- Posted on Wednesday, 04 May 2016
Almost two years after getting engaged in Singapore, Edmund and Shiew Li decided to commemorate their nuptials with two separate receptions, both shot by MunKeat Photography. Their second reception, held at the Eastern and Oriental Hotel, Penang on Christmas Eve, was a celebration of rustic elegance: rose gold sequins dazzled against the sea of delicate baby’s breath. The founders of the KL-based ice cream shop Inside Scoop took their mutual love of ice cream to the next level by whipping up a custom flavour called “Nuts About Banana” – a combination of the couple’s favourites, banana and peanut butter – to give to their guests as wedding favours. As a special treat, we’ve also included some snaps from the couple’s first reception in Kuala Lumpur, as well as pre-wedding pictures of Edmund and Shiew Li in their ice cream shop.
Pictures from the couple's first reception, held at Jaya Palace Restaurant, Petaling Jaya, Selangor:
How did you meet?
“We don’t actually remember the first time we met (sparks obviously didn’t fly!), but it was some time during our studies at the University of Melbourne. It was only when we both moved to Singapore for work that we started hanging out in the same circles. We realized we actually enjoyed each other’s company, and so a year or so afterwards, the lines blurred and we started dating.” ~ Shiew Li
How did he propose?
“Edmund proposed on my birthday. We had drinks with friends followed by an intimate dinner, with just the two of us. However, he felt that the mood at the restaurant wasn’t quite right, so we went to Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chophouse for champagne and oysters and that’s where he popped the question. He was so calm that I didn’t suspect a thing! Everything was casual and he just went with the flow and the vibe that night.” ~ Shiew Li
What was the theme of your wedding?
“The theme was rustic elegance. I chose to marry rose gold sequins with baby’s breaths.” ~ Shiew Li
How did you decorate your venues? What sort of wedding favors did you opt for?
“The Penang celebration fell on Christmas Eve, so I decorated the tables with shiny Christmas wreaths and candles. I also ordered a customised cake topper that read ‘Marry Christmas’. For wedding favours, I created a special wedding ice cream flavour called ‘Nuts about Bananas’ – combining my love of banana ice cream and his love of peanut butter.” ~ Shiew Li
Are there any other stories you’d like to share with us?
“We had the longest engagement ever! Edmund proposed in April 2013, and we finally got married in December 2015. After he proposed, we took it easy and didn’t set a date right away, and then things became really hectic as we started our own ice cream business. We were so swamped running Inside Scoop that we literally had no time to get married.
I bought my wedding dress on a whim early in 2015 even without the date set. That got the ball rolling, and a month or two later we finalised the dates and booked the venues. We had a reception for our relatives in early December, and on Christmas Eve we celebrated our marriage with our friends. We chose to have two separate events as we didn’t want to spread ourselves too thin; we wanted to be able to mingle and celebrate with all our guests. Two days before the first reception, I was still in the kitchen whipping up ice cream instead of relaxing and pampering myself!” ~ Shiew Li
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“Don’t sweat the small stuff. If things don’t go exactly as planned, it doesn’t matter because no one is going to notice. For example, the florist for my reception in KL totally got the colour of my bouquet wrong (I showed her coral and it came out white). Also, two of my nails broke the day before the reception, and I didn’t have time to get it fixed. I can tell you it really didn’t make a difference, so I’m glad I didn’t get all worked up over it.
Secondly, enjoy yourself. I had meant to take some couple shots around the hotel after the solemnization ceremony. It was only after the wedding that I realized that I totally forgot to do it, because we were having so much fun just hanging out with our family and friends. We’ve been so busy with our business that we cherished the rare opportunity to enjoy the company of all our close family and friends.
Last but not least, make sure the beer (and beer glasses) are extremely cold! This is obviously a tip from my husband who had no other requests except for this. Excellent tip, especially if your ceremony is outdoors.” ~ Shiew Li
What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“I think it’s too early for us to answer this question. But I think that it’s important to hear each other out and be proactive instead of reactive.” ~ Shiew Li
Congratulations on your marriage, Edmund and Shiew Li! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of guests (Penang): 150
Penang Wedding Venue: Eastern and Oriental Hotel
No. of guests (Petaling Jaya): 250
Petaling Jaya Wedding Venue: Jaya Palace Restaurant
Wedding Photography: MunKeat Photography
Pre-wedding Photography: Funkydali
Cheongsam: Ong Shunmugam
Wedding Gown: Celest Thoi
Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Fabric from Jakel; sewn by a local tailor
Groom’s Outfit: Jantzen Tailor (based in Hong Kong)
Groom’s Shoes: Valentino
Groomsmen’s Bowties: Etsy
Hair and Makeup: Angela Kang (Penang), Charlyn Leang (PJ)
Flowers: Flowerseries (Penang), Floristika (PJ)
Cake: I Love Cakes by Leesin (Penang)
Emcee: Xandria Ooi
Ice Cream Booth: Inside Scoop