You’re All I Need

Long­time friends Zaireen Iskan­dar and Razman Razali’s spe­cial bond in­evitably led to their joy­ous union as hus­band and wife

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Zaireen Iskan­dar ties the knot with the love of her life, Razman Razali, and they celebrate their union with two very spe­cial wed­ding events

It was a re­lax­ing Satur­day af­ter­noon at The So­cial in Bangsar. Many, in­clud­ing Zaireen Iskan­dar and Razman Razali had flocked to the venue to un­wind and en­joy the week­end. In­tro­duced by a friend, Zaireen in­stantly fell for Razman’s charm af­ter play­ing a few rounds of pool with him. “I re­mem­ber laugh­ing at his jokes (can’t re­mem­ber if they were poor), he laughed at some of mine and si­mul­ta­ne­ously made fun of my lack of pool skills even though he was be­ing sup­port­ive,” Zaireen re­calls the first time the two met. It was the be­gin­ning of a beau­ti­ful friend­ship. Over a decade later and af­ter of­fi­cially go­ing out for a year, Razman fi­nally popped the ques­tion. “Shall we do this, baby?” he asked a smil­ing Zaireen who replied with a sim­ple “Sure.” She con­tin­ues to ex­plain, “I sup­pose I can say it was an un­pre­pared

pro­posal. We al­ways spoke about mar­riage and our fu­ture to­gether with chil­dren. There was no doubt that we both wanted it to hap­pen. There was no ‘down on his knees’ mo­ment, there was no ring pre­pared but there was that piv­otal mo­ment to­gether where we both knew that this was ‘it’ and it was time.”

The cou­ple cel­e­brated their nup­tials with two high-spir­ited wed­ding events. The tra­di­tional akad nikah cer­e­mony was held at the stun­ning Cove 55 in Kuch­ing. The weather was per­fect for a lunch gath­er­ing fol­lowed by a sim­ple bar­beque-themed wed­ding re­cep­tion in the evening. Sun­light bathed close friends and mem­bers of both the fam­i­lies as they dug into the cou­ple’s favourite bar­beque dishes in­clud­ing lamb and beef hot­dogs with jalapeno and red onion rel­ish, cheese­burger slides and de­li­cious carne asada sliced sir­loin steak catered by the cou­ple’s good friends Noreen Ramli and Awangku Irawan from Cantina Moderna. My Sugar Bakes on the other hand pre­pared a de­li­cious dessert spread for the evening.

Twin­kling fairy lights adorned a trans­par­ent mar­quee while fresh flow­ers, can­dles, mis­matched bot­tles, Be­lian wood and quotes from the cou­ple’s favourite songs were the main decor on each long ta­ble. The soiree con­tin­ued till late with catchy beats from DJs Tunku Na­dia & Arabyrd of The Twinkies.

The KL wed­ding re­cep­tion held at Hil­ton Kuala Lumpur ho­tel, which was put to­gether by Zaireen’s sis­ter-in-law Dr Aida Razali Mon­aghan and Pak Abu, was a glam­orous and classy af­fair. It was graced by a hand­ful of very im­por­tant peo­ple in so­ci­ety who couldn’t be any hap­pier for the cou­ple. Guests were ush­ered into the hall by the har­mo­nious tunes of the three-piece acous­tic band while the tal­ented Az Sa­mad Trio band per­formed through­out the re­cep­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to the bride, the high­light of the wed­ding re­cep­tions for her was sim­ply be­ing there, mar­ry­ing the man of her dreams and hav­ing a few events that rep­re­sented them and cel­e­brated their union. What made it spe­cial was the fact that all their friends and fam­ily who at­tended the wed­ding events have wit­nessed their re­la­tion­ship de­velop over the last decade. A lot of them even thought, “geez, fi­nally!”

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