it can be fun and has its significance – but we’re excited that they decided to have a great time at the park together instead.

One of the most important moments was the exchanging of marriage vows, knowing that I will be spending my entire life with the most amazing man.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Purple themed wedding

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

Euodia: “I’ve always dreamed of having an outdoor ceremony, but due to the weather here, we opted for a breakfast picnic to fulfil that dream. In retrospect, it was one of the wisest decisions we made.

“Our evening ceremony and reception leaned towards the elegant, classic and formal, so we wanted something fun, bright and colourful for the morning, with lots of patterns and textures. We loved this “out of the norm” way of celebrating our friendship before we walked down the aisle.

“I did the flowers and décor myself with the help of my bridesmaid Melissa Leong – even the boys’ bow ties were handmade – and one of my church members, Michelle Ng, put this beautiful breakfast table together.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Wedding textures

© ZA Gallery. The Wedding Notebook - Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

Bridal tips: “Always stay focused. Do your research but don’t be distracted by too many ideas, as all weddings are beautiful and unique in their own way. Always be sure of what you and your partner want, and stick to that. Grow on that. Lavish on that. Also do lots of sourcing to get the best bargains in town so you can pull off a beautiful wedding within your budget.”

www.theweddingnotebook. Photography by ZA Gallery. Breakfast at the Park

EUODIA & NIC {Malaysia}

Photography by ZA Gallery / Videography by Rocket Science and Jay / Venue Lake Gardens, Kuala Lumpur / Number of Guests 8 / Bridal Gown by That Special Occasion and Khoon Hooi / Bride’s Shoes by Christy Ng Shoes / Hair and Makeup by May Lim of Wedding Isle

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The Unconventional

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Thanks to their unique ROM celebration and creative chalkboard bridal portraits, we were so excited to see what Regine and Joey would do on their wedding day. Once again, we were blown away. Check out how the bride creatively reused items from her garden ceremony for her reception later in the evening.

Regine: “Being unconventional adults, we wanted a wedding that somewhat reflects us. But just like any other bride, I didn’t know where to begin. Excited as I was, I just had too many ideas and things I wanted to do for our wedding. That’s when I fell in love with Pinterest. I started pinning all sorts of interesting things that I wanted to do.

“We wanted something outdoors. But knowing our weather, Joey wasn’t so keen on having our wedding dinner outside. So we agreed on an outdoor ceremony followed by a dinner indoors. We ended up at Hotel Equatorial, Bangi. It has a beautiful garden, and also a big ballroom.

Hotel Equatorial. Garden wedding venue. Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“My greatest concern was the décor. I wanted it to be light-hearted, uplifting, and most importantly, I wanted it to be US (whatever that meant)! Hubby came up with the colour scheme, and showed it to me. My immediate reaction was, ‘Perfect!’

“So that’s how it all started to fall into place, from the main backdrop streamers and aisle stands to the hand-fans that doubled up as lyrics for praise and worship during the ceremony. Then I added other details like the little hearts down the aisle, and the colourful paper roses that hung from above. It was all streamlined with the help of Pinterest – we picked out things that could be done within our theme.

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“My favourite highlight from the garden ceremony was my bridesmaids’ ‘note boards’. I didn’t want my girls to just walk down the aisle holding a bouquet of flowers; I wanted them to be part of the ceremony. We had chalkboards and the girls each wrote their ‘note’ to the groom on them. It was like their final warning to him!

© 3PM Studio. The Wedding Notebook - The Unconventional

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“A good friend, fashion designer Micky Tan, custom-made my three dresses. We conceptualised the dresses and even went shopping for the materials together. What a lovely job she did!

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© 3PM Studio. The Wedding Notebook - The Unconventional

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“For my ballroom decorations and photo-booth, I literally reused everything we had at the garden ceremony to save on my budget. Instead of a candy buffet, we had big bowls of childhood snacks as centerpieces on each table.

“It’s never just one item that makes a wedding memorable; I believe it’s all the elements combined. The venue, theme, design, decorations, videos, entertainment, and of course, our guests, and we are happy to say we had the entire package!

Tips from the bride: “DIY projects are more difficult to do when you start multiplying by the number of tables. Engage decorators so that you don’t have to worry about execution and setting up on the day. Attending to the guests as bride and groom is already extremely tiring and overwhelming enough.”

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by 3PM Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

{Steal Regine’s Pinterest board}

REGINE & JOEY {Malaysia}

Photography and Videography by 3PM Studio / Venue Hotel Equatorial, Bangi – Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur / Bridal Gown by Micky Tan / Bride’s Shoes by Zang Toi / Hair and Makeup by Olivia Loke / Décor by Paper & Colour / Invitations by Joey Khor (Groom) / Sound System by Crossroad Production

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From Virtual To Reality

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This is the garden where it all begins. May Ling and Jin kept everything simple and sweet, but within that simplicity lay the love they have for their nearest and dearest, because most of the items here were DIY. It’s a sign of their love for their guests, but also an expression of the effort they will put into their marriage together. Have you noticed that this photographer, Funky Dali, is often hired to conceptualise not just the photos, but the wedding as well?

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Malaysian photographer Funky Dali. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Garden wedding venue at Lone Pine Hotel. Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali: “During our first meeting, the couple told us, ‘We would like you guys to be the planners for our wedding in Penang!’ Brimming with excitement, we quickly set up a second meeting to brainstorm and get things started. Both of them being game designers in Singapore, a rustic/8-bit games-themed wedding was something relevant to them.

“Most of the décor was handmade, such as the ring pillow, thank-you gifts, signs, etc. Even the moustache on the bridal car was hand sewn! We were secretly hoping to keep the moustache but the bride’s mum loved it so much, she wanted to hang it in her home. The couple even flew in DJ Smiles from the famed TheFlashDance in the US to entertain their guests!”

Funky Dali Photography garden wedding at Lone Pine Hotel, Penang. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Funky Dali Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

MAY LING & JIN {Malaysia}

Photography by Funky Dali / Venue Lone Pine Hotel, Penang

A Touch Of Red

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This garden wedding ceremony held at the historical heritage mansion Carcosa Seri Negara was filled with tears and laughter. In the photographer, Zach’s, own words, “it’s definitely one of the most memorable weddings we’ve ever captured”.

We believe memories are made from the things that wedding couples put together. In this instance, the Yoon’s gorgeous dress was made by her friend Veralyne, who is a wedding gown designer.

Also, the garden décor and white helium balloons, as well as the bride’s vintage bags, were all collected during her many travels. The beauty of it all can only truly be seen when everything comes together.

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Carcosa Malaysia, garden wedding venue. Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by ZA Gallery. www.theweddingnotebook.com

YOON & BRIAN {Malaysia}

Photography by ZA Gallery / Venue Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur / Bridal Gown by Estudio de Veralyne / Groom’s Attire by Bespoked – Ian Chang

Somebody Loved

Anna Rina Photography

Anna Rina Photography

Nadia and Sazman’s wedding celebration was cosy and warm, filled with photo frames, candles and flowers. Among the most memorable moments were the speeches, especially the one given by Nadia’s dad, and the groom’s sweet and hilarious closing poem, The Chronicles of Nadia.

The couple’s wedding song was central to everything. “Just like the song, I knew I wanted us to have a beautiful, romantic night that was full of heart,” said the bride. The lyrics of Somebody Loved by The Weepies were also printed on hand fans along with the table numbers.

To me, it’s just a fun event to honour your commitment to each other in front of loved ones. If you remember that, you won’t be so stressed when things don’t work out perfectly. After all, the marriage itself is what’s most important, so never lose sight of that.”

Anna Rina Photography

Anna Rina Photography

Anna Rina Photography

Anna Rina Photography

Anna Rina Photography

Anna Rina Photography

NADIA & SAZMAN {Malaysia}

Photography by Anna-Rina / Videography by Eddie Lee Videography / Venue Bukit Kiara Equestrian Club, Kuala Lumpur / Number of Guests 200 / Wedding Coordination by Alin Anuar / Bride’s Shoes by Zang Toi / Hair and Makeup by Elaine and Scott / Groom’s Attire by Fit & Match / Flowers and Décor by FluffandStuff / Wedding Favours by Kaleidoscopes / Wedding Cake by FluffandStuff / Art and Stationery by FluffandStuff