Summary: 10.11.2012 Meet Shairah & Amar Aziz, the most daring couple up to date I’ve ever met. They are experts in skydiving, paragliding, scuba diving…etc. They would jump off the plane at over 10,00 feet high with pleasure and parachute of course. I knew Amar Aziz from one of my photography class and it was an honour when he asked me to shoot his wedding. It was my first experience shooting a Malay wedding and I am grateful to their patience guiding me through the details of a Malay wedding, I’ve learned a lot and fell in love with it : )
Let me share with you what I’ve learned:
Akad Nikah (marriage contract), which is the legal and religious part of the wedding. The groom signs the marriage contract and agrees to provide the bride with a mas kahwin (mahar,literally ‘marriage gold’ in form of money or goods or anything as requested by the bride). The mas khawin is a symbol to show that the men is willing and are prepared to build a family with the lady he chose to get married to.
The couple’s hands are dyed with henna during the berinai besar (great henna-ing) ceremony where the bride’s hair is also trimmed, eyebrows shaped and make-up applied by Mak Andam. Then the bride puts on her tudung (hijab or headscarf) to cover their hair and a selendang, or embroidered and beaded shawl over that. A crown is also placed on top of the shawl and the bride is ready for the Bersanding ceremony.
Bersanding (enthronement) begins with the groom’s march towards the bride’s home with friends, relatives, musicians and people waving bungamanggar (palm blossom). The main part of the bersanding involves the seating of the bridal couple on a dais and sprinkling them with yellow rice and scented water by family members, relatives and guests as a sign of blessing. Each guest will receive a Bunga Telur (egg flower), as a sign of fertility.
The couple are considered royalty for the day, where various royal customs are performed for them, including musicians playing court music a display of pencak silat.
4.28 , It’s a very special day to our client for their actual wedding day held at Taiping. It’s such a beautiful city town with amazing nature setting. Did I mention the trees in this city are just so beautiful to look at. At this very same day, it also marked as one of the important day into the history book of Malaysia. It’s the actual day of Bersih 3.0 also. More than 50,000 Malaysian citizen gathered at Dataran Merdeka with fair agenda demanding the government a clean election for future election to come . Unfortunately a peaceful rally demonstrated by public turned ugly when the law enforcement officers (policemen) under the influence of government authority suddenly charged at innocent citizen with fist and kicks, shooting tear gas and strong water cannon towards the innocent and unarmed crowds. Despite being 300km away from KL, we still want to contribute our support to these brothers and sister at the Bersih 3.0 so we brought the official Bersih Yellow T-shirt with us. Our bride and groom say yes giving their support of letting us wearing the yellow shirt throughout their wedding day . We received many thumb up from their wedding guest too. Congratulations to Jessica and Ares, two of you rock !
I couldn’t think of any more romantic day throughout the year than to celebrate your wedding anniversary with your best half on the Christmas day every year. That’s exactly what Chee Meng & Poh Choo are creating and to start their new chapter of their married life on 25 December 2011 with Christmas mood – Joy. Now the groom has no excuse to forget his wedding anniversary and the arrangement of celebration with his wife. The bride lives very far and it was the longest trip I’ve ever followed from the bride house to groom house, the journey took 1 hour but didn’t felt like one cause I’m just as excited as the bride to capture this very important moment of their new chapter of life. It was a warm hearted, full of christmas holiday spirit throughout the wedding day & night ceremony : ) Merry Christmas, Ho ho ho !
P.S. Love the little girl loves imitating the adults yelling her lungs out “Yum Sing” with her glass of water , she is so adorable : )
Fast and Furious, Lady Gaga, Angry Bird, Performer in Chinese Opera mask disguise, Queens of karaoke, all the elements during Stanley & Joyce wedding day! What a wedding. It’s my good friend’s brother’s wedding and I’m glad being offered to shoot his brother’s wedding at Jenjarom. Before this, I only knew the famous chinese temple in Jenjarom which is always crowded every year during Chinese New Year without fail. Now I learned a lot of Chinese lives there and their food are really cheap and delicious, only RM3 for a Pan Mee, you can’t get that in KL. In a Chinese wedding, the “game” before the groom gets to fetch his lady away always fascinates me. It shows you how far the “brothers” would go for their friend-groom successfully meeting his bride in the final stage. I still couldn’t forget the image of one of groom’s “brother” has to eat the fruit hanging around …you know where..with eyes covered, I can’t imagine myself doing it. No, I can’t.
At the end of the wedding, everyone has a lot of fun during the dinner session. Especially the part where Lady Gaga entertaining the crowds. She or he is really good in entertaining the crowds. I remember seeing some of the male guest kissed / dance / hugged her despite She’s actually “He”. It was a fun wedding.
Talk about early morning, this has to be one of the earliest morning I woke up to the walking dead zombie look of myself in the mirror and I’m glad it’s much a different side of story when I arrived at my client – bride’s house. I must say Li Pei looked really stunning in her wedding gown/dresses. The timing was rather rushed during the actual wedding day of Li pei & Tech Chee due to a long 2 hour traffic jam when bride was picked up to groom’s house. Despite this little surprises in the morning, we’re all glad that everything went accordingly and smoothly.
Summary: It’s a small world, my client turns out to be junior of my high school as I’m his senior, how bizzare fate push us to people we meet. It was a beautiful day and it was a blast experience shooting their wedding as they were a great couple to work with Congratulations to both of them!
26 February: It’s a big day for Daniel, I was honored to be appointed to be their photographer for their actual wedding day. I came to know Daniel and his newly married wife Angle via common friends and badminton game session on Wednesday. Both Daniel and Angel were very easy going person to hang out with and many friends love that about them, including me. I had good memories hanging out with them but to be part of this happiest moment of them together as newly married husband and wife is something else. It was such a wonderful weekend to spend at Bukit Mertajam to witnessed their love & marriage.