More Hadi & Aisyah coverage

My coverage of the Aisyah's side of the wedding has been rather lacking. This probably because I have too many photos and just can't be arsed to go through them all to find the good ones to post here. It was a very elaborate ceremony. I have managed to get hold of a few videos of the events so it's much easier for me to just post the videos here and just comment on the videos, chedet style! The videos are very professionally done - they were directed by Aisyah's own aunt! Cool huh? Ok, first up is the enggagement video:

Okay, from what I can see, this video kinda starts of with introducing the couple and how the couple got to know eachother - which was through work. The video then show the events at the enggagement with highlight given to the part when my mum puts on the enggagement ring on Aisyah's finger.

Next video clip is the one shown at the Putrajaya reception. Aisyah's side had 2 receptions, one at her kampung in Batu Pahat and the other was a week later in Putrajaya. The Batu Pahat reception was a traditional affair the theme being Javanese traditional wedding - Aisyah is of Javanese heritage. The Putrajaya reception was themed "fairytale wedding". The video below covers the events at Batu Pahat. Right! lets see the video shall we?

1) The music i think was taken from the Puteri Gunung Ledang movie.
2) The first part tells the story of what happens the night before the solemnisation - the khatam Quran ceremony, berzanji and henna night. The khatam Quran ceremony is basically an all girls affair where after a certain period of reading the Quran, the person - in this case the bride will finish the last few pages in front of everyone. This is i think followed by the berzanji. I will not comment on the Zanji bit as it is has been commented alot elsewhere. Malam berinai or henna night is in short a ceremony where the bride gets henna applied to her hands and fingers. All this happens on the pelamin (raised platform).
3) Naturally, there's a feast afterwards, in this case a Javanese favourite - Nasi Ambeng.
4) The nikah, or solemnisation ceremony usually happens at the bride's house.
5) The ceremony begins with the procession from the groom coming to the venue bareing the Hantaran or in english, gifts.
6) The Kadi, the religious official will kick off the religious events with a wedding seremon.
7) This is followed by the actual solemnisation - the Nikah.
8) Then the important paperwork needs to be signed, both bride and groom need to sigh stuff
9) This is followed by the wedding vows or what I call the obligatory Pre-nup...
10) When all the paperwork is done, the couple are officially husband and wife and the groo will present the mas kahwin, which is the dowry to the bride. In this case it is folded up nicely into a flower.
11) The wedding ring is then put on each of the couple's finger.
12) The families then exchange the Hantaran gifts.

The video then moves to the reception ceremony which starts in the afternoon. The ceremony was done in full Javanese tradition.

1) The visiting procession is escourted in with a Barongan, Kuda kepang, horse-backed "guards" and the groom enters on a horse drawn cart.
2) Barongan is basically a dance with the dancers wearing masks. It usually is accompanied by the Kuda kepang dance. It's supposed to tell the story of prophet Sulaiman but I'm not really sure. All this is also new to me.
3) Kuda Kepang is also a dance.
4) In johor culture, the groom has to go through several "tolls" to get to the bride. U can see me in the background in the video when my brother reaches the first toll. =p
5) Before he enters. the groom witnesses a Silat Performance.
6) After the Silat, the second toll is a pantun "dual" between the visitors (the groom's family) and the hosts (the bride's family). The twist is, the pantuns must be in Javanese which is a totally different langauge than standard Malay. We had to "import" our representative as non of our family members could speak any Javanese.
7) The third toll was the Dayangs, or maids.... this one looked costly as there were so many of them!
8) The last Toll was the bride's Aunt.
9) After the dua, the prayers there's this Javanese tradition where the wife washes the feet of her husband.
10) the dua was recited by the Mufti of  the state of Johor.
11) Then there's the tradition of Tepung Tawar and the cutting of pulut kuning (yellow sticky rice) which are both traditions inherited from this region's people's hindu past.
11) This is followed by the Johorean tradition of throwing money into the crowd of visitors. I think in the real deal it was actual money (coins) being thrown but i think some people use sweets as a substitute.
12) After that is the Makan beradab.
13) Music was courtesy of a live Gamelan group.
14) The couple meets the bride's family members and thanks everyone for coming.