- Posted on Thursday, 08 February 2018
Cantaloupe’s beautiful, light-filled interiors were the perfect setting for Alvin and Cassandra’s Malaysia wedding, shot by Zach Chin of Munkeat Studio. They chose a delicate colour palette of blush paired with navy blue to complement the lush greenery surrounding the venue. We especially love the bride's blush-coloured Ambersze gown and the statement cake by Shaun Teo Creations that the bride’s sister surprised the couple with!
Here are a couple of Alvin and Cassandra’s pre-wedding pictures with Manny, their Shiba Inu mix, as captured by Carolyn Chon:
How did you meet?
“We met at Opium KL in Changkat. We were introduced by a mutual friend, but it was his firm handshake that left an impression on me. Because of his smile and ability to make spontaneous conversation, I was hooked in under 20 seconds. Lucky him. We had instant chemistry because of all the things we had in common – from where we grew up (Subang Jaya) and all our favourite food from our hometown (especially those breakfast spots!) to our love for dogs. It’s crazy to think that we grew up in the same neighborhood but only managed to cross paths in KL. As cheesy as it sounds, I believed he was my soul mate from the moment we met.” ~ Cassandra
How did he propose?
“Alvin wanted to propose during a comedy show we planned to see, but he fell really sick that night so I stayed home to nurse him back to health. He decided to go ahead with the proposal while we were both in bed wearing our pajamas. With his raging fever, he held the ring in his hands and asked me to marry him. I remember crying and saying ‘yes’ to him, and I told him that would be with him in sickness (literally) and in health. I will never forget his messy hair and his tired eyes. His warm hands held mine as he got down on one knee with Manny, our dog, right next to him. It was just perfect.” ~ Cassandra
Here is a picture Cassandra took of her engagement ring on the night of Alvin’s proposal:
What was the theme of your wedding and how did you decorate your venue?
“We wanted it to look simple and natural with less flowers and more greenery. The theme was a little bit rustic, with touches of blush and navy blue. Moments helped put together the minimal décor; we didn’t need to do much as the ambience of the venue already fit our theme. The space also had a lot of natural light, which was great.” ~ Cassandra
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We prepared personalised gifts for each of our guests – photos taken together over the years with handwritten messages from us. Each picture came in a wooden frame. We wanted to show our friends how grateful we are to have them by our side through the good and bad.” ~ Cassandra
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
“My beloved sister, Catherine Lee, surprised us with a wedding cake by Shaun Teo, ending our luncheon on a sweet note.” ~ Cassandra
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Have an open mind when you source for items and vendors, and use an Excel sheet to keep track of your budget. It’s easy to get carried away, but every once in a while it’s good to sit back and reflect on what you truly want for your wedding. We agree that your wedding is once in a lifetime experience, but it’s also one of the first investments you’ll be making as a couple. Your financial management journey starts with your wedding, and that is only the beginning of your marriage. It’s good to be rational and levelheaded throughout the planning process; you can also opt to seek support from friends to keep yourself in check. For us, we wanted to keep it real, simple and natural and ensure that every moment is captured. With this in mind, we kept the décor to a minimum and invested in photography, videography and my wedding gown. Of course, we wanted good food as well, which is why we ended up choosing Cantaloupe as our venue.” ~ Cassandra
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Knowledge is power, so we recommend that couples invest in ‘5 Languages of Love’ by Gary Chapman in order to learn more about your respective love languages. Once you have established them, you will find that communication will no longer be an issue, and you will be able to be the pillar of support for one other and bring out the best in each other. Of course, never stop appreciating your partner and always find ways to express your love for him or her. Marriage takes effort, but know that every effort made counts towards better tomorrows. Make each day count.” ~ Cassandra
Congratulations on your marriage, Alvin and Cassandra! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of Guests: 60
Venue: Cantaloupe at The Troika, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Photography: Zach Chin of Munkeat Studio
Wedding Dress: Ambersze
Bride’s Shoes: Christy Ng
Jewellery: Yie Shin
Hair and Makeup: Joey Yap
Flowers and Décor: Moments
Wedding Coordination: Marcus Khoo et al.
Cake: Shaun Teo Creations
Entertainment: Lau Chak Onn and Andrea Wong
Emcee: Andrea Wong
Videography: Gary Ngui of Beni Films