It’s been a few years since I did my last Jakarta ballroom wedding. So I was very excited when Dion, the groom contacted me about 9 month back and asked me to come to Jakarta to photograph his wedding there. I had photographed the wedding of Dion’s sister 6 or 7 years back in Bali. And Dion told me that he and his family loved my pictures so much that they wanted to have me for their wedding in Jakarta.
At first I was a bit hesitant because Jakarta weddings are very different from what we normally do in Bali. That is because those weddings are exclusively indoors and therefore require a different skill set. But since I have not been in Jakarta for a long time and I love a challenge I accepted the assignment.
And what a wedding it was !! I started my work at one of Jakarta’s most prestigious hotels where the groom and his entourage were getting ready. From there we departed to the bride’s home where some games and a tea ceremony were performed. Afterwards we headed back to the hotel where the next tea ceremony was held.
At around lunch time a beautiful service was held in a church in Central Jakarta. For me this was the highlight of the day. Because the church provided for awesome and inspiring photographs of the matrimony of Dion and Belinda. What followed was a well-deserved break for everyone.
The reception was held in a large ballroom of the hotel. I did not count the tables, but it must have been in excess of 100. The décor was spectacular and the cake was the largest I have ever seen in my career. Gigantic !
During the evening various high-class entertainment options were presented to the guests. For me the highlight of the evening was when Belinda did her first dance with her father. Who then surrendered the bride to Dion. There was so much going on during that evening that it would go beyond the scope of this blog to describe it all. Rather I leave you with my personal favorites of this fabulous wedding:
A flying groom’s man – definitely a first-timer for me…
Please note that Papa is making telephone calls during the Champagne pouring – gotcha Daddy !!!
I guess we will never know what he’s been seeing / thinking in that moment… 🙂
Dion, Belinda I hope you will enjoy the photographs as much as I did capturing them. A big THANK YOU goes to Valentino Ruya , who helped me to capture this magnificent Jakarta wedding.
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