Ivan and Safia’s Rustic 1950s-Inspired Nikah

Ivan and Safia engaged the duo behind Reka Teemor to plan and style their nikah (or wedding solemnisation), shot by Jasmine Abdullah of Munkeat Photography. Mumtaz and Faiz masterfully infused rustic elements with a vintage, 1950s Malay glam-inspired aesthetic to create a wedding that is classic and modern all at once.

How did you meet?
“We met through a mutual friend of ours who brought the both of us along on a road trip to Penang four years ago. Shortly after, we became best friends.” ~ Ivan

How did he propose?
“I kept my feelings towards her to myself for three years, but I decided to finally confess to her while we were having supper in a mamak store after a show we had just done. After I told her everything, she asked, ‘Are you willing to marry me?’ With tears in my eyes, I said yes! So yes, she was the one who proposed to me. We got married a month and a half later.” ~ Ivan

What was the theme of your wedding?
“Our theme was a mixture of rustic, vintage and 50s Malay glam. Our colour palette consisted of ivory, white, champagne, copper, and dark green.” ~ Safia

How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“Reka Teemor did it all, from planning and decorating to hiring the musicians, the emcee, the caterers and sorting out the wedding favors and floral arrangements. They truly are a one-stop shop for couples looking to plan their wedding – we highly recommend them! The duo behind Reka Teemor, Mumtaz and Faiz, are the best. We only had one and a half months to plan the wedding so we didn’t have time for DIY projects, but I had friends help me out with the concept and design, in collaboration with Reka Teemor.” ~ Safia

What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We gave out ‘telur pindang’ (tea eggs) placed in birds’ nests. We chose them purely because I like the taste – as a bonus, they’re practical and they fit the 50s-inspired Malay theme, too!” ~ Safia

Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Don’t try to do everything under one and a half months – it’s definitely not for the faint hearted! (laughs) That is, unless you’re blessed with a strong support system. It would also be really helpful you know exactly what you want for the wedding to make sure you don’t succumb to pressure (from wedding planners, friends and parents), which can sometimes be hard to deal with.” ~ Ivan and Safia

“I personally felt that the guest list was the most stressful aspect of the wedding! I always dreamt of having a small and intimate nikah, but it was difficult to manage the guest list amidst the demands of work and the expectations of our parents. In Malay families, it is often understood that a wedding or nikah is for the parents, not for the bride and groom – it is something that you have to take into consideration when planning your wedding. What you want and who you want to invite is not exactly the priority.” ~ Safia

What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“It is important to know why you want to spend your life with this one person. Communication and teamwork are also key.” ~ Ivan and Safia


Congratulations on your marriage, Ivan and Safia! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!



Vendor Information
No. of Guests: 350
Venue: The bride’s parents’ house in Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur
Photography: Jasmine Abdullah of Munkeat Photography
Outfits: Bernard Chandran
Bride’s Shoes: YSL
Groom’s Shoes: Zeve Shoes
Jewellery: Mikimoto, Habib Jewels, Diamond & Platinum
Hair: Jojo Anton
Makeup: Teyn Nash
Wedding Planning and Styling: Reka Teemor
Invitations: Light Up 7
Catering: Ari Catering
Emcee: Hardy Arbi
Videography: The White Space and Voids Society