PANGKOR: Administrative assistant Ruhul Husna Abdul Halim was drawn to her then future husband because of his sense of humour.
She was, therefore, not surprised when entrepreneur Mohd Nazri Mohd Rashid proposed that they hold their bersanding ceremony during a cruise round Pulau Pangkor, where he was born.
So, amid heavy showers and the attendance of about 100 family members and close friends, the couple sat radiantly at the dais in matching orange songket outfits aboard a ferry that took them on a half-hour ride round the island before it berthed for their wedding kenduri.
“All of this rain just makes our wedding more memorable.
“I look forward to spending my life with my husband because he has a sense of humour and always cheers me up when I am sad,” said 24-year old Ruhul Husna.
The couple believe they are the first in the country to have a bersanding ceremony aboard a modern ferry in the waters off the holiday island.
The downpour, which started at noon, did not dampen the joyous occasion for the couple and their guests.
Rather, said Ruhul Husna, she enjoyed the experience as she sat with her husband on the pelamin in the elaborately-decorated ferry.
The groom’s elder brother, Mesra Feri Sdn Bhd managing director Mohd Nasir, had made sure to brighten the vessel with ribbons, flowers and other decorative pieces to make it a memorable event.
The couple boarded the ferry at Lumut and after the 30-minute cruise disembarked to join guests for the wedding feast.
Mohd Nazri, 33, who runs his own business in Kuala Lumpur, said he had fond memories of growing up on the island and watching it grow into a bustling tourist destination.
“We decided to have the bersanding ceremony to help promote Pangkor because it is an exciting place with numerous beaches and attractions.
“Moreover, we also wanted to do something unique for our wedding day,” he said, adding that they would go to another island – Pulau Tioman – for their honeymoon next week.
Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Zin, who is also Bagan Serai MP, was among those to bless the couple during the bersanding ceremony.
Other VIPs present included Pangkor assemblyman Datuk Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, Deputy Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha and Selinsing assemblyman Zaili Cha.