No, not my wedding. Don’t jump to conclusions.
The Sunday before I drove back to KL, I had the privilege to attend the wedding ceremony of one of my good friends in Penang. It was a garden wedding held in the Lone Pine Hotel at Batu Ferringhi.
It was my first time attending a garden wedding, so I was pretty excited about it. Some of my friends commented that I could take a ton of photos and blog about the wedding. Of course, I didn’t heed those comments. They have professional photographers to do the job there, I thought it would be quite rude (and embarrassing) for me to whip out my amateur mirrorless in front of those DSLRs. Also, I don’t think my friend would be too thrilled for me to post her pictures in my blog.
Still, it was a very interesting experience, so I did take some photos discreetly, using my smartphone. Maybe some of you have also never attended a garden wedding before and this might be interesting for you too. I think it should be fine as long as I don’t show a clear shot of their faces, right?
There’s three parts to the wedding ceremony. First up was the exchanging of vows under the witness of family and friends.
It was a pretty emotional scene. Especially when both the bride and the groom gave their speeches. I kept going “Awwww, sooo sweetttt!!!” and I noticed most of the girls were in tears.
And then there was a cocktail party for the guests to refresh themselves.
I love the drinks provided. It seems that all the drinks were from Macallum Connoisseurs, a coffee house from Georgetown. There’s a few different types of specialty African coffee and beer. It was wonderful!
There was also a balloon releasing ceremony during the cocktail party. Lots of the family members and friends stood together to release balloons to the sky. It was a pretty spectacular sight!
Except, perhaps they stood at a not-so-ideal spot to do this. They did this under a tree.
And then it was time for dinner. The hotel people has specially set up a tent, complete with round tables and chairs and a stage in front. The setup was like a wedding dinner in a ballroom, except this one was outdoors.
It was very classy and lovely, the whole setup. I think Lone Pine did a good job…
And then it was time for the dinner. The dinner was like a typical Malaysian Chinese wedding dinner, with similar dishes and similar agenda. And I stopped taking pictures to enjoy the food and company of people instead.
One good thing about garden weddings, I realize, is that you won’t get the typical Malaysian Chinese wedding dinners where the stated start time was 7.00 PM but dinner only starts at 8.30 PM and guests arrive as late as 9.00 PM. With a garden wedding, people seems to be more respectful and will come early, so dinner can begin on time.
And… congratulations again to the bride and groom. Thank you again for inviting me to your lovely wedding ceremony. I’m so so glad that you found each other, and I wish you a happily ever after. 😉