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Mandarin Oriental Wedding: Colin & Kirsteen

By 01/11/2012 5 Comments

She’s Malaysian and he’s Singaporean, but they met at school in Perth, Australia. Friendship blossomed and hours of conversation later, best friends became lovers. I truly believe that a relationship has a stronger foundation when it is built on friendship first. There’s just so much depth to it, especially since it started out with a love for mutual things. On the day of the wedding, everything felt really relaxed because this was their second event after their actual wedding ceremony in Perth about a week or so before.

Kirsteen gushed about her beautiful red evening gown that had her Iban heritage written all over it. In fact, it took her a long time to source for the right person in East Malaysia to weave the fabric and when it was completed, to find the right tailor for the job. Eventually, there wasn’t enough fabric to make the gown, so back to the weaving lady they went… and after much work, this gorgeous gown was made.

What struck me too was this really unique engagement ring that was heart shaped. I had never seen anything like that before. (I am sorely tempted to ask Alex to make one for me and propose all over again!). It was just gorgeous. It was then that I discovered that Colin’s mum is in the jewelry business and all the exquisite gems came from her.

There were so many rings, I had to ask Colin and Kirsteen which one was the wedding band!

We spent a few hours before the dinner reception just wandering around Mandarin Oriental for some portraits.

Kirsteen, you look stunning in your evening gown!

Soon, it was time for the tea ceremony.

And then, a grand dinner banquet for over 600 guests. I love the coral theme colour that was present in almost every item!

Personalized plates as well! And milk and cookies were even served to guests during the cocktail session. Yummy!

From this point onwards, I left Colin and Kirsteen’s wedding to the capable hands of Ben and Weiming. Since I was well into the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy then, it was really quite challenging to shoot non-stop for 10 hours.

It was a beautiful night. I end this blog post with a personal favourite, taken by Weiming. Congratulations, Colin and Kirsteen!

Credits:

Photographers: Grace, Ben & Weiming
Wedding Planner: Leticia Hsu from Elysium Weddings
Dinner Reception: Mandarin Oriental, KL
Evening Gown:  Divine Couture
Make up: Kawon
Decorations: T+C Decor & Wishing Tree
Stationery: Acadia Stationery
Cake: Angelina Skelchy Signature Cakes
Flowers: Wishing Tree
Videography: Filming Art
Dinner Entertainment: MDT Music

 

Join the discussion 5 Comments

  • Andy says:

    Nice wedding pictures! Mandarin Oriental allowed you to shoot around the hotel? They are usually very strict on this…how did you get permission? :)

  • Grace Tan says:

    Hi Andy! Thanks a lot! :) Yes they did allow us to shoot but the wedding planner was the one who organized it all. We were restricted to certain areas only.

  • Andy says:

    That’s a Milestone! Pun intended :)

  • paula yeo says:

    Beautiful couple! Beautiful bride and romantic photographs. Especially love the red gown and the heart shape ring! Everyone in the bridal party look so good. Best wishes to the new couple as they start their lives together.

  • Oooh I have a heart-shaped diamond engagement ring too! It’s truly unique, hence why the fiance chose it :)

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