PETALING JAYA - It was not only a union between the scions of two Malaysian business empires but also a marriage of two cultures.
The wedding between Naza Group heir Faliq Nasimuddin and Berjaya group heiress Chryseis Tan embraced Malay and Chinese wedding traditions, according to photos shared by the groom's brother SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin on Instagram on Saturday (Feb 3).
The pair were married at a private ceremony on Friday that took place at The Chateau at Bukit Tinggi in Pahang, amid a dreamy set-up with a floral backdrop and pastel theme, attended by friends and family, The Star reported.
Faliq 33, is the fourth of five children of the late founder of Naza Group, SM Nasimuddin SM Amin. He is currently the deputy executive chairman and group managing director of real estate developer Naza TTDI.
Chryseis, 29, is the daughter of one of Malaysia's most recognisable tycoons, Vincent Tan, the founder of Berjaya Corporation. She is also chief executive of Berjaya Times Square, a giant shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur.
The photos shared by the groom's brother showed Faliq and his band of brothers (Heng Dai or best men) playing "gate-crashing" games when they picked up the bride at The Chateau.
Traditionally, during Chinese weddings, the bride's maids of honour set up a series of challenges for the groom and his Heng Dai to accomplish before they are allowed to take the bride to the groom's tea ceremony.
"The most hardcore Heng Dai crew to ensure Faliq secured his bride," SM Nasaruddin, who was among the 10 groomsmen, said in his Instagram post on Saturday.
In the photos, Faliq looked dashing in a luxurious maroon red samfu (traditional Chinese men's wear) while the groomsmen donned matching outfits in royal blue.
They arrived at the bride's venue in a Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG holding red Chinese fans and were photographed laughing as they played gate-crashing games, one of which required them to pass apples among each other using only their mouths.
Blushing bride Tan wore a gold and red qunkua (traditional wedding dress) while her team of 10 bridesmaids wore beautifully embroidered beige cheongsam.
"We didn't say no to any challenge that was presented to us by the Ji Mui (bridesmaids)," SM Nasaruddin said, adding that they saved lots on the ang pow (red packets containing money).
The bride's father had also recited a Malay poem at the couple's solemnisation ceremony, according to an Instagram Story video posted by event management company Laskar Sonas Productions, the Astro Awani website reported.
Wedding photos earlier uploaded by Faliq's younger sister Nadia Nasimmudin on her Instagram showed the couple being pronounced husband and wife after a marriage solemnisation ceremony with a RM1,000 (S$339) dowry.
Faliq and Chryseis were said to have become friends while studying at an international school. They reportedly got engaged on July 2 last year when he proposed to her while they were on vacation in Marrakesh, Morocco.