Elementary School Sweethearts’ Graceful Traditional Javanese Wedding

by Jan 29, 2018 | 09:00 in Real Weddings 


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Mesty first met Garri while she was still a 6th grader. "We went to different schools yet were both in the basketball team, so we often meet at matches," Mesty recalled. During high school, the two meet again during a science Olympic and that was when Garri started to develop feelings for Mesty. "I never thought that she was so smart," Garri said. Garri then continued his studies in Japan and each year he would contact Mesty and asked her out every time he was in Jakarta. "The meeting never happened until 2016!" Mesty said while laughing. "But when we did meet, we clicked instantly," She added.

As they are used to discussing things openly, 6 months were enough for Garri to be sure that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. "During dinner we discussed about our plans for the future, it was one night before his flight back to US to finish his master's degree. Out of the blue he asked 'will you be my wife?' It felt so sincere and special, of course I said yes!" Mesty shared. The next day before going to the airport, Garri bought a ring for his fiancée and the rest was history.

For their wedding, Mesty wanted something classic and traditional, something that wouldn't rust through time. Thus, the couple went through the Javanese wedding rituals and finally held their akad nikah at The Ritz-Carlton Jakarta, Pacific Place. Mesty wore a pristine white kebaya from BIYAN and had a whimsical moment when she first met Garri after 2 weeks. "I could see it from his eyes, how happy he was and how much he loves me. It really made me feel secure," she shared.

From there, the couple changed into classic Javanese dodot for the reception which they got from Solo. Gamelan music and Javanese dancers paraded the newlyweds as they walked in and embracing her love for classical music, later on in the reception Mesty sat on the harp to play All I Ask of You and Eternal Story led by Addie MS. The groom also shared the spotlight, as he sang Fathur & Nadila's 'Kulakukan Semua Untukmu' for his bride.

It was a jubilant night. More than 3000 people attended and lots of friends contributed beautiful performances for the happy couple. However, Mesty's favorite moments were ones with less noise and distractions. She shared, "All the traditional processions were so sacred, I can truly feel the love from our friends and family. Also, to see Garri's loving eyes and how I felt so secure to be her wife was a blessing."

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