- Posted on Wednesday, 08 November 2017
Ask anyone who lives in the tropics and they'll tell you that having a wedding outdoors is a bad idea. Today's featured couple, however, managed to marry the best of indoor and outdoor weddings by hosting their nuptials at Glasshouse at Seputeh. Chris and Sher-Lynn's garden-themed Malaysia wedding in Kuala Lumpur was shot by Louis Gan Photography and styled by Prep. We especially loved seeing the touching photos of couple's First Look, and how the bride made use of free printables to add personalised touches to their big day – be sure to read their interview for all the links!
"In loving memory of the father of the groom. He laughed, he loved, and he was loved."
How did you meet?
“We met in 2006. Our mutual friend and my best man brought me to church with him, and that was where I noticed her playing the drums. We became friends, and eventually I developed feelings for her. I didn't express it though, because I thought I wouldn’t stand a chance.” ~ Chris
“It wasn’t until I returned from my studies abroad at the end of 2010 that he mustered the courage to ask me out. He texted me to ask if I wanted to go out for a movie, and I agreed. He offered to pick me up from my home, but I was completely clueless and told him that I'll get our friend (his best man) to bring me because he lived nearby. Chris then said, 'I’m actually asking you out on a date,' and that was when I realised that he had feelings for me. The next day, he texted me again and said, 'Sorry but we won't be able to go to the movies today; I’m in the hospital now with dengue.' So, I visited him in the hospital instead and I guess that was our first date.
After he was well, we did go on a proper date. We began to see each other in a different light and developed feelings for each other. Before asking me to become his girlfriend, he asked for my father's permission on his own accord, and that made me like him even more. With my parents’ approval and many brownie points earned, we started dating in 2011.” ~ Sher-Lynn
How did he propose?
“The year was 2015; I had returned to England to further my studies. One day, a dear friend of mine (who was engaged at the time) asked me to accompany her to the jeweler to look at wedding rings. She had me try on different rings with her and asked me which my personal favourite was. It was only after the proposal that I learned that Chris got in touch with my friend to ask her for my ring size and preference. My friend went to the jeweler ahead of time to instruct the attendant to take note of my ring size.” ~ Sher-Lynn
“I went to England in the summer of 2015 to propose to her. Sher-Lynn wanted to visit Brighton for a day because her grandmother had told Sher-Lynn of the fond memories she had there. I let Sher-Lynn plan the whole trip because I didn’t want to risk her suspecting anything. Our journey took us to the Seven Sisters, and it was there that I got down on one knee and popped the question.” ~ Chris
“I didn’t suspect a thing! We had talked about marriage, but I always thought that he would wait until I was back in Malaysia to pop the question. He wouldn’t let me touch his backpack while we were in the UK, but I didn’t think much of it. At the Seven Sisters, we sat down to enjoy the summer sun for a while. When I said that we needed to leave to catch the train back to London, he started looking nervous. He held both my hands in his and said, 'Honey, we’ve been dating for 4 years now,' and it immediately dawned on me that he was about to propose! At this point, most girls would be crying frantically, but not me. I was in shock, so I kept saying 'What are you doing? Honey, why are you saying this?' (I later I found out that he had prepared a grand speech, but because I was freaking out, he cut it short.) The next thing I knew, he got down on one knee, pulled out a pouch from his pocket, took out a ring and asked 'Would you marry me?' I nodded, but he said 'Honey, you have to say ‘Yes.’' I exclaimed, 'YES!'” ~ Sher-Lynn
Here is a photo of Chris and Sher-Lynn, right after the proposal on July 4, 2015:
What was the theme of your wedding?
“Our wedding theme was 'An Indoor Garden.' We wanted to get married in a garden setting, but we didn't want to be sweating in the Malaysian heat. The Glasshouse at Seputeh was ideal for us, and natural light coming through the glass windows made it perfect for pictures.
In terms of styling, I wanted to have something rustic, elegant, and beautiful yet not over the top. We chose white, green, and rose gold as our colour scheme. To me, white symbolises the sanctity of marriage. Green is Chris's favorite color, and rose gold is mine.” ~ Sher-Lynn
How did you decorate your venue? Did you undertake any DIY Projects?
“I engaged Agnes of Prep to style our wedding. Prep came up with many stunning designs and decorated everything, from the amazing wedding arch and photo wall to the guest tables and bridal table. They also made the signage with the Bible verse, the bouquets for myself and my matron-of-honor, as well as the corsages, the beer corner and the lemonade stand. Everything was breathtaking!
I know it’s unusual to have a lemonade stand at a wedding, but I wanted it there as a constant reminder 'to make lemonade out of lemons' on our big day.
As a lot of my time was spent on planning the wedding, we only undertook small DIY projects. I found a free printable online for our invitations, and asked The Pinning to help us print them and add gold foil onto the cards. I then wrote the names on each card, put them together, and sealed the envelopes with wax seals.
We also made the table numbers based on an image I found on Pinterest. We bought the frames from IKEA, spray painted them rose gold, and wrote the numbers on them. In addition, we also got a frame made for the seating chart. We wrote the words 'Find Your Seat' on the mirrored surface and stuck the cards printed by The Pinning.
I found a number of free printables online that I incorporated into our wedding: the seat reservation tags, the 'for your happy tears' labels I stuck onto tissue boxes, activity books for the children, and our vow books.
The bridesmaids' bouquets were actually artificial peonies that we purchased from Kaison. My sister tied a beautiful ribbon around them for the occasion, and now they're decorating my living room.
The ring bearer's security box and the flower girls' tutus were made by my sister and matron-of-honour.
Lastly, I came up with the idea for the programme booklet and it was brought to life by Chris's brother, who also happens to be a graphic designer. The book served as the lyric book during the ceremony, as a way to introduce our guests to the bridal party, as well as a platform for us to thank everyone who helped out at our wedding.” ~ Sher-Lynn
What sort of wedding favours did you opt for, and why?
“We chose to give succulents to our guests as wedding favours, because to me they are an apt representation of marriage. Growing a plant requires time and nurturing. You can’t just leave it there and hope it flourishes; you have to water it and feed it. Plants serve as a reminder to spend time with each other, take care of one another, 'water' your relationship and watch it grow.” ~ Sher-Lynn
Tell us about your First Look.
“We made sure we didn’t see each other in our respective outfits until the wedding day – not even in photographs. Right before our wedding ceremony, we exchanged gifts through one of my bridesmaids. He gave me the wedding edition of a Precious Moments figurine, while I got him a watch with a tag that said 'Meet me at the altar', a pack of chewing gum that said 'Get ready for our first kiss as husband and wife', and a pair of socks that said 'In case you get cold feet.'
Our photographer arranged for us to stand around each corner of the wall and hold hands without seeing other. We appreciated having that moment so much because it was the only moment we had to ourselves that day to calm our nerves, soak in the emotions, pray and thank God for the day.
Honestly, I was fine the whole morning until I got into my gown and walked down those stairs to Chris. By the time we had our First Look, we were both just so drenched in emotions. I remember thinking, 'I can’t believe today this man will be my husband.'” ~ Sher-Lynn
Do you have any other memorable moments from the day that you'd like to share with us?
“Since I was young, the only thing I ever wanted was to dance with my father on my wedding day to the song 'Butterfly Kisses.' I’ve never slow-danced before, and I wanted the first man I slow-danced with to be the first man I ever loved. I still the moment he took my hand and told me to put my other hand on his shoulder. Not many girls can say, 'My daddy taught me how to dance on my wedding day.' He then passed me to my husband, and we had our first dance as husband and wife to the song 'Perfect' by Ed Sheeran. I will never forget that moment.
I also surprised Chris by singing the song 'Marry Me' by Train. It was the first song he played for me on the acoustic guitar, and I thought it was only fitting to sing to him the words, 'marry me today and every day.' Chris, in turn, surprised me by getting our church youth group together to end the night dancing to 'Footloose'. It was so much fun seeing my brother, nieces and our fathers dance along, too!” ~ Sher-Lynn
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Set your budget and stick to it. Remember that your priority should be your marriage, not the wedding.” ~ Chris
“Be realistic. Ask yourself, 'Do I have the time to plan a wedding in the scale I want?' If the answer is no, seriously consider hiring a wedding planner to help you (I highly recommend Prep). If you decide to plan it all yourself, at least get a wedding coordinator – be it a friend or a professional – to ensure that the wedding day goes smoothly. On your big day, be like Elsa and let it go. Cherish every moment. Also, be sure to make use of free printables you can easily find online – they’re free and gorgeous, so why not?” ~ Sher-Lynn
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Be patient and always make an effort. Do the little things, like opening the door for her and buying flowers for her for no particular reason. It's the little things that matter most to her.” ~ Chris
“Strive to have the kind of love that is described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7’s and never stop trying. Try to be the best spouse, the best supporter, and the best listener you can possibly be. Just don’t give up trying, because marriage is a lot of work, but it’s so worth it.” ~ Sher-Lynn
Congratulations on your marriage, Chris and Sher-Lynn! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of Guests: 270
Venue: Glasshouse at Seputeh
Photography: Louis Gan Photography
Wedding Gown: Annie Loiseau Bridal
Evening Gown: 7th Heaven Bridal Gallery
Bride’s Shoes: Lewre Bespoke, TOMS
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Love & Bravery, Zalora
Flower Girl’s Tutus and Ring Bearer’s Box: Sher-Mayne Low
Groom’s Outfit: Merlin Tailor (suit), G2000 (white shirt), My Tie Shop (tie)
Groom’s Shoes: Pedro
Groomsmen’s Outfits: Uniqlo (pants), My Tie Shop (ties)
Jewellery: DeGem (rings, necklace), Poh Kong (earrings)
Hair and Makeup: SuyenPang Artistry
Flowers: pAx Floral Studio, Noreen Chong (flower girls’ floral crowns and baskets, aisle, staircase, confetti, wedding car)
Stationery: DIY, Jeremy Tai (programme booklet), The Pinning (printing)
‘Love Everywhere’ Signage: Leftypixie
Wedding Favours: OlaCacti
Wedding Styling: Prep
Wedding Planning: The bride
On-The-Day Coordination: Karlyn Leong
Cake Topper: Akudankraf
Catering: Hao Xiang Chi Seafood (Chinese), Brick House Group (Halal), Quick Brown Fox (finger food), Waka Waka Gelato (ice cream)
Videography: Nigel Sia Visual Storytelling (wedding), JuChong Productions (‘How We Met’ and tea ceremony)
Emcee: Andrew Tong
Lights and Sounds: Edniverse
Photo Booth: AwesomeKlicks
Furniture Rental and Fairy Lights: Nam Kee Canopy Rental Services