In addition to uniting the happy couple as husband and wife, the wedding was also an important opportunity for Johor’s royal family to display national customs and traditions in the hope of keeping them alive.
“Tuanku Sultan showed me a picture of his father (the late Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail) and mother (Enche’ Besar Hajjah Khalsom Abdullah) at their wedding,” Tunku Tun Aminah told the Royal Press Office according to Elle Malaysia. “He said that Dennis and I should emulate what they wore as a way of perpetuating Johor’s royal culture and traditions. Otherwise, he fears that our uniqueness as Johoreans will be lost forever.”
Here’s what a traditional Johorean wedding ceremony looks like — on a royal scale.
Princess Tunku Tun Aminah, the only daughter of the Sultan of Johor, married Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, a Dutch property developer, on August 14.
My favourite Malaysian Princess YTM Tunku Tun Aminah is finally married to her handsome dutch husband, Dennis Muhammad Abdullah. Alhamdulillah I believe Malaysians have been waiting for this Royal Wedding for so long since she’s the only beautiful Princess of Johor. She looked insanely gorgeous! May you both live happily ever after Ku Inah and Dennis. Credit photo : saidatulnisaaminudin #royalwedding #tunkutunaminah #KuInah #Johor #TunkuAminah #TTA #princess
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The royal wedding was held at the official residence of the Sultan of Johor, Istana Bukit Serene.
Merafak sembah ucapan tahniah kepada YAM Tunku Tun Aminah binti Sultan Ibrahim atas pernikahan baginda dengan pasangannya Encik Dennis Muhammad Abdullah pada 14hb Ogos 2017 bersamaan 21 Zulkaedah 1438 Hijrah. #istiadat
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The palace grounds were decorated with colorful lights for the occasion.
The Princess kept her look simple with understated makeup.
She wore a plain white Johorian ceremonial garment called a baju kurung teluk belanga, and a lace veil dotted with crystals.
The bridal squad wore dresses in a similar style with matching headscarves.
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In the “bersanding” ceremony, the couple sat on thrones while guests sprinkled them with yellow rice and flower petals, which are considered symbols of fertility.
The ceremony was followed by an outdoor reception for 1,200 guests.
They posed for photos in front of the palace.
And enjoyed a royal feast.
Here’s a 360 degree view.
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Tunku Tun Aminah told the Royal Press Office that Dennis Muhammad’s “gentle and kind personality” drew her to him.
@Regrann from @mediapermata – Puteri tunggal Sultan Johor, Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Islandariah sah bergelar isteri kepada Dennis Muhammad Abdullah dengan sekali lafaz dalam Bahasa Melayu pada Istiadat Akad Nikah yang berlangsung di Istana Bukit Serene, Johor Bahru. – Gambar Bernama Untuk laporan lanjut layari http://mediapermata.com.bn #royalwedding #johorbahru #tunkutunaminah #johorroyalty #royalty #johor #bruneiroyalfamily
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“He is also very supportive and understands me well,” she said.