- Posted on Tuesday, 26 June 2018
Armed with a practical outlook on wedding planning, Brandon and Sarah chose to leave most of the styling to the professionals at Pretty Little Things and focus on enjoying their big day instead. The result? A gorgeous rustic-themed ceremony full of laughter and smiles, captured by Jasmine of Munkeat Studio. Set beneath thousands of twinkling fairy lights, the dinner reception in the Visitors Centre of Tanarimba, Janda Baik featured meaningful personal touches: place cards calligraphed by the bride’s sister, and a wishing tree branch taken from Sarah’s parent’s home in Kedah.
How did you meet?
“We both attended Monash University Malaysia, back in 2010. Sarah was doing her Arts degree while Brandon was doing his Engineering degree. We met at the Monash Christian Fellowship and started getting closer while we were serving on the committee together. In 2012, I asked her to be my girlfriend.” ~ Brandon and Sarah
How did Brandon Propose?
“For the proposal, I was pretty sure that Sarah was going to say yes. However, my biggest concern was ensuring that I popped the question when she least expected it since Sarah had a knack for sniffing out surprises.
I knew I wanted the proposal to be an intimate one, with just the both of us. So for our 4th year anniversary, we went to Phi Phi Island, Krabi for a short getaway. On our second day, after a morning of snorkeling and a walk on the beach, we headed back to our rooms to rest for a bit.
Seizing this opportunity, I started a conversation about my work (I was in the loyalty & retention department then). I droned on about the role and how it was important to make sure the company retains and ensures the loyalty of our customers. Sarah, obviously, had little interest in what I was rambling on about. (Sarah: We were on a vacation!!) It was at this point where I sat her up and got down on one knee and told her that, taking key lessons from my role at work, I wanted to secure and retain the most important person in my life, and asked her to marry me. She said yes.” ~ Brandon
What was your theme/style/color palette?
“We chose to have a burgundy & gold themed wedding. We didn’t have any particular style preference as we believed the venue was already really beautiful as is. So we wanted the wedding styling to fit the rustic and earthy venue.” ~ Brandon and Sarah
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“We left a large portion of the wedding styling to our decorators, Pretty Little Things. We didn’t want to embark on too many DIY projects and end up stretching ourselves a little too thin as it was a busy period for us leading up to the wedding. However, we did manage to work on a few DIY projects with the help of our amazing family members. We DIY-ed the Program Fan (Canva is a great design tool for dummies!) and the place cards were beautifully calligraphed by Sarah’s sister, Deborah. We also DIY-ed the Wishing Tree and the tags to be hung on it. The tree branch came all the way from Sarah’s parents’ home in Kedah! Her dad spray painted in gold to fit the theme.” ~ Brandon and Sarah
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We opted not to have wedding favours. Instead, we decided to have a gelato cart for our guests! We had Waka Waka Gelato serve 2 flavours of gelato (Lemon Poppy Seed and Rum & Raisin) after the solemnisation.” ~ Brandon and Sarah
Do you have any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“Planning the wedding can be a stressful thing but don’t forget to enjoy the process. Also, try to spend within your means. On the day, nothing else will matter because you’re marrying your best friend. After all, the wedding is all but one day in your life, your marriage is for life.” ~ Brandon and Sarah
Any tips or advice on what you think makes a strong marriage?
“We’re not the subject matter experts on marriage (what do we know! We’ve only been married for 2 months!), but as cliche as it sounds, communication is key. We are still learning to humble ourselves to ensure the other person feels heard and validated. When we let our defenses down, beautiful things can happen.” ~ Brandon and Sarah
Congratulations on your marriage, Brandon and Sarah! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of Guests: 160
Venue: Visitors Centre, Tanarimba, Janda Baik, Malaysia
Photography: Jasmine Abdullah, Munkeat Studio
Bride’s Wedding Dresses: After Twelve Gown
Bride’s Shoes: Nelissa Hilman
Bridesmaid Dresses: Love, Bonito
Groom’s Shoes: Aldo
Groomsmen’s Outfits: Etsy (bowties and suspenders)
Hair and Makeup: SuyenPang Artistry
Décor and Flowers: Pretty Little Things
Stationery: Jid Ink Designs (invitations) and menus, program fans, wishing tree, and place cards DIY-ed by the couple
Cake: It's Baked by Su Li
Catering: Brick House Group
Planning/Styling: Pretty Little Things
Videography: In A Nutshell
Entertainment/Emcee: David Soh