We wanted to show off the beauty during The Western Australia Issue of course, but of all, if not more important for us, is showing off the stories, And Nia and Jye’s is one to remember.
Captured by Manis Moments, a beautiful Sunday in the stunning Swan Valley, set the scene for a day that was about a blending of cultures – Nia’s Muslim-Malaya and Jye’s Aboriginal, both showing up throughout the day, in ways that were so very important to one another. From a first look to personal private vows, they kept things simple, but personal and significant, and the result was a day filled with stories, moments and so much beauty.
“We met in our final years of high school, Jye was a year older than me when we connected” remembers Nia, kicking off today’s tale. “We didn’t get together until I left school. We were both very focused on our careers for a while before we decided to commit to one another, stability was so important to us.”
Nia & Jye chose Emotion Videography to capture this stunning film of the day.
Both Nia and Jye wore two outfits for the day both made by FarraRahim Atelier. She explains “We decided to have two outfits for our day, both custom-made by FarraRahim Atelier in Johor Baru, Malaysia. With the theme of mixing two cultures – I still always wanted to wear a white dress. My ceremony dress was a white conservative dress with heavy bodice beading, along with the sleeves. Jye wore an all-white traditional Malaysian outfit for our ceremony instead of a black suit & tie attire. The planning of our custom outfits was also fun, from the initial sketch to execution was perfection by Farra. ”
“Naz was awesome from our initial consult to the very end” raves Nia of their chosen photographer Manis Moments. “If it wasn’t for him & his advice, our day would not have run as smoothly as it did. He was so patient with both of us & understanding of our needs. He was calm & and organised on the day which helped me feel at ease. He captured the most perfect photos.”
Nia carried blooms gifted by a friend from Ivy Bloom. “My flowers were gifted by a special friend, consisted of white & blush roses with a feature white orchid – she even attached a locket of my late grandfather which was very sentimental to me.”
The couple chose the Swan Valley Mosque for their day, Nia sharing “We wanted the whole day to be in one location making it easier for our guests. The mosque has a beautiful setting & ambience & it suited the wedding theme of elegance. Jye recently converted to Islam we felt it was special for us to have our ceremony in the mosque he converted in – was not compulsory in our religion but our choice.”
The ceremony was full of tradition. “We loved having our ceremony in the Swan Valley mosque with the beautiful ambience. It was very peaceful, emotional & intimate with only our closest friends and family witnessing us tying the knot” remembers Nia.
Shares Nia “My favourite part was all of it, having full control over everything & knowing exactly what I wanted was so exciting for me to see it executed.”
Once the ceremony was over, Nia and Jye spent time sharing their own personal and private vows.
After the ceremony, the couple switched to their reception attire, also made by FarraRahim Atelier. “Our second outfit was made of traditional songket material to recognise/respect my Malaysian background,” explains Nia.
The couple set up and decorated the reception themselves. “My favourite detail of the day was the setting of our reception” notes Nia. “It blew me away with how perfect it was & exactly what I had imagined. We handmade and set up the plates, glasses, and napkins along with the favours, wishing well, guestbook and signage.”
Both Nia and Jye’s cultures made special appearances at the reception, tells Nia “We included a mixture of both cultures during our reception. As part of Nia’s Muslim-Malay tradition, there was a martial art – Silat performance shortly after entering the reception, followed by Jye’s family performing the didgeridoo & indigenous dance to represent his culture, it had everyone in tears!”
Nia’s golden wedding day advice? “Don’t plan to have your wedding within three months of getting engaged! DIY as many things as you can, ETSY will be your best friend. Get quotes from different vendors, Prioritise your budget; what is important to you, and envision how you want your day to look like, your photos are forever. Spend money on the things that are important to you.”
Congratulations to you both Nia and Jye! Thank you for sharing the stories of your special day with us and thank you to Manis Moments for sharing today’s beautiful images.