These are places in Malaysia that, when you see them, will instantly know there is something magical about them. Whether for an ROM or a small wedding ceremony, if you’re looking for something different or considering a destination wedding, perhaps these venues might be an easier and better alternative.
#1 Cove 55, Santubong, Sarawak
Located in Santubong, Sarawak, this exclusive resort has views of Mount Santubong and the South China Sea, and is a great venue for a sunset wedding ceremony, followed by an outdoor reception.
#2 Jeff’s Cellar, The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat, Perak
Tired of typical wedding venues? Imagine having your wedding in a Paleozoic limestone cave. At Jeff’s Cellar, the intimate cave interior and breathtaking natural water feature will definitely provide a magnificent backdrop for your wedding.
#3 Avi Spa, Avillion Port Dickson
If you are looking for a glass house, this could be the answer to your dream wedding. Say ‘I do’ in this unique floating glass house with a perfect blue sea backdrop, followed by a small, intimate lunch reception, and topped up with a complete full day spa for all your guests.
#4 Villa Danielli, Sheraton Imperial Kuala Lumpur
Villa Danielli is an award-winning restaurant modelled after a rustic Tuscan villa. The exterior is a photo haven for solemnisation ceremonies, while the interior, complete with large painted murals and warm, inviting atmosphere, is perfect for a small, intimate wedding. This is the closest thing to having a Tuscany wedding that you’ll get without actually going all the way there.
#5 Casabrina Villa, Raub, Pahang
Located in the quiet foothills of Pahang with lush green surroundings, this Balinese-style resort is a great place to have an eco-style wedding. National squash player Mohd Azlan Iskandar and Shoes Shoes Shoes founder Ung Yiu Lin even had their akad nikah on the platform over the pool.
#6 Stratosphere, The Roof, One Utama, Petaling Jaya
Stratosphere is Asia’s first grassed rooftop bar, providing a 360-degree panoramic view of the Klang Valley, making it perfect for a garden ceremony. Move into Signature By The Hill after for the reception.
#7 Bon Ton Resort Langkawi
Easily mistaken for one of those private resorts in Bali, this is just ten minutes away from the airport, and is both convenient and secluded at the same time, with the beach just minutes away as well.
We’ve always emphasized the importance of having an album or prints of your big day. Here is an excellent short video by a photographer that tells you why. Special memories don’t deserve to be stored inside a cheap plastic!
Wedding is a place where you can usually see beautiful decors that ranges from big and extravagant to simple but cute. Here are some of the interesting ones by various decorators, florists and planners that we’ve shot for the past couple of years. Hope you’ll get inspired!
A fusion of Nonya and Indian themed wedding decoration by Touching Hearts
Beautiful set up by Floralsense
Pretty “Candy Bars” that is becoming a trend in weddings lately
A Casino themed wedding decoration by Floralsense
Another pretty “Candy Bar” used in weddings
A majestic tree with fairy lights at the cocktail area at a grand wedding in Jakarta, Indonesia.
I’ve been shooting weddings since 2006 and as a wedding photographer, I’ve witnessed some weddings that were very well planned and organized and weddings that were quite, how should I put it, ‘chaotic’. During assignments, I’m always by the couple’s side from the wee early morning till the end of the reception and I’ve learned quite a number of things that one should and should not do during their wedding day. I may not be a wedding planner or a professional event planner, but what I’m about to share here could benefit you if you’re planning to have a wedding.
– VENUE ADDS TO THE MOOD If possible, get ready at a nice venue like a hotel room or so. Hotel rooms usually have big windows (good source of light), nice decors and furniture. This may provide photographers more opportunities to take nicer photos.
– A MESSY ROOM IS A MESSY ROOM If you’re getting ready from home, try to keep your room as neat as possible. You may not want your undergarments as background in your photos.
– LIGHT IS IMPORTANT Choose a room with good source of light for your make up. Look out for windows and lamps. If you’re not sure, ask your photographer
– HAVE YOUR MAKE UP ARTIST OVER It’s always better to have your make up artist over your place. It’s harder to take photos when you’re queuing up with other brides while we fight with other photographers for a perfect spot. Furthermore, if it’s during peak season, you might end up late for your wedding if other brides turn up way earlier than you did (6am was the earliest I’ve shot!)
– ALLOCATE SUFFICIENT TIME AFTER MAKE UP Some photographers like myself need at least 20-30 mins to take photos of you, dolled up and looking all pretty in your wedding gown after your make up and hair-do. Don’t forget, we need to take photos of you and your family too!
– GET YOUR FRIENDS OVER If you’re a nervous wreck, have some close friends or family over. Not too many though! We can’t work in a tight and crowded room.
WEDDING CEREMONY For Traditional Chinese Weddings
– DOOR BREAKING GAMES Choose a place to bully those pitiful groom’s men with sufficient space and good source of light. The front porch, garden or the living hall is recommended for torture.
– NO CAMEARAS DURING DOOR BREAKING GAMES That’s why you hire photographers! Your groom’s men or bride’s maids can concentrate humiliating or being humiliated while we photographers get all the best angles capturing those moments. We don’t want to fight with your groom’s men or bride’s maids for angles, especially when you already have 10 bride’s maids and 10 groom’s men crowding in a small confined area.
– BE A SPORT If you’re one of the unfortunate groom’s men, be a sport and just try to do whatever the bride’s maids ask for. If you’re constantly negotiating your way out, then there’s really nothing much to take photos of.
– KEEP TRACK OF TIME Some bride’s maids may get overzealous and forget that it’s time for tea ceremony. Assign a time-keeper.
– TEA CEREMONY Prepare a list of your relatives that you’re serving tea to. Your parents may think that they know their own family at the back of their palms but weddings can make some parents get overly excited or nervous. You don’t want to end up wasting time trying to figure out who’s next to serve tea.
For civil or Christian ceremony
– MAKE THE NECESSARY ANNOUNCEMENT Ask your wedding officiant or emcee to inform your guests to turn off their cell phone and take photos only from where they are seated at. Otherwise, we might give your uncle or aunty the death stare if they are in our way. >:(
– MIC STANDS Officiants love it, photographers hate it. Mic stands can be a distracting foreground/background. Who wants to see a picture of a metal rod crossing over your shoulders or head? Ask for a wireless mic or have the officiant hold the mic for you as you say your vows.
– KEEP A DISTANCE Keep a comfortable distance say 10 feet apart from your bridal party during march-in. You don’t want the person in front to block you.
– FLAUNT THE ROCK When you put on the wedding ring, angle it towards the guests and don’t let your fingers hide the shinny rock that you’ve spent your entire salary on.
– KISS HER LIKE YOU REALLY MEAN IT When you are given the green light to kiss the bride, please KISS the bride. No matter how great or experienced the photographer is, a peck that lasts a few milliseconds is not an easy task to capture.
– SMILE If the officiant gets boring during the ceremony and you’re starting to doze off, please don’t. Keep smiling to each other or I have to sneak up in front of you and remind you to do so.
– PREPARE A LIST OF GROUP PHOTOS Make sure someone is calling out the groups so that everyone is there for their group photos and not loitering around the cocktail area
– THE RECEPTION MARCH-IN Same ‘Keep a distance” rule applies during the march-in. Remember to smile as you walk in and if you’re planning to have rose petals or confetti, pop/throw it only after you’ve walked past and not before. You don’t want to get the rose petals or confetti blocking your face and getting on your hair.
– WALK AROUND AND MINGLE There isn’t much for us to take photos of when everyone is eating. A mouth stuffed with food is not a pretty picture. Walk around and mingle.
– FEED YOUR PHOTOGRAPHERS Ask of your photographer if he/she needs food. One can get very hungry and tired after doing 6 hours of hard labor.
– HAVE A WEDDING AND NOT RUN ONE Hire a wedding planner or assign someone to co-ordinate your wedding. I’ve seen brides running around with their cell phone stuck on her face the entire day trying to co-ordinate the entire event herself. Sigh…
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