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This Couple Recreated the “Crazy Rich Asians” Wedding and Everything's Jaw-Dropping

Their wedding reception video now has 1.5 million views on TikTok!
This Couple Recreated the “Crazy Rich Asians” Wedding and Everything's Jaw-Dropping
IMAGE Orange Studios via Khim Cruz
Their wedding reception video now has 1.5 million views on TikTok!

Some couples dream of a wedding out of the pages of a storybook, while some envision their big day as a scene straight from the movies. For two Davao City newlyweds, their shared "I dos" were little bit of both. 

LOOK: Crazy Rich Asians-Themed Wedding of Davao Couple Neall Alvarez and Mikaella Yap

Longtime sweethearts Neall Alvarez and Mikaella Yap, 27-year-olds who crossed paths when they were only six, share a commonality besides their childhood: Crazy Rich Asians.

“When the book was released when I was in college, I was so hooked. I loved every character and how we all can relate to their traditions and beliefs,” Mikaella tells Preview. “When the movie came out, Neall also loved it and rewatched it countless times.”

PHOTO BY Orange Studios via Khim Cruz
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PHOTO BY Orange Studios via Khim Cruz

With that in mind, it seemed appropriate that their nuptials–a fitting climax to a 13-year-relationship–take cues from a film and book series known for its iconic wedding scene. In the 2018 film, Singapore’s It couple Araminta Lee (Sonoya Mizuno) and Colin Khoo (Chris Pang) exchange vows in a rainforest-esque church wedding, as flowing water trickles down the aisle. As Araminta dips her toes in the water, an Elvis Presley cover of Can’t Help Falling In Love echoes in the church halls. Eyes meet, tears ensue.

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For Neal and Mikaella’s chosen events designer Khim Cruz, it was a vision she was set to realize. 

“They wanted to do away with white florals and wanted something different from they have already seen,” she says. “With the theme on hand, I knew I had to review the film to get inspiration for the wedding.”

PHOTO BY Orange Studios via Khim Cruz
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PHOTO BY Orange Studios via Khim Cruz

Khim’s TikTok video of their wedding reception attracted several fans, with a 1.5-million view count as of writing. In the viral clip, spliced cuts of their event serve as an insider’s look to non-attendees: Rich tones dominate the Dusit Thani Davao, echoing the striking palette Jon M. Chu’s film depicted for most of its Singapore scenes. 

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Amid lush greens and tropical florals, a 40 foot-wide stage backdrop stands behind them, while a moongate acts as the ceremonial spotlight. To mirror the movie’s walking-down-the-aisle scene, they laid out a golden reflective pathway for a similar look.

PHOTO BY Orange Studios via Khim Cruz
PHOTO BY Orange Studios via Khim Cruz
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“It was a challenge to make it traditionally Eastern and at the same time modern and opulent, to make use of rich colored tones look cohesive and not look all over the place, as colors were widely used for this event from ceiling works to flowers and aisle pathway,” Khim says.

Among other challenges, the event designer expresses that logistics and last-minute changes were, expectantly, tricky parts of the equation. “The massive oriental arches at the reception were quite a challenge to transport and install,” Khim tells us. “They were originally designed to be in a traditional gold color, but I made a last minute change to [have it] match well with the other colorful elements.”

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Judging from the internet’s reactions, and most significantly, the couple of the night’s, the efforts weren’t made in vain. “Neall and I were so amazed and shocked to see how the whole Dusit ballroom was transformed,” Mikaella says. “When we saw the outcome–from the ceremony, the cocktails, and the reception–we thought ‘Wow, Achi Khim outdid herself again.’”

Watch Khim Cruz’s “Crazy Rich Asians”-themed wedding reception video below:

For more of Khim Cruz’s work, head to her Instagram and Facebook.

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