A Beautiful Javanese Wedding of Childhood Sweethearts

by Bridestory Apr 13, 2016 | 09:00 in Real Weddings 


A strong Javanese heritage runs deeply in both Cempaka and Yogi's families, so it was only natural that their wedding was fully immersed in tradition. For their akad nikah, Cempaka and Yogi dressed up in traditional Javanese attires. Cempaka looked exceptionally beautiful with a figure-hugging white kebaya paired with batik fabric along with clusters of jasmine cascading down her head, over her shoulders. Topped with a traditional headpiece and Central Javanese paes makeup, she looked just like a Javanese princess. It's no wonder that Yogi, who was clad in a langenharjan beskap jacket and bow tie, simply could not take his eyes off Cempaka.

Later that night, the pair looked regal as they walked into the reception venue. The stage was shaped like a Joglo, a traditional Javanese house, and decorated in white, red, and pink flowers along with chains of greenery and jasmines. Cempaka had on a kebaya kutu baru, while Yogi was dressed in a matching beskap jacket. Both of their traditional attires were made from black velvet embroidered with golden threads, a classic choice that perfectly matched the elegant setting that night.

Inspired already? Take a look at the pictures taken by Spaze Motion and read the story from the groom's sister below.

A little story from the groom's sister:

Cempaka and Yogi went to the same elementary school but didn't really know each other back then. They then met by chance during a school reunion eight years later. Sparks flew this time, and they started a relationship several months afterwards.

The couple decided to take the next step after six years of dating. Growing up with a strong Javanese background, the both of them wanted a very traditional celebration for their wedding. With only six months of planning, they came up with a cultural concept to pay tribute to their heritage. They included a siraman ceremony a day before the akad nikah to symbolize the cleansing of all the bad things in life before starting a new beginning as husband as wife.

Even though the reception was held in an international hotel ballroom, every detail radiated traditional Javanese elements. The decoration on their reception was filled with Javanese components and colorful flowers, including a very detailed Joglo-inspired bridal stage.


  • Photography: Spaze Motion
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  • Videography: Spaze Motion
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  • Wedding Planning: Le Beau Wedding Organizer
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  • Venue:

    The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Mega Kuningan

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  • Dress & Attire: Firma Melati
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  • Hair & Makeup: Firma Melati
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  • Decoration & Lighting:

    MawarPrada Wedding Decoration

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  • Favors & Gifts: Dotted Ink
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  • Entertainment (Music): S&M entertainment

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