- Posted on Monday, 02 June 2014
Garlands of greenery and white blossoms amidst an autumnal backdrop give this couple's wedding an ethereal feel. With every moment from the groom's raw emotions seeing his bride walk down the aisle to the lush hanging florals at the reception expertly captured by Jonathan Ong, you're in for an absolute treat with today's out-of-this-world celebration!
How did you meet and how did Jiaheng propose?
"We met through a mutual friend’s farewell party during our high school days. As for the proposal, Jiaheng surprised me by flying back to KL from Melbourne while I was there for a holiday. He appeared at my doorstep and took me to a beautiful tea farm at Cameron Highlands on a helicopter. He had organized a private picnic on the hill overlooking the beautiful field of tea terrain, and while we were having my favourite dessert – a pavlova which he had made personally, he gave the sweetest “speech” and then went down on one knee and proposed! We had been dating for 9.5 years since high school until we got married." ~ Adelene
What was the theme, style and color palette of your wedding?
"It was foresty, woodsy, wild, natural, whimsical and dreamy with lots of neutral hues, browns and greens." ~ Adelene
Your wedding was filled with so many incredible moments!
"The Georgeous and Cecila Fox team did a fantastic job in bringing our dreams and vision alive. When I saw the ceremony venue I was totally blown away by the decoration..it was all so whimsical. Before the walk-in, my dad started to tear and my sister too while fixing my dress – it was truly an emotional moment as I tried really hard to hold back but I couldn't. I told dad I will always be his little daughter no matter what.
As the music played while walking in, I was holding on tight to my dad, I remember I felt a light breeze caressing my veil and my face, autumn leaves were gently falling on to my path, it was surreal. Surrounded by my loved ones in the same place at the same time, while walking towards the love of my life (who was bawling which is totally rare) in this magical forest setting was indescribable. I felt so blessed.
One of my favourite parts was the exchanging of vows. Jiaheng and I wrote our personal vows - thinking about how much we’d grown and been through together since high school until this day while expressing our love for one other from our heart made everything extra special.
We utilized the Rosina hall and the courtyard adjacent in the beautiful Abbotsford Convent for the reception. When we entered the space, I was so amazed! The hanging greens and flowers, the smell, the fairy lights, and all the details – it was totally out of this world. We were seated in the middle of the three long tables amongst our friends and family and it was relaxed and intimate. As Jiaheng and I are food lovers, we had a huge feast for our guests! There were food stations serving a variety of tapas and canapés, then plated appetizers and mains, a huge buffet of desserts, and mini wagyu burgers served for supper while guests were getting hungry from dancing!
One of our favourites was the speeches. Dad's speeches were funny and personal, our bridal party’s speeches were creative and totally hilarious – we all laughed so hard. Another highlight for me was the surprises! While sharing our speech, Jiaheng suddenly took up a guitar and started singing “Can’t take my eyes off you” to me – he then led me to our first dance under the stars. Then, as I am a dancer myself, my dance crew started to perform using my “signature” dance moves as a tribute! They even got Jiaheng to do a lip-sync, which made it an even bigger surprise. After that, everyone hopped onto the dance floor under the fairy lights and had a blast. All in all, it was just such a special, memorable, unforgettable day for us. It was filled with so much love, touching moments, great friendship and so much fun – we just couldn’t ask for more." ~ Adelene
What sort of wedding favors did you opt for, and why?
"We arranged for succulents in pots for our guests to be taken home - we are “green freaks” as you can see from the whole wedding décor and we thought it would be nice for the guests to be able to bring a bit of green from the wedding back home." ~ Adelene
Do you have any tips or wedding advice for other brides and grooms to-be?
- Don’t just copy & paste whatever you see online, in magazines, at other weddings etc. Always bring out both your personalities in the wedding – the wedding is a reflection of the couple.
- No matter what happens on that day, always be thankful, joyful, just relax, have fun, enjoy and soak in every little moment.
Do you have any tips or advice on what you think makes a strong marriage?
- Always speak positively, encouragingly, lovingly and with honour and respect.
- Lots of communication, and definitely finding out each other’s “love language”(from Gary Chapman’s the Five Love Languages book) to know how to give love and receive love to the fullest.
- Don’t take things too seriously, have lots of fun together, be each other’s best friend, cheerleader, soul-mate and lover.
Congratulations on your marriage Jiaheng and Adelene! May it be every bit as beautiful as your wedding!
Number of guests: 160
Photography: Jonathan Ong
Wedding Venues: The Garden at Heide Museum of Modern Art (Ceremony) and Abbotsford Convent (Reception)
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Reception Dress: Marchesa
Bridesmaids Dresses: From Bangkok and individually modified according to each bridesmaids liking
Groom's Tuxedo: Lanvin shirt & bowtie, suit from Boglioli, Gucci pants
Groomsmens' Suits: Asos
Bride’s Shoes: Cesare Pacioti for ceremony, Giuseppe Zanotti and Christian Louboutin heels for reception
Groom's Shoes: Gucci boots for ceremony, a.testoni shoes for reception
Flower Girl Dresses: Tutu du Monde
Page Boy Outfit: J. Crew
Flowers & Décor: Cecilia Fox
Wedding Planning / Styling: Simply Georgeous Occasions
Cake: Cake Art
Wedding Favours: Little succulents in pots organized by Simply Georgeous Occasions
Hair and Makeup: Hair by Alex from The Met KL, make up by Yen Wong (a friend of the bride and groom)
Rings: Engagement ring from Harry Winston, custom made wedding bands by Krista McRae from Pieces of Eight
Jewellery: Chandelier diamond earrings were a gift from the groom's parents, Tiffany & Co. tourmaline necklace and emerald ring were gifts from bride's parents; reception head jewellery from Mimco
Catering: Ceremony picnic by Fig & Salt and Egg Unlimited, reception dinner by Bursaria
Stationery / Paper Goods: Simply Georgeous Occasions
Entertainment: The Whitetree band
Videography: Humdrum Films
Car Rental: Triple R Luxury Car hire - black vintage 1950s Bentley and vintage 1950s black convertible Jaguar