A Micro Beach Wedding at The Remote Island of Mataking, Sabah


Austin and Sissi met 7 years ago in college, now an engineer and landscape architect, they both reside in Melbourne, Australia. The journey from Melbourne to Mataking Island involved 2 flight transfers, a car ride and a boat ride, landing this couple and their guest approximately 16 hours of travel time. However both had no concern for the inconveniences that entailed since it was decided that tying the knot on a remote tropical island was the sine qua non of a dream wedding for these two avid sea divers. 

Austin proposed on a private chartered yacht at sunset back in Melbourne and it was only fitting that their ceremony took place overlooking the ocean as well. Theirs was a cosy and intimate ceremony witnessed by 14 of their closest and dearest. 

To overcome the issue of logistics, a bridesmaid did Sissi’s hair whilst she did her own makeup. The couple planned their own wedding remotely and entrusted the staff at Mataking Reef Resort with the heavy-lifting on the day. Austin’s groomsmen decorated the bridal room whilst they observed the traditional Chinese practice of picking up the bride in a most modest fashion. 

Austin and Sissi shared their first looks. The bride swore a stunning mermaid gown that was embellished with heavy beading that fit her like a glove, her hair sleek in a simple updo and a graceful tiara finished her look. Austin looked sharp in his white tuxedo.

The promise chapel at Mataking Reef Resort was built in 2021, Austin and Sissi were only the 2nd couple to ever tie their knot there. Elegantly decorated with white roses and eucalyptus, the couple exchange heartfelt vows beneath the classic floral arch. As they walked back down the aisle together as husband and wife, hotel staff performed a local traditional love dance of blessing over the couple. 

“If you’re planning to have a wedding somewhere remote, I’d advise other couples to get themselves a wedding planner.” laughs Sissi as she explains how logistics can be really challenging. Despite that, both agreed that given a choice, they would have chosen Mataking Reef Resort again regardless of the inconvenience. “The location was stunning and truly a dream come true.” added Sissi. 

Venue: Mataking Reef Resort, Sabah

Photographer: Daren Chong Photography

Coordinator: Janice Wong of Mataking Reef Resort

Decorator: Mataking Reef Resort

Bridal Dress: PROVONIAS

Bridal Shoes: Steve Madden

Bride’s headpiece: Raffaele Cuica Bridal, Melbourne

Groom’s Suit: P.Johnson

Groom’s Shoes: Crockett & Jones

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bec and Bridge, Australia

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