Watching “live” and sharing in the joy.
Dataran Bandaraya Johor Baru was packed with members of the public who gathered to watch the royal wedding of Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim and Dennis Muhammad Abdullah “live” on two huge video screens yesterday evening.
The crowd starting building up as early as 6pm to wait for the ‘istiadat bersanding’ (sitting-in-state ceremony) to start.
The newlyweds departed Istana Bukit Serene in a vintage Mercedes-Benz convertible escorted by policemen and personnel from the Johor Military Force and arrived at the Istana Besar at 8.35pm.
The ceremony, which was attended by about 1,200 guests, included members of the royalty and VIPs.
Tunku Aminah looked elegant in a white ‘baju kurung teluk belanga’, complete with a long veil and tiara.
Dennis wore a matching coloured ‘baju melayu teluk belanga’ with a white ‘sampin’ and ‘songkok’.
After the newlyweds took their position on the royal dais, and prayers and other proceedings were carried out, VIP guests conducted the ‘merenjis’ and ‘menepung tawar’ custom on the newlyweds.
Sultan of Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his consort Paduka Seri Baginda Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha began the ceremonies.
This was followed by Tunku Tun Aminah’s parents Sultan Ibrahim and Raja Zarith Sofiah, other members of royalty, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.
The groom’s parents, Martin and Henriette Verbass, were the last to perform the custom, which lasted half an hour.
Among the other distinguished guests were Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.
The newlyweds and guests later proceeded to the Grand Banquet.
Earlier, the couple became husband and wife after the ‘akad nikah’ (solemnisation of marriage) at the palace.
The Royal Press Office, in a statement, said the groom was led to a special room on the first floor of the palace, where the ‘istiadat menyarung cincin’ (ring ceremony) was performed.
The groom also gave her ‘mas kahwin’ (dowry) of RM22.50.
The couple then paid their respects by kissing the hands of both pairs of parents, as well as their uncles and aunts in the main lobby of the palace.
Also present were the groom’s brother and sister as well as close family members and friends of the couple.
Earlier, the families of the bride and groom exchanged dowry comprising trays laden with gifts, which were carried into the hall by Johor Military Force personnel.
The gifts from the Johor Royal Family to the groom included a copy of the Al-Quran, a prayer mat, a gold ring, a set of traditional ‘baju melayu teluk belanga’ and ‘sampin’, ‘sirih junjung’, a cake, the traditional ‘halwa maskat’ dish and ‘bunga rampai’.
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