The Exquisite Mariah and Sham

I’ve been putting off this post for way too long, but here goes…

Guess who can haz Mariah & Sham decorate their wedding???

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YES MUA!!! Mehehheee.

As some of you would have probably known, my wedding venue provides basic decorations as previously mentioned here. And I really mean it when I say BASIC; one size-fits-all pelamin, guest table centrepieces, arch and chiavari chairs. Any additional components like drapery or real flowers will have to come at a costly add-on. Thankfully, the management is flexible with substituting the value of the decoration elements in the package to additional food if I didn’t want to use them, which is unavoidable anyway since the fathership plans to add on a whooping 400 guests to the initial 1k pax plan. So after a ruthless realignment to the wedding budget and countless temptations from attending weddings with gorgeous decor done by reputable companies, I decided forgo decorations at Gurame and consider other options.

So H and I went to the then on-going wedding exhibition at the expo for some inspiration and saw that Anggun Decor showcased the exact beautiful setup they did recently at the Japanese Garden, as seen below:

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Anggun2(Source: Anggun Decor)

I was so glad that more companies venturing out of their safe zones to customising designs from scratch that I sat down with their owner/stylist to enquire about customisation options. But I was met with reluctance from her part:

“Kakak dah penat tau, I spent so many months customising for that wedding. Kalau you suka vintage, you pakai design ni je lah ok? Exactly what you see, is what you get.” 

MEHHH. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m being picky and refusing “hand-me-down” designs, but it was her un-enthusiasm that reminded me of adamant vendors who don’t allow changes to their niche designs despite requests from the bride/groom. Among other contenders were The Wedding Chateau , whose gorgeous work I was lucky enough to see at Aida‘s wedding at Orchidville!

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And some other pictures kapo-ed from their hashtag #decadeoflove2013, because I could only attend the dinner reception:

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I was whatsapp-ing Aida about how gorgeous her wedding was (!!!), and also comparing the quotation TWC gave me to what she was paid them. And there was a LARGE difference okay, considering only two years have passed since Aida first placed the deposit with TWC till now so I was a bit apprehensive despite their reputation.

And just in time, I received a reply from Mariah, one half of the sister and artisan extraordinaire, Mariah & Shamwho agreed to an on-site visit to Gurame to talk about my ideas. Which was really sweet of them considering how it was a non-obligatory meet up and also the inaccessibility of the restaurant. The duo has been around for as long as I can remember, known for their gubahan designs and candy buffet tables, or designer isles, with arrangements so detailed that it will literally blow your mind okayyy.

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(Source: Mariah & Sham)

Only in early 2012 (and I’m glad they did!), did they decide to embark on major wedding decoration projects that further showcased their polished look and a suave penchant for customisation. Some of my ultimate favourites are:

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Classy, London-inspired design

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(Source: Mariah & Sham)

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(Source: Bliss Photocinema)

….. The infamous Arts House Wedding!

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Loving the clean, yet vintage look!

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And not forgetting their latest work at Burkhill Hall earlier this month!

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(Source: Mariah & Sham)

And did I mention the whole family is talented??! In addition to their mother who doubles as their co-designer and seamstress, they also collaborate with Haz Workz, who is actually Sham’s husband, for calligraphy, monograms and fine stationeries:

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… and even invites!

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(Source: Haz Workz)

During the fruitful meet up, I was immediately thrilled by Mariah’s keen listening ear (thanks Kak Mariah for layaning my kerenah yang nak ni, nak tu, semua nak hehhh), her husband who was dutifully snapping pictures of the venue, and Haz’s enthusiasm because he was literally hovering around taking measurements and conceptualising the space around Gurame. Most importantly, what I truly appreciate is that never once did they shut down any of my ideas that might not work, but instead enhanced them with their input.

So with that, I decided to place my faith in them to frill up my wedding venue yayyyyy! Orang kuat, Ili, insisted that I would have never settled for Gurame decorations anyway. Guess she was right ehhh?? HAHAHA.

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19 comments

  1. janexbliss

    AAH! I feel in love with them 2 years ago! And I’m still a huge fan, but their quotations will freak my parents out. So, to prevent any ER visit to the hospital. I shall just admire from your wedding alright! Hahaha.
    – Jannah

    • isyaemika

      Jannahhh it’s been so long since I last saw you omg! Tried to drop by your bro’s cafe the other day but it was closed coz I went 9 plus on a week day. Merepek kan tak check opening hours HAHA. And melampau sey ER!! Hahahaha.

  2. shaherashaila

    *gasp* that is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!! their decor is super awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! so happy for you!!!!!
    too bad my budget will totally burst off the roof if i engage them hahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!! okay banyak sangat exclamation marks already

  3. L.

    I didn’t have a good experience talking to anggun – she was equally unenthusiastic when I spoke to her too! i also considered m&s but totally forgot abt them and went with another vendor instead. looking forward to seeing their work on your reception. 🙂

    • isyaemika

      don’t you just hate vendors who still have this backward mindset that is resistant to change? if they just had more confidence in themselves! and thank you my dear 🙂

  4. Min

    Wah wah wah. Haha. I met TWC and talked to M&S for my decor before. I like them both and I agree TWC price went up like very fast. M&S, either one of them whom I spoke to, was very very nice! Although I had to forgo taking them up because I figured I could save a little more with another vendor, she was still nice to me.

  5. Nurul

    Thanks to you, I found out about TWC and M&S! love their work is an understatement hehe..
    By the way, I’ve sent an email enquiry to M&S, was wondering is it normal that they take quite sometime to reply to emails? Coz I saw some comments in fb about them not replying to their emails too :/ Would love to know their prices..

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