Ella and Alvin Malacca wedding splash
Celebrity weddings - don't we just love them?
Like a scene taken from a Taiwan melodrama, top Taiwanese singer/actress Ella Chen and her Malaysian husband, Alvin Lai held their lavish wedding reception at the Equatorial Hotel Malacca on Saturday night.
Oh boy, what a tight security event it was! A dozen of RELA members and 10 bodyguards were specially hired by the Lai family just to keep pressmen and fans at bay.
A source inside the Equatorial Hotel told The Daily Chilli that the groom paid an estimated RM112,000 for a personalised wedding reception.
"He paid RM1,400 per table and asked for 80 tables," the insider added. "Alvin comes from a well to do family. His parents wouldn't allow him to marry a superstar like Ella if he doesn't have the money."
The couple’s romantic ivory white wedding extravaganza was attended by around 800 close family members and friends of Alvin, who hails from Malacca.
Mind you, Ella had four costume changes at her Malaysian wedding do.
“Hosting our wedding reception here gives me a different feel,” said the blushing bride shortly before the feast began. “The weather is hot. But I’m happy and I’ll try to be a good Malaysian daughter-in-law (and wife).”
Their yamseng party ended around midnight.
Earlier in the morning, Ella met her in-laws according to colourful Chinese wedding tradition.
While her hubby was offered two apples by her nephew as he arrived at the hotel in a Porsche Cayenne, she was sheltered with a hand-woven tray and covered in a veil as she was whisked away to the Lai family mansion in Ujong Pasir.
Over there, the newlyweds offered their prayers to the Lai ancestors.
Having stayed in Malacca since Wednesday, the super busy couple are scheduled to return to Taipei on Sunday morning.
"We have to put our honeymoon plans on hold 'coz we're just too busy working," Ella said. "No baby plans in two years either. But if God wants to give us our bundle of joy soon, we'll accept it happily."
Photos by A. Malex Yahaya
Published May 19 2012