"We share the same goal in life, to travel the world and build a no-kill animal shelter, especially for cats. I guess these two things have become the center of our relationship as well," said Petty, today's Bride. After helping Jordan with his brand, The Ballet Cats, the two realized their common love for cats, which was the first of many more things. "After a three-year long distance relationship, Jordan proposed to me in Cat Island, Japan. The place has long been in our bucket list and as he proposed there, it will forever be 'our place'. It just couldn't get any better than this," Petty shared.
The only thing the couple had in mind for the wedding was for it to be personal. "We want the wedding to feel like us, to look like us, instead of just following the trend," Petty said. Thus, their love for cats clearly was the underlying theme of the whole wedding. "Jordan drew a picture of us together at Cat Island and combined it with a flower installation by Oltjikko. It turns out really cool and was one of my favorite things in the wedding," Petty shared. Another thing that was beyond unique were their wedding favors. Petty explained, "We donated the wedding favor budget to a couple of animal shelters in Jakarta, so they can celebrate the wedding too. Guests can choose whether to donate for stray dogs or stray cats and later on, the donation will be done under their name. This way, our guests will also be more aware about stray animal issues in Jakarta."
To make the wedding felt even more personal, the couple chose to work with their friends instead of regular wedding vendors. "So that there are no strangers in this wedding. The photographers, videographer, designer, MC and musician are all our friends. I love the fact that we can work with our friends in such a special moment in life," Petty said. Jordan also put in his design skills and designed their wedding invitation himself, inserting a year-by-year relationship journey so the guests could relate even more to the union. Looking at photos of their wedding, we truly feel the celebration's warmth and intimacy. The decoration was nothing we've ever seen before, her dress was beautiful and all the artsy images really spoke a great deal.
Surprisingly, the couple only needed 4 months to prepare for their wedding in Plataran Dharmawangsa and even though there were no major obstacles during the wedding planning, it was a bit difficult for the couple to convince their parents at the beginning. "It definitely took time and understanding from them for us to do this wedding out way, small venue, limited guests, no regular wedding favor, no traditional attire, and so on. But it's all about compromise in the end," Petty recalled. "Do and choose things you love most, not to impress others. Do it for you. And on the day no matter how stressed you are, try to enjoy it as much as possible, take it all in. Because you're going to miss that day so much," advised the bride.
Before closing the interview, Petty also spilled another story that was quite interesting. "I decided to pick up my wedding dress from the laundry on the wedding day (which was Sunday) and only realized the day before that they are closed on Sundays. So my maid of honor tried to contact the laundry place through Instagram, WhatsApp and call center to beg them to open the place so we can pick up my dress. But since it was national holiday, no one was replying. Luckily, they finally replied in the middle of the night and said that we can pick it up with the 24-hour security. If it weren't for my persistent maid of honor, I wouldn't be able to get married in my wedding dress!"
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