"Hello, gorgeous!" were the first two words that Arnold Poernomo ever said to Tiffany Soetanto. "I was visiting his restaurant, Nomz, to get some coffee before heading to the airport. He told me that I could have whatever I wanted," recalled Tiffany. To Arnold's surprise, she cheekily answered, "Well, can I have you, then?" The famous chef quickly turned around and put a take-away ribbon on his head and said, "Okay, I'm good to go!" Needless to say, everything else was history.
On their anniversary dinner, Arnold gave Tiffany a box with a letter inside. "His letter began with the words, 'Hello, gorgeous!' followed by a wedding proposal," reminisced Tiffany. The pair proceeded to throw a festive engagement party at Tiffany's home in Surabaya. Wooden benches, food carts, and long communal tables filled the entire area, creating a warm and rustic atmosphere that Tiffany was aiming for. "I wanted our engagement to be relaxed and intimate. We hired several Indonesian food caterers as well," she said.
For their wedding day, Arnold and Tiffany opted for a rustic wedding theme once again, with an extra touch of glam this time. Shades of midnight blue, champagne gold, and dusty pink were selected to create a well-balanced composition. We particularly adore the combination of white tulle table runners on top of blue linens, resembling waves of the ocean. This was a particularly fitting look as the venue, Villa Latitude, featured breathtaking cliffside views that Tiffany had always dreamed of having on her wedding day.
The bride herself looked stunning in a backless, mermaid gown by Yefta Gunawan, complete with a veil embroidered with delicate vines. "I wanted something timeless that will always look beautiful whenever I look back at our wedding photos," said Tiffany. On her hand was a dreamy wedding bouquet by florist, Evelyn Sutiono. "Arnold used to order flowers from her when we were still dating, so the bouquet was a pretty sentimental touch," Tiffany explained.
As Arnold used to a be a jury for MasterChef Indonesia, food was a high priority in this couple's wedding. They did not disappoint, and even hired several famous Balinese street stall vendors such as Pak Dobiel and Sate Bawah Pohon. "People were raving about the food weeks later!" said the happy bride.
Above everything else, however, Tiffany and Arnold were very grateful that all of their 110 guests were so immersed in the celebration. "Our dearest friends and family sobbed over our vows, laughed hysterically at our video, and joined our first dance. It was such an amazing experience," Tiffany recalled, "We were extremely happy, at ease, and blessed. Arnold was so happy, my parents thought he was drunk!"
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