Their reception took place the day after the solemnisation ceremony at Restoran Seri Melayu in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. They particularly chose this venue as the restaurant embeds cultural malay heritage as part as its exterior and interior designs, which blends well with the theme that they imported all the way from Johore state, with classical Johore elements in a traditional Johorean wedding.
“Pondok Gambar” means Photobooth in Malay :D
One thing very unique in a Johorean wedding compared to other weddings would be the usage of Sireh Latlat (the golden bouquet of flowers beside the bracelets) that resembles some sort of blessings for the groom to come live together with the bride.
Here comes the flower girls, or whom we call “Dayang-Dayang”.
During the old times, Kain Songket (a distinct kind of Malay cloth) was worn by ladies to cover their heads, just like below, how Johanna’s sister, Jihan wore during the whole ceremony.
For Johoreans, their “Baju Melayu” (traditional Malay costume) would be “Teluk Belanga”, a non-collar version of the costume as worn by Taufiq, his dad (on his left) and best-man (on his right). YEP! Taufiq was holding the Sireh Latlat to be given to Johanna later.
Another traditional wedding custom that is widely practised in Johore is the “Toll Gate”. This is when the bride’s friends or family members barricade the aisle for some head-to-head action with the groom’s entourage. They started with “Berbalas Pantun” session (exchanging some fun Malay poems with each other)…
and ended with the entourage giving some monetary gifts to lift the barricade.
Once that is done, the groom’s entourage will proceed into the venue…
just to find another Toll Gate which means another round of “Berbalas Pantun” and giving some more money to ease up their “path” to where the bride is.
Once done, both of them are allowed to walk to the wedding dais for the rest of the ceremony to take place.
It would not be a Johorean wedding without the traditional Johorean music called Ghazal…
and some traditional Malay dances too.
The ceremony concluded with some group photo sessions (well, we Malays sure enjoy some good group session on the wedding dais~) before Johanna and Taufiq go out for some outdoor session to end the day.
So that’s it folks, one super colourful Malay wedding, Johore style! Did you even realise that this time, I only have 2 images in monotone? I really wouldn’t want you to miss out in seeing this wedding in TECHNICOLOR :D