Although interfaith marriage can be a touchy subject, it was but a small hurdle for Olivia Constance Nicholas and Dr Sandeep Menon. Letting love guide the way, the couple officiated their union with four ceremonies in Ipoh, Klang and Shah Alam. Attended by some two thousand guests in total, the fun-filled festivities were spread over two weeks. Miss International Malaysia 2016 titleholder Olivia indirectly met her beau through the world of beauty pageants. Four years of long-distance correspondence culminated in a wedding to remember, replete with a record-breaking wedding veil—the longest in Malaysia at 120.56 metres. Photos: U Wang Studio and Sean Wong

Sandeep's proposal went as follows: “At 26, I fell deeply in love with a girl who brought me doughnuts every other evening. Now grown, she surpasses even my most romantic daydreams. Will you hold my hands as my wife and let me walk you into my welcoming home?” How could Olivia have said no?

It only seemed apt for the couple to stage their pre-wedding photos at a beach. After all, Sandeep had also proposed to Olivia on a beach on Rebak Island, Langkawi.

Rumour has it that Ipoh-born girls are fairer than most. Olivia certainly adds credence to the belief.

The first of the wedding ceremonies unfurled at Our Mother Perpetual Help Church and Syuen Hotel in Ipoh.

Although of separate faiths, the couple's love allows them to meet middle ground.

Looks and smarts aside, Sandeep is most taken by Olivia's altruistic heart.

Memorialised in the Malaysian Book of Records, Olivia's wedding veil was the longest in the country at 120.56 metres. Credit goes to fashion designer Louisa Amy Michael Benzi of Pretty in White.

Louisa Amy Michael Benzi also designed Olivia's evening gown for the reception at Syuen Hotel in Ipoh.

Gold accessories and embellishments were in abundance at the traditional Indian reception in Klang.

Weighed down in gold, the bride was positively glowing on her wedding day.

A throng made up of the couple's family members and friends filled the Sri Sundaraja Perumal Temple in Klang.

On their first date, Sandeep had taken Olivia to a Hindu temple to be blessed by a priest. Little did they know what fate had in store for them.

The couple with their parents: Datin Sheela Menon, Datin Rufina Nicholas, Dato’ Fredrick Indran X.A. Nicholas and Datuk Rajan Menon.

In October 2016, Olivia was one of 69 beauty queens who flew to Tokyo to compete for the title of Miss International, and departed with something more valuable than the coveted title—lifelong friendships. A bevy of beauty queens flew in to Malaysia, some for the first time, to attend the wedding.

Guinevere Davenport aka Miss Hawaii International put on a special luau performance at Olivia and Sandeep's fourth and final reception in Setia City Convention Centre.

Olivia Nicholas' parents and twin sister: Datin Rufina Nicholas, Dato’ Fredrick Indran X.A. Nicholas and Olinda Nicholas.

Sisters Divya Menon, Shalini Menon and Rena Menon.

Sudhir Das, Sindhu Viswanathan, Darshanna Viswanathan and Krishant Raj.

Beauty queens Shavina Hulkua, Jess Tyson, Katherine Gannon and Rewati Chetri.

Live entertainment was provided by Dhol Federation, various Bharatnatyam dancers, a flutist and violinist calling themselves AR Rahman, and more.

Dr Sandeep's parents: Datuk Rajan Menon and Datin Sheela Menon.

The father of the groom made a moving speech that included the following advice to his son: “Do love Olivia as I love your mother and everything will fall into place.”

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