Pulau Seribu: Gugi and Tina

Our Gugi and Tina got married in the most grand, lavish and beautiful wedding in the hills of Bandung. A week later, about 30 of us got onto a boat and traipsed off to an island the size of a football field in the middle of the Java Sea. The highlight of a month long journey in Indonesia, it was simply the funnest party I have ever been to in my life. Mostly because in the middle of nowhere, I was with the most wonderful friends from all over the world who had all rocked up to celebrate Tina and Gugi’s wedding. And party we did, dancing with our heads thrown back, looking at the beautiful night sky and feeling so, so alive. My heart felt so full as we swam in the sea that night, the water silky and warm against our skins.

Gugi and Tina, we love you so much! Keep laughing, dancing, exploring, dreaming and loving together forever.

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Liam, our officiant and resident philosopher was kind enough to share his beautiful speech with us, parts of which I will quote below.

What your choice today shows us is first and foremost the willingness and the enthusiasm to enter a long path of discovery of your other and of yourself. We do see the start of this journey now, but we do not know, nor do you, Tina, nor you, Gugi, all the colours this path will lead you through. For it is not a path that leads through a static landscape, on the contrary: it is a landscape in constant transformation, scattered with wonderful surprises, if you remain open and keep on walking it.

There is, in my opinion, a widespread misconception about what we think love is. We tend to think of it as a place. I know, the more common word is feeling. The point, however, is the same. Feelings are something we see ourselves subjected to, like passions. That is also reflected in our language: We say we are in love, or that we fall in love.

But love, real love, is not a place, in which one can rest and get comfy or bored or even desperate, if the love is not returned. Nor is love a passive affect, something we fall victim to and that carries us, helpless shipwrecked hearts, in its flows, tides and whirls. That is partially true only for the beginning, for the “falling in love”, which has indeed a very overwhelming quality: When two people who have been strangers suddenly let the wall between them break down, and feel close, feel one, this moment of oneness is one of the most exciting experiences in life. However, this type of love is by its very nature not lasting. As the two persons become better acquainted and more familiar to each other, their intimacy tends to lose its miraculous character.

This is the point where love starts to show its real face. Love is an action, it is dedication, it is giving. It is a constant exercise of energy and a practice of human power. Ultimately, love is an assertion of freedom, never a result of compulsion. It is a celebration of life, the life of the other as well as one’s own.”

“Let me move towards a conclusion (finally, you’ll say!). I said at the beginning that there is a misconception about roots and about setting roots. As if roots represented some kind of imprisonment, a halt. But let’s consider: who or what has the strongest, the deepest roots of all? It’s clearly the most majestic trees, the ones who have experienced so many ages and times and natural cataclysms, those who, after having looked at the soil, then at the bushes, then at the bears and deer in the shade of the woods, then at the squirrels and at the birds on the higher branches, eventually get a free view over the vast forest around and at the sky above them.

Setting roots does not mean at all a giving up something – it is a necessary precondition for growing strong, high and generous. These roots will give you the strength to embark on a wonderful adventure.”

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It’s been a few months since this wedding and I haven’t looked at my Indonesia photos since I got back home. Going through this collection brought back such beautiful memories, I’m glad I waited because they feel better with age.

To all my Indo friends. Terima kasi! You know you have a home with me wherever I am.

To the GSP massive, much love! 🙂 Liam, thank you so much for allowing me the kind use of your speech.

Venue: Pulau Seribu, Indonesia

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4 responses to “Pulau Seribu: Gugi and Tina”

  1. Tanja Kibogo says:

    Icredible wedding! You nailed it again Gathoni! xo

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