Egi & ZitaThe Wedding by Paulus
I don’t get to shoot traditional Indonesian weddings very often, and so when I do, I jump at the chance immediately. I’m always so fascinated by the colors and symbolism that decorates each ritual within the ceremony. Traditional weddings are filled with the yellow of bananas, the beautiful white jasmines, the fragrant pink rose petals, and the greens of pandan leaves. I find the mixture of it all so charming.
But what I especially love from these weddings are the strong emotional bond that comes up so vividly between the bride and her father. Every bride is her daddy’s princess and the moment she asks for his blessings to marry the man of her choice in front of the large audience at the ceremony becomes such an emotional one. The father’s eyes would be filled with an apparent mixture of pride and confound as he gives his daughter’s hand away in marriage, knowing that from that day forward, he will no longer be the man most important in her life. The bride’s eyes would be filled with gratitude, deep respect and love for her hero who raised her. And when she gaze at him to apologize for all the past mistakes and seeks his blessings for her new life with her husband-to-be, that’s always the moment worth capturing, and the moment I love most.
Congratulations on your beautiful wedding ceremony Egi and Zita. I wish you both a happy marriage!