The vow exchange of Lim Si Howe and Joanne Kek is the perfect example of how a wedding ceremony needs no pomp and circumstance; with a few simple, elegant touches, the event was made into an personal and loving affair. While the Ipoh-locals first held a traditional ceremony in their hometown, they decided to have their vow exchange in Kuala Lumpur, on the green lawn of the Saujana Hotel garden.The small, intimate affair was held out in the open, with picturesque trees framing the venue. Our creative team at Sarah Annabella Wedding Creation brought to life the couple’s vision of a laid-back country-chic theme, with a pure white palette punctuated by shades of blue. Decorations were kept simple, but we made sure that no detail was overlooked. An abundance of natural elements such as woodsy decorations and white floral accents enhanced the beauty of the surroundings. From the sweet white bird cages that stood by the guest registration table, to the delicate blossoms of baby’s breath that was found in every corner, the mood was set for an enchanting and romantic scene ready for the the lovers to seal the deal.
The event was held on the morning of the 20th of December, 2014. With the promise of pleasant weather ahead, the excitement of the day started off bright and early at 9.00am. The bridal party, all suited up, dolled-up, and ready to go; began with the posed wedding photoshoots. Guests arrived half an hour later and were greeted at the registration table where they caught first sight of the happy couple— in large photographs displayed proudly by the desk; a delightful prelude to the connection that they would soon be witnessing. Pearly white-covered seats and vases of creamy baby’s breath flanked the bridal runway leading up to a charming branch arch, bedecked with soft blossoms where the bride and groom would meet.
The procession began soon after all the guests were seated. Si Howe took his place at the arch awaiting his bride. Donning a jet-black suit, grey pants, black-and-white striped tie by Wardrobe, and adorned with a delicate boutonnière of baby’s breath; he looked dapper in his delight, ready to receive his wife-to-be. The wedding procession began with the lovely flower girl and her mother, followed by the bridesmaids and maids of honour— all looking stunning dressed in lovely gowns of deep, shimmering blue. The air of anticipation in the crowd reached a climax when Joanne emerged for her moment down the aisle. She was breathtaking in a romantic lace dress by Sakinah Kosem of Intent Fashion, smiling as she clutched her father’s arm. Walking down the aisle, she was certainly a vision in white.
Joanne and Si Howe reunited at the alter. Against the spectacular backdrop of the woody arch and shaded by trees in the natural beauty of the Saujana Garden, Joanne and Si Howe lovingly recited their vows and exchanged rings, reducing much of the crowd (and each other) to tears of happiness. The event capped at the pronouncement of the couple as husband and wife by Pastor Henry who was presiding as the wedding officiant— and ended with a swooning kiss between the couple. After a few words of blessing for the happy couple, the pair made their spectacular exit as guests popped party poppers and threw rose petals, blessing them as they took their first steps into wedded bliss. It was the perfect end to a beautiful ceremony which was stunning in it’s simplicity. While the venue and the decorations enhanced the air of romance, it was the love that radiated from the couple and their close ties that bore witness to their union that truly made it a memorable affair.
Watch their photos in the video presentation here, beautifully captured by Stories Team
The Wedding Planner
Photographers: Nigel & Ben
Ceremony venue: The Saujana Hotel, KL
Wedding Gown: Sakinah Kosem – Intent Fashion
Groom’s Attire: Wardrobe
Make up & Hair: Hebe Leng
Stationery: Bel Koo and Title Design (Printer)