The Engagement

It’s been slightly more than a month now, and finally I’ve sit myself down to craft an engagement post. Guess the reason why I’ve been digressing is that by writing out this post, it would mean acknowledging that the event is over and most importantly, the planning has ended 😦 (can’t imagine how I would be able to write out my wedding post in 21 months!!!)

On 2 February 2013, H and I got engaged in a simple ceremony with attendance of our close friends and family (200 pax thanks to my mom’s careful discretion). I had a few months to plan it, so I’m thankful that I managed to get the vendors that I wanted:

Photography by Chase Hasemi.

Charged with an hourly rate which was reasonable for the quality he produced! His style is neat, the pictures are always sharp and crisp. And he’s a really nice guy, always cracking jokes and mingling with my relatives. AND he took the liberty to send my CD straight to my doorstep once he was done editing. Love his personal touch 🙂

Makeup by Juliana Naim.

She’s such a doll, my event was a few weeks after she gave birth but she INSISTED on taking up the assignment!

Gift trays for both sides by Love Createz.

I’m currently studying, so I didn’t have time to DIY though I reeeaaally wanted to. But Kak Intan’s really nice! Her rates are surprisingly affordable and she gave me a few extra dulangs for free! And charged me the lowest band for her dulang range. These gestures, though however little, really makes an impact sey :’)

Catering (& Extra Chairs and Tables) by Kassim Baba.

As highly recommended by a coursemate of mine, Matiin (Kassim Baba is his Dad). Apart from offering “harga memberz”, his dad threw in lots of complimentary items!! Like chair covers, table skirtings, extra kueh and even these little chalkboards plus a big chalkboard that showed the menu for decor. On top of that, I kept on receiving rave reviews from friends and family about the “power” briyani dham and the yummy traditional kuihs. Uncle Kassim was also very generous with his helpings so much so that my mom has plenty of servings to pack for our relatives. For that, I am thankful.

Outfit, material bought at Arab st and tailored at JB. Veil rented at Bella Sue Bridal Couture.

BUUUUTT I did managed to do up my own decor for my room (nak jugak!). Susah payah panjat tangga untuk gantung bunga. And my mom personally sew the curtains. Aww sayang mak, hehe.


Most of the gifts were contributions from my aunts. I did make my own cupcakes!! And ordered some macaroons from Ola Lola (angan-angan nak buat tower tapi takpe lahhh).

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The chalkboard menu and signages by Uncle Kassim I mentioned earlier:

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And I love how the food table/ skirtings complimented the whole colour scheme.



Trays from him:

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However, I did recall the guy side reaching 10 minutes ahead of schedule, and I was still fixing my veil and touching up my eyelashes (i got ready in a separate room). Because of the rush, Chase couldn’t take pictures of my prep. Sigh. And when I went out to sit in my room, I was taken aback by the 100 odd people crammed into my home. Panic jap you, kena jingkit pass makcik-makcik, tunduk sana-tunduk sini, and at last sampai my seat.

Then I panicked another time, amidst the prayers, when I saw one of the tray items wasn’t. supposed. to. be. there.


I made these little babies for the dessert buffet table. I mean, tak obvious ke colour scheme tak match!? Mata terbeliak sekejap, luckily I managed to pull through a telepathic message to Umairah, who immediately hid the pink cupcakes and the extra tray right before the exchange. Phew.


Where they actually belonged. My DIY pink dessert buffet table! (with a hint of blue at the side, takpelahh makcik kasi taruk je)

Then, it was time to put on my bling!!! Many many months of waiting okay. His mom put it on for me, and you can see in the picture below how my “tak maintain” face couldn’t hide the excitement:


I swear Chase is so cute! He wanted to take picture of the ring, but he asked my mom’s permission first. Kenapa comel nah?? And I love his attention to details, and he does it without even me noticing!

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Then, it was mingling and picture time! It was nice to see two families interacting, and getting to know each other; one of the most fundamental reasons for a Malay engagement in the first place.

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Lots of time to play around with the cousins.

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And of course the orang kuats!

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And at H’s arrival, my uncles and orang kuats decided to do an impromptu “hadang” session. Malu nyaaaa, where to put my face ni!!! Kesian budak tu berpeluh-peluh, kena answer some tough questions.

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And my maid of honour, Ili, dengan muka-muka sekali, enthusiastically took up the role as the final hadang. Belum lagi kahwin, da macam gini. The real thing how?? (But I secretly geli hati lah actually, hehe.)


In addition to my kecoh entourage, my parents also wanted to have a go at their funny bone! This is their “HEEEEPPPP, cannot touch!!” pose. AMACIAM PASS TAK?


And of course, last but not least, some (not so) alone time with the fiance. Disclaimer: halal-distance ensured. Belakang camera, makcik-makcik scan je. Hahaha.


(Kenapa kocek penuh, bang? Nak kawin broooo, mesti ah kena penuh.)

On a final note, my deepest gratitude goes out to the dear souls who went all out to make this ceremony happen. I feel truly blessed. Insyaallah, with God’s grace, our journey towards matrimony will be a smooth and pleasant one. Amin.


  1. farnamals

    aiyo why your reception so lawa!!! reminds me of the beautiful engagements and weddings from across the causeway. insya Allah your wedding reception will be as lovely, if not more, than this!

    • isyaemika

      thanks!!! i tried to do minimal decor without being too over the top, nanti kena kutuk hahahaa. insyaallah, thanks for the doa dear 🙂

  2. ruzannaa

    everything was soooo pretty! really loveddd the attention paid to details! happy wedding planning babe! 😀

  3. pengantinpelik

    Congratulations on your engagement! I like your baju, so lawa! Nama caterer pun cute.. Kassim Baba! How was the briyani? I’m still looking for a caterer for my wedding and I’m quite fussy about the briyani taste. Anyway as it so happens, one of your orang kuats is my cousin… ; p

    • isyaemika

      Thank you!! Small world! Which orang kuat? And for the briyani, I don’t want to angkat or what, but really i have to admit the mutton briyani is really good. Received rave reviews from the guy’s side as well as all my relatives! And they are not lokek with their serving quantity. Before I confirmed with them, Matiin (his son) kept on sending me packets of food from their majlis/wedding they were catering that weekend and didn’t expect any obligation from me. Do consider them babe 🙂

      • pengantinpelik

        Adalah salah satu orang tu.. haha! Malulah nak point out. Don’t even know if she reads my blog. I’ve mostly been ‘anonymous’, i.e. no full names mentioned, no photos. Anyway if you don’t mind, could you pass me their contact number? And do they have their own premises / industrial kitchen to cook at? My wedding venue does not permit on-site cooking and there are no HDB blocks nearby, say withinn 1km radius? Even so, I’m not a resident of the area so it would be hard to rent even the nearest block’s void deck for them to do their cooking.

      • isyaemika

        ohh i see. shall i ask them one by one if any of their cousins are “pelik”? hehehe. anyways you can add Cik Kassim at his FB page, but here’s his contact numer: 91298026 / 67852903

  4. Qisti Insyirah

    So nice!!!

    Btw babe, dont mind me asking, how much were the rates for Chase Hasemi’s photography? His photos are stunning!

  5. aida

    Dengan pantasnya dah set up blog! Anyways congratulations again on your engagement. Really love how everything was so well put together. Looking forward to reading more of your entries, dearie! 😉

  6. dawnonthedeck

    You look sooo gorgeousssss babe! What’s new. In school pon so glams! Haha. Congrats once again on your engagement! May you have a smooth preparation and planning process for your wedding, insyallah 🙂

    • isyaemika

      In school? Please eh i serabai sey! You lah gorgeous, in your little black dress hehehe. And your makeup is always perfect!

      But thanks for the doa babe! I wish you all the best too, amin 🙂

  7. Dyan

    Congrats dear!!
    Your engagement colour theme is so lawa! i like!
    Chase was so adorable during my wedding too! I like how his pictures further accentuates the sweetness of the the whole deco set-up

    • isyaemika

      Chase really knows his way around people. My fiancé, daripada pendiam and don’t speak to strangers, boleh crack jokes dengan Chase. Hahahaha!

      Anyways, thanks Kak Dyan! I saw your pics at Chase’s wordpress, your photoshoot was cool! 🙂

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