Today’s the day my life begins. All my life I’ve been just me.
Today I become a man. Today I become a husband.
Today I become accountable to someone other than myself.
Today I become accountable to you.
To our future.
To all the possibilities that a marriage has to offer.
Together, no matter what happens, I’ll be ready.
For anything. For everything.
To take on life, to take on love.
To take on possibility and responsibility.
Today, Melissa Chew, our life together begins.
And I for one can’t wait.

When Alvin began reading his vows, tears started streaming down Melissa’s cheeks. It was a touching moment for everyone.

You see, the day began very differently from any wedding you may have attended…

Melissa is a perfectionist, both at work, in life and in planning her wedding. But fate had a different stroke of luck installed for this lovely couple despite them being 110% prepared. Alvin fell ill the morning of the wedding, resulting in a 2-hour delay in the morning ceremony as he had to detour to the hospital. After a stressful morning, the wedding reception was almost cancelled when Alvin had to go back again to the hospital in the afternoon. Just an hour before the guests were scheduled to arrive, a ‘hazardous’ thunderstorm flooded the stage and if  that wasn’t bad enough, a stroke of lightning killed one of the projector systems, leaving the wedding coordinators and waiters in frantic ‘rescue’ mode.

The evening however, ended on a totally different note.

Looking back, all the stress was well worth the result especially for such a loving couple. Ultimately, Alvin and Melissa realised all these were immaterial and what mattered is the love they have for each other and the family and friends who were there. The Chinese have a figure of speech – that the rain and thunderstorm will help one better understand how infinitely rich and beautiful life is. It will help you see clarity, washing away things you once worry about, which are now of no importance compared to the ones that truly do.. something like that. Well, Alvin and Melissa went through that, literally… on their wedding day!

We always love the grooms who don’t shy away from getting their hands dirty in the arts and craft department. Alvin is one of those grooms and we love him to bits for being with the bride every step throughout the entire journey of preparing for their wedding including hand-tying, crafting and cutting all their wedding favours and other wedding decoration items. We drew inspiration  from Melissa’s pixie tattoo for the place cards  and seating indicators. The wedding card was designed by one of Melissa’s bridesmaids, Foo Anne. Do you notice just how detailed Melissa is? Even the card’s caricature of the couple and car looked exactly like the Morris Minor they had for their pre-wedding photo shoot.

As avid collectors of lomo cameras and ‘happy things’, it was only natural that they had a fun photobooth at their wedding reception. Most people feel the need to spend a lot of money decorating their photobooth corner, but only the wise knows that what makes a photobooth interesting is when you have crazy, cool and fun-going people at your wedding, led by an awesome pair of host and hostess.

Grace, the wedding photographer probably summed up the wedding  perfectly which resonated with how the rest of the bridal party and vendors felt. “What a totally memorable wedding this was for us and for Alvin & Melissa. It was at this wedding that I am reminded, at the end of the day, what matters is the marriage, not the wedding event itself. It is at weddings like these where I confirm my conviction… that being a photographer is one of the best jobs one could have. Capturing love between two individuals, helping them remember the day, how they felt… it makes me truly happy. I am overjoyed.”

After the thunderstorm subsided, the place transformed into an intimate, enchanting space.

It may not have been a perfect wedding, but it is a marriage that will last a lifetime.


Wedding Reception: Ciao Ristorante, Kuala Lumpur
Size of Function: 250 guests

Wedding March In Song: Better Today {Coffey Anderson}
First Dance Song: The Way You Look Tonight {Tony Bennett}

Bridal Style
Groom’s Suit: Granoff | Shoes: Stefano & Mario Limited, Christian Louboutin | Pre-Wedding Hair & Make Up: Charlie, Michelle Touche | Wedding Day Hair & Make Up: Cynthia, Wedding Isle | Wedding Gown, Evening Gown & Cheongsam: Divine Couture

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