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An Old School Chinese Wedding Ceremony

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How often do we get to see an old school Chinese wedding, with all the drama of full traditional bridal attire including the coronet? This couple embraced their roots and culture for their chip san leong, starting with the gatecrashing ceremony of the groom and his groomsmen to pick up the bride, and finishing with a tea ceremony. The result was not only a joyous union, but also colourful and bright photos reflective of the mood on the day – thanks to hellojanelee!

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Photo by Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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A Colourful Gatecrashing Ceremony At Sekeping Seapark

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This couple infused their incredibly sweet wedding with their own style and pulled it off with the help of friends and family – from the decorations and calligraphy aisle to the wedding cake and catering. The pops of bright yellow against the clean white and green hues were perfectly accentuated by the tinges of gold. Not forgetting the little details such as the cute patterns, quirky notes, moustache boutonnières and colourful socks. All of it was made complete by the radiant smiles of the happy couple and their guests. Thanks to hellojanelee for this beautiful set of photos!

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Photo by Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Hellojanelee Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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A 1920s Old Shanghai Wedding At Grand Hyatt, KL

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Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

We are in love with this elaborately decorated wedding that drew inspiration from the glamorous era of 1920s Old Shanghai styled by Wishing Tree. With its deep red hues, balanced by regal turquoise and green, textured patterns and lights, everything was brought together the way only a couple with a design and architectural background could. Even more impressive, they planned all this while in Melbourne, as they’re based there!

No detail was left out – from the table centerpieces to the photobooth wall, from the flowers to the favours. They even hired vendors and performers to add to the oriental experience. Many thanks to Peter Herman Photography for capturing the intricate details and breathtaking colours of this wedding!

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Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Yi-Ann: “We decided on a traditional yet unconventional Chinese banquet reception based on an Old Shanghai theme. We didn’t want to overwhelm the reception with the colour red just because it was an oriental wedding, so we used a variety of red hues contrasted with turquoise and green, which worked beautifully with our theme. Seeing every aspect of the reception for the first time was so exciting, but what made it even more memorable was having our nearest and dearest share and celebrate our momentous day with us!

“Howard and I were very involved in every aspect of the planning and execution of both our Melbourne and Malaysian receptions. We wanted both receptions to reflect our personalities and attention to detail, especially with our background in architecture and design. We had a great understanding of each other’s roles when it came to the wedding; he was very supportive and allowed me to decide on the majority of the décor elements. He, on the other hand, designed all the necessary graphics – such as our invites, table numbers, descriptions for our traditional candy stations, and the graphics projected on the screens.

“Our wedding favours were customised to suit our theme, and looked great with the table settings. We had vibrant sandalwood hand fans engraved with our wedding hashtag, which was a big hit with the ladies! For the men we had chocolates by Grant Hyatt, each wrapped with a strip of oriental floral wrapping paper and sealed with our personalised wedding stickers.”

Tips from the bride: “Do find the time throughout your big day to take in all of the details and to really soak up every moment of joy and love!”

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Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Peter Herman Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Orange Studio by Kent Lazarraga. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Colourful Contemporary Twist On A Traditional Wedding

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Photo by Orange Studio by Kent Lazarraga. www.theweddingnotebook.com

While traditions do remain beautifully timeless, this bride found a sweet pastel colour palette and applied a variety of personal touches to her wedding to give it a contemporary update. They had actually met at the groom’s sister’s wedding – his sister is the bride’s best friend! Imagine their delight when they realized that they were two best friends about to become sisters. Thanks to Orange Studio by Kent Lazarraga for the joyously colourful photos.

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Photo by Orange Studio by Kent Lazarraga. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Glamorous Affair In The Ritz-Carlton And The Majestic Hotel, KL

White floral photobooth. Photo by Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This was a two-day event starting with a simple ceremony and lunch reception at The Ritz Carlton, followed by a beautiful dinner reception at The Majestic Hotel. Both these hotels have that colonial interior that is actually quite hard not to love.

The interesting thing about this wedding, which was carefully planned by My Wedding Planner, was that there was no colour theme. Instead, Wishing Tree created lighthearted, beautiful floral arrangements with light pastel blooms. Thanks, Adam Ong, for capturing this beautiful wedding in photos.

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Chinese Qun Kua for wedding. Photo by Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Chinese wedding tea ceremony. Photo by Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Letterpress printing in Malaysia. Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Contemporary Oriental Wedding In E&O Hotel, Penang

Oriental wedding theme. Adam Ong Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Not your usual oriental wedding, this is elegant and modern at the same time. The blue porcelain theme is stunning and gorgeous. Thanks, Adam Ong Photography, for sending over this gorgeous set.

Jean: “Some of the most memorable moments were the walk down the aisle during the garden wedding ceremony, the moment my dad gave my hand over to Ken, that father and daughter hug (that was probably our first in 10-15 years!), and the feeling that all your loved ones are there to witness these moments.”

Ken: “I won’t forget the look on her dad’s face when he gave her hand over to me, as well as that sudden rush of emotions during the speech whilst I was expressing my thanks to my parents for all that they’ve done for me.

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Blue Mansion Penang wedding. Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Big Reunion At The Blue Mansion

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The Blue Mansion in Penang, previously known as the Cheong Fatt Tse Mansion, brings you back in time and leaves you with a warm feeling of home. Here, the iconic blue structure, very wisely combined with colourful kebayas and cheongsams worn by the family, resulted in really beautiful photos.

Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Chinese traditional wedding. Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Blue Mansion Penang wedding. Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Blue Mansion Penang wedding. Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Blue Mansion Penang wedding. Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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A Scottish Wedding Planned From Kuala Lumpur

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We have heard a lot about brides planning their weddings in Asia from abroad. This time, here is a story about a couple residing in Kuala Lumpur who planned their wedding in faraway Scotland. They also flew BlueCicada Photography over there with them, and we now get to enjoy a set of photos from their beautiful, traditional ceremony.

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Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Dan: “As we were getting ready in the morning we could hear Helen’s brother, Jono, practising his bagpipes for piping Helen down the aisle and then both of us into the marquee. In that setting, at that moment, it felt very poignant.

“We had planned for the ceremony itself to be outside, but the weather conspired against us and we went with Plan B, which was a beautiful ruined chapel. Looking back, the atmosphere inside and the amazing photographs that Caroline at Bluecicada Photography took show that it was the best thing that could have happened. The ceremony was a very emotional affair, especially on my part! Helen took my breath away when she walked down the aisle and I didn’t manage to get it back. We wrote our own vows as part of a Humanist ceremony delivered by Jane Betchtel so it was a very personal, memorable experience.

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Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“The meal and speeches flew by and we were soon cutting our fab cake of cheese. We had a few party games to get a bit of competition going between tables, and our friends and family became suitably boisterous. The dancing that followed was a fantastic mix of ceilidh and covers. I was amazed, again, by some of the photographs of the guests and us dancing, and they really capture the party mood that we were aiming for.

“We were going for a village fete theme and hoped to spend a lot of time outside (the venue overlooks the sea and has beautiful grounds). We didn’t want anything too formal and also wanted to get guests involved so that they really felt part of our wedding, in the same way that they are part of our lives.

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Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photography by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Contemporary Wedding Ceremony at Casa Del Rio, Malacca

Photography by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

We remember seeing this place a few years back, especially its beautiful courtyard that is perfect for a wedding ceremony. We couldn’t resist sharing this when we finally saw a wedding take place there, photographed by Fabulous Moments. This is not your usual wedding-perfect UNESCO building in Malacca. The modern Casa Del Rio is an elegant space that was just right for this simple wedding ceremony, made even more perfect by that Vera Wang wedding gown.

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Photography by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photography by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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The Outdoor Akad Nikah On A Floating Pavilion At Gita Bayu

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It’s such a joy to see couples moving away from the conventional ways of religious wedding ceremonies. Why envy others with their dream wedding when you can write down all the things you like and see how you can piece together your own? Thanks, Edwin Tan, for these photos. We’re sure it helps to have a pair of fresh eyes capture the ceremony, though you should always prepare your photographer who might not be familiar with your culture and traditions.

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A Contemporary Buddhist Destination Wedding Ceremony

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Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Though we’ve seen Buddhist wedding ceremonies in Thailand before, this one is exceptionally gorgeous. Vera got to walk down that aisle with its beautiful floral arch at the end, just like any stunning destination wedding in Bali, but without sacrificing her religion. This is the beauty of understanding that religion isn’t only within the confines of a place of worship, but that it is part of one’s everyday life. Thanks, Snap Story Pictures, for this lovely story. We love your photography and videography work very much!

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Verawati: “Everything went well. It’s hard to say which was the most memorable moment, but if I had to choose, I would go with my reception. Lots of people sang and danced for us, and it was one of the most memorable times of my life.

“Our basic theme colours were pink and white, and the unique thing about our wedding was that it was a Buddhist outdoor wedding, because Buddhists rarely hold their weddings outside the temple.”

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Chef Themed Gatecrashing Ceremony

Awesome Memories Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

No, the groom is not a chef but who says the guy gets to choose what to wear? After all, it is the girls who will allow them into the bride’s house. One of the bride’s bedroom fantasies is to see the groom in a chef’s uniform, and so the whole gatecrashing ceremony was planned around that theme. Instead of playing random games, a theme is actually a good guide for crafting new and creative games. Thanks, Awesome Memories, for sending this story over, this was definitely an interesting one.

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