WEDDING OF AMIRA NAJWAFITRI AND MUHAMMAD ARIFF MOHD SABRI While it was their differences that attracted Amira Najwafitri and Muhammad Ariff Mohd Sabri to each other, it was their similarities that eventually led to their union
December 8 and 9, 2017
Private residence, KL The Majestic Hotel, KL
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Najwa and Ariff’s fell on the same day as the bride’s mother’s birthday
He’s quiet, i’m chatty. He’s tall, dark and handsome, and I’m petite and cute,” says Najwa on the dynamics between her and her new husband, who, despite being the opposite of her at times, shares the same values of honesty and willingness to be there for each other no matter what. Rewind to a few years ago, when the couple had met for the first time in Phuket, Thailand. Najwa was there on holiday, with her mother Datin Nora Abu Hassan and her brother, Akmal. Her aunt, Norashikin and uncle Suhaimi brought Ariff along for the trip, where they began their relationship as friends. Did she somehow know that she was going to end up with Ariff? No, she says. “From my point of view, I saw him as someone I could be really good friends with, and I think the feeling was mutual!” But things gradually changed after the pair exchanged phone numbers. “We constantly messaged each other, and chatted, and I felt like I could say anything and open up to him like I never did with anyone else. I think from our conversations we realised we were falling for each other, and that the other person on the line was ‘The One,’” Najwa adds. Fast forward to the proposal, which Najwa says was a “very intimate and quiet one” that fulfilled everything she wanted in a proposal—just the two of them in private. “We were sitting on the lounge chairs at the porch of my house. He spoke to me quietly and pulled out a diamond ring. He asked me to marry him, and naturally I said yes,” Najwa reveals. Preparations were then underway, and despite every bride’s fair share of ups and downs during wedding preparations, Najwa chalks the best part up to when Puan Saljoliza from Mahligai Creative stepped in and created the nikah (solemnisation) of her dreams, which was also when she discovered something new about her significant other. “I realised then that Ariff is indeed a very patient man, as he managed to handle my occasional ‘Bridezilla’ moments,” she laughingly added. Gold was omnipresent on the big days—paired with pink at the nikah, and matched with white during the reception. The theme for the reception was ‘An English Wedding’, and the event, held at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, was lavishly filled with fresh flowers, including the whole of Najwa’s dais and its decorations. The dynamic duo behind Fiziwoo dressed the bride up in an ensemble that reflected her personality, feminine and glamorous, while Ariff went to an old favourite, Iszal Ismail of Citra, who designed a dapper matching sky blue songket attire for the couple.