The Flower Ar­chi­tect

Indonesia Tatler Weddings - - CELEBRATIONS -

Not your or­di­nary florist, the flower bell­wether Har­i­janto Se­ti­awan of Boenga took Irene Cyrena to a blos­som­ing whim­si­cal world of his cre­ation

Walk­ing through Har­i­janto’s elab­o­rate flower in­stal­la­tions al­most feels like an au­then­tic Nar­nia ex­pe­ri­ence. Un­sus­pect­ing guests open the carved wooden door to be greeted by metic­u­lously land­scaped, shim­mer­ing flo­ral pave­ments, bloom­ing cen­ter­pieces tow­er­ing over their heads and in­ter­twined flo­ral ar­range­ments cas­cad­ing from the ceil­ing. It cer­tainly is akin to step­ping into a won­der­land gush­ing with mes­mer­iz­ing in­flo­res­cence ga­lore. There can be no doubt that such grandeur de­mands peren­nial flow of cre­ativ­ity, in­spi­ra­tion and un­di­vided at­ten­tion to de­tails. Not to men­tion the eye-pop­ping num­ber of hours re­quired to plan and ex­e­cute the de­signs, but Har­i­janto does it all with mag­nif­i­cent ease. From mes­mer­iz­ing ev­ery sin­gle guest in a 10,000 strength party to be­ing the of­fi­cial florist for Prince Al­bert II of Monaco or the Swiss lux­ury watch brand Mai­son Vacheron Con­stantin, noth­ing is ever too grand or too much for this world renowned florist. De­cem­ber last year, Har­i­janto’s chef d’oeu­vre be­came the talk of the town when he turned a bare and idle ball­room into a bustling Turk­ish Grand Bazaar for Budi Wi­rawan and Vera Gu­nawan’s wed­ding. The new­ly­weds only had words of praise for the founder of Boenga Pte Ltd. “As a world-class flower dec­o­ra­tor who has won many in­ter­na­tional awards, we no­ticed Har­i­janto Se­ti­awan’s pas­sion for flo­ral de­sign and event dec­o­ra­tions. He has his own sig­na­ture, and never fails to de­liver unique, out of the box, orig­i­nal de­sign dé­cor.”

Budi and Vera, who wanted an un­con­ven­tional wed­ding, were cap­ti­vated by Har­i­janto’s artistry the mo­ment he pre­sented his ideas to them. Work­ing with the theme “Mys­ti­cal Dream”, Boenga el­e­vated the con­cept of Mid­dle Eastern play­ground by de­sign­ing an el­e­gant dome, where the bride and groom will stand and greet the guests. The plat­form, from which Teddy Palawan or­ches­tra would belt the ex­otic Turk­ish-ara­bian tune, was adorned with an­tique plates.

For their wed­ding, Har­i­janto used lisianthus, wax flow­ers, vibur­num, hed­era, roses and matthi­ola in his in­tri­cate flower ar­range­ments to glitz the Grand Ball­room at Ho­tel Mu­lia Se­nayan. Col­lab­o­rat­ing with Multi Kreasi En­ter­prise and Max­imus pho­tog­ra­phy, Boenga cre­ated a gen­uine “Mys­ti­cal Dream” ex­pe­ri­ence. They tele­ported all 2,000 guests to the me­an­der­ing al­leys of the Grand Bazaar, where they could ex­pe­ri­ence au­then­tic Turk­ish shoe po­lice ser­vice, tea test­ing and spice mar­ket. Guests were also en­ter­tained by belly danc­ing and a wide ar­ray of Mid­dle Eastern gourmet. Boenga went all out in work­ing on the con­cept and pro­vid­ing all the im­por­tant at­tributes to cre­ate an all-rounded Mid­dle Eastern ex­pe­ri­ence.

Budi and Vera are not the only ones rav­ing about Har­i­janto’s golden touch. The ac­claimed florist has bagged many awards for his flo­ral style and flam­boy­ance. He was awarded Sil­ver Gilt Medal at Chelsea Flower Show and In­ter­na­tional De­signer of The Year, Lon­don in 2013. Har­i­janto was also the re­cip­i­ent of Sin­ga­pore’s Pres­i­dent’s De­sign Award 2013, the first time the award was ever given to a florist. Be­ing ex­traor­di­nar­ily flu­ent in the lan­guage of flow­ers, the Pres­i­dent of Flo­ral De­sign­ers So­ci­ety of Sin­ga­pore is trusted to work as the prin­ci­pal flower con­sul­tant for Ritz Carl­ton Ho­tel in Krabi, Thai­land, In­ter­con­ti­nen­tal Ho­tel in Danang, Viet­nam, St. Regis Sin­ga­pore, Shi En Ike­bana and Western Flo­ral Art of Sri­lanka. Any­thing you can dream of, the flo­ral-scape mae­stro can surely make it come true. Well, that is if you can catch him be­fore he flies thou­sands of miles away to bring yet another won­der­land to life.

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