An Elementary School Sweetheart’s Tropical Elegant Wedding

by Karina Leviani [[ 1527127200000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in Real Weddings 


Kania and Patra first met in 1993, when the two were still sitting on first grade of elementary school. What was first a childhood crush then developed into something deeper, but the two were never officially in a relationship, nothing more than sharing mutual admiration. Patra and Kania realized in time their "unfinished business" and finally started dating. "It was the best decision we ever made," Kania said.

For their two-culture wedding in Jakarta, the bride was very particular about what she wanted. "I was so detailed on color schemes, assortments and arrangements. The main colors for the decoration were a combination of champagne gold and grey, while the flower arrangements were quirky, nothing too girly and messy. If we had to summarize, it would probably be tropical elegance," Kania explained. Of all the many things beautiful about their wedding, the one thing we loved most was their reception attire. "It was a one-of-a-kind, fully embroidered traditional Javanese kebaya and beskap, made by Surya Abduh. When we saw it, it was love at first sight. It was so unique, full of details, nothing we've ever seen before," Kania said. "You can feel the love he puts into this masterpiece just by seeing the craftsmanship and the story behind the designs," she added.

The couple truly loved their wedding, but their favorite part was the fact that they were given the opportunity to work with the best vendors. "Everyone we picked are the best in their fields and it doesn't necessarily mean they have the highest rate. They listened to our ideas and worked with their hearts. In our eyes, that was what made everything turn out so beautifully," Kania said. However so, working with the best vendors had a little disadvantage. "There was another wedding in a hotel nearby our location, which happened on the same day and time frame. Accidentally, the couple also used the same makeup artist, designer, sanggar who provided family wardrobe, and even officiant!" Kania recalled. The couple said that booking vendors were like a race and was so nerve-racking, especially since an officiant can't wed two couples at the same time. "Luckily everything was resolved at both couples' best interests," said Kania.

Before ending the interview, Kania spared some advices for brides-to-be planning their wedding. First is to spend sufficient time to brainstorm on the wedding theme and concept before choosing vendors. And, don't choose vendors just because everyone else is hiring them, but find quality that matches your desired style and budget. "Create personal meanings out of your wedding elements, from wedding ring, invitation, even photography style. Be as personalized as possible so everything has a portion of your story and is uniquely you. And finally, be open and communicate everything with your partner," said the blushing bride.

Take another look at their wedding photos and add ones you love to the inspiration board right away!


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