- Posted on Friday, 18 March 2016
High school sweethearts Wei Kiat and Ee Von came a long way from meeting in their hometown Klang, maintaining a long distance relationship, settling in Melbourne, to finally tying the knot last year in Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur. With most of the décor left in the capable hands of Wishing Tree and Kam of Elegante Wedding, the couple – whose wedding was shot by MunKeat Photography – was able to focus on creating DIY invites and favours that made the event one that was truly theirs.
How did you meet?
“It began almost 14 years ago in secondary school in our hometown Klang; we knew each other only by name then. The courtship started when we were 16 and it happened over a thing called ICQ – the equivalent of Messenger back in the day!
Our relationship became long-distance when Wei Kiat decided to head to Melbourne to further his studies in architecture. I was studying and working in Malaysia at the time, but I eventually joined him in Melbourne. Three years after settling down in Melbourne, we tied the knot on Valentine's Day 2015. The date was purely incidental: we wanted to hold it on the Saturday before Chinese New Year and it happened to fall on Valentine's Day!
At present, we are both happily married for a little over a year now.” ~ Ee Von
How did he propose?
“We went back home to Malaysia in January 2014 for a holiday, and we decided to pay a visit to our secondary school. We were inside one of the classrooms – the one we used to be in together – when he popped the question!
Funnily enough, we had just attended one of my best friends’ wedding the day before. I was a bridesmaid, and during the bouquet toss, I caught the bouquet!” ~ Ee Von
What was the theme of your wedding?
“We didn't have a specific theme in mind, so we left the team at Wishing Tree to propose what they thought would suit the venue best. The colours we picked consisted of grey and pastel hues.” ~ Ee Von
How did you decorate your venues? Did you undertake any DIY projects?
“The flowers and most of the decorations were done by Wishing Tree, with some finishing touches here and there by our wedding planner Kam.
Our three DIY projects for this wedding were: my bridesmaids' flower crowns, the wedding invitation, and the wedding favours. I made the flower crowns by intertwining baby's breath around floral wire.
We decided to DIY the invitations and favours as we had a relatively small number of guests. We thought this would be a great way to add our own personal touch to our big day by doing something ourselves. Wei Kiat designed the invitation; it was inspired by something we saw online. We used watercolour paper and kept it black and white to keep the cost down. Once they were printed, we cut the cards and punched the corners with a round corner cutter. I then painted the cards individually with watercolour before tying a tag with our guests' names written in calligraphy onto the invitation card.” ~ Ee Von
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
“I enjoy baking, so we decided to have edible homemade favours. Once again, I drew inspiration from the Internet and decided to make a bag of herb-flavoured roasted nuts. Since we're both based in Australia, we thought roasted macadamia nuts would be the perfect gift to give to our guests.
To fill up the bag and to add an element of sweetness, I added salted caramel popcorn, which I painstakingly made the week before our wedding! I designed and printed the chalkboard-style labels and attached them to tin tie bags I purchased from Ebay. The process was time-consuming and quite exhausting but it was all worth it to see that our guests thoroughly enjoyed them!” ~ Ee Von
Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
“We created a spreadsheet in Excel to keep track of our costing and budget, and it worked out extremely well. I would advise couples to DIY whenever possible. Not only does it keep the expenses lower, it also adds a personal touch to the wedding, and is a truly rewarding experience.” ~ Ee Von
Congratulations on your marriage, Wei Kiat and Ee Von! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
No. of guests: approx. 55-60
Venue and Catering: Carcosa Seri Negara, Kuala Lumpur
Photography: MunKeat Photography
Wedding Dress: Custom-made by Celine Ooi of Eleusis Bridal
Bride’s Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Bridesmaid Dresses: Love, Bonito
Groom’s Outfits: Brent Wilson, MCM Studio
Groom’s Shoes: 124 Shoes
Groomsmen’s Outfits: Their own, with neckties by TM Lewin
Jewellery: Tiffany & Co., Swarovski
Hair and Makeup: Kres Kuang
Flowers and Décor: Wishing Tree
Wedding Favours and Stationery: DIY
Wedding Planning and Styling: Elegante Wedding
Ice Cream Booth: The Potong Artisan Pops