CAPTIVATED by the late Princess Diana’s iconic wedding gown, former Miss Malaysia International Olivia Constance Nicholas harboured a dream to wear a long veil for her own wedding.
The 27-year-old’s dream came true last Saturday. She walked down the aisle wearing the country’s longest wedding veil to tie the knot with Dr Sandeep Menon, 31.
Extending an astounding 120.56m, the bride’s veil, which was custom-made by Pretty in White bridal house designer Louisa Michael, also entered the Malaysia Book of Records.
For the wedding gown, the bride drew inspiration from Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton’s custom Alexander McQueen lace wedding dress.
“Coming from an English-educated background, I was exposed to many parts of British culture when I was young.
“I remember being very taken by Princess Diana’s train and veil because they were extremely long.
“Since then, I dreamt of wearing something like that for my own wedding and I’m thankful that my dream came true,” said the Ipoh-born lass.
The veil and the dress took five months to complete.
The groom, Sandeep from Klang, who is a doctor, shared the tale of meeting his true love in the most common of ways today – on Facebook.
“It all began when we became friends on Facebook and I started the conversation with a simple ‘hi’.
“Never did I imagine then that the conversation would eventually lead to the question ‘Will you marry me?’
“It’s just so surreal,” he said.
Sandeep said he loves how simple and humble she is despite her winning many beauty pageants and now, becoming a newly minted lawyer.
Asked about their plans, she said they would have to put their honeymoon on hold to build their careers for now.
The wedding was made even more special by the presence of bridesmaids who were former Miss International winners from several countries – Hawaii, New Zealand, Ireland, India, Mauritius, Lebanon and Northern Mariana.
Dressed in striking red floor-length dresses, the bevy of beauties, accompanied by the bride’s twin sister Olinda Josephine and other family members, were happy to be there for the bride and groom.
Jess Tyson, 25, who was crowned Miss International New Zealand 2016, said, “I met Olivia when we were in Japan for the Miss International grand finals two years ago.
“I was stressed out about completing some activities during the pageant and she helped me out. We got along well and that’s how we bonded,” Tyson said.
“It was also my first time attending an Indian-style wedding for Sandeep’s side of the family before this church ceremony.
“Being able to learn about the rich culture here in Malaysia is definitely a highlight for me,” she said.
Source : TheStar