Betawi Ceremonial Wedding

     I have lived outside my country for 95% of my life, moving from one strange place to another. The only source of cultural heritage was my parents, and occasionally my extended family whenever I go back to Indonesia during the summer. Summer of 2017, I had the opportunity to reconnect with my heritage -  a concept I try hard to embrace and yet still seem to be slipping away from my identity. Born to a Betawi mother and a Javanese father, I explored one half of my identity in the form of a traditional wedding. The wedding comprehensively demonstrated the steps Betawi people took to bring not only two people, but two families together. 




Jakarta, Indonesia


Canon 5D IV


Canon EF 50mm f/1.8

Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L

Band of Rebana Players

One of the many traditional street foods, Kerak Telor (meaning 'egg crust')

Kids getting ready to collect money thrown during Saweran

Two men from each of the bride's and groom's family fight in a Silat battle

The bride wearing a traditional Betawi headdress made with Jasmine flowers