A Promise made in Paradise
Iwas very anxious the day before and the morning of the wedding with regards to the weather; it had been raining heavily the day before and I was afraid that it might rain again during the Holy Matrimony ceremony. However, things really turned out great. The sun came out bright and clear and we had a beautiful day when we released white doves outside of the wedding chapel,” Juliana Kumala recalls her very special day. Ryan Tjahjana and his beautiful bride Juliana Kumala were particularly happy with their wedding reception on the Island of the Gods. Their decorators and event organizers have done a truly remarkable job creating an entire tent and outdoor deck area overlooking the beach and resort. They were also delighted that the interior decoration with the spectacular ceiling decoration and flowers turned out precisely the way they wanted and envisioned. The rundown of the event went very smoothly which was made possible with the extensive rundown that their experienced EO had executed in great precision which included the couple’s wedding videos, friends’ performances, speeches, singer performances and fireworks. “Everything felt intimate and that was exactly
“It’s all so blurred, looking back on my wedding day now because I felt like it went very fast but I remember just feeling so very happy.”
what Ryan and I have always dreamed of for the day of our wedding,” Juliana mentions with contentment. “I wouldn’t say our wedding was very traditional although we did follow some traditions. We had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony for the family the day before. Ryan and I paid respect to our elder relatives in return for gifts that symbolize true great love, luck and longevity. We also followed our religious tradition and our Holy Matrimony was held at the Ritz Carlton Chapel,” Juliana tells Indonesia Tatler Weddings. Both their families originate from the same Chinese background; however, Juliana’s grandfather is the first generation to move to Indonesia, while Ryan’s family had immigrated here much longer and consequently are definitely a bit more flexible. Approximately 450 guests attended their wedding, and there were two dress codes; semi-formal attire for the Holy Matrimony and strictly formal attire for the spectacular Wedding Reception. Their families wore Chinese inspired clothing for the tea ceremony the day before the wedding day. The Holy Matrimony ceremony was relatively brief in duration while the reception was much longer; it commenced at 8:00pm and ended at approximately 11:00pm, followed by a joyous after party till the early morning hours. “I think what really happens after you’ve said “I do”, is discovering each other as husband and wife. We are no longer just individuals but a unit and all our decisions affect the both of us. It makes life a lot less lonely! However I think we also have to take time to adjust to the new dynamic and work on building an amazing life together and keeping each other grounded,” the blushing bride, Juliana Kumala, confesses.
“In between courses, it is very nice for the bride and groom to visit each table informally” —Jennie Hallam-peel