Wei Liang and Esther’s Simple Rustic Wedding at Ciao Ristorante

Wei Liang and Esther tied the knot in an intimate rustic ceremony held at Ciao Ristorante, shot by Adam Ong Photography and planned by Prep. The simple affair was accented by personalised details, like the soaps and tea leaves that the couple chose to give out as favours.

How did you meet?
“Our families have known each other since we were kids, but somehow never hung out or even spoke to each other. In 2015, Wei Liang visited Tawau for a few days and we joined our parents for a seafood dinner (which was the sole reason he agreed to go). We talked over crabs and shark fin soup and kept in touch even after he returned to Australia. The relationship blossomed and a couple of months later he made another trip back to our hometown. They rest, as they say, is history.” ~ Esther

How did he propose?
“We went to Penang together in January 2017. He seemed unusually quiet, but I didn’t suspect a thing. We stayed at E&O Hotel, and Wei Liang suggested that we take a walk by the sea. He proposed by the sea wall. He began by telling me how contented he was with life as a bachelor, until he met me. I kept interrupting him the entire time because it wasn’t until he got down on one knee that I realized what was happening!” ~ Esther

What was the theme of your wedding?
“We wanted a romantic, elegant and rustic setting for our small and intimate wedding. Our colour palette consisted of grey, white, blush and shale. Most of our inspiration came from Pinterest and Instagram.” ~ Esther

What sort of wedding favours did you opt for?
“We gave out personalised soaps and tea leaves.” ~ Esther

Any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms-to-be?
“Hire a wedding planner! I decided against it initially, but I quickly realised that I underestimated the task at hand. I was working full-time in Sabah and Wei Liang was in Melbourne, and Agnes of Prep ended up being a great help in planning our wedding in Kuala Lumpur.” ~ Esther

What do you think makes a strong marriage?
“Communication and making time for each other. We started dating when I was living in Sabah and him in Australia. Despite the distance, we made an effort to see each other every two months. It wasn’t easy, but the effort definitely paid off in the end. We also made it a point to FaceTime everyday.” ~ Esther


Congratulations on your marriage, Wei Liang and Esther! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!



Vendor Information
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Venue: Ciao Ristorante, Kuala Lumpur

Photography: Adam Ong Photography
Wedding Dress: That White Dress
Bride’s Shoes: Pazzion
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Love & Bravery
Groom’s Outfit: Paul Smith
Groom’s Shoes: Carmina
Hair and Makeup: Angie Makeup & Hair
Flowers and Décor: pAx Floral Studio
Stationery: The Pinning

Wedding Favours: Earth Care Soaps, Craft Kitchen
Wooden Aisle Signs and Seating Chart: Craft Kitchen
Wedding Planning and Styling: Prep
Cake: sayaBAKE
Entertainment: Sulyn Ooi
Videography: 3pm
Car Rental: Mr. Lim