Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

We honestly never imagined that the Tropicana Golf and Country Resort could be transformed into such a beautiful garden wedding venue. This isn’t overdone; it has just enough details to make it lovely and warm. Sometimes, brides worry so much about their wedding that they lose the essence of the day itself. With this one, it feels like love was infused so deeply into the bridal couple’s love story that it was enough to make people believe in love once again. Thanks, Nigel Lim Photography, for the great photos.

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tzi-Li: “We remember waking up and thinking to ourselves, ‘Yep, today is the day. It has finally come!’ It wasn’t just a celebration of our love, but also a chance for our families to gather and meet each other again. Our most memorable moment was when we exchanged our vows – vows that spoke to our hearts and were so meaningful to the both of us. We did not practice it beforehand, and it meant the whole world to hear him utter those words. We didn’t vow to be perfect to each other, but to live life as one under our Creator, for better and for worse. It definitely brought tears to my eyes.

“Having our wedding rings etched with a symbol that represents ‘a tree that is deeply rooted, let our Love grow through all seasons’ was one of the highlights of the ceremony, as we both deeply understood what it meant when we exchanged rings. It was also an honour to wear my mum’s traditional wedding dress that she had worn for her wedding 30 years ago. It was very well kept and definitely a gem to be passed on.

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“It didn’t rain, which was a huge relief for an outdoor wedding! We were so thankful and grateful that it was cloudy though, because it meant less heat. We wanted to have it outdoors during sunset (circa 6-7pm), when natural sunlight is at its best. Our intention was to have a warm, private and casual wedding ceremony without too many grand elements, which matched our personality. We had a curtain that closed as I walked in so that the environment was contained to family and friends while the ceremony was going on.

“The theme was rustic spring, with coral and white being the main colours. We took advantage of the abundance of greenery around, and matched it with brown for a more masculine touch for the groom and groomsmen. LDR was a big part of our relationship, and so there was a tinge of Scandinavian in our wedding, with pine cones as boutonnieres, salmon canapés and berry-inspired desserts. Suits and ties were out of the question because of the equatorial heat, and so we opted for a more casual yet proper dress code.

“We had fan cards that served as a fan for the weather, and that also had a 10 Fun Facts sheet on the two of us. Melvin is always full of surprises, and I fell in love with him all over again when he surprised me with love songs. He’s a very good singer, and I swooned. And he was singing to me on our wedding day! How romantic!”

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Tips from the bride: “If you’re planning a wedding and in a long distance relationship where your time zone is the total opposite of your partner’s, fret not, it is extremely possible! After this experience, I truly believe that both the bride and groom do not have to be physically present to plan a wedding. Turn it around and make it fun – we did that by not letting him see my wedding dress beforehand, and I didn’t know where we were going for our honeymoon until we were at the airport. Leave room for surprises. You just need to find the right time to discuss issues, and don’t get so caught up with the details that you lose all the excitement. Learn to let go, and do go on dates that don’t involve wedding planning!”

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Nigel Lim Photography. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Watch this video compiled by Adrian Yap to see possibly the most touching and beautiful exchange of words and vows. Here are two people who recognise their flaws and weaknesses, yet choose to love each other. We truly pray for God’s blessings to be upon them.

TZI-LI & MELVIN {Malaysia}

Photography by Nigel Lim Photography / Videography by Adrian Yap / Venue Spanish Courtyard, Tropicana Golf and Country Resort / Number of Guests 180 / Bridal Gown by Enya Mareine and Designer Bridal Room / Hair and Makeup by Korean Artiz Studio / Groom’s Attire by Ted Baker and River Island / Wedding Bands by Marmalade Jewellery / Flowers and Décor by Sunny Days and Loveydoveyz / Desserts by Fatbaby Ice Cream