Old Shanghai Glamour: Howard and Yi-Ann’s Wedding at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur

If you’ve ever wondered what it was like to have the ultimate 1920’s Shanghai-themed wedding, look no further than Howard and Yi-Ann’s glamorous shindig, planned by MY Wedding Planner and shot by Peter Herman Photography. As you’ll see in the pictures, the attention to detail is simply astounding. The commitment and dedication of the couple, along with the team behind Wishing Tree, truly brought Old Shanghai back to life again at the Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur.

How did you meet?
“We met through friends while we were in university. We spent four years getting to know each other through the countless events and parties that were organised by Howard and some of our friends. It took us that long to finally get together.” ~ Yi-Ann

How did he propose?
“Howard proposed on my birthday. I had no clue that he had been planning to propose, let alone on that day. A few days beforehand, he told me that he arranged for us to stay at the Sofitel Melbourne for my birthday. While we were waiting for our friends for post-dinner drinks at our suite, he presented me with a big box in a large shopping bag. Initially, I insisted that he return it and not waste money on such a big present. Much to my surprise, the box was filled with popcorn and greeting cards. At the very bottom of the box was his marriage proposal and a beautifully presented wedding lollipop ring.” ~ Yi-Ann

What was the theme of your wedding?
“Since we spent more than a decade of our lives down under, we thought it would be great if we could pay homage to our Chinese heritage by celebrating the glamorous era of 1920’s Old Shanghai. We knew from the get go that we didn’t want our reception to be overwhelmed with the obvious red, so instead we used a variety of red hues juxtaposed with turquoise and jade. Our efforts paid off in the end, and the colours worked harmoniously with our theme.” ~ Yi-Ann

How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“The decoration was mainly a collaboration with our superstar vendors. The level of detailing we aimed to achieve was ambitious. Everything, from the sourcing of wrapping paper for a wedding boutonniere and the selection of flowers to acquisition of additional ambient lighting and furniture was to ensure that we achieved our goal. Howard designed the letterpress wedding invitations and the rest of the paper goods.” ~ Yi-Ann 

What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“We had our wedding favours customised to suit our theme. The sandalwood fans that were engraved with our wedding hashtag was a big hit with the ladies. We decided to have the fans come in bold and vibrant colours as we wanted them to work with our décor and table settings. For the men, we opted to have boxed chocolates by Grant Hyatt, each wrapped with a strip of oriental floral wrapping paper and sealed with our personalised wedding stickers, designed by Howard.” ~ Yi-Ann


Congratulations on your marriage, Howard and Yi-Ann! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!



Vendor Information
No. of guests: 530
Venue and Cake: Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur
Photography: Peter Herman Photography
Wedding Dress: Suzanne Harward
Bride’s and Groom’s Shoes: Prada
Bridesmaid Dress: Willow Boutique
Hair: Alan Tan
Makeup: Shiyo Joo
Flowers and Décor: Wishing Tree
Stationery: Designed by the groom
Wedding Planning: Patricia Chan of MY Wedding Planner
Entertainment: My Love Story (Band), May Mow (Vocalist)
Emcee: William Lee