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Maintaining Traditions

Aug 01, 2019

Name of couple: Intan and Afnan

Venues: Tapah in Perak and Johor Bahru in Johor

Vendors: Akmalphotoworks, Swan Bridal and Ostat Katering

Akmal of Akmalphotoworks shares his thoughts … ‘Modern Malay weddings nowadays have adopted a lot of western culture. Ballroom and outdoor weddings have become the norm. When the couple told me that their akad nikah ceremony was going to take place in a small village house where the bride was raised, I was very excited. This was surely going to be a very simple, authentic, traditional Malay wedding ceremony in Tapah, Perak.

The akad nikah was done in a wooden house with lots of window, providing very soft natural lighting, with cool and fresh breeze coming through. Something city-dwellers would seldom find. Before the ceremony started, I briefed the family members about how I wanted to photograph the event and arranged the seating position of the groom so that he would get the best lighting available in that room. Because during the akad nikah, the groom is the centre of attention!

The bersanding ceremony was done later in the afternoon. After that we went for a portrait session at a nearby location. Since it was my first time in Tapah, I spent the entire day before, scouting for a suitable location and making plans for the session. Everything went well, the weather was cooperative and we bagged a lot of beautiful photos.

The reception ceremony was done a week later in Johor Bahru, Johor. Held in a function hall, yet still maintaining a traditional concept, with kompang music and zapin performances, it was very cultural indeed. In these modern days, sometimes it is very satisfying to go back to our roots and traditions. Besides that, how many times in your life do you get to wear those traditional costumes?’

Traditional wedding ceremony

Akad nikah

Exhange of rings


Outdoor portrait

Photoshoot at a waterfall

Stage and pelamin

Arrival of the newlyweds to the reception

Floral confetti and décor

Cake cutting

The happy couple


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