Felicia and Allan’s Real Wedding | Shangri-La style!

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We were lucky enough to catch up with Felicia and Allan, who are just about to celebrate their 1st wedding anniversary so a big congratulations from all of us at weddingsonline.  They were married last July at the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa.  Let’s take a look at some of their stunning wedding photos and hear a bit more about their truly romantic story…….

We Met

‘Allan and I met in Hong Kong back in 2011.  We were watching fireworks at an event organised by a mutual friend.  Not long after that, he started messaging me and we started to study together every night in the Library.  He used to take me out for delicious food: yes, he knew the way to my heart!’

Shangrial Rasa Ria real wedding

Not long after that, we started dating but after a year and a half, Allan had to leave Hong Kong and go back to Sabah for family business. We had almost 4 years of long distance relationship involving a lot of tears and goodbyes, plane rides, and late night Skype calls. On December 21st 2015, during a trip to Taiwan, he proposed and we finally got married in July 2017.

Shangrial Rasa Ria real wedding

Our Wedding Theme and Venue

We have always wanted an outdoor sunset wedding.  During one of my previous trips to Sabah, Allan took me to the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa which is out of this world!  I fell in love with the Wedding Pavilion by the beach with amazing views.  It’s so tranquil and so beautiful.  When it came the time to pick our wedding venue, our minds were fixed on this amazing place.

Our Planner

We also chose not to hire a wedding planner so while still working in Hong Kong I was coordinating all the planning from a long distance.  I was extremely lucky to have Alison, from the Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort & Spa and her wedding planning team.  They helped me out in the preparation process, attending to all my super-detailed requests on the decorations and event arrangements. Her team provided professional and incredibly helpful advice! On the day she was brilliant and rose to the occasion really well and handled the unexpected items that came along.  It was a simply fantastic experience to have such a helpful team on my big day!

We just loved how everything turned out.  Our friends and relatives were so excited to fly to Borneo.  They have  heard how beautiful it is but they never got a chance to actually visit.  So our wedding gave them the perfect excuse to come!  Our guests said that the Shangri-La Rasa Ria Resort & Spa is like “a treasured island”, so serene and so beautiful.  To be honest our wedding decorations were very simple as the view already looks so photo-perfect!’

Allan and Felicia had their wedding ceremony in the beachfront Pavilion for 95 followed by some celebratory drinks.  Later in the day they moved to the Ballroom for a lavish evening reception for 250 with an 8 course Chinese banquet.

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