We were invited to a Malay wedding here in Kuantan at the Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Ahmad Shah. My English tuition student Karimah, and her husband, celebrated the marriage of their daughter Rosmaliza (Rose) to Nahar. We received this elegant invitation card about a month ago from Karimah:
|This is a beautiful piece of calligraphy in Arabic of a verse about marriage from the Holy Qu'ran|
Here are a few views of the Dewan Jubli Perak Sultan Ahmad Shah, where the Malay wedding was held:
The garden surroundings bore some lovely images of nature:
We entered the building and took our seats at an empty table, and I began snapping away as guests and VIP's arrived intermittently, some on time, some awfully late.
|A rose petal-lined carpet led to the marriage seat|
|The garden theme continued inside the building where the names of the wedded couple were crafted with white flowers|
|The stage was decorated with candles and lanterns|
REAL swans! Yes! I was amazed that they didn't just fly away during the ceremony. It was almost as if they had been trained to specifically stay exactly where they were.
Meanwhile, these are the pictures taken from our table before the bride and groom made their entrance:
|Lauren was a little bored at first...|
|Accompanied by bridesmaids and smartly dressed boys in bow-ties, Rose and Nahar make their way to the marriage seat|
The actual ceremony was quite short, which was nice, and then the food was devoured by all in attendance. The dessert, a chocolate fountain with assorted fruits, was my highlight!
Next came the time to cut the cake. Rose and Nahar had a five-story cake to get their hands on, back on stage:
|The groom prepares a slice of cake for his wife|
|They must have been tired of all the smiling as a constant stream of photographs were taken of them at every opportunity|
There were some other little decorations which added a beautiful touch to the entire wedding ceremony:
|The lighted lanterns beside white roses were an exquisite touch as the bride and groom partook of the food on offer, as is seen on the giant screen in the background|
|The swans were a big attraction|
|Budgerigars observed the events quietly before being released to their freedom after the wedding ceremony came to an end|