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

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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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