Love Stories

Behind Closed Doors

Regine and Joey are clearly not your typical couple. When we first found out about the venue, we couldn’t wait to see what their engagement party would be like.

Fat Spoon Café evokes a warm feeling of nostalgia. Most people probably wouldn’t do much to its beautiful mix of raw and retro aesthetics for fear of ruining it, but the couple’s added touches were seamless.

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets.www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Regine’s DIY bridal bouquet was a masterpiece in itself, created from hair accessories that she had started collecting from way before. The couple also had everyone beaming from ear to ear when they served custom-flavoured ice sticks that were labelled with each of their guest’s names.

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

© Julian Oh of Redd Bullets. www.theweddingnotebook.com

REGINE & JOEY {Malaysia}

Photography by Julian Oh of Redd Bullets / Venue Fat Spoon Café, Petaling Jaya

Lets Grow Old Together

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

We believe guests should always leave a wedding celebration knowing a little more about the couple and appreciating the love they have for each other. That’s why we were thrilled when we stumbled upon Sarah and Justin’s wedding. Everything they liked and loved were included in the celebrations, from their love of tea cups to their background in performing arts.

The wedding took place on a farm in Melbourne, with a mixed wedding theme of Enid Blyton’s children’s books meets “The Great Gatsby” meets the 1950s. The bride knew exactly the dress she wanted, a 2009 Giambattista Valli creation, but since it was no longer sold in stores she had to have one custom made.

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The couple’s collection of vintage tea cups and plates of different designs, shapes, sizes and colours looked beautiful sitting on the tables for their 150 guests. The tea bags were also DIY, and carried the slogan “The Perfect Blend Since 2007”.

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

SARAH & JUSTIN {Australia}

Photography by Jonathan Ong / Videography by Sarah Walker Photography / Venue Collingwood Children’s Farm, Melbourne / Wedding Planning by Georgeous Occasions / Bridal Gown by Alice Haute Couture / Bride’s Shoes by Kate Spade / Hair by Rokk Ebony South Melbourne / Makeup by Rosemary Walsh / Jewellery by Chris Perry / Groom’s Attire by J.Crew, The Hat Mansion and French Connection / Bridesmaids’ Dresses by Stop Staring / Groomsmen’s Attire by French Connection, Charles Tyrwhitt and Carhartt / Flowers and Décor by Cecilia Fox / Wedding Rentals by Vintage Fun Hire Cars / Catering by The Farm Cafe / Entertainment by Pleasing Anna and DJ Masters

Under The Golden Sunset

With an intention to keep things unusual, Julia and CJ approached this photographer to do their bridal portraits. They initially wanted a movie-themed photoshoot, complete with reenactments of both indie flicks and blockbuster hits. But they later changed their minds, knowing that their more senior wedding guests might not appreciate the radical idea. So Julia and CJ brought the photographer along with them as they travelled the least-explored states of Malaysia, in the hope that he might capture their charisma and the dynamic of their relationship. The essence of their bridal portraits is simply a couple embarking on a fun-filled journey and doing silly things to amuse each other.

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

JULIA & CJ {Malaysia}

Photography by Funky Dali / Location Gemas

An Intimate Affair

Many talk about having an intimate wedding, but few get to experience a celebration like Irina and Erzhan’s. The newlyweds, who are from Kazakhstan, had only both sets of parents there to witness their special day – which, ultimately, is truly what matters.

Photographer Anna-Rina remembers the moment she first received an email from Irina. “Is this some kind of joke?” she thought. It’s not every day that a Malaysian photographer based in Kuala Lumpur gets the opportunity to photograph a wedding celebration with just four guests. “I don’t understand Kazakh,” she said. “But I could feel the romance in the air. Seriously!”

A year before their big day, Erzhan had surprised Irina with a holiday to India where he proposed in front of the Taj Mahal – the majestic monument that was built as a sign of eternal love.

Anna Rina Photography Malaysia

Anna Rina photography wedding

Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Langkawi wedding. Anna Rina photography

Berjaya Langkawi Resort wedding. Anna Rina photography

Malaysia beach wedding. Anna Rina photography

Anna Rina photography

Beach wedding in Malaysia. Anna Rina photography

Malaysia photographer Anna Rina

Photographer Anna Rina

IRINA & ERZHAN {Malaysia}

Photography by Anna-Rina / Venue Berjaya Langkawi Resort, Malaysia / Number of Guests 4 / Bridal Gown by Fashion House Papilio / Bride’s Shoes by Melissa / Groom’s Attire by Ramsey / Cake and Décor by Berjaya Langkawi Resort

Surprise… We’re Married!

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“As I arrived for Amy and Mark’s wedding, I was like a little child who knew a secret but was sworn to secrecy – bursting with excitement. They were holding their long overdue engagement party in their parents’ backyard, but had revealed to me earlier that they were actually going to surprise everyone and get married,” photographer Jonathan Ong recalled.

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

The bride wore her mother’s 30-year-old wedding dress with a pink floral hairpiece from Alannah Hill. She, with the help of some very good vendors, had transformed the backyard into a “recycled” and rustic-looking venue, complete with wooden furniture, wine barrels and vintage crates.

Warm-toned spring flowers like gerberas, roses, strawberry fields, gloriosa, tulips, billy buttons, green tricks, sunflowers and dahlias “floated” everywhere in hanging glass bottles of different shapes and sizes. Guests were taken by surprise at the effort the couple had put in for a supposed “engagement party”.

When the party was in full swing, the groom took the microphone and shared the story of how he and Amy met. He then finished by saying that they will be making a commitment to each other in the presence of them all!

Said Amy of the collective gasp that ensued and everyone’s surprised and delighted faces,

I wish I could live in that moment forever!”

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Jonathan Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

AMY & MARK {Australia}

Photography by Jonathan Ong / Hair and Makeup by Beautique Creative / Flowers and Décor by Cecilia Fox / Catering by Atlantic on Site / Art and Stationery by Cavallini & Co. and Zetta Florence / Wedding Rentals by Georgeous Occasions and The Design Depot

A Moroccan Experience

This couple from Australia, Maryam and Gerard, shot their bridal portraits in Putrajaya while they were on holiday in Kuala Lumpur. The Moroccan architecture was totally gorgeous!

ZA Gallery

ZA Gallery

ZA Gallery

ZA Gallery

ZA Gallery

MARYAM & GERARD {Malaysia}

Photography by ZA Gallery / Hair and Makeup by Eyedo Makeup / Location Morocco House, Putrajaya

Home Sweet Home

Yuen and Cheng went back to their hometown of Gopeng to shoot their bridal portraits, which totally made sense. Why would couples choose random locations for their photoshoots when they can go back to the place where their earliest memories and first promises were made?

Heartpatrick Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Heartpatrick Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Heartpatrick Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Heartpatrick Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Heartpatrick Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Heartpatrick Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

YUEN & CHENG {Malaysia}

Photography by Heartpatrick Photography / Hair and Makeup by GeneLim Bridal Makeup & Hair /Location Gopeng

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

The Speed Of Love

Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Many are the men who love fast cars and motor racing, but few (and lucky!) are those who find wives that share their passion. The fact that Claire was onboard to do a photoshoot like this with Paul makes this worth sharing.

Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Daren Chong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

CLAIRE & PAUL {Malaysia}

Photography by Daren Chong Photography / Bridal Gown by Carven Ong / Bride’s Shoes by Valerie Fan Wedding Gallery / Groom’s Attire by LORD’s / Location Sepang International Circuit