sweetly cher­ished

Ta­nia Olga and Ay­ron Chia said “I do” on the beach in Bali. With them were 200 cher­ished guests, who flew in from around the world for their heart­warm­ing and gor­geously ap­pointed cel­e­bra­tion.

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Ay­ron is from Sin­ga­pore while I’m from Jakarta. We met in 2015 at a work event in Jakarta, and im­me­di­ately hit it off. I was 22 at the time and mar­riage wasn’t even on my mind. We started with a long-dis­tance re­la­tion­ship and, as we learnt to un­der­stand each other’s cul­ture and cus­toms, we found our­selves even more in love.

He pro­posed dur­ing our Christ­mas hol­i­day in Hong Kong last year. We were en­joy­ing a ro­man­tic din­ner with fan­tas­tic views from the restau­rant that’s on the 38th floor. He pushed his chair back and got down on one knee. I was so sur­prised that it took a while for me to re­alise that Ay­ron had just asked me to marry him. Of course, I ac­cepted!

We wanted a des­ti­na­tion wedding that was in­ti­mate and re­lax­ing. Bali was an easy choice. It’s where we had our first hol­i­day to­gether, so it’ll al­ways be a spe­cial place to us. We chose the beau­ti­ful Sakala Re­sort Bali in Nusa Dua for our sim­ple and mean­ing­ful solem­ni­sa­tion, and pool­side din­ner with ocean views.

My wedding gown was made by In­done­sian de­signer Debby Har­di­nata, who worked her magic to bring my ideas to life. One of my favourites was a cape with em­broi­dery and pearls that truly el­e­vated my look for our night­time fes­tiv­i­ties.

“We shot this on the beach with our en­tourage to show how much we cher­ished our friends whom we’ve known for over a decade.”

“I’m so blessed to have Ay­ron as my life part­ner. He is so sin­cere and kind, and I can al­ways talk to him.”

There were many high­lights on our spe­cial day. Ay­ron’s best man from Sin­ga­pore gave a speech in ba­hasa In­done­sia, which he had painstak­ingly prac­tised just for the oc­ca­sion. I also cried dur­ing my brides­maids’ speeches.

Our first dance to­gether as man and wife was an­other high­light. We picked up danc­ing from our friends who own Our First Dance by KYZX in Sin­ga­pore. It taught us about team­work and trust, and we were so glad when guests told us how im­pressed they were with our per­for­mance.

An­other mem­o­rable mo­ment was when Ay­ron and some friends jumped into the pool to­wards the end of our af­ter-party. Ev­ery­one had a great time!

Plan­ning our wedding wasn’t easy, but we made sure to divvy up tasks ac­cord­ing to our strengths, and met in the mid­dle on things we couldn’t agree on. Go­ing through it to­gether made us stronger and we both agreed that we’d done our best, and were so re­lieved that every­thing went well.

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