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OF ELEGANCE AND GRACE

The initial romantic attraction, or so called Love at First Sight, took Daniel and Kelly down the aisle in elegance and style.

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Love at first sight. That was how Daniel met Kelly. He laid his eyes on her during a New Year’s party at a café in Jakarta three years ago and followed her all night long. His persistence won him the attractive girl, who is now his wife.

“He wouldn’t stop following me. It drove me nuts, but, oh well, he was cute.” Kelly quipped. “He convinced me it was love at first sight. For me, the feeling grew over the years.”

In September 2011, Daniel proposed with the ring he prepared months in advance on Brooklyn Bridge in New York. “I got proposed from the man I love in my dream city. Imagine how I felt!” exclaimed Kelly. “Daniel teared and I joined in.”

Three years on, that first gaze of love blossomed. “When we looked at each other in the eyes after the blessing from the priest, the feeling was indescribable – we are husband and wife now,” Kelly recalled the moment they were pronounced married.

Cupid certainly deserved a pat on the back.

The couple tied the knot on 9 June 2012 and held their holy matrimony at Jakarta Cathedral, the oldest and most magnificent church in Jakarta. Witnessed by close friends and family members, the matrimony was a classic wedding affair.

Vintage was the theme for the church wedding. Kelly looked elegant and graceful in her European laced vintage gown designed by Chenny Han, one of the most sought after wedding designers in Jakarta. Her hand bouquet of calla lilies, arranged by Inge Florist fitted perfectly with the alluring theme. Daniel’s suit was tailored by Pizzaro. Kelly’s bridesmaids’ dresses of brocade fabric and silk were sewn by her neighbour.

After the church wedding, they had their reception at The Hall Senayan City to host close to 1,000 guests. Strategically located with a huge hall, The Hall Senayan City was the ideal venue for their grand reception. It also had a room for their traditional Chinese tea ceremony before the reception began.

The hall was decorated with fresh roses and peonies, arranged by Grasida Decoration. According to the couple, they spent the most on the decoration for the hall.  Nevertheless, they wished they had included a Sakura tree to the Garden Theme.

The couple, their bridesmaids and groomsmen danced into the reception hall to the guests’ delight as it was uncommon in Indonesia. They were inspired after attending their aunt’s wedding in the United States in 2011.

Guests savoured food catered by Adhika Cater, and grooved to jazz and pop music by a well-known band in Jakarta. Kelly’s uncle is the lead vocalist in the band and dedicated their performance as a gift to the newlyweds.

Rio Photography took the couple’s wedding photos and did Kelly’s hair and makeup. “Rio is a dear friend. We engaged him as Kelly already had many photo sessions with him,” said the couple. “He is very professional, full of creative ideas and his crew was fantastic. Everyone loved the way they directed the poses.”

The planning of the approximately S$63,000.00 wedding took them eight months. The couple planned the wedding themselves to fulfil their dream wedding. To ensure the smooth execution of the wedding, Kelly and Daniel engaged a wedding planner to coordinate the events on the day itself. Time was their biggest challenge but they had help from people around them.

Very much in love, the couple felt like they were still dating but with more focus and commitment to living together. “He is a keeper. I wouldn’t trade him for the world,” Kelly said, thinking back to the initial romantic attraction three years ago.