Malaysian royalty is the latest to celebrate a marriage in an extravagant fashion, as Johor Princess Tunku Tun Aminah Sultan Ibrahim wed Dutch-born Dennis Muhammad Abdullah in a ceremony on Monday morning. The sole daughter of the Sultan of Johor married the Dutchman, who had previously converted to Islam, in an intimate ceremony at the Serene Hill Palace, according to Malay custom. But the real celebration happened that night.
With more 1,200 guests expected to attend, the couple’s reception was streamed on a big screen in the city’s square. People throughout Johor have been sending their well wishes, as they experience the excitement.
Like some other royal weddings, the morning ceremony was traditional, including a ring ceremony private to the two newlyweds. The 28-year-old groom wore traditional Malay wedding attire, while the 31-year-old bride wore a white gown. Other traditions included kissing the hands of their respective relatives and a dowry paid to the princess by her spouse, equivalent to around $5.
The excitement throughout Johor is reminiscent of a number of other extravagant royal weddings, including that of Grace Kelly becoming Princess of Monaco and, more recently, the nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton.