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hen it comes to wed­dings th­ese days, the com­mon adages are “the big­ger, the bet­ter”, or rather, “the more, the mer­rier”. But are th­ese ideas al­ways true? Well, cer­tainly to those with a knack for grand cel­e­bra­tions, they would speak vol­umes, but one can­not deny the char­ac­ter and in­ti­macy that come with small-scaled wed­dings. And no event can at­test to this idea bet­ter than the charm­ingly rus­tic wed­ding of Keith Foo and Kim Ray­mond.

Held last Novem­ber 30, 2015 at Kuala Lumpur’s es­teemed steak­house Mar­ble 8, the pri­vate cer­e­mony cel­e­brated the union be­tween the Malaysian ac­tor and his en­tre­pre­neur/ stylist wife, which has been ef­fec­tive for a year prior to it. “We of­fi­cially got reg­is­tered a year ago. Then, we de­cided not to have a re­cep­tion – we didn’t think wast­ing too much money for just one night was a good idea,” be­gan Ray­mond, over coffee with me in a sur­bur­ban café, two sunny fort­nights af­ter walk­ing down the aisle. Foo, sat next to her with a calm­ness that hid the tight­ness of his sched­ule for the day, chimed in. “It’s been a year of mar­riage. But of course, in the end, we de­cided to pro­ceed with one, for the sake of our par­ents.” Again, the cy­cle of fin­ish­ing each other’s sen­tences went on. Ray­mond added, “We ac­tu­ally booked a ball­room in Grand Hy­att Kuala Lumpur, as ini­tially, we wanted to have a proper, clas­sic re­cep­tion. But af­ter some time, the guest list was ex­pand­ing; be­com­ing big­ger and big­ger ... things were al­ready so stress­ful be­fore they had even be­gun.”

Re­al­is­ing that the stress, not to men­tion Foo’s busy sched­ule, could take a toll on the jol­lity of their cel­e­bra­tion, the cou­ple de­cided not to carry forth with the grand plan, and opted in­stead for a small one fit­ting for 180 guests, all made up of fam­ily mem­bers and close friends – strictly, “peo­ple we both talk to ev­ery day.” Af­ter go­ing through sev­eral op­tions across Kuala Lumpur, they fi­nally set­tled for Mar­ble 8. “When I was choos­ing our venue, I was think­ing mostly of our el­derly guests,” con­tin­ued Ray­mond, her sage-like wis­dom ex­tend­ing well be­yond her 30 years of age. “A lo­ca­tion is def­i­nitely a ‘no’ if too much walk­ing is in­volved. And park­ing should never be a has­sle.” Ring­ing con­stantly at the fore­front of her mind was the ad­vice of her father, Dato’ Jef­frey Ray­mond: One must al­ways pri­ori­tise practicality. “The ar­chi­tec­ture of Mar­ble 8 al­lows peo­ple to park their cars eas­ily and walk straight into our wed­ding, which meant no has­sle. Ev­ery­one would be happy and hav­ing fun from the start un­til the end.”

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