Today we are showcasing a gorgeous Chinese infused wedding between April and Ben that took place at City Harvest Church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They had a rosy pastel theme that was photographed by Alvin Tan with Shuttering Hearts Malaysia.
Here is a bit of what Alvin had to say about the entire wedding:
“We all know what Church wedding is; we also know how a Chinese wedding looks. But how about the combination of both? Malaysia has always been a big cultural melting pot where Malays, Chinese, Indians and other races live harmoniously while influencing one another’s living style.
Chinese Church Wedding is one of the representatives of how Malaysia Wedding looks like. April and Ben blended in the modern western style with an ashy white bridal gown but at the same time keeping their traditional Chinese custom.”
Here is a little more from Alvin:
“Nowadays everyone in Malaysia has been in love with the white and ivory wedding gown that fulfill their romantic fantasy. Hardly during my time of taking wedding photographs can I see young brides wearing the traditional Chinese red bridal gown. So it was a total eye-opener when I was shooting April and Ben’s big day.
Usually, a typical Chinese wedding will have multiple sessions in the morning where the groom has to pick the bride from her place back to his. This may sound like a simple job but the bride’s squad will not make it easy for the groom to get his bride so easily. In olden Chinese sayings, the reason there will be an obstacle for the groom to pick the bride up to is prove how strong and how far the groom is willing to go for his true love.
Today, the obstacle session evolved into a fun and exciting event called the ‘Gate Crashing’. April’s bridesmaids prepared a series of activities or games to withhold to Ben and his groomsmen until they have completed the task.
After successfully winning the bride, the couple proceeded to their Church wedding, April and Ben decided to hold their intimate wedding in the prominent City Harvest Church Kuala Lumpur, inviting their close friends and relatives.
April and Ben decided to have their traditional Chinese tea ceremony directly in the church to really combine their old and new belief and culture. The tea ceremony is one of the major highlights in Chinese wedding to show their respects to the elders. The couple’s elders took turns sitting on the chairs and wait for the new couple to kneel and serve them tea. In return, the respected elders will pass the newlywed couple a small gift as a token of appreciation.”
Here is what the groom Ben had to say: “Like a typical Church wedding scene you can see from the big screen, the scenario is the same but the emotions within me are totally different. It was something only you can feel by standing there, dressing up in your bid day suit watching the love of your life walking towards you. It was something magnificent and indescribable. It was so hard to pull back my tears yet can’t stop smiling at the same time. My emotions are totally complicated at the time.”
Thank you so much Alvin for sharing this beautiful Chinese infused wedding with us! The photos are just stunning. If you want to see more from Shuttering Hearts Malaysia visit their website at shutteringhearts.com or check them out on their SnapKnot profile.
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