A Glamorous Surabaya Wedding with Monochromatic Shades

by Karina Leviani Apr 07, 2017 | 09:00 in Real Weddings 


Ivonne and Danny's wedding planning journey started from a clumsy yet romantic proposal in Cordoba, Spain. "We were in the middle of our pre-wedding shoot when he suddenly kneeled down. Our friends, my sister, and a lot strangers were watching us," recalled Ivonne. The pair were so nervous, however, that they just stared at each other without saying a word. "In the end, Danny just 'let the eyes do the talking' and placed the ring on my finger," she reminisced.

After throwing a modern Chinese engagement party in Surabaya, Ivonne and Danny set out to plan a grand ballroom reception without flamboyant colors and flowers. "Despite having 2.500 guests, we wanted to keep things understated, with our celebration of love as the main show of the night," the beautiful bride explained.

Ivonne envisioned her wedding to be filled with linear elements, reminiscent of contemporary art exhibitions. "The alleyway was so ethereal, made from hundreds of white transparent fabrics hung in a row. There, we placed our engagement photos which had been edited into black-and-white," said Ivonne. Meanwhile, the main ballroom was filled with white flowers and waveform panels, inspired by the stage designs of Japanese scenographer, Shizuka Hariu.

For the couple's friends, another ballroom was transformed into a modern lounge area. "The interplay of LED lights, lounge sofas, as well as a dessert-slash-alcohol bar made the whole atmosphere so chill and fun! We also had a Met Gala-inspired photo booth complete with an ultra large confetti-filled balloon," she added. "Sion Décor and Steve's Decor were not afraid to experiment with unconventional concepts and executed the results perfectly!" said Ivonne.

Another showstopper was Ivonne's futuristic dress by none other than Yefta Gunawan. It was a fully-embellished ball gown with a detachable skirt, complete with a corset and metallic tassels. "We drew inspiration from a vintage dress by Dior, and the final design was born after countless experiments and discussions with Yefta," the bride explained.

Aside from all her carefully-planned wedding details, a few unexpected things on the big day left a lasting impression on Ivonne. "Danny suddenly disappeared and turned up at the other side of the ballroom, singing our song, "Dia". And when our entire family joined the wedding dance, it was an utterly touching moment," she said.


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