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No. 1 Shuttler’s Choice: Anovia Bridal, Penang

The Star has reported that Penang is now the hotspot for wedding photo-shoot. Hong Kong actor Lam Ming Lok and his fiancee made their way to Anovia Penang, Malaysia to have their wedding photos taken. The island is a highly recommended location due to its multicultural scenes. National pride Dato’ Lee Chong Wei and long time girlfriend Mew Choo (former country’s top woman singles shuttler) have decided to tie the knot and their pre-wedding photographs were taken by Anovia Penang’s Kelvin Chuah.  

Anovia provides Made to Measure service for brides who want tailor-made gowns that fit them perfectly. Their MTM (Wedding Acronym) designer gown collection is by Daniel and Leslie Design.

The bridal shop is a heritage mansion in Penang which has a lovely garden with beautiful sculptures, statues and water fountain. The grounds could be transformed to suit every couple’s dream garden wedding. Anovia Bridal will also customize the entire wedding set-up from decorations, florist, cakes, caterer to entertainment. The place could comfortably host an elegant garden wedding for 80 guests.

Anovia Bridal will be able to invite the Registrar from National Registration Department (JPN) to conduct the solemnization of your marriage in their chapel or garden. The Anovia Chapel is right next to the main heritage bungalow. The chapel-like building presents a setting for your photo-shoot as well as the place to celebrate the exchange of vows.

Anovia Bridal, Penang
Add: 18 Jalan Bagan Jermal, 10250 George Town, Penang, Malaysia
Website: http://www.anoviabridal.com.my
Email: info@anoviabridal.com.my
Tel: +604-2299996

looks wonder night scene wedding photo
Lights hanging down from the trees like shooting stars. The bridal mansion and the little white chapel by the side.
Anovia Garden
The setting of a garden wedding at the Anovia Garden

The bridal shop has a collection of exclusive gowns. The customers were impressed with the free gift by Anovia. However the package may not be very flexible as there is no free upgrade even though the client paid a premium price.

Hui O @ Aug 2012: Service bad not as professional as it looks ! not flexible the package cannot like free upgrade even though u spend a lot.
Sin yee @ Jul 2012: Got my FREE gift here 🙂 very nice! Thanks Anovia 🙂
Joey @ Mar 2012: Exclusive gowns.

Chong Wei and Mew Choo’s
Pre-wedding Photoshoot  
Photos by: Kelvin Chuah – Anovia Bridal Penang

nice view
Seizing the scenic Sepang Golden Palm Tree Resort’s view
closeup, scarf at neck
elegant photo
Sentimental moment of two great athletes and lovers – Chong Wei and Mew Choo
badminton outfit, love story
Didn’t know Chong Wei had that in him. He’s quite a poser.
heritage mansion as the backdrop in penang
Lam and fiancee’s wedding portrait at the beautiful garden with the heritage mansion as the backdrop
hong kong actor in malaysia posing wedding photo
In front of Anovia’s chapel
Cheong Fatt Tze (a powerful Nanyang industrialist)
Posing at the historical once home of Cheong Fatt Tze (a powerful Nanyang industrialist)
flying wedding dress in blue,
  • Anonymous
    November 1, 2012 at 10:12 am

    congrates lee chong wei!!

  • MonacoGirl
    January 15, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Please, can you help me to find to buy this beautiful flying turquoise dress from last photo! You don't have any description for it… it's lovely…

  • WL
    February 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    I signed up a package middle of 2014. My experience = very, very poor service by album manager, Joyce.

    1. I called many times and left messages may times with her colleagues but she didn't return my calls. It is ok to be busy but you can't return a call in 4 days???? Only once when I told her off, she made the effort to call me back when necessary.

    2. Not even a call / email / message after they made a mistake with my picture slide. Meaning = no sorry or explanation. I honestly felt insulted by their treatment. It is not poor service, but very bad manners!!!!! By the time I highlight this bad manners, it is already too late to call me.

    3. If you are not from Penang, be prepared to travel and incur cost and time (toll, accommodation, petrol). You may not only be driving to Penang once (choose gowns / pictures).

    The only plus point about Anovia is their indoor and outdoor studio. Regular gowns are also so-so unless you pay extra to upgrade to designer gowns for actual day rental.

  • Anonymous
    February 28, 2015 at 5:13 am

    agree with you joyce is really hard to contact, called many times, only replied once, also after i contacted other staffs. but other staffs services are good, except for joyce

    • Anonymous
      April 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm

      completely agree with you guys … overall service is good except JOYCE

  • Kojima Takumi
    May 16, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I have the same problem with them, the worst part is I m working oversea no time to chase that y I haven't got my album and my photo shooting was February 15. Overall service quite ok but the album design lame n not able to contact,not even reply email

  • Kin Kwan
    December 8, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    congrates lee chong wei!!

  • Skully
    March 6, 2016 at 11:48 am

    After reading the above comments, I'd like to share my unfortunate experience and warn happy couples that are getting married soon to stay away from Anovia to avoid disappointment and inconvenience.

    I took the pre-wedding package and ROM package from Anovia not long ago. During the signing up package, all was fine and we were encouraged to LIKE their Facebook page / Instagram. We did, thinking nothing could go wrong with the most expensive bridal studio in Penang.

    Multiple dress selection session (select pre wedding dresses and ROM dress were done separately) were slightly inconvenient but still ok but I felt like we were passed to different people to attend to us, we expected 1 person to handle both our photoshoots and ROM for easy follow up. After our pre-wedding photo session, we did not worry about the end results because again they claimed to be the best in Penang. The end results were quite disappointing. When you pick a long tail dress you expect the tail to be photographed all the way to the end, right? Many of the shots are without the tip of the tail/dress. I may not be an expert but I know how wedding photos should look like. What we have seen on their tablets / sample albums are all taken by their former chief photographer that took for Lee Chong Wei. I was secretly told by their staff that the chief photographer has left Anovia to open a new studio in Karpal Singh Drive. Staff dare not disclose the name of the studio.

    Many of the shots cannot be used because my dress were not properly organised. Will you pick a shot where you dress is twisted to the right? A team of 4 people and none of them bothered to align my dress or at least let me know and I can do it myself. Anyway, the outcome of the photos are truly disappointing. Then comes my ROM.

    ROM was fun because friends and family were there to watch us exchange vows at the chapel BUT it was a whole 3 hour photo session. We had no chance to speak and mingle around with our family and guests. The guests had no chance to finish their pieces of cake and was being called repeatedly for photo shots. It was not an ROM ceremony, it was a ROM photo session. After ROM, we were scheduled to select photos after 2 weeks but it was cancelled because the photos are not ready, and was repeatedly rescheduled for many times despite weekly reminders. None of the staff were following up, even the Manager. Our family and friends have been waiting for too long for the photos. We also need the photos to make slideshow for our wedding reception! If you are wondering, yes ROM package only gives you a poor quality photobook without slideshow. We tried all ways to chase for the ROM photos for almost 3 months until 3 days prior to our wedding dinner. Anoxia was not at all apologetic and our wedding reception photographer had to rush for the slide show. Is this professional? The ROM package is RM9,999 fyi.

    I was overall very unsatisfied with the service and I want to share my unfortunate experience with happy couples who are getting married, to stay away from Anovia. You may have read many good reviews on Facebook but think again, many of the review are posted during the signing of package (because they have a team of staff who takes good care of you, refill your tea etc) or immediately after the photo session (a warm and welcoming team and friendly crew). Those who really take the trouble to make known to others of their bad experience after the whole process are only a few. I want good photos, not a cup of good tea or a friendly photographer who can't take good photographs.

    I do not want compensation nor a refund, I definitely will find ways to report such bad service to any authority or perhaps the Consumer's Association of Penang (CAP) if they accept such report. We need to report bad services be it at a restaurant or bridal studio. If not, many people will continue be cheated because of the misleading reviews on Facebook. Those who have had bad experience with Anovia, please continue to share your experience and save more people!

  • Peggy Wong
    March 23, 2016 at 10:58 am

    Dear Kin Kwan,
    So sorry for your experience.
    I was about to engage Anovia for my wedding shoot but was taken aback by your comment.

    Tough part is, I'm not Penangites and rely heavily on email communications. Till date, Anovia is pretty prompt in replying email, unlike Kuang Yee..

    I'm still deciding which bridal house to go..

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