RATHER than conventional wedding bands, two engineers tying the knot came up with something rather unique at the Penang Chinese Town Hall.
Liew Ting Chen, 34, and his wife Teoh Chin Hong, 35, were spotted with limited edition gold rings during the mass marriage registration held there.
Liew's ring is in the shape of a dragon while Teoh's is in the shape of a phoenix.
Chinese consider both the mythological animals a symbol of blissful relationship between husband and wife.
The dragon-phoenix pair can often be found in decorations for Chinese weddings or royal events during ancient and modern times.
“We've always wanted to go for a very Chinese-themed wedding, and Teoh's last name in Chinese means phoenix.
“When we saw the limited edition rings being sold last year, we immediately bought them for this occasion," said Liew, after exchanging vows with Teoh yesterday.
The couple started dating six years ago before finally tying the knot.
“She stuck with me through all the difficult times in my life without giving up.
“I'm very thankful to have her. She is someone who tolerates me and has changed me to be a better person today,” said Liew, adding that they had yet to finalise their honeymoon destination.
They hosted their wedding banquet earlier on Jan 7 due to the special numerals of 1-7-17.
A total of six couples registered their marriage at the venue, including hair stylist and saloon owner Lee Chun Cin, 34, and his wife Phuah Siew Peng, 30.
“We dated for three years and since we share the same passion, we get along very well.
“As we are not getting any younger, we thought perhaps it’s time to start a family,” said Lee.
Present to witness the exchange of vows between the couples was assistant registrar of marriage Ooi Beng Geh.