Handsome groom Dias Atamkulov and lovely bride Alia Geneid Atamkulov
Alia won the Nasi Temuan contest by being the first to grab and eat the rice in Nasi Temuan contest!
For the final round, each had to feed the other to signify mutual love and care!
DATO ROBERT GENEID, FATHER OF THE BRIDE ALIA, MADE AN EMOTIONAL SPEECH ON STAGE AT SHANGRI-LA GRAND BALLROOM IN KUALA LUMPUR.
"Alia is our youngest child. I still remember how my wife and I would stare art her in her crib. When she woke, she would smile and her eyes would really sparkle," recalled Alia's dad. By a happy coincidence the wedding day on 16 June was Father's Day.
"Alia had such a happy disposition as a baby we nicknamed her 'Sunshine'. She really brought rays of light into our life and now I hope she will continue do the same for her husband Dias who we welcome with open arms.
"Alia is very caring and compassionate. When she was at boarding school in Sydney, I was told she would help Asian students assimilate and even lend a hand at the day care centre to look after children. She really has a heart of gold.
"When Alia was nominated as New South Wales Student of the Year, she was short-listed among 14 candidates. As the CV of each was read, Alia said her heart sank as she was sure they were all better and more accomplished than her. She was stunned when she won! Despite her attributes, Alia is modest and down to earth.
"As for Dias, I knew his father and family as we both lived on the same floor at Pavilion Residences. Dias is polite and courteous. What I like about him is his sense of right and wrong. This sense of purpose comes from being well brought up by his parents.
"My advice to Dias---take your marriage vows seriously! Show mutual respect and patience. He is halfway through a business course and will continue at Coventry University in London next year.
"I wish my son-in-law Dias and daughter Alia all the best life can offer."
So do we. so do we!
The wedding of Alia and Dias Atumkulov got off a great start as they were blessed by Raja Perempuan Perlis and former Queen of Malaysia Tuanku Fauziah Tg Rashid
The Raja Perempuan of Perlis
The Governor of Sarawak Tuan Yang Terutama yang Di Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Datuk Patinggi Abang Haji Muhammad Salahuddin
Sarawak's Governor and wife
The Crown Princess of Pahang Tengku Puan Pahang Tunku Azizah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj
HH Tengku Puan Pahang, sister of Johore Sultan
HH Tengku Panglima DiRaja Selangor Sulaiman Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah, brother of Selangor Sultan
YAM Tg Sulaiman Sultan Salahuddin Shah
Datuk Amar Haji Awang Tengah Ali Hassan, Minister of Resource Planning and Environment (II) and Minister of Public Utilities and Minister of Industrial Development of Sarawak and wife Dato Dayang Moliah Datuk Daud
Tengku Arif Bendahara Pahang Tg Abdullah Sultan Abu Bakar and wife Che Puan Bendahara Dato Habibah Yusoff
HE Beibut Atamkulov blessing his son Dias
HE Beibut Atamkulov and wife Bagila, parents of groom Dias
Mother of groom Bagila Atamkulov blessing her son Dias
Dato Raziah Mahmud, mother of the bride blessing her son-in-law
Dato Rozie Mahmud
Dato Raziah Mahmud, beautiful mother of the bride Alia
The bridal couple smiling at Alia's moither Dato Raziah Mahmud Geneid
Father of the bride Dato Robert Geneid playfully splashing the holy water on daughter Alia
Dato Robert Geneid and Dato Raziah Mahmud Geneid
Groom and bride
The couple walking towards a table for the Makan Temuan ceremony
This is when bride and groom compete to see who would snatch and eat the rice first
What a contest between new bride and groom!
At the count of 3, the lid was lifted and bride and groom must quickly snatch and eat the rice. The one who won must feed the loser! So it was a win-win situation!
Alia won! She grabbed the rice and ate it while the fingers of hubby Dias were still hopelessly inside the bowl!
All well that ended well as each fed each other to signify mutual love and caring!
Both were winners!
The Raja Perempuan Perlis and VIPS walking towards the main table
Lovely Johore princesses---Tg Puan Panglima DiRaja Selangot Tunku Kamariah and sister Tg Puan Pahang Tg Azizah Sultan Iskandar Al-Haj
Walking towards the main table
Malay cultural dancers from Nusantara Dance Troupe
The Kenyalang dance or Hornbill dance, the national dance of Sarawak