A Unique Wedding at The Chow Kit and Metal Bees Studio with a Touch of Goth Aesthetics


It all started on Tinder in Buffalo, NY. Robyn, new to the city for school, swiped right on Mitch, and the rest is history. Their first date was an instant hit – complete with quirky friends and lots of laughter, setting the stage for their beautiful journey ahead. Fast forward through a two-year long-distance stint between KL and Buffalo, vacations in Thailand and Istanbul (where Mitch popped the question), and here we are!

Robyn, a bubbly advertising exec with a touch of goth flair, and Mitch, a chill software engineer, tied the knot in an intimate, personality-packed celebration that’s sure to inspire. Robyn wore a satin slip gown paired with minimal jewellery and completed her look with a cathedral length lace-trimmed veil for dramatic effect. The groom looked emaculate in a suit, simple black tie and adorable robin cufflinks. The couple shared a private moment exchanging vows at The Chow Kit Hotel – a highlight of the day for both of them, before heading off to their ceremony and reception venue. Bidding adieu to the idea of a lavish hotel ballroom affair, they opted for Metal Bees – a warehouse venue in Kuala Lumpur that offered a blank canvas for their creative ideas.

Inviting a cozy crowd of about 80 guests, they stuck to a simple rule: if they hadn’t spoken in a year, no invite (with a few exceptions for the parents of the bride and groom). Metal Bees, with its bare bones charm and three distinct spaces, was the perfect setting for their ‘Dark Academia’ themed wedding, a blend of black elegance, cozy vibes, and striking floral arrangements – a central piece in their minimal yet impactful decor, artfully arranged by Za Huo Hang, creating an ambiance that one guest likened to a “My Chemical Romance wedding.”.

Apart from the floral arrangements, everything else was DIY-ed. From spray-painted candlesticks to hand-drawn menus and place cards, every detail was a labor of love. The couple even crafted clay tea light candles wrapped in dainty black boxes for wedding favours. “Because we were so involved with literally every moving piece, it made the wedding that much more special.” shared Robyn.

Custom touches like a piano rendition of Basement’s “Aquasun” and their favourite drink, Pickle Back, on the menu added personal flair to the celebration. One of the most heartwarming moments was seeing Robyn’s grandparents join the dance floor during their first dance. It was these little moments that made their day truly unforgettable.

Robyn and Mitch’s biggest advice for couples planning their wedding is to stay true to what you want. ‘It’s your day, so make it about you.’ From opting out of a traditional photobooth to choosing a small, delicious cake from Renee at Real Sweet Treats, they made choices that reflected their personalities and desires. And the result is a beautiful blend, characterised by personal touches, intimate moments, and a cozy, unconventional ambiance.

Vendor Credit:

Venue: The Chow Kit -an Ormond Hotel , Metal Bees (Brick Studio)

Photographer: Stephen Yau Weddings

Videographer:  whodatjon

Wedding Coordinator: Pretty Little Things Event

Decorator: Za Huo Hang, DIY

Florist: Za Huo Hang

Bridal Gown: Park & Fifth

Jewellery: Something borrowed 

Bridal Makeup and Hair: @natassiasyamin, @hairbymeichoi

Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss

Groom’s Shoes: Hugo Boss

Bar: FS Infusion

Caterer: Brick House Group

Cake: Real Sweet Treats

Emcee: Aster Kyle @asterkyleg

Entertainment: DJ vin @djvinmy

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