Singaporebrides | Photography

August 2015

Nadiah and Shahdan’s Rustic and Vintage Wedding Celebration

Like many couples, Nadiah and Shahdan knew each other in school but only got to know each other better after they reconnected via Facebook. Take a peek at their captivating rustic vintage pre-wedding by Shahdan’s very own team at Bliss Photo+Cinema and beautiful traditional Malay wedding by Naf Images.

Nadiah Bte Umar, 27, Senior Patient Service Associate & Mohamed Shahdan Bin Salim, 29, Arts & Media Instructor
23 May 2015

The Wedding Outfits: The Wedding Brocade
The Suit: Benjamin Barker
The Florist: Cherrie Smitten
the Cake: Spatula Bakery
The Hair and Makeup Artist: The Wedding Brocade
Pre-wedding Photographer: Syahruz from Bliss Photo+Cinema
Actual Day Photographer: Nuruddyn from Naf Images
Wedding Planning: SingaporeBrides

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How did you propose?

I prepared a series of photos of me holding individual place cards that formed the sentence “Nadiah Umar, will you marry me?” and saved them in my phone. After she returned from France, I brought her to our usual haunt and had her scroll through the photos on my phone. When she got to that series of photos, I got down on one knee and popped the question.

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How did your pre-wedding photoshoot go?

I couldn’t think of anyone better than having my own team mate, Syahruz, from Bliss Photo+Cinema in charge of my pre-wedding photoshoot. We had a blast planning the rustic vintage shoot Nadiah and I wanted. The gloomy skies gave us a brief scare on our way to the location, but thankfully everything went fine!

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Share with us your wedding planning journey.

We wanted a rustic old-school theme for the wedding, and had crates for our dais and a candy bar filled with sweets from the 80’s and 90’s. Although we engaged a variety of vendors for different aspects of our wedding, we did the coordination ourselves. So, in a sense, it was very much a DIY wedding. But, we thoroughly enjoyed the planning process and watching the different elements come together as the day drew closer.

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Walk us through a day of a Malay wedding.

In the morning, our Kompang percussion by Mak Yong Kedek escorted me to our wedding venue, where we had the Akad Nikah, or solemnisation in Malay. A Kadi, or Malay cleric officiates the ceremony as we pledge ourselves to take one another as husband and wife. We then retreated to our crate dais for the reception, where our guests were invited to take photos with us. The final leg of the wedding consisted of our cake cutting and thank-you speeches.

Throughout the day, we had three outfit changes – white outfits for our solemnisation, traditional baju melayu in royal yellow for the sanding and a modern Benjamin Barker suit and black-gold evening gown for our final march-in.

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How was your actual day like?

Great! Plenty of memories were made that day, especially the one where her father gave her to me, and when I saw how beautiful my wife was during our solemnisation. And, our guests loved the concept and theme, and above all else, the Nasi Briyani Dam we catered for that day!


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