Blogged By: La Tray
Source & Story Credit: The Star Online NOORSILA ABD MAJID
Media Credit: Photo (ent.qq.com via t.qq.com/ella) / Video (HIMservice)
Posted: Tuesday May 29, 2012 @3:49 p.m. PST
AWWW … Just like a scene taken from a Taiwan melodrama, Mandopop star Ella Chen and her Malaysian husband, Alvin Lai, held their lavish wedding reception at a hotel in Malacca last Saturday night.
Oh, boy, security at the event was tight! A dozen Rela members and 10 bodyguards were hired by the Lai family to keep pressmen and fans at bay.
A source from the hotel told Star2 that the groom paid an estimated RM112,000 for the wedding reception.
“He paid RM1,400 per table and asked for 80 tables,” the source added. “Alvin comes from a well-to-do family. His parents wouldn’t allow him to marry a superstar like Ella if he didn’t have the money.”
The couple’s romantic ivory white wedding extravaganza was attended by around 800 family members and friends of the 35-year-old groom who hails from Malacca.
Mind you, Chen, 30, 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).”
Asked if she’s used to being called Mrs Lai, a radiant Chen held her hubby’s hand and said, “I’m so used to it already.”
Their yam seng (toast) party ended around midnight.
Earlier in the morning, Chen had met her in-laws according to full Chinese wedding tradition, Hokkien-style.
While her hubby was offered two apples (for good luck) by her nephew as he arrived at the hotel in a Porsche Cayenne, she was sheltered with a hand-woven tray by a tai kam jie (the lady-in-waiting or chaperon) and wore a veil as she was whisked away to the Lai family mansion in Ujong Pasir.
The newlyweds served tea to the groom’s parents as a show of respect. They also offered prayers at the Lai ancestral altar.
The ceremony was witnessed by Chen’s parents who had flown in from Taipei to give the bride away.
Having stayed in Malacca since last Wednesday, the super busy couple returned to Taipei on Sunday.
“We have to put our honeymoon plans on hold ’coz we’re just too busy working,” Chen said. “No plans to have a baby for the next two years but if God wants to give us our bundle of joy soon, we’ll accept it happily.”
The couple had dated for a year before they tied the knot in a glitzy, star-studded affair in Taipei on May 5.