- Posted on Wednesday, 16 August 2017
Justin and his Singaporean bride Melissa met in New Zealand, and they brought bits and pieces of it to their Malaysia wedding – from the rustic décor by Moments and the Whittaker’s Chocolate they gave out at their church ceremony, to their invites which featured photos from their pre-wedding shoot in New Zealand. Shot by Ndrew Photography and styled by Wishing Tree, their dinner reception at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur was an elegant affair decked in navy and gold. We especially love how the bride rocked a jumpsuit by Estudio de Veralyne!
If Melissa looks familiar, it's because you'd have seen her in our popular Peranakan-themed styled shoot Baba and Nyonya: Modern Peranakan Wedding Inspiration, in which she modelled as one of the beautiful bridesmaids!
A closer look at Justin and Melissa's wedding invitations:
And here are more photos from the couple’s pre-wedding shoot shot in Queenstown, Glenorchy and Wanaka in New Zealand:
How did you meet?
“We were both studying in New Zealand, she was my junior. We were both in the cell group for Overseas Christian Fellowship. I actually befriended her because I thought she didn’t have any friends and I took pity on her. I guess we ended up being more than that.” ~ Justin
“I hung out with him because he loves to eat. I love to eat too.” ~ Melissa
How did you propose?
“I manipulated her.” ~ Justin
“And I relented.” ~ Melissa
“She likes to keep things private, so initially I planned to propose to her amidst fireflies in Kuala Selangor. Then I heard that the place is notorious for mosquitoes, and the whole idea lost its flair. I thought about decorating one of the Sekeping venues, but she doesn’t like ‘hipster’ houses, so The Majestic it was. I made her think it was her idea to have a staycation, and had some of our friends decorate the place while we were out for dinner. I surprised her when we got back.” ~ Justin
What was the theme of your wedding?
“For the church ceremony, we wanted the décor to be simple and rustic to remind us of the New Zealand landscape. For dinner we wanted something more elegant, so we opted for a navy blue and gold theme.” ~ Melissa
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“Moments was responsible for decorating the church, while Wishing Tree decorated our wedding reception.
Some of the DIY projects we did with the help of our wonderful friends included the invitation cards, the menus at the dinner reception, the guestbook as well as the decoration for the bridal car.” ~ Melissa
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We opted to give out New Zealand Whittaker’s Chocolates. New Zealand holds a special place in our hearts because it’s where we met.” ~ Melissa
What are some of your favourite memories from your big day?
“The after-party at our wedding reception! We told our guests months before that we were planning a mini after-party. That night, we managed to finish the main programme by 10pm; afterwards we blasted our Spotify dance playlist and had loads of fun.” ~ Melissa
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Just enjoy every moment of it. We thoroughly enjoyed the planning process and our wedding day. We accepted responsibility for our decisions, and were upfront about any decision that we made that either of our parents had an issue with. That being said, we are truly blessed to have loving and understanding parents who were open to the many ideas that we had.
If you end up hating the planning stage, at the very least enjoy yourself on your wedding day, or none of it would have been worth it. Just be happy and let things take its course, and learn to laugh at whatever happens because in the end what matters is that you enjoy yourselves.” ~ Justin
“Don’t fall into the trap of imitating other weddings that you see online. Express your individuality through your wedding. For example, I knew that I did not want to wear a gown for my wedding reception; neither did I see the point of having a few outfit changes. I just wanted to be comfortable and enjoy my evening, so I opted to wear a jumpsuit that I could dance in. Also, prepare for the marriage, not the wedding.” ~ Melissa
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“You can either be happy, or you can be right.” ~ Justin
“Let your man wear the pants, but be the wife who chooses the colour of his pants.” ~ Melissa
Congratulations on your marriage, Justin and Melissa! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of Guests: 310
Venue: Council of Churches of Malaysia (ceremony), Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (reception)
Photography: Ndrew Photography
Bride’s Outfits: Designer Bridal Room (wedding gown), Aunty Lily (kebaya), Estudio de Veralyne (wedding jumpsuit)
Bride’s Shoes: Shoes Shoes Shoes (white pair), Kurt Geiger (blue pair)
Bridesmaid Dresses: Parsealed
Groom’s and Groomsmen’s Outfits: Sacoor Brothers
Groom’s Shoes: Gucci
Jewellery: Menang Jewellery on Upper Cross Street (wedding bands), Choo Yilin (tea ceremony and wedding reception)
Hair and Makeup: Catyong
Flowers: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Décor: Wishing Tree
Wedding Planning and Styling: Moments
Stationery and Paper Goods: Eliffant Studio
Wedding Favours: Whittaker’s Chocolates (ceremony), Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur (reception)
Catering: Goon Wah XO Fish Head (church)
Videography: Where’s the Fish