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Traditional Javanese Wedding in Indonesia

Putri and Dylan met just months after they both moved to Boulder, CO to attend school. Dylan moved from Kansas to pursue teaching and massage therapy, and Putri moved from Indonesia to attend university. Putri first noticed Dylan when he was playing bass in the church band during welcome week, she knew at that moment that he was the man she was going to marry even before she knew his name. She joined the church choir in hopes of getting to know him better and one day at practice while Putri was subbing for the pianist the two locked eyes and the rest is history.

Every spring break the couple road trips to a national park for a camping trip. Last year they decided to visit Canyonlands and while on a grueling 9 mile at the top of the canyon Dylan got down on one knee, surrounded by canyons with no one else in sight, he presented Purti with a gorgeous Sapphire ring which was based off of her childhood idol, Princess Diana. Of course she said yes!

In the Javanese Culture, it is expected that the wedding takes place in the bride’s home town so they decided to have their friends and family join them across the globe in Indonesia. It is also custom that the bride’s parents extend invitations to every person that they know. Weddings are a huge celebration in their culture and around 1,200 people attended the wedding celebration.

The wedding lasted two days, the Siraman ceremony was held the first day and the wedding ceremony was on the second. The Siraman represents a physical and spiritual cleansing where the couple is bathed (separately) with water from seven different springs mixed with flowers. Family members and friends bath the couple from head to feet cleansing the entire body. Other traditions include the cutting of the bride and grooms hair where they ix it together with flowers and bury it in the front yard of the parents house to symbolizes how their family will grow together and releasing of chickens symbolizing the parents letting go of their children to go find a new path with their chosen one.

The wedding ceremony took place on the second day, with a traditional Catholic wedding followed by the reception that include the breaking of the egg and washing of the grooms feet symbolizing that he is ready to be come a responsible father and the bride should faithfully serve her husband and the dance of Ram and Sinta from the Hindu fairytale Ramayana, a tale of true love.

The couple loved being immersed in the Javanese culture and traditions while being surrounded by all of their friends and family who traveled from all parts of the world to celebrate with the couple.Dylan loves Putri’s adventurous spirit, kind heart and not to mention she is beautiful! They have very similar priorities and values and they appreciate each others differences. Putri loves how kind and thoughtful Dylan is, he keeps her calm and even cooks her amazing food! He even learned her first language and is now fluent in Indonesian language which shows just how much he appreciates Putri and her culture, their love for each other will only continue to grow.

Some of the weddings I photograph leave me speechless because of how rich, lively, colorful and full of tradition they are. Putri and Dylan’s Traditional Javanese wedding in Indonesia was one such occasion.

The couple met just months after they both moved to Boulder, CO to attend CSU. Dylan moved from Kansas to pursue teaching and massage therapy and Putri moved from Indonesia to attend university. Putri said she first noticed Dylan when he was playing bass in the church band during welcome week. She said that she knew at that moment that Dylan was the man she was going to marry, even before she knew his name! Putri then joined the church choir in hopes of getting to know him better and one day at practice while Putri was subbing in for the pianist – the two locked eyes. After that, and as the saying goes – the rest was history.

Every spring break the couple takes a road trip to a national park for some camping. Last year they decided to visit Canyonlands and while on a grueling 9-mile hike at the top of the canyon Dylan got down on one knee, surrounded by canyons with no one else in sight, he presented Purti with a gorgeous Sapphire ring which was based off of her childhood idol, Princess Diana. Putri said yes, and the wedding planning began!

In the Javanese Culture, it is tradition that the wedding takes place in the bride’s hometown, so Putri and Dylan decided to have their friends and family join them across the globe in Indonesia. The bride’s parents are the ones who organize the marriage ceremony and it is customary that the bride’s parents extend invitations to every person that they know. Weddings are a huge celebration in their culture and around 1,200 people attended the wedding celebration.

Putri and Dylan’s wedding ceremony was held over two days. Javanese weddings are so intricate and wonderful and I almost had a hard time keeping track of the traditions! I cannot forget the bride, sporting traditional make up with a special gelungan (hairdo) for the ceremony. Beautiful is not an accurate enough word to describe how Putri looked that day. She was adorned in shining golden jewelries and a dress crafted just for this special occasion with Dylan also sporting his own special dress for the ceremony that was so wonderfully colorful and vibrant. It is important and crucial that the couple is dressed as impeccably as possible, being that they are treated and honored by those who present during their wedding party as King and Queen for the day.

The Siraman ceremony was held on the first day with a traditional Catholic wedding on the second, followed by a reception. The Siraman ceremony represents a physical and spiritual cleansing where the couple is bathed (separately) with water from seven different springs mixed with flowers. Family members and friends bathe the couple from head to feet, cleansing the entire body. Other traditions included the cutting of the bride and grooms hair and binding it together with flowers before burying it in the front yard of the parent’s house. This is meant to symbolize how their family will grow together. Afterwards, the releasing of chickens is done to represents the parents letting go of their children to find a new path with their chosen one. I swear that everything just got more and more romantic and filled with culture as the seconds ticked by! The couple loved being immersed in the Javanese culture and traditions and the ceremony and traditions that took place that day were as fascinating as it was beautiful. So many things happened and so much of it leaves me at a loss of words on how to describe it. The pictures truly speak for themselves!

What is most noteworthy from this set is the couple. They have very similar priorities and values but they appreciate each other’s differences. They are as much different as they are alike and the love that blossoms between them is so evident. I love looking back at the images, the history, culture and love are so abundant it makes you look forward to meeting your own unique and special someone and having your own unique and special day in which you come together as one. Just like Putri and Dylan.

You can view Putri & Dylan’s elopement featured on The Knot here!

 

Amy Bluestar Photography specializes in destination weddings and the most adventurous elopements. I LOVE photographing love stories all over the world, whether you are eloping in the mountains of Colorado or having a destination wedding on the beaches of Italy. I live for love and adventure and I focus on capturing real, unforgettable moments that you will cherish for a lifetime. Photographing weddings all over the western United States including Colorado, Utah, Arizona, California, Oregon and Washington and Worldwide. Let’s plan an adventure!

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