A year ago, I went on the trip of a lifetime that I have many times said changed my life; mainly because of the people I met. Fran and David, an Indo-Chinese couple who were on the same tour as I was, were two of those I grew very close to. At that time, they weren’t engaged just yet, but a few months later, David finally proposed! A year’s worth of planning finally got me to Surabaya for the wedding. Two other tour mates of ours, Kyra from Canada and Robert from Indonesia but residing in Melbourne, also flew into the city for the wedding, so it was this little Contiki reunion, Asia edition!
Arriving into Surabaya the night before the wedding, after what was a cancelled AirAsia flight and later on turned out to be just a delayed flight after my persistence to find out what was really going on, I managed to get some eye-shut by half-past 11pm, but had to get up an hour and a half later for hair and make-up. A car had been sent to the hotel to pick me up at about 2 in the morning and we arrived in the house-turned-salon a little before 3.
I would like to congratulate House of Lea Bridal & Salon for not making me look like fool even if make-up hates my face. Haha! But really, having my make-up done in a salon results in me looking like a clown – may it be because they made my eyebrows too thick or put too much foundation, and the list goes on! Considering how much I loved the right amount of make-up they put on me despite having massive eye bags, I had to take a selfie. Let me post this; as me taking selfies is incredibly rare. For the first time in my 21 years of existence, I was a bridesmaid! So, is this the start of Faith: Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride? Haha! Kidding aside, this experience not only allowed me to learn so much about the Indo-Chinese culture, but also gained me new friends – my fellow bridesmaids: Grace and Judy.
After about 4 hours of waiting, having my hair and make-up done, getting dressed and all, we finally saw Fran! I gave her a big hug considering the last time we saw each other was a year and seven months ago. Her dress was absolutely stunning. We always talked about how she couldn’t make up her mind about what the design of her wedding gown would be and at the last minute, she found the perfect one! At around 7, we headed to JW Marriott Hotel, where the reception later that night would be held, for the photo sessions.
The beautiful bride ♥
Don’t you just adore her beautiful wedding gown! The Indo-Chinese have this tradition wherein the bride and groom’s family would share a meal before the wedding ceremony.
We headed to the church at about 9 for the ceremony; photos for another post. Unlike in the Philippines where the reception comes right after the ceremony, the wedding ceremony was set at 10, but the reception was not until 6 in the evening. Also, only a handful of close friends and family are invited to the wedding ceremony.
In between the ceremony and the reception, we had lunch, more photo sessions in the hotel, and went back to the salon for hair & make-up retouch. While waiting for our time to go to the main ballroom, we stayed in the bridal suite for a bit to take a break from all the wedding madness.
At about 5pm, we headed down to what I now deem as the Wedding of the Year. It’s too bad that I didn’t get to take good photos that day though, considering I only had my camera with me a few times during the day and we had bridesmaid duties to attend to. The whole reception was an incredible, sensational production!