My Big Fat Iban Wed­ding

Vanessa Wong and Bar­ing Linggi cel­e­brated their mar­riage with a month of sunny wed­ding fes­tiv­i­ties in Sarawak

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It was a cel­e­bra­tory month for Vanessa Wong and Bar­ing Linggi who sealed their nup­tials with friends as well as their en­tire ex­tended fam­ily

vanessa wong and Bar­ing Linggi had known each other for a long pe­riod of time be­fore be­com­ing a cou­ple, as Bar­ing was a close friend of Vanessa’s sib­lings. Af­ter dat­ing for a year and a half, Bar­ing planned a ro­man­tic pro­posal with the help of his sis­ter, Sereni Linggi. “I al­ready had an inkling of an im­pend­ing pro­posal but was still clue­less when Sereni in­vited us to join her for a din­ner at the villa we ran, Cove 55. Walk­ing in and see­ing the can­dles, I still had no idea un­til he went down on one knee! I was in ut­ter shock that it did not sink in till a week later,” Vanessa tells us.

A month af­ter the cou­ple got en­gaged, Vanessa’s mother ar­ranged an in­ti­mate en­gage­ment party in Bangkok and a week be­fore the cou­ple’s nup­tials in Kuch­ing, they

reg­is­tered in the town’s city hall. Af­ter the reg­is­tra­tion, there was a pri­vate brunch of de­li­cious home­made Sarawak laksa at Bar­ing’s fam­ily home. Fol­low­ing the nup­tials and wed­ding re­cep­tion at Cove 55, the cou­ple had an Iban cer­e­mony in Bar­ing’s fa­ther’s home­town, Kapit. “It was a whole af­fair on its own, you could call it our very own Big Fat Iban Wed­ding!” Vanessa ex­claims. With the help of Bar­ing’s sis­ters, the Kapit af­fair was a well-ex­e­cuted and mem­o­rable cel­e­bra­tion which will be re­mem­bered in years to come.

The re­cep­tion at Cove 55 on the other hand, was inspired by a midsummer’s day and night dream as well as the groom’s love for grey. Both the con­cepts tied in per­fectly with the venue, which re­sem­bled the cou­ple’s

very own lit­tle Hamp­tons of Kuch­ing. The wed­ding day was split into two parts, the first be­ing the nup­tials and tea cer­e­mony in the morn­ing fol­lowed by a cock­tail and din­ner re­cep­tion later in the evening. Wed­ding high­lights at the evening re­cep­tion in­cluded a spe­cial singing per­for­mance by Bar­ing’s favourite singer, Sa­man­tha James from OM Records, who flew down from Los An­ge­les to per­form at the wed­ding.

Although the cou­ple didn’t want a first dance, the bridal party suc­ceeded in sur­pris­ing them with a clas­sic ren­di­tion of Thriller where the groom broke out his fa­mous Michael Jack­son moves. The cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ued on till the wee hours of the morn­ing. Ac­cord­ing to Vanessa, “It was an in­cred­i­ble mo­ment to see ev­ery­one hav­ing a good time—on and off the dance floor!”

WED­DING RE­CEP­TION WHEN Fe­bru­ary 22, 2014 WHERE Cove 55, Kuching Vanessa Wong & Bar­ing Linggi

WED­DING VEN­DORS PHOTOGRAPHER Hol­ly­wood Bridal VIDEOG­RA­PHER Jan­tayu Vi­sion BRIDE’S OUT­FIT March­esa for the day and Dion Lee for the af­ter-party GROOM’S OUT­FIT Lan­vin for the day and Dior Homme at night HAIR Lewis from Cut­tingEdge Kuching MAKEUP Yokoe...

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