Remember my previous post about my assignment in Dewan Perdana Felda? This was the second time all in a week..haha..coincidence eh..Arshad and Nurul had engaged me for their 3 big days. One in Dewan Felda, another in Tropicana Golf & Country Club and their Akad Nikad ceremony as well. However, my second photographer was assigned to capture their moments during the Akad Nikah ceremony as I was engaged for Chang Haur & Cecilia's wedding. Therefore, photos of the Akad Nikad are not posted on my gallery. During both the reception, Nurul's father said "Darren, make sure I look good.. ok?" Yes, on both reception..hehe..So, when I was going through their photos, this reminder kept playing in my head and every photo of his, this line keep recurring in my mind. Kinda haunting ler, Uncle...haha
On our first meet up, pin size Haneyza told me she works for Air Asia. Without much thought, I asked if she's an air stewardess and her reply was " no lah..I so shoRT!!" and we all burst up laughing :--D. That's how the ice broke. Nevertheless, it's not difficult as both Iskandar and Haneyza were very friendly and polite. Initially I was engaged to be the oficial photographer for their akad nikah ceremony. Right after tge ceremony, Haneyza had a brief discussion with Iskandar and immediately I'm "on" for their grand reception at Dewan Perdana Felda with 71 tables of guests. However, the hall is very spacious therefore 700 over guests is no sweat. But having need to run around the place with my equipments to capture every moment got me soaking in sweat. Well, that's how i save up on gym fees
During our first meeting to discuss about the wedding, Wafiy gave me an impression that he's one very loving husband and his favourite line is "Anything will do, as long Iera likes it". Lucky she Their wedding was held in Kuantan and followed by another assignment that I have in KL on the same day. Though the distance, it wasn't really a rat race day. I drove down to Kuantan in the morning itself since the ceremony will only start at 9am. Upon arrival, I was received by the aroma of the cooking curry and rendang and of course the friendly welcome of Iera's family. Conviniently, the mosque is just a walking distance from Iera's house. Everything was on track and we even had time to mingle and linger around to smell the rosses. Not forgetting the delicious kenduri too
Hafiz is no stranger to me even before his wedding. He's actually Hanis and Norzira's brother. If you've followed my blog from Hanis wedding, you'll know how humorous these siblings are. Although he's the "Raja Sehari" on that blessed day, he's a natural joker for setiap hari. He even took my camera bag and posed as a soldier on battle field. Coming next will be Norzira's wedding and I'm already looking forward to another giggling session with them.
Last Chinese New Year Eve, I photographed the wedding of Zira's elder sister Yusof & Hanis and it's just like yesterday as everything is still fresh and vivid in my memory. Their family is exceptionally warm, nice and humorous to the bits..ahaha..We giggled non stop during our free shots session around the kampung area. And now a year later, I photographed Zira's engagement. Zira herself is a photography enthusiast, so it is much easier when we are taking portrait shots with her au naturel posing. Perhaps it's the au naturel of everyone and surrounding there made me felt good to be back for this assignment.
When I first spoke to Hisham through the phone, he sounded like a stern person. However, he's totally different in person. Not only is he humorous, he's also generous..ahah..(didn't say it because they rhyme) Thanks Hisham for 2 packs of chocolate coated dates, a local delicacy which he bought purposely from Saudi Arabia. During our meet up, getting to know Saudi Arabia was our main conversation..about their transportation, cheap petrol and some local wedding traditions to name a few.
Everything is pink, sweet and nice on the first day followed by a romantic white theme on the second day. The splendid smiles and humorous moments from this couple made their photos so pleasant and memorable. The hospitality extended were so warm that I couldn't refuse the meal offered although I'm actually rushing off home for my chinese new year eve reunion dinner. What a lovely couple.
It's always fun to attend Malay wedding as you can see lots of friends, neighbours and relatives helping out during the event. The food and door gifts were arranged by his mother herself. Syafie is one chinese dialect expert. He can converse fluently in Cantonese, Mandarin and even Hakka. Dont play play ah...