For the Love of Tradition
Inspired by their respective cultures, Chryseis Tan and Faliq Nasimuddin pulled together a timeless affair focusing on tradition, family and as much love as they could squeeze in, writes Tan Xi Voon
Overcoming differences can be a daily task for any two people committed to a relationship. In the case of Faliq Nasimuddin, heir to Malaysia’s Naza Group, and Chryseis Tan, daughter of Malaysian businessman and Berjaya Group CEO Vincent Tan, the couple had to negotiate more differences than most. Apart from the usual embracing of and making up for each other’s idiosyncrasies, they also had a sea of cultural diversity to navigate.
“It was complicated at the beginning,” Chryseis readily admits. “The fact that we have different cultural identities is something that had been weighing on our minds.” But as the old adage goes, where there is a will, there is a way. Together, the couple made a pact to see things through. And as their understanding of each other deepened, so did the affection. It was only a matter of time before both of them came to the realisation that the happiness they had found in one another was to be treasured for a lifetime.
In a manner befitting their love for travel, Faliq popped the question during one of their trips together. Surrounded by the Moroccan opulence of the Royal Mansour Hotel Marrakech, as well as a romantic arrangement of candles and flowers—some making up the question “Will you marry me?”—he got down
on one knee and sneaked the ring from his pocket. It was a moment shared between the two of them, but it also caused a stir in the media back in Malaysia.
Their wedding was an even more elaborate affair. A total of 160 close friends and family gathered at The Chateau Spa & Organic Wellness Resort in Bukit Tinggi, Malaysia, to witness the union of these two beautiful souls. Modelled after Haut-Koenigsbourg, a 12th-century medieval castle in Alsace, France, The Chateau was picked for its historical setting as well as its stunning views to provide the fairy tale wedding that the bride had been dreaming of.
Event coordinator Tie The Knot joined the blushing bride and groom to curate the nuptials down to the smallest detail. They decided on a sweet palette of white, green and pastels, which perfectly complemented The Chateau’s native greenery. A lot of trust was put on the decorator, Rainforest the Wedding, to dress up the space with wide flowing floral arrangements. Beautiful blooms spilled everywhere, from the wedding arches and the pelamin—a raised seat for the bride and groom that is a Malaysian wedding tradition—to the hall, adding a natural and organic feel to the overall aesthetics.
Decor aside, the couple also did not forget
to intertwine both of their cultures, which they have come to appreciate over time. The celebration integrated two ceremonies: the Islamic akad nikah and a Chinese tea ceremony. At the former, Chryseis made a grand appearance in a gorgeous Yefta Gunawan gown. The number was flattering in more ways than one, with a mandarin collar and a floor-sweeping veil. And for the tea ceremony, the couple decided on a matching pair of traditional Chinese outfits accented with scarlet and gold embroidery, lending a feeling of rich heritage and gravity to the occasion.
To see two cultures merge together in matrimony goes to prove that there are no differences that cannot be bridged as long as people’s hearts are in it. As Chryseis concludes: “Faliq and I both love and want the same things in life, and at the end of the day that is what matters.”
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