The wedding of Malaysian media dynamo Kassandra Kassim to Frank Nelwan of Indonesian and Dutch descent in Amsterdam in May wowed guests who were treated to a wonderful night to remember, declaring it as one of the most romantic weddings they have attended.
Accompanied by maids of honour Datuk Nancy Yeoh and Christina Low from Kuala Lumpur and New York respectively, Kassandra arrived in a vintage Bentley to West-India House dressed in a shimmering Jenny Packham couture gown.
The groom, accompanied by best men Bart van Luyn, Arjan ter Linden and Alex Wingelaar, unabashedly declared his undying love to his soon to be bride before the 80 guests in attendance.
“Kassandra is the most intelligent woman despite the fact she is so smug about it.”he said.
During the exchange of vows ceremony, Kassandra quoted Pablo Neruda - a Chilean poet, Shakespeare and her own poems.
“I liked Kassandra the instant I met her, more so when she gave me a huge hamper filled with skin care products.
“These two have been through a lot, but all’s well, ends well as Shakespeare would say.” said Wiky Nelwan, the bride’s mother-in-law.
Kassandra’s sister Salena Karim-Effendi, charmed everyone with her wit as she thanked the Nelwans on behalf of her family for welcoming Kassandra into their family.
Yeoh spoke on behalf of the 20-strong Malaysian contingent and praised the groom for knowing how to make Kassandra incredibly happy.
Guests were then shepherded to the dining hall that was beautifully decked in golden lights, white curtains and white flowers.
As the theme for the wedding was “The Great Gatsby”, many guests were dressed for the occasion while dance performances by the The Risquettes entertained guests with hits from the 20s.
For the wedding party, the bride slipped into a sparkling Zang Toi dress with embellishments made by leading designer Leon Klaassen Bos of Amsterdam.
The couple then sprung a surprise on guests and performed a spectacular cha-cha dance which they had been practiced together for two weeks.
To add to the posterity of the special night, well-known Dutch artist Ferdinand Schonberger was hired to paint the celebrations.