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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.

Roshida: “I can still recall very clearly the sights and sounds on our big day. Seated on a handcrafted wooden bench together with my mum on the floating pavilion, which was surrounded by nature and overlooking the scenic lake, I took the opportunity to absorb as many details as I possibly could while our akad nikah ceremony was underway.

“The smiles on the faces of all our guests and family members who were present; my bridesmaids and the groomsmen who were looking gorgeous and sharp in traditional Malay wear that we had chosen for them; our specially designed ‘pelamin’ a.k.a. wedding dais, which was exquisite; and the man I love dressed in ‘baju Melayu’ along with ‘samping’ and ‘songkok’ – it was endearing as that was the first time I’d seen him in such attire. Even the weather was so cooperative and made my day perfect. I remember thinking this is exactly how I imagined my wedding to be! And like a fairytale dream, it really did come true.

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We wanted a blend of rustic and nature. I have a thing for rustic. Therefore, I knew from the very beginning that it would be something I would want and love. Furthermore, I had always dreamt of an outdoor wedding with a nature setting.

“I stumbled upon this place by chance while doing my research online. The venue was located not too far from where we both lived. It was love at first sight. The place had all the woody elements that one could wish for, including water fountains, greenery and a floating pavilion overlooking the beautiful lake, which was perfect. We were quite worried about the weather factor, it being the rainy season, but we gave it a shot anyway. We were blessed with wonderful weather on the actual day.

“The theme colours were red and cream. We had a dash of white and gold as well – the colours complemented each other. We personally picked out the outfits for our bridesmaids and groomsmen. Since we also had the colour theme printed on our wedding invites, most of the guests dressed accordingly, which was awesome!

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

“We prepared sugar coated almonds as our wedding favours. These almond candies were specially flown in by a good friend of mine from Brisbane, Australia. Considering the fact that we were in a warm/tropical climate, we prepared hand fans for all our guests (which also served as favours!). Our wedding dais vendor, Chenta Weddings, did an amazing job with the outdoor dais. They also prepared a custom cascading bouquet for me.

“We did not engage a wedding planner or decorator, hence our DIY list wasn’t short. I’ve always been a crafty person, liking DIY things. I knew exactly what I wanted and how I wanted them to be, and was determined to prepare them myself.

“Among the DIY items were all seven of the bride to groom ‘hantaran’ decorations, which I designed and made myself as a sign of love to my hubby; a thumbprint canvas guestbook that a friend of mine, ZhengJoo, painted; strings of beautiful red flowers with green leaves that my mum twirled down one side of the staircase handrail, matched with red scallop patterns on the other side and finished off with her DIY ‘hong cai’ (red flowers); and a rustic themed cake baked by my aunt that had cream cheese frosting with a textured cream exterior decorated with baby’s breath and fresh red roses. It was simply beautiful and yummy!”

Tips from the bride: “During my wedding planning days, I loved visiting online magazine sites. They publish everything from interesting DIY ideas to lovely wedding decorations. It was truly inspiring and definitely worth checking out for all brides-to-be. If you have an idea of what you want for your wedding, believe in it. Do the best you can to create that personalised dream wedding of yours within your means.

“Most importantly, on your big day, just enjoy the moments and absorb as much as you can so that you will be able to replay everything in your head after, over and over again. After all, I’d like to think that you only marry once (YOMO)!”

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

Photo by Edwin Tan and Armadale Weddings. www.theweddingnotebook.com

ROSHIDA & KIM HOOI {Malaysia}

Photography by Edwin Tan of Armadale Weddings / Videography by Foong of Armadale Weddings / Venue Gita Bayu, Seri Kembangan / Number of Guests 100 / Bridal Gown by Picaso Bride Collection, SS2 / Bride’s Shoes by TSC (The Shoe Connection) / Hair and Makeup by Stephy Soh / Jewellery by Pearl necklace from the bride’s mum / Wedding Bands by Cartier and Diamond & Platinum / Groomsmen’s Attire by Jakel / Bridal Bouquet by Chenta Weddings / Catering by Kebun Mimpi Restaurant & Chill