One Couple’s Patriotic Batak Wedding in Jakarta

by Bridestory [[ 1428033600000 | amDateFormat:'ll | HH:mm' ]] in Real Weddings 

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It's not every day we come across a wedding that is glamorous, elegant, rich in tradition, heartfelt and patriotic at the same time. Paulus and Novella's wedding is all of it, and beautiful it was indeed.

The groom, being a son of an army general, made it a sure thing for their wedding to be honored by the presence of many noble gentlemen serving the country. The couple's entrance was an unforgettable one, fenced by a line of army men. The wedding was also filled with traditional Batak culture and heritage. It was strongly heartfelt, emotional, and sacred. Scroll through the pictures and feel warmth slip into your hearts.

See also: elegant traditional wedding: javanese and minang

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Here's what the photographer said about the wedding:

As civilians, we tend to take soldiers and the lives that they have dedicated to serve our country for granted. We turn a blind eye to the sacrifices they make every day and are oblivious to the fact that it is because of the choices that they have made, we can go about life as we know it.

Thanks to this wedding, nationalism has acquired a brand new meaning for me and I, for one, have come to understand that the soldier, his wife and children are all our nation's truest heroes.

As Paulus told his bride, "I will knowingly break your heart again and again, but I can promise you that when I break your heart, I will be breaking mine. I will see the faces of our children in every life that I protect." These words carry weight that is as strong as the oath Paulus lives by every day. And that's enough to send the chills down my back, swell my heart as it grew ten times larger, inspired to love my country more. Congratulations, Paulus and Ella. You are both heroes in each other's hearts.

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