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

A Big Reunion At The Blue Mansion

Photo by Alextan Artworks. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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.

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

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.

Photo by BlueCicada Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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

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.

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

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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.

Photography by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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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Photo by Snap Photo Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

A Contemporary Buddhist Destination Wedding Ceremony

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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.”

Photo by Snap Story Pictures. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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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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Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

An Indoor Garden Akad Nikah

Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

It is always interesting to see intermarriages – the merging of two customs does not dilute either; instead, we feel they enrich the proceedings by giving meaning and keeping things to only what is essential. It is so meaningful to see how Michelle cherishes her own version of walking down the aisle, and we love how all the fun was so beautifully captured by Eric Ooi.

Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Eric Ooi Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Vintage And Rustic Goodness

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This DIY bride understood perfectly well how to let her partner, families and friends in to help any way they can. Read more about how she journeyed through her wedding planning to create a warm and homely atmosphere at Sekeping Tenggiri. We absolutely love the photos taken by Seventyone Productions.

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Audrey: “It was beautiful seeing the wedding come together, fulfilling our dream of making a wedding we could call our own. The first of many projects as Mr and Mrs, the first step in our lifelong journey together.

“Celebrating and sharing our happiness and love with the people who love and care for us, and honouring them, was our favourite part. The roaring toast by everyone affirmed that love is one of the best things in life. Getting to witness the coming together of people, and to see the happiness and love among our guests was special. We felt blessed in their company, and were amazed that a simple wedding could bring out the best in everyone.

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“Most people dream that their wedding will be a celebration of love and happiness between two people. We were the same, except that we wished for a little bit more. We wanted our love and happiness to be infectious, and we wanted our wedding to remind everyone how it felt to be loved or to discover love.”

“The important elements came together quite serendipitously. A movie led us to rustic romantic music by Brandi Carlile. I made friends who create rustic floral pieces, and they supplied those. Robin has a collection of antiques, and those became props. There was no shortage of materials from vintage themed shops in the Klang Valley, such as Creative Co Op, S&J, Kaison and Chalk, to name a few. And finally, we had the good fortune of bumping into many likeminded and talented pros along the way, who helped made our wedding happen. I think we created a wedding we can call our own, and with it I certainly hope I have shared plenty of happiness and love with everyone.”

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “Most of all, I want to encourage brides to personalise their wedding day. It is your special day, if you won’t make it special, who will? Whether you prefer to DIY or hire a truckload of talented people to realise your dream, the first step is always to find your dream, and to define your theme. As a start, get your partner involved; weddings are about the union between the two of you, so of course his views matter. Let your wedding be your first life project together.

“In Malaysia, weddings are usually a matter of the union between two families, so you have to be prepared for a flood of differing views and needs. Maintain open communication, apply tact and diplomacy, and at the same time stay true to your plans. Be receptive to good suggestions, maintain a good sense of humour, and of course, involve as many people who want to help as you can. Wedding celebrations are not just about the two of you.

“I guess if you can successfully get through such a big event, you will have learned to achieve something together. I reckon Asian weddings and their intricacies are there as an exercise to prepare us for life ahead as one big, happy family.

“Know what you want, plan ahead, never give up, focus on getting there with solutions, and get the support of family and friends closest to you. These are all potent ingredients to having the most wonderful wedding day that you can call your own.”

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo Seventyone Productions. www.theweddingnotebook.com

AUDREY & ROBIN {Malaysia}

Photography by Seventyone Productions / Videography by Precious Art Studio / Ceremony Venue Sekeping Tenggiri, Bangsar / Wedding Planning by La Memoria / Bride’s Gown by Bella Novias / Bride’s Shoes by Raymond Wong & U / Hair and Makeup by Cally Tan / Groom’s Attire by ZARA / Bridesmaids’ Dresses Taobao.com

{Read more about the wedding in the magazine}

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Floral Romance

Wedding in Sydney. Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Somehow, this bride just seems to know where to get her stuff. Their wedding bands were made and bought in Belgium, and she custom made the groomsmen’s attire and printed goods overseas. We are filled with excitement for this romantic affair. The lovely lace and romantic blooms are already enough to put a smile on our faces, never mind the gorgeous venue and stunning photos by Tealily Photography. A dream team that was carefully put together, it just doesn’t get any better than this.

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Bridal Shoes by Jimmy Choo. Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Navy blue bridesmaids' dresses. Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Gordon: “Seeing her in that dress, walking down the aisle, was my favourite moment. The whole day was memorable, from getting ready to go to the church, then to Cockatoo Island for the shoot, the tea ceremony, reception, speeches, and the sparklers at the end. But it was the little moments we were able to steal and get away from everyone that were amazing. To be able to call each other husband and wife for the first time was very special.

Katrina: “Every moment was amazing, but getting married was our favourite moment! We had a lot of overseas guests, and we wanted to show them why we love Sydney as well as the great food and wine that we have, which is why we chose our venue. I love flowers so I wanted it to be very floral and romantic. I chose my florist not only because she is such a beautiful person, but also because she creates such beautiful work. I gave her free reign on the flowers; I told her I wanted to be surprised. And yes, I was very happy.

“The dress all started with my dear friends at Saigon Fabrics in the city. Inside was a treasure trove of all the best fabrics from around the world. Though it was overwhelming, the girls there were able to quickly narrow them down to suit my style and personality. It was such an amazing experience, having all these gorgeous fabrics being draped over you. My dressmaker, Yulia, was also on hand to help with the design. We were able to get all three of my dresses, the bridesmaids’ dresses, the flower girls’ dresses and both my mother and mother in law’s dresses there. Yulia was amazing; she was always calm, and always assured me that it was going to be beautiful. And she was right.

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Ceremony wedding at St Thomas’ Anglican Church, North Sydney. Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Wedding florists from Sydney. Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Tealily Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Embracing Traditions

The Baba House, Melaka – Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Since the couple would be using the Baba House Melaka for the tea ceremony, the bridesmaids were game enough to dress up in colourful Baba-Nyonya kebaya embroidered with beautiful motifs, which truly set the right tone for the venue. Thanks, Fabulous Moments, for sharing this set with us.

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Fabulous Moments. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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When Time Makes All Things Beautiful

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

There is a repeat element throughout this story: time. Time brought this couple back together, and it was a long period before they tied the knot. A bangle that once belonged to the bride’s grandmother was passed down to her by her mother, and it will be passed on to the generations to come. The newlyweds satisfied the bride’s first dance dream, and they actually wed in a heritage building, which is a symbol of something beautiful that has withstood the test of time. They also had a long distance relationship for a period, which made their exchanging of vows extremely emotional. If ever there was a couple who understood the beauty of waiting, it is them. For surely there is a time for everything under heaven, and we are privileged to witness the fulfillment of that. Thanks, History Studio, for sharing these photos with us.

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Carly: “Soki and I first met at the age of 8 at my cousin’s birthday party – he was my cousin’s primary school classmate. Eleven years passed and we didn’t meet again until we enrolled in the same course at university in 2002. That same year, our love story officially began. The love sprouted and bloomed for another 11 years before we tied the knot last summer and became lifelong partners.

“We decided to write our vows and only reveal them to each other during the ceremony. To our surprise, the contents of our vows were very similar. It was very emotional, and I was moved by every word that he said.

“Another memorable moment was during the traditional Chinese tea ceremony, when my mother helped me to put on the 50-year-old family heirloom – a golden bangle with a dragon and phoenix motif, which was given to my mother on her wedding day 33 years ago by my late grandmother. Wearing the bangle, I felt like I was carrying the blessing of my mother as well as my grandmother, even though she could not attend our wedding. It’s a keepsake for life, and I am sure that one day I will pass this on to my future daughter / daughter-in-law as a continuation of family love and blessings.

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by History Studio. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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A Statement Bride

Photo by Diktatphotography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

This was a story we couldn’t resist. Jess has immensely great style and we love how she wore the traditional ‘kebaya’ for her walk down the aisle instead of a regular, contemporary, white wedding gown. She kept the white gown for her reception, but she still made a statement with her bouquet choice. This wedding is so simple yet so gorgeous and memorable because the couple knew what would make all the difference. For capturing all the beautiful details, we surely have DiktatPhotography to thank.

Photo by Diktatphotography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Diktatphotography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

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