A SWEET INDIAN + CHINESE FUSION WEDDING

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January 2, 2016 / By / , , , / Post a Comment

H appy New Year beautiful readers. I hope the holiday season has been wonderful for you. I've made the move back to Dubai and spent the holiday season with my family and friends. This has resulted in some quiet time on Vows & Co. and for this I apologise. I hope you will forgive me as I bring to you a New Years treat. Today, I'm bringing you a beautiful Indian and Chinese fusion wedding from Malaysia.

Our beautiful bride, Jia Mun, a management consultant married Chandran, a commodities trader at the Zion Luteran Cathedral in Kuala Lumpur on the 10th of October last year. Their church ceremony was followed by a lively lunch reception at Soprano’s Italian- German Restaurant and in the evening they hosted a stunning dinner reception at the Pullman Hotel and Residences.

Their story begins when they were both teenagers:

“We met at church at a young people fellowship in 2001 when I was 16 and he was 15. He had just moved from Johor to Kajang. For over a year we were just “hi” and “bye” friends at church and nothing more. End of that year, the senior group (i.e. us) had to organise a welcoming party for the younger group graduating from a junior fellowship. Chandran and I were placed in the same team to organise few games for the welcoming party. It was then, the first time we really spoke to each other and I discovered that he is actually such a gentleman, a quiet spirit with a gentle heart. We grew closer from that day forward: he would walk me to and from the tuition centre to ensure that I was safe, send me bible verses to encourage me when I seat for my exams. A year later we were official. If you ask, Chandran,his side of the story, he says it was love at the first sight!”

Like every love story, theirs is one full of beautiful highs and trying lows – but in the end their love brought them together, stronger and more committed than ever before:

“We have been dating since June 2003 and went through secondary school, pre- university, undergraduate, working life and post graduate studies. The journey was not always smooth and like many other relationships, we have our good times and bad times. During our seventh year of courtship, we broke up for a year. During this break, I even dated another person but the failed relationship only gave me more clarity that Chandran was the one for me. We got back together in 2011 and he proposed on Valentine’s day of 2014 in Bali!”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

Jia Mun and Chandran wanted their big day to be a reflection of who they are as people:

“We wanted the event to be reflective of our inner personality and personal style preference. Our vibe for the day was reflective on our individual personalities; lively, enthusiastic, playful for the bride and a touch of elegance for the groom. “

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“I wanted something conventional – a cathedral with stained glass windows in an orthodox setting. I went around looking for a church I liked and found Zion Lutheran Church. “

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“Contrary to the belief that the groom is not supposed to see the bride’s gown until the wedding day, I wanted Chandran to pick the gown for me. I wanted him to have say in the gown. The only thing I was particular was that I wanted a cathedral veil, hence I chose one that was 3 meters long! In my mind that veil would make the whole outfit look more grand. For my overall look , I wanted a princess-like hairstyle that would go well with the long veil. As I don’t wear much make up I informed my makeup artist that I would like to look like me. So I went for a natural look!”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

How beautiful are the colours from this wedding? The regal purples, bright yellows, shocking pinks and bright orange are very reflective of the bride’s traits which, I’m told, are lively and adventurous.

“For my bridal and bridesmaid bouquets, I chose the calla lily because they are elegant and not a common flower used by brides in Malaysia. I liked that they were both elegant and unique. The color of my bridal bouquet complemented the colors used in the church which were yellow, pink and tones of red. For my maid of honor, we chose bright yellow calla lilies because I wanted the colors stand out against her hot pink dress.

For the church pews, we chose the orange and hot pink artificial pomp pom flowers for with green leaves and we had an arrangement of flowers (of different varieties) at the alter. My sister in law helped with the flowers selecting the flowers and the arrangements and my sister set up the pews with my brother and his girlfriend alongside some church members. “

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“The church ceremony was a formal Lutheran wedding proceeding. The only thing we added in was the lighting of the unity candle, which is not traditionally part of a Lutheran wedding. We added this ceremony so that our mothers could also participate in the proceedings. “

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

After the traditional church ceremony, Chandra and Jia Mun hosted a beautiful Indian and Chinese fusion lunch reception. Their hosted lunch was the launch of their grand two part reception it included a grand entrance, Bollywood and Western dance routines, speeches and a thank you speech by the couple.

“We chose the The Soprano’s Italian- German Restaurant because we liked their authentic Italian- German food and the classy environment. “

Jia Mun also changed her look for this reception and wore a beautiful floral gown. Everything from this lunch reception had a touch of nostalgia and symbolic meaning for both the bride and the groom:

“The event at lunch was coordinated by the owners (a pair of twin sisters) of Xtreme Fitness Centre, who are very close friends of my mom. In fact, one of the twin was the nurse who welcomed me into this world (she assisted my mom to deliver me). They found it both a joy and honor to see me through the growing years!”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“There were 6 dances at lunch where the theme was Bollywood fusion – since we hosted a fusion wedding, we liked the idea of mixing east and west!”

The couple were full of praise for the their MC and the co-ordinators, co-owners of Xtreme Fitness Centre:

“We loved Kajang for MC-ing at the lunch reception and the dance performances. And also a special thanks to Elaine Kong and Patricia Kong whom had been working in the background tirelessly and offered a shoulder to cry on, when required.”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“Lunch photography was done by John Kerk Photography. He took our casual engagement shots which we used as the picture in our wedding card and on our gifts. He is my colleague and a part time wedding photographer.”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

Once the lunch reception was over, our bride, Jia Mun was whisked away to get ready for their second reception of the day. For this event, Jia Mun decided to pay homage to groom’s Indian culture. During their dinner reception, the couple included elements that would honor Chandran’s Indian heritage. Jia Mun also changed her look again, this time donning an intricate red sari.:

“I was planning to wear a saree and additional accessories like the bangles, the choker necklace and the head piece, my makeup and hair style had to suit the saree. I opted for a sassier hairstyle and bolder look.”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

How dapper does Chandran look in his tuxedo – his look reflecting his charm and love for classic elegance.

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

Chandran and Jia Mun took their time to customise and put their special touch on everything – including their wedding invites:

“For our invites we wanted something personal. We spent a lot of time looking for invitations that suited us. Finally found one in Singapore because we didn’t like any of the designs available in Malaysia. The wedding card included a photograph of us. We wanted a picture in the invite to introduce each other to our guests incase they have not met us in person (extended family etc.) Our invites were sealed with our customized wax seal! We thought it added a personality and added a touch of elegance of the invites. “

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“At the lunch each table had pictures of us and the guests seated on that table – I was going for a nostalgic feel. I wanted to make them feel special- because they were a part of our lives, and they had joined us on our big day to celebrate with us. We also had floating candles and geberras as decorations for the table. I tied each and every mason jar with either ribbon/ jute strings.”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

For their dinner reception, the couple chose to change the theme is a little. Their decorations included a combination of bright red roses, yellow orchids (cymbidium), greens and twigs.

“The overall color combination was a bright colorful mix signifying the happy occasion and the vibrant characters of the newly wedded couple. The twigs were part of the ensemble as it complemented the theme and gave the overall reception a unique factor. The theme “a new beautiful life” was reflected in our choice of bright flowers, and the tree we used as the centrepiece on the main table – which to use represented a new life built on a strong foundation”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“We had a tea ceremony, a traditional Chinese ceremony whereby the new addition to the family is introduced to the family members. We also had a photobooth for the guests to enjoy and take some pictures of their own. Our MC hosted games (that was a surprised to us as we are made to pose on the stage in whichever way the photographer wanted to position us). It was incredibly fun and lively; we enjoyed every minute of it!”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

Apart from their two post wedding receptions, Chandran and Jia Mun also hosted a sweet and symbolic indian ceremony at the grooms home the day before the wedding:

“We had an indian ceremony called the planting of the tree to signify new life at the groom’s place. This ceremony took place prior to the wedding day. We also had a post wedding welcoming ceremony for the new member (yours truly) of the family at the groom’s place. We did not employ photography services for these ceremonies as they were intimate and special events for the two of us. “

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“We like the location of the hotel we hosted our dinner reception at. It was right in the city- the golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur. We liked the ballroom as there were no pillars that could distract our guests from viewing the stage.”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

The couple had a lot of help from their family, especially when it came to the design elements of their big day:

“The flowers and decoration were bought and assembled by my sister in law. We then had some help from the hotel to pin the flowers up the board. The design detail of the stage backdrop was designed by my sister in law which was later printed and turned into reality by the hotel.”

A Sweet Malaysian + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“We like the location of the hotel we hosted our dinner reception at. It was right in the city- the golden triangle of Kuala Lumpur. We liked the ballroom as there were no pillars that could distract our guests from viewing the stage.”

A Sweet Malaysian + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

For their entertainment the couple opted for a fusion of music for the evening festivities:

“We chose a combination of English, Chinese and Indian music as we had guests from many different ethnicities. We found a Pilipino band comprised of singers who danced – who sang English and Chinese songs. We also had a singer and dance team for India performances. We were going for a mix of entertainment to symbolize the newly created bond between two families. The band’s were good performers and could sing a variety of songs. The emcee was good in keeping the event lively and exciting.”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography

“To me as the bride, the photographers are the most important element in the wedding. The food, the flowers the music will fade but the photographs are the ones that remain forever and it gets more valuable over time. It took me 9 months to find my photographers. One night as I was going through the websites of photographers in Malaysia, I found Peter Herman Photography. When we met, I liked his personality and his demeanour. It was so important for me to able to work with the photographer, and Peter was the perfect fit with both his personality and work. As I wanted two photographers for the coverage, Peter mentioned that he would have a second photographer – Rokolya Photography. I saw his work and was equally impressed. Rokoya met us for the first time 4 days before the wedding and we can got along well! I thought they both worked very well together. My family members and friends said so too!”

A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography
A Sweet Chinese + Indian Fusion Wedding | Vows & Co. | Peter Herman Photography / Rokolya Photography / John Kerk Photography

Advice From The Bride:

“The dream wedding is possible if you actually have a priority list i.e. what are the “must haves”, what are the “nice to have” and allocate your budget accordingly. Be creative if you have budget constraint e.g. source from cheaper suppliers, plan early, perhaps consider DIY? Plan a wedding of your choice, where all the details are according to your preference, be creative, be personnel and forget the traditions! And finally, on the actual day, let loose and let go and enjoy your big day!”

Advice from the Groom:

“Provide support to the bride whenever possible both emotionally and physically by giving her a helping hand whenever she needs it.”

The Company

Wedding Ceremony: Zion Lutheran Church (Brickfields)
Wedding Reception: Lunch: The Soprano’s Restaurant & Bar // Dinner: Hotel Pullman Kuala Lumpur City Centre Hotel and Residences
Make up artist & Hairdresser: Jenfon Makeup
Caterer(s): Supplied by Venue // Cake:  Melting Moments By Kah Yie
Invitation and Stationery: Handsmaden Singapore
Wedding Photography: Peter Herman Photography // Zsolts Rokolya // John Kerk 

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