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.”