Sunday, November 9, 2014

#mcvf2014

When we decided on having our wedding at Aloft KL Sentral, I personally was a little worried because  the hotel was still very new and hotel reviews were scarce. 

I remember 'googling' furiously to find pictures of the ballroom decorated for weddings and I could only find one sample.  Just ONE, that I would view over and over again. Psycho much? Hahaha. 

I was trying to analyse everything - from the lighting to the chairs used, to the table cloth colour picked, table layout . . . God only knows how much time was wasted doing menial wedding research.

I am just thankful that the vendor did a great job with the deco and also to Aloft for throwing in a lot of freebie decorations. 

Janice, from Aloft KL our contact point for all our wedding related matters was extremely helpful and we can't thank her enough for her professionalism and advice.

Not forgetting, my wedding coordinator, Michelle who volunteered herself to coordinate my wedding. So blessed to have such wonderful people in my life. 

I have SO many people to thank, so I'll thank them in batches in my subsequent posts. I haven't forgotten YOU people!!!

Anyhow, for those of you looking for some 'decoration inspiration' if you're having your wedding at Aloft KL :
















Pictures were taken by John Poh.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Tea Ceremony

One of life's silly dilemmas as a Chinese bride is whether to change into a different set of clothes for the tea ceremony at the groom's home.

There are many differing views on this with most preferring not to change because of the trouble of having to undress and dress up again given the limited time that you have for the tea ceremony - your goal would be to finish it quick so that you can head over to the hotel to 'rest' because there is a long night ahead of you - with the wedding reception at night.

I chose to change from my gown into a cheongsam, only because I wanted my pictures to have more variety :) 

With that being said, if my gown were really expensive, I would wear it throughout the day to maximise its value. LOL. However, since I managed to get mine at a decent price  . . . it was justified *dum dee dum*




There were SO many people at Mike's house. So many cups of tea to serve with so many different people to address. Such is the Chinese tea ceremony.


Never did I know that there were just so many seemingly trivial things to think about for the tea ceremony such as listed down the names of whom to serve tea and also in what order and also to ensure that there are enough of tea cup/cups to go around (unless you have someone who will be running in and out of the kitchen to wash the cups).

Thank God for my mum for helping me to look out for all the small little details that I wouldn't even have thought about. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

12 July 2014

Oh how glad I was for this very day to arrive because I was looking forward to just unwinding during our honeymoon after the wedding was over and done with.

The tea ceremony and chip san leong ceremony was held a week after my ROM.

We decided to have the ROM on a separate day
because we didn't want to stress ourselves out by having a jam packed schedule.

Looking back, I should have enjoyed every moment of it
but the whole day just ended in the blink of an eye.

Whenever I look through my wedding pics,
I cringe at most of the pics
because of my fake looking smile.
Should have practiced smiling before the wedding but it's too late for that now.

I couldn't smile naturally after having to smile in so many pictures.

On your wedding day, you will get a taste of what it's like to be a 'celebrity'
with everybody wanting to take a picture with you.

The only emotion that I can vividly remember on this very day was one of sadness and annoyance (thanks to a certain somebody who didn't get the memo).  I can't stop bitching about him to Mike whenever his name crops up. Scarred for life yo. Hahaha.

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After Mike picked me up to go to his place, once the tea ceremony all over and done with,
I went back home to collect my luggage bag to bring to the hotel.

The atmosphere was a vast difference from a few hours before that with all the games and laughter and the boisterous crowd. 

It was quiet and I felt so sad (you have no idea how sad I was) to see my parents and family just being at home and how life goes on and the thought of me, not being there anymore. Emo Nemo I was.

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Some pictures taken during the day at the place I once called home (now referred to as my parent's house) :










My wedding colour theme was 'pink and champagne' :)











Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Union

It amazes me to think of how Mike and I managed to get to this stage.
It definitely wasn't easy - at least not for me (I know that I've repeated myself time and time again but this is the truth). 

Before I attended the marriage preparation course, I did think of getting married in church (it would have been ideal for me but it wasn't necessary) or at least that's what I thought of then.

It was until I discovered how ignorant I was on how deep and meaningful this union really was. It was not just a union between my husband and I but it's the covenant that we have entered with God as husband and wife.

And so, I wanted to do things the "right way"
(I know that this is subjective to many).

I wanted the church to be involved and this is how our journey started -

At first, it was realising that going to church on Sunday wasn't enough.
There were so many processes and procedures to go through
and there were times, many times that I wanted to back out
because it really would have been so much more convenient
to not have to go through all of this.

But now in hindsight, I am so glad that we persevered
and I know that God's hand was definitely in it - 
especially during moments when I felt like giving up.

I would be reminded of why I am doing it -
and how there are so many others who have also
sacrificed their time to help us make it happen.

How could I have been so selfish to think of my own convenience
when it was actually very beneficial for us?

I've learnt so much about God's word on marriage
and also understanding why is it as such.

We've made so many new friends over the past year through church
and they have been a great blessing in our lives.

Seeing how they graciously offered their help
without us having to ask first
made me reflect on myself as an individual.
I could really see God's love through them.

They even planned a surprise stag + hen's night for us!

It was awkward initially, having to assimilate ourselves in a cell group
where we didn't know anyone at all -
I can't imagine how our lives would have crossed had we not joined a cell.

And the funny thing us, I have always wanted to join a cell and to be more involved prior to it being mandatory for us to join a cell as part of the marriage procedure.

Perhaps, if joining a cell wasn't mandatory, with my bad procrastination and with Mike's complacency, I'm not sure if we would ever join one. I can just imagine ourselves joining one and dropping out in a few weeks.

I can only thank God that he placed us in this cell full of wonderful people :)

Just a tip for those of you who can relate to this whole experience of wanting to get married in church but are frustrated with the processes, just pray about it and He will make the process much more bearable.



Bridesmaids




First kiss as husband and wife



Cell mates :)


Pastor Chandran and Sherman and family (our pre marital counsellors)


Bridesmaids and groomsmen


My pretty bridesmaids


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Pictures were taken by John Poh

Friday, October 17, 2014

6 years

A few weeks before we tied the knot, we celebrated our 6th year anniversary.

Wasn't expecting much because we were so swamped with the wedding preparations
and with a huge dent in our savings account,
all that I had in mind was a simple dinner.

However, Mike surprised me with a bouquet of flowers :)
And brought me to Mandarin Grill for dinner.

I was extremely thrilled because I have always wanted to dine there years ago
when there was all the surrounding hype and publicity on the ability to choose your preferred 'steak knife' to cut with . . . (yes, I'm a sucker like that). LOL.


Lilies and hydrangeas - my favourite flowers. I LOVE the smell of lilies.


I love the smell of freshly baked buns too :P


Salmon tartar


Lobster bisque


Potato gratin & spinach




Black Angus - Chateaubriand


Pistachio Souffle