our wedding — part I

30.01.2019, morning of our wedding day.

the months leading to the wedding, and the day itself felt like it was fast-forwarded. we tried so hard to keep up — and it was over before we knew it. almost everything were DIY-ed so on the morning of, we were very busy and so unbelievably tired from previous day’s preparation. i’d do the same again though, it was a lot of fun.

we’ve booked the best venue we could find in Cameron Highlands almost a year in advance. a cozy cottage overlooking the beautiful hilly terrains, with a well-kept garden, minimal decoration required. our theme was nature-inspired. no surprise there? :)

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i got ready for the tea ceremony, wearing my family’s traditional dress, ta’ah, with help from my mom and three sisters.

i got ready for the tea ceremony, wearing my family’s traditional dress, ta’ah, with help from my mom and three sisters.

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we’ve printed our pre-wedding photos into little square canvases and we lined them up under one of the little hut in the garden for display. something guests could look at while they wait for the vows ceremony to start in the afternoon. there were also instax films we’ve taken over the years, and a huge photo frame with a simple collage of our photos together, printed in black and white. K have folded tons of origami cranes over the past months, and we’ve hung them up the day before.

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our vows booklet were handmade (something i really wanted to have a personal touch on) and i was so happy with how they turned out :) we wrote our vows to each other on paper and there’s a little insert in each booklet where we can put them.

the invitation cards were also so beautiful, thanks to the ArtInCard team based in penang. we went shopping for flowers at a local farmers market the day before, and some of the dried wheat were gifted by the nice staff at our venue.

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the morning itself was breathtaking. a little gloomy, but the freshest air.

our guests arrived and settled in their rooms. the final setup was a little overwhelming (honestly, i didn’t know when to stop until it’s time to put on my make up and dress) but we couldn’t have done it all without help from our closest families and friends. we had a total of 45 guests but for the morning tea ceremony, only our immediate families were involved.

our venue is the charming  jim thompson cottage  in  brinchang, cameron highlands.

our venue is the charming jim thompson cottage in brinchang, cameron highlands.

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the tea ceremony is a chinese wedding tradition and it meant a lot to me for us to make it happen, to show our respects and gratitude for our parents for their years of love and care. we were also served tea by our younger siblings and nephews, it was a lot of fun! k and i come from two completely different culture so we tried to include a little bit of our own family’s tradition into our wedding day. it was in no way a traditional wedding, but we made it ours.

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after the tea ceremony ended, we stepped outside for a quick photo session. minutes later, we were covering the grounds for a final ‘inspection’ of the garden setup. our vows and signing ceremony was scheduled in less than 2 hours!

i remember thinking where did all the time go.

i also remember thinking it’s going to rain and it will all fall apart haha — it didn’t but the gloomy skies didn’t help in calming me down either!

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it was a nerve-wrecking start to the day, but this guy here made it all better :)

it was a nerve-wrecking start to the day, but this guy here made it all better :)

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at least we had our moments to breathe and took it all in! to be continued ~

photography by the super talented duo at Funkydali The Picturesmith