Terence and Karen’s DIY Wedding in Kuching, Malaysia

Terence and Karen got hitched in a cheery ceremony at The Granary Kitchen and Bar followed by a traditional Chinese sit-down dinner at Imperial Hotel Kuching, as shot by Andrew Yep Photographie. Many aspects of the wedding décor were lovingly made by the couple themselves – from the stationery design and paper doily backdrop to the statement-making marquee lights.

How did you meet?
“We were high school sweethearts.”

How did he propose?
“The proposal happened at a Japanese restaurant with a few of our close friends in attendance. Photos of us taken over the years were inserted into the restaurant menu in chronological order, and on the last page was an empty photo slot signifying the next chapter of our lives together – the proposal and marriage.”

What was the theme of your wedding?
“We wanted something happy and bright so we chose a colour palette of yellow and light grey. Also, I've always had a love for succulents so I asked for them to be incorporated into my bridal bouquet. Lynda of Pretty Petals did an amazing job with that.” ~ Karen

How did you decorate your venues?
“We chose The Granary because its unique interiors looked both industrial and rustic. Our vision was to keep decor simple by incorporating various shades of yellow and grey and adding some pretty lights. Terence built the arch and the marquee lights with our initials and the heart. The white cones hanging from the arch were made with paper doilies, all 200 of them cut and put together by hand. We designed the invitation and ceremony programme sheets together to match the theme, and the rest of the decoration was set up with the help of our family members. We enjoyed the whole DIY process a lot and learned new skills (e.g. graphics editing, wood-working, electrical wiring) in the process. Pinterest was a great help, too!

The reception was a sit-down Chinese dinner so we embraced our culture and set up a giant 'shuang xi' structure on stage. I've always loved geronimo balloons, so we got them in red and gold for the reception.” ~ Karen

What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“Our dinner reception favour boxes were filled with our favourite candies from our childhood. Kuching is the place where we both grew up and eventually met so the candies served as a tribute to that – it also matched our playful balloons!”

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
“Terence accidentally left his wedding shoes behind at the airport while on his way back from a suit shopping trip in KL. To be honest, we didn’t think we had much hope of getting it back, but to our surprise, the bag was sent to the lost and found with everything intact. We got Terence’s cousin to pick it up and hand-carry it back for us.” ~ Karen

Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and groom-to-be?
“At certain points during the wedding planning process, it did feel like time was passing too quickly and that we didn’t have enough time to do the things we wanted to. So, do manage your time properly. DIY is great fun if the couple is up for it – it gave us the chance to spend more time together and to save some money at the same time. And: Pinterest, Pinterest, Pinterest!”

What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“This is usually where all the cliché advice come in. We strongly believe that communication is at the top of the requirement list of a strong marriage. Never assume and play the guessing game. If there’s something on your mind – good or bad – let it out.”


Congratulations on your marriage, Terence and Karen! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!



Vendor Information
No. of Guests: 100 (ceremony), 700 (reception)
Venue: The Granary Kitchen and Bar (ceremony), Imperial Hotel Kuching (reception)
Photographer: Andrew Yep Photographie
Wedding Gown: Mia Solano
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Groom’s Outfit: Topman
Hair and Makeup: Mei Ling
Flowers and Décor: Pretty Petals
Band and DJ: Momentum Studios