"My proposal was quite sudden. It happened during Ramadan while we were discussing our future together. In the middle of that conversation, he suddenly popped the question and the next thing I knew, his parents came to my house to ask for my hand in marriage," Windy reminisced.
Coming from Javanese families, Windy and Raditya wanted a wedding that could feel warm yet still uphold traditions. Thus, they settled on a Pesta Rakyat Jawa theme inspired by traditional festivals in Central Java. "We had warungan, Indonesian traditional food stalls, so our guests could just relax and enjoy the celebration," said the happy bride.
The wedding planning went smoothly for six months, although they did have to change their venue three times. "My mother is very traditional, so she wanted to pick a 'good' date based on the Javanese calendar. Unfortunately, the vendors that we wanted were not available on that specific day. We even made down payments for two different locations just to be safe before ultimately deciding on Sasono Utomo at Taman Mini Indonesia Indah," Windy explained.
On the big day, Windy and Raditya looked as regal as Javanese royalty in a set of paes ageng attires. "I was literally wrapped in a six-meter-long traditional fabric. But I enjoyed the whole process because paes ageng is the most sacred Javanese wedding attire, and I wanted to fully embrace my roots on my wedding day," said Windy.
In the end, the couple's celebration went beyond their expectations. "The fact that we spent our special day with the people closest to us, from our childhood friends to the people we met during our travels, was thing that I loved the most," added Windy. For future brides, she also shared some valuable advice. "Your wedding does not come twice, so enjoy it to the fullest. Remember that this is your wedding, make it yours and don't let other people's opinions bring you down."