I purposely published this entry a week after the wedding was held, as I had wanted to inform the postponement of “Ya Saya Imran Ajmain” showcase as well as promote the launch of Fiza O‘s Ritabella Collection event held at Joo Chiat Complex last Saturday, 25th February 2012. The delay in publishing this entry was also because I had wanted to whet your appetite to see more photographs I took on the wedding day itself, as well as view the short video clip I have put up to honour the newly-weds. For those wondering, there was a wedding dinner on the same day as the marriage solemnisation ceremony, which was attended by mostly friends of the couple and those in the local Malay entertainment industry. However, I had to give that a painful miss as I had already bought tickets to the Muzik FM (Festival Melayu) concert held at Marina Barrage that same night.
During the Muzik FM concert, I had followed closely the goings-on over at the wedding dinner, thanks to friends who were more than willing to update and share via Twitter. There was an unforgettable flash-mob performance led by the groom, his best man Raydza, and dancers from I.Am Studios, which caught the guests by surprise. Certainly reminded me of my own wedding dinner where I performed during the entrance, though not of the flash-mob kind. There was also a heart-rendering speech given by the groom for his bride which touched the hearts of those who attended and even made some teared upon hearing words spoken from the heart. Seeing the updates on my Twitter timeline, I knew this was a grand affair which would continue the next day and I was not to be disappointed.
Banners, like the one you see at the beginning of this entry, greeted us the moment we neared the event venue, the Garden Pavilion, situated in between blocks 686 and 697 at Hougang Street 61. From afar, I was already bowled over by the decor. Walking inside the amphitheatre, I was just amazed at the amount of effort put into making this a wedding event to remember. Guests had a variety of food, desserts and drinks to choose from, as compared to the regular fare we’re so used to being served at weddings in general. Imagine you have a choice of drink flavours like Durian, Sour Plum, Barley, Strawberry and Yam amongst others, to choose from. The candies and desserts buffet stations were to die for, but sadly I did not get to savour them as I was busy snapping photographs and moving around.
Seldom do we get the groom and bride arriving on time, but true to what was stated on the invitation card, they did arrive at 2:15pm on the dot. Their entrance befitted their status as “King & Queen” of the day. From the moment they were hoisted up the chariot and carried to the amphitheatre, they had the watching guests and even the people in the neighbourhood gasping with bewilderment at how ostentatious and splendour the whole procession looked. The dance and Kompang items put up by the Sriwana performers, along with the Tepung Tawar and Silat Pengantin segments, gave it a feeling as though we were brought back in time when sultans and kings ruled this land. Truly this was a wedding affair which had the word “REGAL” stamped on it.
I will not delve more as the photographs and video clip I have put up will more or less tell the whole story of the wedding event for me. Before I end, I would like to take this opportunity to convey a message by the newly-married couple, as they did not get the opportunity to thank the kind people who had made their wedding event a major success, and a memorable one that left an indelible impression in the minds of guests alike, on the wedding day itself. Shahril and Suherdlya would like to thank the following individuals, companies and groups:
Wedding outfits – Chantique The Bridal Gallery (Zul & Ros)
F&B – Maria Le Caterer (Suzana)
Photography & Videography – Bliss PhotoCinema (Syarfique & Rizal)
Deco – Jentayu Gallery (Fauzi & Mel)
Guestbook Services – Zudryda Creation
Marriage Solemnisation Venue: Al-Mawaddah Mosque Management
Kadi: Ustaz Khair Rahmat
Wedding Dinner Host: Shahrin Azhar
The Main Wayang Company (Alvin)
Juz B (Dee)
I.AM Studios (Saiful Amri & Isham)
Artiste Budaya Tepak Sireh (Rizman)
Favors – Agnes Chang
Sri Mahligai (Ariffin)
Warung Air Aswandi (Hernie Orpie)
Kesenian Muda-Mudi (Khayzan)
Favors – Juzfavors08.multiply.com