JOHOR BARU: The royal Johor wedding today may be limited to guests only, but it certainly hasn't stopped curious onlookers from assembling outside the palace.
A small crowd had gathered at the gates of Istana Bukit Serene in the hopes of catching even a glimpse of the wedding of Johor princess Tunku Tun Aminah Maimunah Iskandariah Sultan Ibrahim and Dennis Muhammad Abdullah.
A self-confessed Tunku Tun Aminah fan, Zakir Zakaria, 22, was among those who decided to wait outside the palace to celebrate the special day.
Zakir, who is from Tampines, Singapore said he arrived about 6am.
"I adore her character and her compassion towards animals and others, especially seen after the big fire at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital last year. Her character captivates me," he said.
Zakir arrived in Johor Baru with his father Zakaria Rahim, 51, and stood near the Crown Arch outside the palace armed with his camera.
He said he skipped his college classed today to experience the once-in-a lifetime ceremony.
About 100 police personnel are stationed outside the palace gates for the big day.
Tunku Tun Aminah, 31, is marrying Dutchman Dennis Muhammad Abdullah, 28, today.
Tunku Tun Aminah is the second of six children. She studied at the Johor Baru Convent School, Sekolah Sri Utama Johor Baru, Australia International School in Singapore and the LaSalle School of Fashion and Design in Singapore.
She is also the president of the Johor Darul Takzim (JDT) Football Club.
She serves as patron to the Johor Baru International Festival City ane Johor Baru Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Dennis, 28, holds a senior position in a major property development company in Johor. He studied at the Fioretti College Hillegom before pursuing vocational studies in mechanical engineering at the ROC Leiden, both in the Netherlands.
Dennis' love for travel brought him to Johor, where he worked with the Johor Football Association as manager of the JDT Concept Store and Cafe.
Dennis had also worked at the Tampines Rovers Football Club in Singapore as a marketing manager.