A Vibrant Garden Wedding at Tanarimba, Janda Baik


Set in an elevated village surrounded by lush greenery, an easy access from the bustling city of Kuala Lumpur lies Janda Baik. Double wooden columns, terracotta roof tiles peeking through exposed beams, and floor to height window panels that ushers the perennial outdoors in, make Tanarimba, one of the most sought-after wedding venues that quickly comes to mind when one thinks of rustic weddings.

An acquiescent setting is a welcoming respite to any wedding budget, and with so many boxes ticked, deciding on Tanarimba as the venue for their special day came organically to couple Johnson and Dion. To distinguish themselves from the many weddings that have taken place here, the couple chose an unconventional combination of orange and blue for their wedding decor. “We had in mind to pick colours that match our personalities and a not so traditional arch.” added Dion. It was bold and unusual, yet excellently executed by Daun n Petals.

The bride looked ethereal in her tulle ballgown dress by GellyWee, a simple hair updo and cathedral veil completed her look. Meanwhile, Johnson looked equally smart, dressed in Sacoor. Bridesmaids dressed in various golden tones complimented the embellished lawn. Dion shared that she gave the girls a brief on the colour yellow and set them off to shop on their own, with a few of them making purchases off the rack at Zara.

Their ceremony took place in the garden. As the bride walked down the aisle accompanied by her mother, it was quite impossible not to be overcome by emotions. “During the bridal procession, my bridesmaids walked down the aisle, followed by the flower girls and finally my mother and I. I could only see Johnson after all my girlfriends had completed the walk down and was surprised to find him crying.” Dion replied when asked of her most memorable moment. After a heartfelt exchange of vows, an aunt completed the ceremony with a prayer and introduced the newly minted married couple.

Following the ceremony, the couple hosted their reception in the main hall of Tanarimba. Similar decor that graced the garden ceremony repeated in the hall. Under natural amber lighting, the vibrant colours were tamed. “We wanted to add some quirky elements in the decor, so fruits and vegetables were part of the centrepiece!” Dion shares.

The reception was cosy, intimate and heartwarming. Speeches from loved ones were made and drinks flowed. For the second look, the bride wore a stunning olive coloured tiered tulle dress, paying homage to her quirky side. Towards the end of the night, the couple shared a dance which they executed flawlessly. “We had followed a dance routine we saw on Youtube, I’m so glad we nailed it with not a single mistake.” recalled Dion. At first glance this wedding appeared to have gone through a careful curation from the colours of the flowers to the attire of the wedding party, however after some curious inspection, we’ve come to conclude that this lovely wedding was really the marriage of many unexpectedly happy coincidences.

Venue: Tanarimba, Janda Baik 

Wedding planner – @storynmatter

Photographer – AutumnStory @autumnstoryofficial

Videographer – Autumn Story @autumnstoryofficial

Decorator – Daun & Petals @daun.petals

Bridal Dress – Gelly Wee @gellyweeweddinggown

Groom’s Suit – Sacoor Brothers @sacoorbrothers

Wedding Band – Cartier 

Engagement Ring – Love & Co. 

Catering: @bucoliccatering

Cake: Swee Bee by Baker Dave @sweebeebybakerdave

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