Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - The Fashionable Life -

One would as­sume that with their A-list sta­tus, Foo and Ray­mond’s re­cep­tion would en­tail all things glit­ter and glam when it comes to its set­ting. That wasn’t ex­actly the case, how­ever, what with Ray­mond’s taste for rus­tic beauty. In fact, the only thing that gleamed all night was the in­tri­cate bead­ing on the bride’s Alia Bas­ta­mam dress – a del­i­cate con­trast against her hus­band’s mas­cu­line Andy Su­laiman suit. “There was never a plan for elab­o­rate sit-down din­ners. We had al­ways wanted our wed­ding to be cock­tail-style,” said the Chi­nese-Por­tuguese beauty, adding that the idea was orig­i­nally con­ceived by her old man. En­list­ing the help of plan­ners from the Mont Kiara-based Mint Events & Soirées, the lush com­pound of Mar­ble 8 was trans­formed into a cosy, all-white, al­most nest-like yard in which the cou­ple ex­changed their vows – an oc­ca­sion much rev­elled by their wit­ness­ing guests. Or­chids and baby’s-breaths in con­trast­ing shades of white pep­pered the view, with a big por­tion of the for­mer dan­gling from Ray­mond’s hold as she walked down the aisle prior to the vow ex­change cer­e­mony. The gar­den’s green­ness helped break the still­ness of the blank colour. “I didn’t want it to be too flow­ery. With the green, things looked more nat­u­ral.”

The cou­ple’s pen­chant for sim­plic­ity ex­tended be­yond the event’s set­ting. They in­sisted that their at­tend­ing guests wore cock­tail at­tires as com­fort­able as their close re­la­tion­ships with them. “If I have to de­scribe it, it would be ... re­sort-style. Well, with­out the beach,” quipped Foo. Of the re­ward­ing ben­e­fits of such rap­port, Ray­mond said, “I think the wed­ding worked out the way we en­vi­sioned it – in­ti­mate, re­laxed, and en­joy­able – be­cause ev­ery­one in­volved were all my friends. The pho­tog­ra­pher, the DJ, and the em­cee ... each per­son tak­ing part is a true friend.” The ca­sual ar­range­ment made the event “very, very easy to han­dle”, so much so that the plan­ning for it took only three weeks. Such taste­ful haste is def­i­nitely un­heard of in the realm of wed­ding plan­ning, but then again, this is Keith Foo and Kim Ray­mond we’re talk­ing about.

Bask­ing in the tra­di­tion of a tea cer­e­mony at home be­fore their big night

Foo paint­ing on one of the grooms­men dur­ing the

tra­di­tional Chi­nese wed­ding door games

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