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The Roof, First Avenue, Bandar Utama

The Roof is a premium integrated F&B and entertainment hub offering patrons a unique and classy experience with spectacular views in the KlangValley. With over 50,000 square feet of dining, entertainment and event space, The Roof houses five distinct outlets namely; Stratosphere, Malt & Leaf, Signature by the Hill, Score and Play, located on the top levels of the 36-floor building.
Stratosphere, a luxury bar nestled on top of an infinity grassed helipad, provides an unprecedented panoramic 360-degree view of the city and greater Klang Valley. It is a perfect backdrop for special event such as garden wedding ‘in the sky’. You are able to enjoy the cool air at such height. They provide impressive sound system for your ROM/ wedding party/ ceremony.

metal bar across the bridge
Entrance to Stratosphere
triangle helipad seats club
Stratosphere at the Roof: Infinity grass helipad with panoramic 360-degree view of the city

 Wedding Ceremony at Stratosphere
on top of the buidling windy
hot weather umbrella

Housing an extensive and the finest collection of quality malts and cigars from around the world, Malt & Leaf is a classy place for patrons who enjoy the finer things in life. Designed with long curved glass windows around the outlet, it is a wonderful place to relax with great view. 

malts and cigars alcohol
overlooking the city
Photoshoot at Malt & Leaf (Sep 2014)
hanging out and sipping drinks
Pre-dinner cocktail at Malt & Leaf
buffet for wedding
Wedding dinner at Signature by the Hill
enjoying meal chit chat

m&s emcee presenting
Bride and groom - cake cutting
free flow drinks
More drinks after dinner at Stratosphere @ the Roof

Mar 2014
Viewing Petaling Jaya from an open rooftop some 30-something stories above 1 Utama and its surrounding districts, is quite an awesome experience. Nestled on top of the One Avenue Building, Stratosphere at the Roof is an open air, functional helipad, converted into a stunning evening bar with wide views of PJ, and the wider KL landscape too. With a mild breeze up there, it is easy to forget that we are still in tropical KL; rather a sense of Cameron or Genting comes to mind, and the cool air is certainly appreciated. Covered in grass, with cobblestone pathways to guide customers to its many comfy sofas and occasional tables, Stratopsphere’s ambiance is minimalist-chic. Impressive sound system. Spectacular views; great rooftop ambience; classy yet casual feel.

The Roof

play signature score stratosphere

FB Page:
Add: Sky Level, 1 First Avenue, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia
Tel: 019-735 3241 / 012-6910 628
Email: (Rachel Tan)

Wedding Package 2015 (Protected)

Stratosphere: 16,000 sqft
Signature by the Hill: 350 pax (11,000 sqft)
Malt & Leaf: 100 pax (3000 sqft)
Score: 150 pax (3000 sqft)
Play: 600 pax (10,000 sqft)

bandar utama ttdi

Malay Wedding and Islamic Marriage

There can be many things to do in a Traditional Malay wedding. Some of the steps are omitted or combined depending on the arrangement of both sides (man/ girl and their family) taking into consideration time, cost, requirements and practicality.

Merisik (Visit and observe) - This custom is practiced to observe or see. The man's parents or representatives pay a visit to the girl's house, ensure that the girl is eligible for marriage, as well as to get to know her - what does she do, does she know how to cook, etc. It's also an opportunity for the girl's family to find out about the man. Normally this step is skipped because in this day and age they would already know each other well enough before deciding to tie the knot.

Meminang (Proposal) - The male side sends a propose delegation consists of immediate family members to propose and ask the girl's parents for her hand in marriage. 

Bertunang (Engagement) - Barangan hantaran (gifts) consisting of a ring, clothing, food... will be given to the future wife. The ring is put on the girl's finger as a symbol of engagement. Both families will discuss about the akad nikah/ wedding ceremony, wedding gifts, amount of money for the girl (mas kahwin)... A small feast will be held usually at the bride-to-be's home.

Islamic Pre-wedding Preparation and Marriage Application (see below)

Adat Berinai - The bride and groom will have henna applied on their hands the day before akad nikah. 

Akad Nikah (Ijab & Kabul/ Offer & Acceptance) - Enactment of the contract to make the marriage valid according to Islam. The groom sits facing the wali (father of bride)/ the imam. They hold hands in handshake manner. The imam will say the words as to offer the bride in marriage and the groom replies to accept the offer. He prays and advices the couple. Marriage contract is signed and the man provides mas kahwin (gift money) to the bride.

imam shakes hand groom
Photo: any event Photography. Ijab & Kabul ceremony: Imam and groom holding hands in handshake manner. akad nikah (solemnization)

Bersanding (Enthronement) - Starts with the groom's procession of friends, relatives, musicians (kompang band), carrying 7 or 9 trays of hantaran (gifts) and people waving bunga manggar (palm blossom) to meet the bride. The couple will sit on a pelamin (dais) where family members, relatives and guests sprinkle yellow rice and scented water on them for blessing. Each guest will receive a bunga telur (hard boiled egg decorated with artificial flower), as a symbol of fertility.

carrying gifts in yellow flowers
Groom's procession carrying hantaran

scented water by the guest
nizamzailan Photography. The bridal couple, seated on the pelamin, receiving blessings from guests during Bersanding

Kenduri (Wedding Reception) - Feasting and celebration. Wedding food and drinks are served to the guests. Makan Beradab involves the bride, groom feeding each other sweetened rice. They are seated together with their family at the VIP table of the reception.

with spoon amazed spectator
Makan Beradab

Islamic Marriage Preparation and Application
Besides the traditional aspect of the wedding, the couple needs to follow some procedures and steps set by the Islamic law of each state in Malaysia- as included below, which may vary in different state. (for details check the info on the List of Jabatan Agama Islam below).

***NOTES: You can download the general guidelines here: Prosedur Perkahwinan, Penceraian dan Ruju-by JAKIM. Besides the respective Jabatan Agama website of each state, couples can now make the application online through: (Only applicable to Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Perlis, Kedah dan Perak). Check out the List of Pejabat Agama Islam Daerah (PAID) for your area.

  • Pre-marriage course - Provide information to brides-grooms-to-be for building a family according to Islam, how to achieve a happy marriage and prevent conflicts. It is in accordance with the Modul Bersepadu Kursus Pra Perkahwinan Islam (MBKPPI). Information about marriage application procedure, forms to be filled, will be provided as well. The course can be registered at any Jabatan Agama Islam in your area or online-not all states. Duration is 2 days. Fee is about RM80-RM120.
  • HIV test
  • Fill in forms (online or offline), prepare supporting documents. Within a certain timeframe before the akad nikah date, get approval from the Penolong Pendaftar Nikah (PPN)/ Tok Kadi and arrange the date for nikah. Submit the application to Pejabat Agama Islam Daerah (PAID) to get Kebenaran Berkahwin.
  • Akad nikah
  • Get Surat Perakuan Nikah from Pejabat Agama Daerah.

List of Jabatan Agama Islam (Islamic Religious Affairs Department) - for Marriage Application
  1. Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (JAIS) | Website NCR - Aug 13: Can apply online or offline, marriage procedure 
  2. Jabatan Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan (JAWI) | Website - Mar 13: procedure
  3. Majlis Agama Islam Johor (MAJI) | Website | Online application e-NCR | List of Pejabat Agama Islam Daerah in Johor - Mar 13: Have to apply online. Apr 14: Marriage Procedure in Johor   
  4. Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Kedah (JAIK) | Website - Oct 12: procedure, form in Jawi 
  5. Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Kelantan (JHEAINK) | Website | e-nikah Kelantan - Feb 14: Procedure
  6. Jabatan Agama Islam Melaka (JAIM) | Website | Online application SPPIM - Jan 14: Procedure
  7. Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sembilan (JHEAINS) | Website | Online application SPPIM 
  8. Jabatan Agama Islam Pulau Pinang (JAIPP) | Website (procedure)  | Online Application 
  9. Jabatan Agama Islam Pahang (JAIP) | Website (procedure) | Payment
  10. Jabatan Agama Islam Perak (JAIPK) | Online application (e-nikah) - Apr 14: Procedure for groom in Selangor and bride in Perak
  11. Jabatan Agama Islam Perlis (JAIPs) | Website | Online application SPPIM 
  12. Jabatan Hal Ehwal Agama Terengganu (JHEAT) | Website (procedure)  
  13. Jabatan Agama Islam Sarawak (JAIS) | Website | e-nikah with procedure 
  14. Jabatatan Hal Ehwal Agama Islam Negeri Sabah (JHEAINS) | Website NCR (nikah,cerai,ruju) with procedure


Practical, Simple, Cost Effective Wedding Decoration Ideas

You want to add a special touch to your wedding ceremony or reception but don't have the budget to splurge on hiring a wedding planner or any expensive decorators. Here are some of the things you could do. Sometimes placing a tree with hanging pomanders like the one below is all you need. It is big enough to demand attention, it functions as decoration, wishing tree for your guests to leave their well wishes and a great backdrop for photography. How to make pomanders - DIY Instructions here.

decorated with glass lantern wishing tree
Huge tree with pomanders
big tree nature
Pomanders for outdoor wedding

With enough planning, you can have both beauty and practicality at the same time. Desserts such as cup cakes, biscotti, fondue fountain, lollies, puffs can be an eye candy too. Try thinking about the theme color to make the dessert spread more presentable. Just remember to make sure that if the containers have covers, they are easy to open. Nicely wrapped or labelled wedding favors can be arranged creatively; in a wooden bowl/ boxes with dried flowers for a rustic feel, display like a gourmet stall, on trays of different heights etc.

cup cake, pastries, rustic box
Desserts are practical form of decor. Wooden boxes give it a rustic feel. Prepare serving trays with different heights.
black ribbon choc spread
Chocolate fondue and arrangement of brown-color themed wedding favors

lemon drink, caramel popcorn
Both the lemonade and popcorn treat blend in perfectly

kuih candies cakes
Yellow dessert table decorated with balloons

Here are some photobooth backdrop ideas. Growing up in a multicultural community I am sure you have seen the pelamin (Malay weddings) or a mandap (for Indian weddings) where the bride and groom sit on a couch or chair during the wedding ceremony. Now how about using this concept for your photo-booth decor. A white couch embellished with drapes, paper wheels, flower garland, ribbon... it'll look stunning.

hanging paper fan curtain
Pelamin style photobooth
rustic suitcase, used frames photos
Start collecting antiques from your parents or grand parents for this vintage photobooth - bicycle, suit case, photo frame...
faded chair, table with spread legs
Get hold of any collectibles, old and rusty also can!


Mutiara Palace Restaurant 皇宮海鮮酒家, Mutiara Damansara

The Mutiara Palace Restaurant owned by Imbi Palace Group is located at the strategic Mutiara Damansara, right opposite Tesco. The restaurant provides a modern dining experience for their customers. With its contemporary design, unique lighting and classy table setting it has been decorated to impress. However it may not look as new as it used to be now. Guests who attended weddings there complimented about their good food but not so satisfied about the service. | Jun 2015

Nov 2016
Am here to attend a wedding dinner of a relative. This is the first and last time I am having dinner here. My glass had lipstick stain on it. I requested for a change and the staff returned with a washed, wet with water droplets glass. It's not even aired dry. Our second dish was the soup. The staff was supposed to clear off the bowls after that but they didn't. So, we purposely left the bowls in the middle of the table for them to clear. The captain came with the third dish and was not pleased as she can't put down the dish on hand. So, she just pushed the bowls aside and placed it down without even clearing the bowls. When it's turn for the dessert, bowls and spoons were insufficient. The staff came with bowls that were not drained or wiped. They were dripping with water. Our plates were soaked with gravy and we were supposed to use it for the fried pancakes. This clearly shows that the mgmt thinks nothing of this business. One would expect better tasting food and service from a chain restaurant and one located at Mutiara Damansara area. And to think that we are being charged 10% service charge for this. What kind of service are you providing!?
Oct 2016
10th September 2016, I hosted my wedding reception through the arrangement of Assistant Manager, Sky Lee. However, the services have not been well delivered and definitely not up to my expectations.
I am quite disappointed and frustrated as Sky Lee (Assistant Manager) has given umpteen empty promises, whereby my wife and myself had, on several occasions, well communicated with him prior to the wedding luncheon. On my wedding day, I am disappointed with the last minute rearrangement of the tables without my prior knowledge and consent. I believed Sky Lee has not properly pass over his responsibility to his subordinate, Sam Ooi, resulted in some other hiccups pertaining to the technical problems, such as background musics, computer issue, projectors issues and etc. At the end, I feel it was quite an embarrassment to me and my wife as majority of my guests are renowned company’s directors, lecturers and healthcare professional. A supposed memorable occasion has ended up in a failure. Food wise, we had one food testing session. Good thing is, the food on the reception day itself is better than we expected.
Mar 2016
Reasonable priced Wedding banquet. Dishes served during wedding banquet were hot & warm, fresh & tasty. The banquet hall setting is pretty nice like Hotel with chandelier. Service was good.
Nov 2014
A bit run down, but the food was quite OK (wedding banquet).
Nov 2012
last wedding that i attended was at The Mutiara Palace Restaurant. i like the atmosphere and the food they serve it's great for sweet n' simple wedding

good food, not good service
wedding banquet hall

hei in chinese pink

facing audience bird cage

chandelier stage toast

grey curtain round table
private room

The Mutiara Palace Restaurant
(Owned by Imbi Palace (DM) Restaurant Sdn Bhd)

mutiara building restoran

Add: Ground Floor, Wisma Bentley Music, No. 3, Jalan PJU 7/2, Mutiara Damansara, 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor
Tel: 03-7726 6676  
Fax: 03-7726 6171
Person In Charge: Elaine Lee

Business Hours Mon - Sat: 11:30am - 10.30pm
Sunday & Public Holiday 10:00am - 10.30pm

Capacity: Banquet 60 tables
Wedding Package 2017: from RM988 nett per table

wisma bentley cycle & carrigage

Ref:,, chasingfooddreams, hikaruentertainment

Talented Wedding Photographer - SimplyBenji Photography

Inspired by fashion-based photography, Benji uses the contemporary photography approach to produce images that are creative with an artistic touch. You will love the color correlation. Fashion photography is the visual narrative of beauty and creativity. Hence having the props, clothes and theme well thought of before the shoot will definitely help. In the examples below; you can see classy shots with stylish attire, hair, makeup and matching background. Very original and spontaneous result for the Casual Fun Theme.  

Benji is constantly innovating his techniques to help turn your visualized ideas into the image of your dreams. His shots are well coordinated. I think the background color combined with the colors of the couples' clothes plus the right positioning created a tasteful picture. For an effective result, he builds the composition that brings out a personal message.

It will be more memorable to have a collection of crazy, journalistic, creative photos. Benji captures candid moments naturally. There are no rules as to how to pose, be spontaneous and you will be surprised with the outcome.

sitting on the window pane
Classy shots with stylish attire, hair, makeup and matching background
The mood of happiness and love.
Full view of the grand ballroom captured stylishly.
hugging on the grass
Just be spontaneous

black ring box display
Creative image with an artistic touch

pose like a male model
Love the color correlation
you are right my wife
Fun and casual shot

lets sign the papers
A well planned composition

blue bow tie ribbon toy

looking at the blissful couple kiss

bride groom holding hand mr mrs
Contemporary photography - creativity and beauty

sitting on red stool makeup
A wedding day as it unfolds

Sep 2014
Gorgeous pics and photo montage, SimplyBenji Photography! Thank you for capturing those beautiful moments. There were a lot of effort that went behind the scene, but you made the photos looked so effortless.
Jul 2014
Dear Ben, My husband and I would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for a job well done. We are extremely glad for all the photos. Since the first day we met, everything has been pleasant and accommodating. Thank you so much for coming all the way from Kepong to Dangi for the wedding shoot. You are the most humble and kindest photographer I have came across. You truly captured all the beautiful moments on our big day that we will treasure for the rest of our life. It is extremely beautiful, we loved it very much. Thank you once again for making the most important day in our live, exceptionally beautiful. We are looking forward for family portrait in future, I'm sure it will be amazing.

SimplyBenji Photography
FB Page:
Add: Putra Heights, Subang Jaya
Tel: 016-338 0208

Two Words - "I do" by Lea Salonga

This song is about a bride who walks down the aisle, remembers her past and heads towards the future. She gives me the goosebumps hearing her profoundly expressively voice. She was the singing voice of two Disney Princesses; Jasmine in Aladdin, and Fa Mulan in Mulan.

Two words - Lea Salonga

Lyrics of TWO WORDS
In a while, in a word,
Every moment now returns.
For a while, seen or heard,
How each memory softly burns.
Facing you who brings me new tomorrows,
I thank God for yesterdays,
How they led me to this very hour,
How they led me to this place...

Every touch, every smile,
You have given me in care.
Keep in heart, always I'll,
Now be treasuring everywhere.
And if life should come to just one question,
Do I hold this moment true?
No trace of sadness,
Always with gladness...
'I DO...'


Now a song that speaks of now and ever,
Beckons me to someone new,
Unexpected, unexplored, unseen,
Filled with promise coming through.
In a while, in a word,
You and I forever change,
Love so clear, never blurred,
Has me feeling wondrous, strange,
And if life should come to just one question,
Do I face each moment true?
No trace of sadness, always with gladness,
'I DO...'

Never with sadness...
Always with gladness...

At Lea's wedding, she sang the song to her husband. He was tearing uncontrollably, tissue paper is not good enough he had to wipe away the tears with his handkerchief. Rob is a big man with a soft heart. He tried to stay composed, but was emotionally affected continuously - in a good way. Such a sweet moment. Here goes the video link:

with MIL
rob chien lea long sleeve gown
wiping tears
Rob broke down in tears when Lea sung