- Posted on Friday, 11 August 2017
Two worlds became one on Razif and Sarah’s big day as the couple tied the knot in a combined celebration that honoured both Arabic and Malay cultures. The couple’s Singapore wedding was shot by Hafizudin Hamdan Photography and held at The Grassroots’ Club in the presence of nearly 1700 people.
Watch a short film of Razif and Sarah's big day, as captured by Aidu Weddings:
How did you meet?
“We met in school 10 years ago! We were both studying at Meridian Junior College but we only started dating after we left college in 2009. While we were still in school, my friends used to tell me that Razif had a huge crush on me – I, on the other hand, never looked his way! (laughs) We’ve been together ever since.” ~ Sarah
“This is my version of the story: I heard from my friends that there was this girl who really wanted to get together with me. I then found out it was Sarah. Naturally, we got together.” ~ Razif
How did he propose?
“So Razif and I were quite… traditional when it came to this. We both knew that we didn’t really want to get engaged, and instead proceeded with the solemnisation, or the nikah. Traditionally, the groom-to-be’s parents would meet the bride-to-be’s parents to discuss, and that’s exactly what happened.
Razif and I had already been together for about 6 and a half years, so I’d say it’s about damn time! We talked about our future plans and made sure we were on the same page. Once we involved our parents, things started to move forward.
The meeting between our parents was incredibly nerve-racking for the both of us! Yet, it was really beautiful – there’s just something incredibly wonderful about having the blessing of your parents, and Razif and I will always be really thankful for that. We settled on a date and decided that we wanted to first have the solemnisation done in a mosque and worry about the wedding reception later.
Having said that, Razif did gift me with a Tiffany & Co. ‘Tiffany Notes’ ring for my 25th birthday as a simple ‘proposal’ gesture.” ~ Sarah
How did you decorate your venues?
“I worked closely with Masturah from Saiful Imran Events. Since we decided not to hire a wedding planner, I made sure that Masturah understood what I wanted so she could execute it to the best of her abilities. I told her that I wanted a colour palette of ivory and gold, with greens thrown into the mix. We already had an all-white theme for our solemnisation so I decided to do it slightly differently for our reception. The look I was going for was understated elegance; we didn’t want anything over the top. The best part about Saiful Imran Events is that they only use fresh flowers for their decor, and that was a major plus for me. I LOVE flowers, so the whole multi-purpose hall was beautifully decorated with fresh blooms. Each table centrepiece had a mix of tiger lilies, white hydrangeas, vendela ivory roses and some foliage. The aisle was lined with baby’s breath and willows.” ~ Sarah
Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“Yes we did! We DIY-ed our wedding favours. My father-in-law actually hired someone on Fiverr to design a logo for us. He then contacted someone on Alibaba to customise shot glasses with our logo on them, along with paper bags to match! They all turned out really pretty. We packed those individual glasses into the paper bags ourselves. The idea was to present a useful wedding favour and to give families something they can use for Eid, and we did just that! Many of the houses we visited this year had drinks served in those glasses, so I’d say our DIY project was a success!
Razif and I also made our own music playlist for our dinner, and that was really fun to work on together. We put together our favourite songs and arranged it according to what we felt would fit the mood. We’re quite proud of it!” ~ Sarah
Do you have any other stories you’d like to share with us?
“Razif and I are Singaporeans but we decided to fly Hafizudin here because his work is amazing. I've also always loved the work of Malaysian designers, which is why I decided to have my dresses made by them, with the help of a friend who runs a multi-label boutique here called En Pointe that brings in clothes from Malaysian designers.
Razif’s family and my family decided to have a combined celebration and this meant that we had a lot of guests - nearly 1700 in total! I’m my parents’ first-born daughter, so this meant that they had to invite the whole village! Our combined celebration also meant that the wedding was a mix of two cultures - my dad wanted an Arab wedding, while Razif’s family wanted a Malay wedding. Because of this, we decided to have two different walk-ins. We did the first walk-in in Arabic outfits accompanied by the Samrah Al Mazikaty who played traditional Arabic music. We changed into our traditional Malay songket outfits for the second walk-in, and we were accompanied by the traditional Kompang group.” ~ Sarah
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“It will get overwhelming, but my main advice is really to just let go of everything on your wedding day. It’s going to be really hard, but try your best not to worry about a single thing and let your entourage and family members run the show for you - or planners if you have them! Remember to have fun because time will pass really quickly and before you know it, the wedding will be over. So enjoy every second of it, and don’t sweat the small stuff!” ~ Sarah
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“I think listening to each other and communicating constantly make a strong marriage. It’s easy to get distracted these days, with work, mobile phones, and social media, and it’s important to remain present for one another. Set aside some time at the end of a work day to just listen to your partner and make it known that you’re always there for them.” ~ Sarah
Congratulations once again on your marriage, Razif and Sarah! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of Guests: 1700 (day), 260 (night)
Venue: The Grassroots’ Club
Photography: Hafizudin Hamdan Photography
Bride’s Outfits: Mimpikita (Arabic-style dress), Khairi Sufi from Ishq by Nora Zee (Malay outfit), Innai Red (dinner reception), styling assistance by En Pointé
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: AMR The Label (day)
Groom’s Outfits: Lulu Alhadad (Arabic outfit), Khairi Sufi from Ishq by Nora Zee (Malay outfit), Kingsmen Shop (dinner reception)
Groomsmen’s Suits: Harry Brown
Groom’s Shoes: Herring, Barker
Wedding Bands: Tiffany & Co.
Hair and Makeup: Nora Zee assisted by Siti Nurbaya Razak, both from Ishq by Nora Zee
Flower Bouquets: Fleurs by Spoleczny, Miura, Floral Magic
Décor: Saiful Imran Events
Cake: Sweetness Cakes
Catering: A.R.K. Weddings (traditional briyani), Byblos Grill (Lebanese cuisine), Sweetness Cakes (desserts), Fluff Bakery (desserts), Penny University (coffee)
Emcee: Adi Rahman (day)
Entertainment: Samarah Al Mazikaty (traditional Arabic music), Niq Osman & Friends, Samantha and Ariff from Pleasantry
Photo Booth: Cheese Effects Photobooth
Videography: Aidu Weddings