Honestly speaking, I usually not that excited about attending weddings but this one is different. It's the opportunity to catch up with my former team mates, some I have not met since 2000. Another reason also this wedding can be considered a diva's wedding, and the diva is the groom John.
John's family runs a business called New Convox. If you have never heard of the name, it's ok... chances are you have used stuffs supplied by his company, especially if you patron places like Secret Recipe - almost everything there is from New Convox. The chairs, tables, knives, spoons, plates etc.
Apparently couples are too busy on their own wedding night to take pictures with the guests. So, as a replacement....
This is quite a big wedding with 70 tables. John invited his relatives, uni mates, ex-colleagues(which are only the Padini table people), other friends, company staffs, and business partners.
Guess what we got as souvenirs from the wedding?
This is one the rare occassions where the groom upstaged the bride. Usually the bride would change clothes a couple of times during the dinner, but this one John also changed his clothes to match his wife's.
One of the highlights was a video presentation of how much effort they took to take the wedding photos. For this, John flew an entire team to Langkawi Four Seasons Hotelfor three days... taking more than 1,000 pictures... talk about too much free time
Met Alex in Singapore early this year when gf & I went to see The Phantom of the Opera. He's getting married too next month in Singapore... still undecided whether to attend his wedding down south or not. Was colleagues with him twice, first in Padini and later Giordano.
Sim Jeng and wife Lisa(still in Padini) came late, as this dinner was their third one that night.
If any of us in the picture looks familiar to you, it's probably we have served you before when you were shopping for clothes. We are among the 20 or so fresh graduates recruited by Padini in 1999 to set up the new brand PDI. I had a hand in setting up PDI outlets in Island Plaza, Kinta City, 1 Utama, Mid Valley, Bukit Raja, Mahkota Parade, JB City Square Padini Concept store. I also managed the Mid Valley outlet for 3 months when the outlet first opened.