Today marks 1 week since I said ‘I Do’ to my most incredible partner, and although we made our vows outside of Jakarta, it’s this city that brought us together in the first place so I’m sharing it with you here. In it’s completely unpredictable way, yet again, who would have thought that when Treen and I started this blog, we would end up married to Indonesians, with babies (Treen is due at any moment..yah!), and all this happening within weeks of eachother! Putra and I had started collecting all our paperwork months ago but life got so hectic with work that there was such little precious time for us to do anything about it. We had always wanted something intimate and I definately didn’t want a traditional Indonesian wedding with thousands of people, standing on a stage and smiling, shaking hands with people all day long while melting in the heat..
In the beginning of February we talked about possibilities again and I ordered a simple white dress online from Australia, and we had to get one more piece of paperwork for Putra before we could make any decisions. Our dear friend Cara gave us the contact of her wedding organiser in Bali as an option so we called to find out options and then we talked about what we thought would be best for us. As all my family wouldn’t be able to travel to Indonesia for a wedding, and it wouldn’t be fair to have only one side of family there, we decided what was more important was that Putra, Samudra and I had a special day together, and we would like our day to be about celebrating our little family.
Then, within a week, Putra’s final paperwork arrived and he asked if I was available the next weekend before he called and organised everything in Bali. A man organising the details of a wedding, isn’t this unheard of? Lucky me!
My dress never arrived in the mail from Australia, so thanks to a last minute Facebook message to Little Miss Bali recommending possible shops for a simple dress to buy, we took a 5am flight to Bali, a 15 minute shop in Seminyak to buy outfits first thing in the morning, and headed to La Joya Villas in Balangan. This place is so peaceful and beautiful and the property is on the cliff above the beach we were getting married on. Perfect.
On the 14th February (Valentine’s Day was a complete coincidence!), the rain finally cleared just in time for us to walk the steps down to the beach and say ‘I Do’ in the most simple and beautiful setting with a Buddhist monk, two witnesses, and a beach filled with surfers.
So I married the most incredible, creative, talented, supportive, patient man with the biggest heart in the world, the father of our little angel Samudra, and I feel truly blessed.
Thank you Jakarta for all your crazy twists and turns in my life, for every moment that lead to this day, good and bad. For all those that land in this chaotic city, may you see past the traffic, frustrations and ‘jam karet’, and find magical moments and create memories you will cherish forever, with the beautiful people, food and life that goes on here.
Wishing you all happiness. Always xox
Note: A massive thank you to Maria at www.affordablebaliweddings for organising everything and for the beautiful photos