Haryo & Ayu

The Wedding by David
Memories of that beautiful December day in Jerusalem will always linger in my mind. Now as I write, I still remember their vows, the unlikely clear December sky, and the intimate moments shared on that blessed day. I have known Ayu for years now, so when she said yes to Haryo's proposal, I was so thrilled for her. Since then, Ayu and her lovely sister Aprilla started planning for this overseas destination wedding. They say planning a wedding is hard work, imagine multiplying the challenge at least 10 times to plan for a wedding that's more than 8000 km away. Countless arrangements with the local vendors, the church, the dinner, and of course all the guests (*read: visa, tickets, hotel rooms, etc) that will be attending. There I witness the power of teamwork, and sheer determination to pull this off, making it my most memorable wedding of 2011. Thumbs up to the sisters :) In the morning, as everyone was rushing to get to church, Ayu's mom made some last minute alterations to the beautiful dress made by Vera Wang. O did I mention she made Ayu's veil by herself, what a labor of love. I'm sure she has been waiting for this day, even as much as Ayu had. Throughout the day I found myself thinking I'd love to shoot more weddings like this. I love the natural expressions, unplanned moments, seemingly hectic, but yet intimate in every way. This is what Ayu & Haryo had in mind when planning for their wedding. Just a small guest lists and take them away for a weekend they won't forget. The moment I stepped into the church, I paused in awe. It was only moments later that I grabbed my camera then continuously snapping from every angle. What a place to say your wedding vow! Ayu picked the best place in Jerusalem for their dinner reception, at the Mamila Hotel Rooftop, overlooking the Old City. Guests gathered for cocktails at the rooftop, catching up with their stories, while having their photos taken during sunset. I love their wedding cake! Simple yet stunning, adorned with royal blue ribbon and elegant brooch. The decor wasn't anything over the top (considering the ballroom decor in Jakarta), but the attention to details and the romantic mood of the reception is something that has not been done in Jerusalem. Aprilla and Fifi deserve the credit too for collaborating with the local florist. It was a night so full of laughter and yes happy tears as well as two families become one. The best moment of the night had to be when they were dancing. Ignorance of the guests cheering them, they seem to have said to each other "I love you. I'm grateful to have you in my arms. Today is the beginning of our lifetime together. I'm so glad I waited for you". To Ayu & Haryo, thank you for sharing your life with us. We love you both :) Wedding Dress: Vera Wang Reception: The Mamila Hotel Organized by: DetailsCompany Event Design Florist: Aleh Koteret Florist
23 Mar 2012

Esa & Andrew

Esa & Andrew were married in Melbourne a few weeks before this dinner reception in Jakarta. That night, the whole family and close friends got together to celebrate their union. Lots of food & dancing all night long...


As usual, Lotus decor pulled off another fantastic transformation of the hotel ballroom. This time, Dharmawangsa Hotel ballroom is made for pre-event cocktails and the big tent seats about 400 guests. I like this buffet & table setting..instead of the normal standing buffet or set menu table seating. This way guest can choose whatever they wish to eat and seat at the table with their friends.


After a quick dinner, i began to see the real Esa & Andrew...they're so wacky dancing off to our local music "Dangdut". This seems to be the highlight of the night, and more dancing all night long.

Even their parents got on the dance floor and show off some moves :) 

The Dharmawangsa team who makes all this possible...thanks Yen :) 

i was showing off my Thom Browne shirt with super long sleeve, and the playful bride catch a glimpse of it. O ow that's when i became the victim, looking more like Houdini than a photographer.

23 Feb 2009

Jeyson & Laurie's Ceremony

December has been a hectic month! I shouldn't have any excuses for not putting up this blog sooner. At first i wanted to have it up within the week of the wedding, one thing lead to another..now it's almost end of 2008. So here we go, we're sharing quite a few sneak peek into Jeyson & Laurie's wedding ceremony. They decided to have the ceremony & reception one week apart. The setting is more intimate, with 'only' about 200 guests witnessing their union (this is small, compared to the guest list for their reception).

Awesome, jaw-dropping decor by Nefi who magically transformed this pool/garden into this lush paradise. A challenging feat that started a week before the wedding. What a brilliant idea to set the aisle across the pool...don't worry it's strong enough to hold the crowd.

I love the reflection of these tiffany chairs lined by the pool. Check out the details!! 

The hand bouquet is so gorgeous, simple and goes so well with Laurie's dress. But check out Jey's corsage, we kept saying it looks like a yummy vanilla ice cream...don't you think so?

Dress by Adrian Gan, one of the best designers in Indonesia.

Anxious guest awaits the bridal party to walk in. First comes Jeyson's parents, then Laurie's mom & brother, followed by their siblings.The timing was perfect! There's still available sunlight bathing the garden and the candles help create the atmosphere.

We can never thank our parents enough for what they've done for us. 

Finally, the new Mr & Mrs :)

When the sun goes down, spectacular decor & lighting comes to life. The different lights accentuates the mood. By the way, i was told there was 800 m of sideglow around the pool and 10,000 points of fiber optic lights shimmering throughout this area, all done by INFICO.

Friends came to congratulate and share their union. 

Friends presented a surprise drama/singing/comedy for the couple. A little summary of how Jey & Laurie got together. The endless chase has finally come to an end. At first it's a little hard for me to understand, but apparently the couple enjoyed it..that's what matters ;)




29 Dec 2008
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