Zis iz going to bee a veghy veghy long pictorial entry surrounding the 15th March Pertunangan & Akad Nikah Do.
Akak tengah tak dak mood nak celoteh panjang. Tengah rasa agak down&out, hence in the mood to withdraw into my shell... just like a crab. I'm a Cancerian, and am crabby like that. Ngeee
Click on the photos for larger viewing, 'aiight.
He, my amusement and diversion from everything else chaotic and messy in this world, especially prior to the Do itself.
His favourite 'squeeze', Tok Umi.
Testing thy colours on camera.
This is what I've learnt through my very brief two-time stints of hantaran-making (my engagement and wedding) -- test your masterpiece on camera. It better looks good on camera, 'coz that is what people would see sampai ke akhir hayat. My wedding hantarans back in Xmas 2005 were quite pleasing to the eye, but very unkind to the camera -- too pale and unexciting-looking. I learnt my lessons thereon.
This time round, Celi's hantarans to Nazim were a bit more exciting than mine in terms of colours and personal design and touches. And what was more important is that aku puas hati with the results through the lenses.
My chaotic room during the hantaran making.
Ahy with his FaemesAhy cookies for 200 guests (4 pieces of cookies/guest), while Hasrul (continuing from Celi's work) tolong bubuh dalam tupperware and glue the ribbons and flowers on each of the bekas.
While the two boys were at work...
...ini boboy (Adi) sedap aje tidur in the background.
Ahy & Hasrul at work for the pelantar kelamin i.e pelamin. Udi saja aje pose malas-malas macam tu; he's been the extra handy-man for ALL works done.
A very tired Ketua Mandur (Umi) over-seeing the two boys at work.
The Pelantar Kelamin during the day of the Do. All four light fixtures were Hasrul's; Ayah contributed the flowers and plants from his own garden.
Pelantar Kelamin at the night of the Do.
One of anak angkat perempuan Umi Ayah -- Huda (in green baju kurung) and the kakak, Angah. In the middle is Angah's son. Both Angah and Huda were graduates of Hotel Management / Food and Catering. Huda is now a lecturer in MIFT, and Angah is doing her Masters in Human Resource.
They dropped-by 'coz they couldn't make it at night -- Angah's 2nd son was not well at home, and she has assignments for Huda to help her complete, heh heh.
This was what Angah and Huda came up with.
The sirihs were from Ayah's own garden. 'Sirih Melayu', Ayah kata. Bau wangi dia lebih kuat dari Sirih India yang biasa orang guna tu, rasa lebih manis, saiz lebih kecik.
The so-called 'orange berries' tu... rasa macam nak makan, kan? They are made of polistyrene-balls that was formed in stems. Kebetulan aku ada beli, tapi tak tahu nak guna untuk apa. Rupanya, bila guna untuk Tepak Sirih nampak jadi macam 'delicious' pulak.
These were all the hantarans from Celi to Nazim. Simple aje, I know. Tapi aku suka how they look on camera. Alhamdulillah.
VERY VERY rare moments of Ahy smiling widely beside Abang Zul dia.
This was taken masa diorang tengah tunggu 'tetamu alik sana' nak sampai.
The Food Station No. 1, at the porch.
The Food Station No. 2, at the side-garden.
These tea-lights outside, apparently, was Udi's ideas. Kasi sedikit ambience, katanya. The kids love this bit of the garden. They took whatever plants in sight and see how they burn. Haha
Upacara pertunangan bermula.
On the left-most: Jurucakap bagi pihak lelaki. Middle: Uncle Abah, Nazim's daddy. Right-most: Mutual friend of Nazim's parents and my parents.
Ayah and jurucakap lelaki having a light moment after the sesi pertunangan. Sorry, gambar Aunty Mami sarung cincin ke Celi tak da, sebab aku kena iring Celi dari bilik ke ruang depan untuk sarung cincin.
Acara Akad Nikah nak bermula.
Ba (Umi's dad) and Umi, listening contently to the Tok Kadi.
Ayah Wae (Wan) (in white), Umi's younger brother came all the way from KB, as wakil belah Umi.
Pak Mail, Ayah's younger brother from Subang Jaya, as wakil belah Ayah.
The Fuzuri Photographers (in this picture is Fazli) capturing the moment.
EMPAT KALI Tok Kadi (the one with white kopiah and terbongkok-bongkok as if reading something) tersasul-sasul. Hadirin sampai mengeluh-ngeluh. My Ayah Wae sampai offer pegang the paper that has Celi & Nazim's names. Aku sampai let a huge chuckle, just to piss the Tok Kadi off. haha
Bila tiba Nazim menjawab --- fuh, SEKALI AJE. Smooth pulak tu. Macam tak gabra langsung! Khalaz at sekali lafaz! At 9.51pm, Celi and Nazim jadi suami isteri yang sah.
Nazim kata maybe gabra dia mengalir masuk dalam badan Tok Kadi masa Tok Kadi pegang tangan dia, haha.
I shed a tear or two masa berdoa. I felt like a wave of relief gushing down from me. I felt warmth all over, like a really big 'tugasan' selesai sudah. Like a life-long dream has finally come true.
During the make-up session, I reminded Celi not to cry after the akad, like I did during my time. Nanti glue bulu mata palsu cair, bulu mata palsu tercabut. She certainly listened to my advice. I saw here gulping air liur to avoid herself from crying. hehe.
That said, glue bulu mata palsu Celi pun macam tak banyak; bulu mata still macam nak tercabut. The Mak Andam nama Hasni (her own ex-schoolmate) terus balik lepas solekkan Celi pula tu, tak menunggu langsung. I called her up and told her the predicament; ada ke dia soh datang rumah dia ambik glue, masa orang tengah dok sibuk menunggu Tok Kadi datang untuk Akad Nikah session. Tak puas hati aku masa tu! Tapi dia soh aku guna something to gently tekan bulu mata tu ke Celi's eyelids so that melekat semula, and that was just what I did. Mujur ada improvement la.
Anyhow, maaaaaan, the khutbah after the akad was a wee bit too long... more than THIRTY MINUTES! Dah la masa tu dah pukul 10 lebih, orang belum dinner. Doesn't he think that the couples had enough of the same talks during the two-day course??? Guests dah keluh kesah -- dengan lapar lagi, dengan esoknya (Isnin) nak keja lagi.
Aiyohhhhhh. Must cut the crap out la, these things, kan.
Last-last masa Tok Kadi tu cakap, "Baik lah, saya rasa, saya pun dah ambil masa terlalu lama ni...", aku yang masa tu near to the pelamin terus sampuk rather audibly, "Hak ah memang pun" which made some of the guests smiled approvingly.
The guests finally had dinner close to 11pm!
Too much la weh.
One of the hantara Nazim to Celi -- manggis jelly. Cantik giler! Terkesuma aku.
The 'jungle-themed' hantaran from Nazim to Celi.
With both parents.
With Amir. Eiiiiiiiiiiiiii comel sangat tu, anak Mummy ni.........
My favourite shot of the night by Hasrul -- Mummy and Amir. Although tak terang, tapi I love I love I love.
The boys without whom tak terlarat nak run the event that night kalau dorang tak da. Dari kiri, Hasrul, Said, Hafiz Ngah (all three kawan baik Ahy and dah jadi macam anak Umi Ayah dah), Ahy and Udi.
There were almost 200 guests that night, and kalau tak kerana these boys and a couple of my aunties yang menolong to oversee the plates and catered food, fuh, memang tak larat.
My mom siap kata it was the most tiring ever. We bought chickens, beef and sayur berbondong-bondong on Saturday morning, thinking that relatives will be coming over on Sunday morning as they did mine. But since they were told that it was only akad nikah, they clearly thought that we didn't need much help in entertaining the guests, and in turn, became the guests-to-be-entertained themselves.
Letih juga. Tapi, Alhamdulillah, dalam banyak hal kelam kalibut, semua berakhir in good faith jua...
The Pelantar Kelamin Makers, Hasrul and Ahy.
Budak kecik ni, dah pukul 11 lebih malam dia boleh terjaga dari tidur and got really excited to see the crowd. People just went googoo gaga all over him! Pukul 2 stengah pagi baru tidur semula!
Alhamdulillah Amir got to be introduced to relatives that night. An aunt (Umi's younger sister) siap menangis bila dapat tahu Amir's story from Umi...
Mummy misses you so much, big guy...
But of course, apa lah malam itu tanpa kegedikan Ahkak, karn....
Thy siblings... Said (and Amir), Hafiz, Hasrul, Udi, Nazim + Celi, Ahy, Ahkak and Ahbang.
[Fuzuri Design Photography here. Dorang gerek woh... very polite lot!]
Ok, dah letih dah. Nak puasa post entry (ye la tu). And nak lunch.