I have been to a number of weddings in my time. But few, if any, could match yesterday’s wedding between Easton and Yuri Hanna for its creativity, design and attention to detail; it was a marvel of organization and classic style.


We began with a tea ceremony at the house of Yuri’s parents. This was conducted in traditional Chinese costume and Yuri’s red Chinese dress was stunning. After some silly games that the bridesmaids conducted to test the groom’s determination to come in, we were admitted to the formal part of the ceremony that involved the obtaining of parental blessing through the offering of tea. It was charming and delightful.


Then it was off to the Corus Hotel in downtown KL for the pictures to be taken in the bridal suite, decorated by Yuri in the retro 60s Mad Men theme that they had chosen for their wedding. Little gift boxes adorned the room, along with some very classy black and white photographs on display along with retro vinyl and advertisements from that era.


After some informal shots on the canopy bed and more formal ones in the living room, the proceedings were adjourned for the morning and we all went and had breakfast and a nap. I confess I worked for three hours; deadlines being what they are regardless of the occasion.


In the early evening I collected a carload of guests and we all headed back for the reception and dinner. Once again Yuri’s design was evident everywhere. The reception room was entirely retro 60s complete with turntable, ads, and table favours. Most guests had followed the invitational suggestion to dress the part of the show, and it certainly added to the ambience to see the skirts, curls and makeup of the ladies, with dapper ties, stripes, suspenders and fedoras of the guys. We all looked pretty swell!


Speeches were blessedly short and sweet, and food and drinks were in abundant supply. Yuri went through three costume changes that evening, each one as elegant and stylish as the one before, and all the cheerful spirit and warm camaraderie adding to the genuine joy we all felt at seeing our good friend Easton so happily married to such a beautiful and accomplished young woman. We wish them all the best for a long and happy marriage!