Dress Shopping

Dress dress dress! Plan to shop for your wedding and evening dresses but don't know where to start? It is hard to find a beautiful dress that matches all the requirements. The packages offered by bridal shops usually do not include the exclusive collections for example those with more intricate details and embellishments. They will be at the VIP corner that come with a hefty price.

Check Promtimes.co.uk out for a good selection of gorgeous gowns, you may find some that you love. This #A-line #sweetheart cathedral train white tulle wedding dress look absolutely posh. A cathedral train is the long back part that trails behind the skirt, which could extend 22 inches or more along the floor. It has a more formal look but is heavy and the bride may need her helper/ bridesmaid to carry the train. The sweetheart neckline design flatters the figure creating the illusion of smaller shoulders. The beaded embellishments on the bodice give the gown a sophisticated look. It also has nice patterns.
A-line Sweetheart Cathedral Train White Tulle Wedding Dress

The best part is you don't have to pay a fortune to purchase the dress of your dreams. There are Evening dresses under £50 for you to choose from. The sash belt of the A-line Scoop Capped Floor-length Blue Chiffon dress below creates a slim curvy waistline. This £45 dress has a sexy bare back which is not too revealing. I always love an illusion overlay design. The prominent floral details go well with the chiffon flared skirt.
Sheath/Column Capped Sweep/Brush Train Watermelon Chiffon Dress - under £50

Opt for the voluptuous Shoulder Sleeveless Sweep/Brush Train Evening Dress or be a sweet bride in a Bateau Sleeveless Floor-length Long Evening Dress. You can find more evening dresses here.
Go voluptuous or be the sweet girl-next-door

Promtimes.co.uk offers plus sized dresses as well. There is a bigger range of sizes to select from. #Empire silhouette has a slimming effect and balances the figure. You can pick a sweetheart empire cut sleeveless floor-length dress from a collection of different styles. 
sweetheart empire-cut sleeveless floor-length dress of different styles

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The Artistic Mabel Toh Makeup and Hair

Your boyfriend popped the question and you said yes. You have secured the date as well as the wedding venue. The next task to hunt for the perfect makeup artist for your ROM, photoshoot and wedding day seems rather daunting. Try to look through a variety of bridal styles on or off-line. It will help you determine the version you favor. Do you fancy a more dramatic makeup with sharp contrasting colors, or an au-natural makeover for a simple dewy look?

Mabel Toh specializes in creating simple yet classy and unique bridal look. Her styling is very sleek. She invites her clients to Facebook so she could survey their profiles to study their facial features, character and style. The advice is one should not pick a style that deviates too much from her original self. Being a perfectionist, Mabel strives to artistically develop the perfect style for her brides. She innovates and invents unconventional images which are uniquely chic. The ordinary style may not go well with every bride, hence thinking out of the box has its advantage.

I notice the amazing results created by her skillful fingers. With loads of patience, she carefully draws and brushes, knowing how much or how little to paint in order to achieve the desired look that complements the bride's features and the gowns she is going to wear. In addition the fussy Mabel attentively matches the precise accessories to produce a more outstanding look.

eurasian bride, tanned skin looks amazing
brown sultry eyes, match golden complexion
A dainty retro bridal look, nice brown sultry eyes to match her golden complexion
sleek traditional chinese look, oriental features
Classy modern and sleek traditional
pair of alluring eyes, enticing kissable lips
Mabel transformed the bride into sophisticated classic beauty.
Look at the pair of alluring eyes and her enticing kissable lips.
apparent eye makeup neutral shade
Simple and stylish hair-do to go with a more apparent eye makeup and neutral shade

twisted low updo with big braids, listening to phone on wedding
nice low tie up hair, double strain pearl, big teeth, specky hubby
dark necklace with holes
skillful eye brow draing, demure bride at window

Mabel Toh is a certified professional make up artist with over 14 years of experience. She has been involved in numerous events such as bridal shows at Wedding House and Star Cruise, runways, commercials and sample shooting. Be rest assure you will be in safe hands if Mabel is the MUA you choose. Besides that she also conducts personal and professional makeup/ hairstyling courses.

AnnaBelle Couture, a partnership of wedding experts - provides professional photography, event services and professional make-up for actual wedding day, pre-wedding (local and overseas). It offers fine workmanship and full range of tailor made wedding gowns as well as gown rental at sensible affordable price. Kindly send your inquiries by referring to contact information below and they will revert on the packages details.

Mabel Toh Makeup and Hair

long hair mua

Website: http://mabeltohmakeupstudio.weebly.com/
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Email: mabel_toh@yahoo.com
Tel: 016-2182188
Rates: Starts at RM1200 for 2 sessions

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Mabel Toh - Images Designer

McCain Wedding Photojournalist
Tel: +6 012 519 8929
Email: mccain1982@yahoo.com

Studio Add: 61-4B SS 2/75, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

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Wedding Decorator - Periwinkle Design

With a little extra decoration, your wedding celebration can be brightened up beautifully. Unless you have the time and skill, the task of beautifying the wedding party is better handed over to the professionals in decoration. Periwinkle Design has been in the industry since 2007. Having done numerous wedding decorations, they are experienced in creating the wedding of your dreams. Former clients reported that they're passionate about what they do and would put in their best effort to make your dream wedding come true.

Wedding theme is the trend now. Couples would come up with a special theme personal to them and their love adventure for instance. Periwinkle provides decoration services that can be customized according to the concept developed by the customer. The pictures below show how extensive is their overall decor, very well thought of indeed. From the reception table to the ballroom stage, every detail is carefully crafted to produce the atmosphere desired by the bride and groom.

Periwinkle will adjust the offering based on your budget. Karen the designer has been described as  patient in gathering customer's preference and attentive to details. They would provide a few options for the client to choose from. The design will be redrawn until the customer is totally satisfied.

furniture covers purple theme
Main table decorated with purple and white flower centerpiece and furniture covers
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Penang Wedding Photographer - Jooi Wah

I wanted the special day and one of the important milestones of my life to be documented beautifully. In searching for the actual day photographer whom I can entrust, I found a big local listing for me to browse. I checked out the shooter's websites and Facebook pages for other weddings they have shot, reviews from recent brides, then selected a few that stood out. I was looking for photos that are edgy and yet pleasing to the eyes. Jooi Wah was chosen for his responsiveness, professionalism, and most importantly his style of photography. I was very impressed with the product of his work.

We finalized on the wedding date, did all that was needed and waited for our big day. Then Bersih 3.0 announced the rally was going to happen on the same day as our wedding. Oh my... should move the date or make other plans? In faith we decided to pray and leave everything to the hands of God. Praise God the day went ahead smoothly, the traffic was manageable and we arrived to all the locations on time!

It was a busy day. Jooi Wah and his assistant were there during the morning "chip san leong" (fetch the bride) which happened in Seremban, then traveled to Brickfields Holy Rosary Church followed by lunch reception in Tropicana Golf Resort. They were like paparazzi, shadowing our every move, countless of memorable shots taken throughout the entire hectic day. We were asked not to pose at the camera but try to act as natural as possible to produce the photo-journalistic results. Occasionally the shot was made with an object like a person, a flower stand or the door frame in the foreground to create the unconventional framing effect.

Overall I was satisfied with Jooi Wah's professionalism, honesty and for the nice images he captured. The the deliverables were sent on the dot as promised. The thing I wished could be different was if he didn't miss the early morning makeup session. When the photographers arrived, my makeup was already done.

jooiwah photos
The bridal entourage chattering
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Jennifer Lopez - wedding extravaganza

Every bride has to face some spreadsheets. How much you want to shell out for your wedding depends on your budget. Not everyone can afford a wedding for a mega diva like J Lo. You don't have to pay the big bucks yet there are ample of options out there for you to look similar. Jennifer Lopez  married Cuban actor Ojani Noa in 1997 when she was 28. It was her first marriage. Ojani proposed to her on a dance floor with a marquis-cut diamond ring. J Lo looked very sweet wearing her hair up in a braided topknot accessorized with little flower hair pieces, donning a bateau neckline sheath wedding gown. They divorced a year later.

ojani noa, simple dress
Jennifer Lopez and Ojani Noa's wedding

In Jan 2001 she tied the knot with her former backup dancer, actor, choreographer, director, Cris Judd wearing a dress designed by Valentino. The #Chantilly-lace #A-Line Valentino gown had a low scoop neckline with sheer sleeves. She had her hair up and pulled back in a clean fresh look. I find the dress too vintage looking, it didn't fit her stylish personality. Their wedding ceremony was held at a mountaintop private home in Calabasas, California. A truck transported 10,000 pastel rosebuds to the suburb home for the lavish wedding. The two officially separated in 2002.
lacy wedding dress with see through sleeves
Jennifer Lopez and Cris Judd's wedding

Ben Affleck proposed to J Lo with a whopping $1.2 million 6.1 carat pink diamond ring from Harry Winston in 2002. Celebrity designer Vera Wang said the dress she custom made for Jennifer Lopez was the most expensive and time consuming she ever created, for her wedding to Ben which was cancelled. It was made of chi-chi couture fabric and had 18 tiers.

wedding called off, engagement ring
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck in the movie Gigli and their engagement

In 2004 Miss Lopez garbed an off-the-shoulder ruffled lace Vera Wang wedding dress as the bride of Marc Anthony. This time her hair was an updo with fringes. She wore blings worth $7 million (borrowed from Neil Lane) and an 8 carat square-cut diamond engagement ring. The two welcome twins, a baby boy and a girl in 2008.

they got twin babies
not so clear photo of J Lo and Marc's secret wedding. They became proud parents of the double bundle of joy.

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Wedding of the Year: Chong Wei or Lin Dan

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Badminton world champion Datuk Lee Chong Wei (as of 15th Dec 2012) and sweetheart Mew Choo held a romantic beach ROM ceremony on 8th of Oct at the Golden Palm Tree Resort in Sepang, followed by the pre-wedding photo-shoot on the next day at the same location. The couple celebrated their BIG "days" on two wedding reception occasions. At the first dinner on Nov 9th, we saw the presence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Raja Permaisuri, our Prime Minister, dignitaries, sports personalities, the rich and famous, which was shown live on NTV7. MC donned a designer wedding dress embedded with more than 10,000 Swarovski crystals created by D&L Couture. There were altogether 1500 guests.

The next morning, Chong Wei and his groomsmen took the courage to endure the treacherous challenges set up by Mew Choo's line of bride's maids to get the beautiful bride. The second dinner reception was held that night itself attended by the couple's family, and friends. Invited performer Maria Cordero cracked jokes and played a dancing game with a group of CW's male friends, which contained adult themes. I wonder how well did the first lady who was sitting right in between CW and wife, take it.

Snippets of the proposal, ROM, wedding day "jip san leong" (fetch the bride) and 
photos of the reception and pre-wedding shots.

DL Couture was the sponsor of all the outfits worn by the bride, groom, brides maids, best men and family members. That's some of the benefits you get for being a sports superstar. The couple got their Louboutin bridal heels and shoes from Paris. Their wedding package, which includes photography and make-up by Anovia Bridal from Panang, Spozami Wedding Mansion from Johor and Sanyu Chen Beauty, cost about RM1.25 million. The extravagant actual wedding day was a super-cars affair. During "fetching the bride", the entourage was being chauffeured in luxurious Bentley, Rolls Royce and Ferrari.

Mew Choo wore a lacy wedding gown with a short jacket.
Walking the red carpet at the reception dinner, KLCC. Mew Choo wore a lacy wedding gown with a short jacket.
KL Convention Centre
Fabulously decorated wedding banquet at KL Convention Centre
 two girls had to help her carry the train  up the stage for cake cutting.
MC was wearing a very elaborate dress, so long and heavy,
two girls had to help her carry the train  up the stage for cake cutting.
Intimate first dance by the couple.
Hong Kong singing band Grasshopper
Invited performers on the second dinner reception; Hong Kong singing band Grasshopper
Singer and comedian Maria Cordero teaching the groomsmen
Singer and comedian Maria Cordero teaching the groomsmen to demonstrate some "techniques"
for Chong Wei and wife to be fruitful and create little CW and MC.
chong wei looking cheeky
The attendance of Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Permaisuri, Prime Minister and other dignitaries
toasting session
Wedding emcees Owen Yap and Hui Mei invited the hosts and guests for a toasting session
The gorgeous gowns were designed specially for MC's tall and slim figure.
Designed and made by D&L, The gorgeous gowns were designed specially for MC's tall and slim figure.
First reception on the left and the second one on the right.
did not showcase her figure very well.
Tall and slim XingFang wore a princess #ballgown wedding dress which did not showcase her figure very well.
mermaid cut with gold thread
MC wore a modern traditional gown
She looks so pretty.
XF wore a beautiful traditional traditional two piece "kua"/ #kwa. She looks so pretty.
They had figurines of two of them playing the game as the cake topper.
Badminton brought Chong Wei and Mew Choo together.
They had figurines of two of them playing the game as the cake topper.
They had a shuttlecock wine glass at their wedding.
Badminton brought Lindan and XingFang together. They had a shuttlecock wine glass (I think) at their wedding.

Lin Dan and his entourage began the big day by picking his bride up with a convoy of Porsche. Apparently the gate crashing tradition is also popular in China. Lin Dan and his best men were made to do the Swan Lake ballet and "Nobody" (by Wonder Girls) dance routines. Chinese media estimated that Lin Dan spent three million yuan (RM1.5 million) on the wedding, which included the costs for 200 security personnel, 10 florists, two wedding rings and several dresses.

The wedding of Lin Dan and former China national champion Xie XingFang was held at at Beijing University of Technology Gymnasium where they competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games together. During the wedding, XF said one day LD asked her to go out for dinner but she refused because she wanted to cook for him. After dinner LD rushed to the kitchen to wash the dishes. XF said she wanted to do the dishes but LD would not let her, so she could keep her gentle and smooth pair of hands. Guys say this just to make your heart melt for that day and I'm sure they wouldn't mind their wife/ gf doing the dishes next time, I tell you. Nevertheless it's a sweet gesture.

LD and XF's dreamy wedding banquet and
footage of the tea serving ceremony on 23 Sep 2012.
the princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer in the "Swan Lake". LOL.
Lin Dan was Odette, the princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer in the "Swan Lake". LOL.
Gorgeous wedding.
Gorgeous wedding. Every table is decorated with an artistically put together flower stand.
The bride is absolutely stunning.
beijing china
military uniform? hmm...

Verdict: Chong Wei's wedding was attended by the king and queen. It was celebrated like a royal wedding, bigger than any celebrity weddings in the country. Bill boards of his wedding photos are everywhere. CW is a national hero who has great sportsmanship, very modest on-court.

I vote for Chong Wei.

Ref: china.org.cn, weibo.com, nst.com.my, Anovia Bridal, dailychilli.com, youresty.com

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Wedding Food ala Malay

It's amazing that when my Malay neighbor organized a wedding, the whole neighborhood got invited. A representation of true muhibah. The wedding reception or kenduri usually takes place in front of the house where a marquee is set up to provide cover for the important occasion. Other options are to have the wedding reception in a restaurant, hotel or hall. Generally, the wedding ceremony begins with the procession of the groom accompanied by his entourage of family and friends to meet the bride.

In a Malay wedding, the guests are free to help themselves with the feast first before the groom's arrival but it is more proper to stop eating and give your attention to the couple during the procession. What is a celebration without food? Malay wedding food, spicy yummy! Familiar with only a couple of popular dishes, I went on a food search and found more delicious choices that will make you drool. The food is served in a buffet spread or dome set.

dome food, outdoor wedding
Wedding food served in a dome

Let's start with the assortment of appetizer, condiments and vegetables such as Acar Rampai/ buah (Pickled vege or fruits), Sambal belacan (Shrimp sauce) to go with raw vegetables (this combination is called ulam (Malay salad), Dalca sayur/ terung (vege in dhal curry), Pajeri Nenas. Pajeri Nenas is a pineapple dish cooked in a thick kerisik curry sauce. (Kerisik refers to toasted grated coconut). 

pajeri nenas
From left: Acar rampai, Dalca sayur and Pajeri nenas

Rice is essential in weddings. Varieties of rice are served up to the host's preference, for example plain rice, Nasi minyak (Scented rice), Nasi briyani, Nasi tomato (Tomato rice), Nasi jagung (Corn rice).

To make Nasi minyak, you add butter, coconut milk, spices and ginger to cook the rice.

To prepare Nasi briyani: Cook basmati rice and vegetables together with dried fruits, yogurt, ghee, and other spices. You can also add the meat of your choice to create this aromatic rice dish.

nasi briyani wedding
Left: Nasi minyak. Right: Nasi briyani

I think I never went to a Malay wedding without having Ayam Masak Merah on the table. The already fried chicken is cooked in a spicy tomato sauce to produce this juicy Red-colored chicken.

Other chicken dishes are Ayam masak madu (Honey chicken), Ayam kurma (Kurma is type of dates), Ayam kari dengan ubi kentang (Curry chicken and potatoes), Ayam goreng berempah (Deep-fried chicken), Chicken satay.

ayam masak merah wedding food
Left: Ayam masak madu. Right: Ayam masak merah
ayam kari kentang food in wedding
Left: Ayam kurma. Right: Ayam kari kentang

Beef preparation methods are also mostly spicy or curry based. For instance Daging masak hitam (Dark soy sauce chicken), Daging masak Briyani, Daging Rendang / Rendang Tok, Daging masak Kurma (chicken with chili, coconut milk and kurma powder), Daging salai masak lemak (chicken cooked with tumeric and small chili), Beef satay.

Daging Rendang Tok - The beef dish made popular in the Perak state has lemongrass, dried chilies, palm sugar and kerisik which thickens the sauce.

Daging gulai kawah - Beef prepared in curry-like sauce from coconut milk, brown sugar, gulai and dried chilies. The gulai sauce has a thick consistency with yellowish color because of the addition of ground turmeric.

daing gulai kawah
Left: Daging Rendang Tok. Right: Daging gulai kawah

peanut sauce, cucumber unions nasi impit
Left: Skewers of Chicken and beef satay being served.
Right: Satay is to be eaten with peanut sauce, cucumber, onions and nasi impit (rice cubes)

Fish: Ikan masak tiga rasa (3-flavor fish), Ikan masak asam pedas (Sour and spicy fish), Tenggiri masak kicap berempah (Mackerel in soy sauce and spices), Tenggiri masak kari (Curry Mackerel).

Prawns and squid: Udang Goreng Berempah (Deep-fried prawns in spices), Sambal udang/ sotong (Prawn in chili-based sauce), Sotong goreng tepung (Deep-fried squid).

tenggiri masak kicap berempah
Left: Sambal Sotong. Right: Tenggiri masak kicap berempah

Sweet Treat: Sirap Bandung (Milky rosewater syrup), Sago gula melaka (Palm sugar sago), Malay kuih (dessert) like kuih keria (sweet potato doughnuts), Kuih koci (a pyramid of glutinuous rice flour filled with a sweet peanut paste), Kuih kaswi (rice cake made with palm sugar)

Kuih talam (tray cake) kuih - Consists of two layers. The top white layer is made from rice flour and coconut milk, while the bottom green layer is made from green pea flour and extract of pandan leaf.

Bingka ubi - A baked kuih of tapioca mixed in sweet pandan-flavoured custard. The kuih is yellow in colour but has a dark brown crust at the top caused by the baking process.

Sago gula melaka, green and brown
Left: Sirap bandung. Right: Sago gula melaka
kuih kahwin
Clockwise: kuih keria, kaswi, bingka ubi and talam

Ref: masak-masak.blogspot.com, camemberu.co, shahriahnovelisresipe, atieaizam, balepadi.com, wattieshomemadecakes, secubitgaramnor67.com, norzailina.blogspot.com, angahsyg.blogspot.com, mydestiny2011.org, en.wikipedia.org

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PhotoGlebe Studio by Ken Yap

kids carrying tray in true emotion wedding

Have you ever seen an advert on your favorite fashion magazine, you love it so much you would imagine you and your other half as the models in it? I have. I thought the Burberry London ad photographed by Mario Testino was so captivating that I cut the page out of the magazine and stored it in my closet. LOL. Now you don't have to look abroad for such talent. Our very own Ken Yap of PhotoGlebe can get it done. The photos I am talking about are the type where the models don't actually look at the camera, pretend to be cool and very journalistic... you get what I mean. Ken has been able to achieve photo-journalism to its max, in my opinion. If you are not so much a fan of all absolutely candid shots, you can always discuss with Ken. He and his team will customize their shooting style adapting to your needs. Nonetheless, the images he creates are natural and artistically executed.
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