I didn't think I'd get emotional because the whole event took only 48 hours worth of planning. They were supposed to get married about 2 weeks later but because of the MCO, they decided to bring forward the event. That meant a lot of things: it was only going to be just for family, that my grandparents couldn't come (sad!!!) and we had to get things settled the day before. They decided on a Friday that they were to be wed on Sunday!! That only left little of Friday and a lot of Saturday going around like mad. Ok, not us sangat lah. All of it was by Hanis' family doing to which we are always so grateful for. Thank goodness we had sent our kain to Foong Ling (ye ol' trusted tailor) much earlier but even then, we were surprised she managed to pull it off for all four of us ladies. Given, it was a very simple baju and we just added lace later. Zaim requested we wear grey and although Mama was meh about it, I thought it looked quite nice on camera! Some pearls and a silky shawl, and we're set!
Zaim had to go buy his baju the day before! I had to call up the hantaran lady (I highly recommend her because i) she has the NICEST flower arrangements ii) Aunty Linda is the SWEETEST person you'd meet this year, seriously!! Bar none, 11/10 for service.) on Saturday morning to ask if she could do another 4 more hantaran dulangs! Zaim initially said because it was just going to a small ceremony, he'd be ok with just one dulang. But they must've changed their minds and asked for all 5 of the dulangs. Called Aunty Linda up and she was more than accommodating and said yes, sure, no problem! Ugh, love her so much. Such a saviour. Iman and I went to her place to pick it up that night itself (!!!) and she had done it SO beautifully, it was so painful to see it come undone much later. Like so sayang to touch it cause it was just so beautifully arranged. Even my dad loved it! My dad!!! My dad who has no affinity for these things at all!
Zaim has only ever told me about one girl ever in his life. That girl is Hanis. It happened over lunch at home and he mentioned that he had went out with Hanis the day before and something happened between them that made him so incredibly happy. So happy that he just had to tell someone. He never mentioned just for how long he had liked Hanis but I think the date that he had just gone probably reaffirmed his feelings. That was the first time he ever indulged me about his love life. Hanis was the only one for him. Zaim is the kind of person that if he wants something, he'd go get it. No matter how long and how troublesome the journey may be. He'd find a way and he'd work to make it happen. Hanis was the only one for him and he knew it from the get go. So alhamdulillah with his prayers and those of everyone who love him, the Almighty granted his prayers and on the 10th of January 2021, despite the circumstances, they were pronounced husband and wife.
Hanis is such a wonderful person and she has the sweetest of hearts so we're only very happy that she is now part of the family. It's also pretty nice to have a friend as a sister in law! I used to go to her apartment unit in college and hang out with her. At the time, it never occurred to me she'd be calling my parents as her own and my brother as her husband! It's so wild if you think about it. Alhamdulillah, Allah is so great and has blessed us with the loveliest and most kind Hanis as our sister and daughter in law.