"Nosa and I were introduced by my cousin and when we first met, it was love at first sight," said Yayas. "Nosa is five years older than me, and he told me from the very beginning that he wanted a serious relationship," she continued. After dating for six months, Nosa proposed to Yayas during an intimate dinner. An engagement ceremony soon followed and thus the wedding planning began.
Javanese culture runs deeply in both Yayas dan Nosa's families, so they decided to honor their heritage through a festive traditional wedding. "We wanted something unusual and finally decided on a theme inspired by night markets in Central Java," Yayas explained. In the next six months, Yayas worked hard to plan her wedding. "I'm a very detailed person so I had to personally make sure that everything looked harmonious," said the bride. She even went to Yogyakarta and Solo to scout for Javanese knick-knacks and accessories!
Yayas asked her designer, Merras to make a classic Kartini-style kebaya for the wedding ceremony. "It had a very simple, vintage charm and also matched Nosa's classic beskap suit," said the lovely bride. For the reception, the couple donned a pair of traditional Javanese wedding attires made of velvet. "I've always wanted to wear a black velvet kebaya on my wedding day, just like my mother and grandmother did," Yayas added.
Plataran Cilandak proved to be the perfect setting for their celebration, thanks to its vast outdoor space and strong Javanese ambience. The venue was transformed into a night market with an array of old-fashioned toys such as otok-otok and kuda lumping. Street snacks like cotton candy, chocolate, and traditional jamu drinks were served throughout the night. Yayas and Nosa also made sure that the guests were entertained by having siter players, gamelan music, and batik artists on site. They even rode a horse-drawn carriage and played vintage disco songs during the after-party!
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