I dedicated this post firstly, for my friends and family who was attending our wedding. It is great to know that it was not only me and my husband who really enjoy the party, but the whole crowd enjoyed it as much as we did. Secondly, for friends and family both in Indonesia and in Norway who were not there on our wedding but was sending loads of prayers, warm greetings and lovely gifts for us. It mean a lot to us and we really appreciate each everyone of you. Thank you very much! Thirdly, to the people who working hard to help us to make our dream wedding came true. So, my lovely vendors, this post is also for you guys, the people behind the screen, who went above and beyond to give all you’ve got for our wedding. Just so you know, I got lots of compliment about the wedding. One of my favorite compliments was “Your wedding is like a fairytale. It is so beautiful“. To be honest, I would never ever get that compliment if it wasn’t for you guys. From the deepest of our heart, thank you very much.<3
Now, let’s get to it…
Venue and Date – Sebenernya tuh aku sempet dilema antara mau nikah di Bali atau di Jakarta. Satu sisi aku selalu pengen banget nikah di Bali, tapi di sisi laen pengen juga nikah di Jakarta, tapi aku selalu pengen outdoor wedding dan di Jakarta rasanya ga ada tempat outdoor yang menarik, so we decided to get married in Bali tepatnya di Kayumanis Nusa Dua Private Villa & Spa, Bali. Tanggal menikah 28 Juni 2014.
Gimana cara nemu tempatnya? Well, My amazing wedding organizer, Tasya helped us to find a great place within our budget. So setelah survey tempat, we both fell in love and saying yes to the venue. Kayumanis is such a beautiful place and I must say it is perfect for intimate wedding. Untuk pemberkatan, we chose the beach wedding dan untuk dinner, it was held di Kayumanis Restaurant yang namanya Piasan Restaurant.
Tradisi – I am Chinese Indonesian dan my husband is Norwegian. Jadi wedding kami itu percampuran dua budaya. Kalo kalian yang menikah dengan tradisi chinese pasti tau betapa ribetnya prosesi pernikahan sesuai tradisi chinese. Ga usah nikah, mau ngelamar dan tunangan ajah ribet banget. To be honest, as much as I love my culture, but when it comes to that thing, I just can’t take it. Cerita sedikit soal tunangan, he asked me to marry him di Sydney Botanical Garden, on his knees, with a ring on his hand and I said yes. Jadi pure ala barat, simple dan ga banyak ini-itu 😀 No sangjit, no lamaran dengan nampan merah, dll. #thankGod!! #byebyeribet hehehe.
Tapi, pasti hari pernikahan, of course aku tetep ngadain salah satu ceremony wajib ala Chinese yang namanya Tea-Pai or Tepai. Tepai ini adalah tea ceremony dimana aku sama pasangan kasih teh untuk diminum satu-satu ke setiap anggota keluarga aku, mulai dari my grandpa terus sampe ke my uncles and aunts. But that’s it.
Setelah teapai, lanjut ke pemberkatan di pantai at 4:30pm.
Setelah pemberkatan selesai, ada cocktail break for the guest for like 1 to 2 hours trus setelah itu langsung lanjut ke dinner. Nah pas para tamu enjoy the cocktails, aku sempet ada quick wedding photo session sama fotografer trus dilanjutin dengan touch-up make up aku sama ganti dress 🙂
Resepsi / Dinner – Total guest waktu itu 43 orang (half from my family and half from my husband’s family and his good friends) dan we already set a dinner menu for the guest jadi all they need is just sitting down and eat. Kayumanis people really did a wonderful job to serve our guest, the food was amazing 🙂 Our wedding cake juga udah disedian sama Kayumanis. It was two tiers of wedding cake, topped with fresh red roses. So simple and beautiful.
Sambil dinner, ada beberapa speech dari my husband’s family to us. Nah, karena di tradisi pernikahan kita jarang bahkan hampir ga ada yang kasih speech atau ngomong pas acara nikahan gini, so, dari my family, ga ada yang ngomong atau kasih kata-kata.
It was a long night and I think we ended the wedding at 11pm. 4 hours of dinner. Yeap, nope, no after party, no one get drunk. After dinner, everyone went back to their hotel and rest. Me and my husband, we sat in the pool opening gifts and reading greeting cards from Norway. It was a lot of it, probably around 30 or 40 cards 🙂 It was so beautiful and If you know me, I really love and appreciate handwritten card.
1. Wedding Organizer
Awalnya sih ga mau pake wedding organizer karena mikir intimate wedding dan kayaknya bisa ngehandle sendiri. But, seriously, unless wedding kamu di rumah sendiri dan dibawah 20 orang, please please use a wedding organizer. Aku tuh beneran ga kebayang gimana jadinya wedding aku kalo ga ada wedding organizer. Thank God setelah melakukan research yang panjang, dateng ke pameran ini dan itu akhirnya nemu juga WO yang pas. Bali Blessing Organizer is a real deal! Aku nemu BBO itu lewat google search dan aku emang sengaja nyari WO di Bali karena aku ga perlu nambah pengeluaran buat pesawat dan penginapan mereka. It seriously save tons of money 🙂
Nah, waktu itu aku di handle sama Tasya. Inget banget waktu itu aku cuma punya waktu 4 bulan buat persiapan sebelom hari H, jadi Tasya bersedia buat ngebantu kami yang jangak waktu persiapannya pendek and hasilnya she did a marvelous job.
Bersyukur banget urusan catetan sipil, sertifikat gereja, decor, waktu acara, dan detail keseluruhan wedding aku di handle sama Tasya dan BBO team. Mereka bener-bener standby deket aku, so pas aku butuh bantuan, it was so easy to get help. They were very professional 🙂
2. Wedding Invitation
Since our wedding ceremony was on the beach and I mean, Bali is very famous with their beachesssss right? right. So, of course we want our wedding invitation to has a beach theme in it. Vivian, my beautiful Australian lady crafted our wedding invitation beautifully. It is so simple and it really captured the beachy theme 😀 YOU GUYS, go to For the Love of Stationery website and check her work. She is really really amazing! Dan perlu kalian tau kalo ngerjain wedding invite ini tuh kita LDR-an (re: pake email) karena waktu itu aku di Jakarta dan Vivian di Sydney 🙂
Viv!! If you read this, thank you so much. We loved it and still do! You daaa bosssss, I miss you and I love you! ❤
Theme wedding aku itu blue and white jadi orang dekor make sure I get that theme color on during the wedding. Nah, on the dinner area, tepatnya di garden pas di luar restaurant, aku milih dekor yang ada touch vintagenya. Jadi I told everything to Tasya and she worked on her magic untuk sampein request kami ke orang dekor and also ke kayumanis team karena mereka ikutan dekor juga. Annnddddd… voilaaa! Dekornya bener-bener sesuai banget sama apa yang aku mau. Mulai dari sign board sampe props, semuanya bener-bener pas sama suasana dan our personality. So so so beautiful.
Jadi, waktu prewedding photos, we found this Bali photographer and just in love with their work. Aku suka foto yang ga terlalu banyak main prop but more about capturing the feeling and the moments. Hasil prewed foto kami tuh bener-bener bikin puas. Bagus banget. Jadi we decided to work with them again on our wedding.
Evermotion Photography, Ka Adi and team captured all these beautiful moments on both pre-wedding photo session and wedding session. Ka Adi and the team baik banget, it is easy to talk to them, ngerasa kayak temen daripada kayak partner bisnis. Foto-foto kami tuh hasilnya bagus banget. Waktu taun 2014, Evermotion belum menyediakan jasa videography tapi aku kurang tau deh sekarang. But, if you are interested to work with them, please do contact them directly.
That time, kami emang ga butuh videography secara wedding kami bener-bener simple jadi those beautiful photos are enough to bring back memories from the wedding 🙂
5. The Suit and The Dress
Wedding Dresses: Aku ada 2 dresses, satu warna putih untuk pemberkatan dan satu lagi warna soft brown with touch of gold and bronze buat dinner. These beautiful dresses were tailored by my beautiful friend Raisha Febriana 🙂 Suka banget banget banget. Nah kalo kalian tertarik, langsung ajah email ke email@example.com.
The Suit: Untuk si suami, he only have one suit dan warnanya biru rada tua. Di tailored juga sama Wong Hang. Waktu itu, kami dapet harga spesial pas purchased it di pameran wedding di Pullman Hotel 🙂 Jadi si suami bisa milih bahan, model, dll.
Dude, he looks sooooo dang handsome *blushing*
6. Hand Bouquet
Aku ada dua hand bouquet. Dua-duanya disedian sama Kayumanis langsung. Di foto ini bouquet buat ceremony. Bouquet yang buat dinner di liat foto-foto dinner diatas yah 🙂
Okay, first of all, let me say that I have the best make-up artist ever. Cici Yenny did a wonderful job 🙂 Cici cantik satu ini yang asli baik banget banget, sukses bikin aku terlihat anggun pas hari H hehehe. Aku tuh paling cerewet soal make-up but I trusted her and I fell in love with her work 🙂 I would love to work with her again in the future. If you guys in Bali atau rencana merit di Bali, langsung ajah hubungin si cici cantik satu ini. My mom, my bridesmaid, dan my aunts di make up sama ci Yenny Gunawan and team. Semuanya puas dan seneng banget sama hasil makeupnya.
Additional info: Kalo kalian liat di foto, disaat para calon penganten laen pake kimono cantik, aku pake kaos macan favorit dan celana pendek item. Si suami pake kaos dan celana pendek juga. Jadi as you can see we both love t-shirt and shorts hahaha. Well, please embrace our weirdness, but hey, weird is good 😀
Our Lovely Guest.
Which is our lovely family, both from Norway and Indonesia. You guys are our heroes in real life and seriously our wedding won’t be the same without these people. So, thank you so much for everything :’)
We love you.
It was a simple beautiful wedding and I think intimate wedding is really lovely. That night, we got to celebrate it with the people that we love dearly and I couldn’t ask for a better crowd to celebrate it with.
That’s it guys! Let me know kalau kalian mau nanya-nanya tentang wedding, tentang mixed culture relationship, atau apapun deh. You can always contact me to my email firstname.lastname@example.org atau di kolom comment dibawah atauuuu juga di Instagram aku langsung @stefieamsrud. I promise to answer your questions as best as I can 🙂
Last but not least, I really hope you enjoy this post, as I enjoy writing it for you. Oh and Grace! Thank you for your suggestion, I don’t know why I have to wait two freaking years to share this beautiful moment. But, again thank you again, Grace. I never smile so wide writing a post 🙂 Praying all the best comes to your way 🙂
Thank you for reading, guys!