An Eco-Friendly Wedding Nestled in the Woods of Lembang
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Model Sari Dimas and photographer Frey have known each other since high school. It was not until their photo shoot together in Balikpapan, though, that they got really close to each other. "The project went so well, we continued to talk about it for days. Our conversation then developed and just like that, we realized that we wanted to be more than just friends," Sari said. From the beginning of their relationship, Frey had marriage in mind and he even asked Sari multiple times about her readiness. "One day, I was feeling ill in Jakarta. With my family being so far away, I could only depend on him to take care of me. His attentiveness and patience made me realize that he was the perfect person for me," said Sari. Not long after, the proposal took place and thus their wedding preparation began.
As a nature-loving couple, having an outdoor wedding in the wilderness was what Sari and Frey had always dreamed of. "A sustainable, eco-friendly wedding was definitely an option, and luckily our wedding planner shared our idea," Sari said. The couple then scouted a few different locations for their wedding and eventually found the perfect place. It also offered camping and a barbecue party for their guests prior to the wedding day, which made the venue even more perfect. "We really wanted the wedding to be a different experience for our guests. As there is no data reception in the forest, all the guests will be very present and able to have proper conversations with each other without constantly looking at their phones. And, as the theme is very relaxed, they don't have to dress up too much. A casual look with sneakers is highly recommended," Sari explained.
Unfortunately, with only two days left before the wedding, Sari and Frey received an unpleasant surprise, "Our planner told us that the road to our wedding venue was wrecked due to heavy flooding. I felt like I was struck by lightning." Luckily, their wedding planner found a replacement just in time, one day prior to the wedding. "When I saw the venue, I felt deeply grateful. The wild flowers, lake, and waterfall on the site imbued such a comfortable atmosphere, which I'm sure all the guests enjoyed. The venue was actually much more beautiful than the one we had before. God always has a better plan," said the bride.
And as you can see, not only was the venue charming, the wedding was also magnificent. Keep scrolling and let the pictures tell you the rest of the story.
We had four months to plan our wedding. With a relatively short time, there were three things I would suggest all other brides do. The first thing you need to do is pick a theme. Choose one that really describes the two of you as a couple and stick to it. Next, spare some time to find references from bridal magazines and social media, and also come to wedding bazaars. Lastly, don't forget to share the wedding planning tasks with your partner.
On the wedding day, I really loved the moment when Frey and I said our wedding vows. Our wedding vows were the most romantic sentences I've ever heard. We memorized our vows and we didn't realize this really made an impact to our family and guests. Some even cried happy tears!