An Elegant Minang Wedding with a Contemporary Touch

by Natasza Kurniawan [[ 1486260000000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in REAL WEDDINGS 

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Sara and Niki were introduced in Jakarta by a mutual friend. "We first met during lunch at a Japanese restaurant. Little did I know, Niki had been looking at my Instagram account for two months," reminisced Sara. After they were introduced, everything flowed naturally. "Our first date was at the driving range and since then, golf became our go-to casual date activity even until now," she added.

The wedding proposal was done casually at home. "Our version of romance is travelling around the world together, and Niki kept all the other things casual," Sara explained. After the proposal, the pair had five months to plan their wedding. Luckily, they already had a clear idea about their dream wedding. "I studied in London and Niki grew up in the United States, so we wanted something modern. At the same time, we didn't want to lose touch with our roots. In the end, we decided on a contemporary wedding with a hint of tradition," said Sara.

With only three months of extensive planning, Sara and Niki managed to throw an exquisite celebration at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta. During their wedding ceremony, the couple had on traditional ulos cloth that reflected where Niki's mother came from. "As for our reception, we paid tribute to Minang culture through our full beautiful outfits and a grand entrance accompanied by tari piring dancers," explained Sara.

Sara wore a different outfit for every procession, and each one wrapped her figure so gorgeously. "I wanted to have a bit of everything—a modern Indonesian kebaya by Edna Wolter, traditional Minang attire by Des Iskandar, and a white dress by Anaz!" As lovely as the wedding was, the after-party held a special meaning for the couple. Sara recalled, "My bridesmaids prepared a very touching speech and surprised us with a personalized gift. We were also so happy to meet close friends from overseas and childhood friends that we hadn't seen for a long time."


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