Prestige sat down with Indra Priawan Djokosoetono and Nikita Willy for a chat about their experience planning a wedding during quarantine and how to keep themselves healthy during these turbulent times.
The photo shoot for this issue’s cover and the fashion spread you’re looking at right now isn’t all that different from any other shoot. Except for the strict social distancing, a minimum amount of people on set, and those who are present having gone through PCR and swab tests days before. But that’s increasingly the norm these days. Another thing the team is starting to do is doing an actual, proper fashion shoot using a smartphone. In this case, the new OPPO Find X2 Pro, which we used to take the pictures in front of you as well as the behind-the-scenes video of this cover story. The X2 series, in particular, brings visuals to life and every detail shines through in natural, lifelike vibrancy. Which is quite fitting, really, as we are featuring the IT-couple of the moment, Indra Priawan Djokosoetono and actress Nikita Willy.
Just two weeks before this photo shoot, Indra and Nikita held an intimate wedding ceremony, attended by their families and close friends. Planning a wedding is already a hassle in itself, but planning a wedding during a global pandemic? “Chaotic” might be the best way to describe the whole process. At least, that was what we learned about their journey during our interview session. Nikita admitted that everything was confusing to her and everyone involved. With city-wide Large-Scale Social Restrictions (PSBB) in effect, their nuptial plans had to be changed. A destination wedding was planned at one point, but the lockdown compelled them to look for other options.
We are surrounded by good people with good vibes, so you attract positivity even though the world is currently in a turbulent situation. – Nikita Willy
This chaos, however, became the very reason why they decided to speed up the wedding. When Jakarta’s governor eased restrictions for the second time, they agreed to do the wedding while they had a chance. They tied the knot a week later, surrounded by their loved ones in an intimate ceremony. Snippets of the wedding had been uploaded to Nikita’s YouTube channel, consisting of stories and confessions from the couple, as well as details about the wedding from the venue to the dress and attire designed by Indonesian designer Didiet Maulana.
Before we continue, perhaps a quick recap of the couple’s journey is in order. Indra and Nikita met through a mutual friend, became friends and then more than friends. Nikita Willy is a singer and an actress, with several business ventures to her name, ranging from beauty products to jewellery. Meanwhile, Indra Priawan Djokosoetono is the youngest member of the Djokosoetono family who founded Blue Bird Group, the country’s largest taxi operator. Indra is also an avid traveller and his journeys are well documented through his social media channels. Together, they have visited many exotic places, from visiting the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina to tracking gorillas in Rwanda.
More recently, Indra’s and Nikita’s adventures revolved mostly around planning the aforementioned wedding and – like just about everybody else – adjusting their daily routines and workflow to the realities of life under a pandemic. While Nikita was shooting her TV series, the crew had to stop every ten days as everybody had to be regularly tested. “Everything has its own protocols now,” she says, “and it is important for us to comply with those because we have to keep everyone safe and healthy.” Meanwhile, Indra has had to rely more and more on the digital world, including the now-prevalent virtual meetings, to avoid crowded places and keep up with social distancing protocols. The couple has also said goodbye – for the time being – to dining out, with Nikita remarking how they now prefer to dine home, sometimes inviting close friends for intimate dinner parties.
It’s nice to spend quality time with our friends and family. It’s not of then that we can spend time like that. Now, we value those moments so much more. – Indra Priawan Djokosoetono
Daily workouts are another major thing for Indra and Nikita, as during these difficult times, keeping oneself healthy and fit has never been more important. With public facilities still closed, however, they now work out at their personal trainer’s private gym. “He only accepts a small number of clients these days; you can count them on the fingers of your hand. We are lucky that he has his own private space where we can work out almost every day.”
Indra also emphasized on the importance of mental health. “I think, first and foremost, the most important thing is your mental health,” he points out. “The uncertainty of what’s happening in the world has increased our anxiety and it’s important to keep yourself calm and collected. And physically, you can work out daily so you stay in good shape.” To that, Nikita added: “We keep ourselves happy by keeping our bodies healthy. We meditate as well. to keep our mind intact. We are surrounded by good people with good vibes, so you attract positivity even though the world is currently in a turbulent situation.”
To destress after work has piled up, Indra and Nikita would book tickets and take off to find peace of mind. It goes without saying that travelling has a significant positive effect on your mind and soul. A change of place and scenery helps clear your mind and allows you to be a happy human being. And, of course, there’s a sense of excitement and giddy anticipation as you are close to your destination. “I think we are naturally very happy, anyway, when travelling, even if we have a tight schedule and itinerary,” Nikita says. “We are just excited to do all those activities and see beautiful sceneries.”
Unfortunately, being in a crowded airport is not exactly a good idea right now. So, for Indra and Nikita, the lockdown has become a way to reconnect with family and close friends. “I think the last time travelled was to Bali. We tried our best to avoid crowds and to follow social distancing rules,” Nikita recalls, to which Indra adds: “Yes, and we have now opted to stay at home and invite people over for dinner parties. It’s nice to spend quality time with our friends and family. It’s not often that we can spend time like that. Now, we value those moments so much more.”
If there’s one thing the couple has learned during the pandemic it is how important it is to keep ourselves healthy – both physically and mentally. Oftentimes we take our body for granted, “Our body is our best investment,” Nikita remarks. “Once you get sick, you can’t go anywhere, you can’t travel, you can’t be productive. So, you really have to take good care of it.”
For now, Indra and Nikita have more than enough to keep themselves busy. But the first thing that they would like to do once things turn back to normal is to go out on a long-overdue honeymoon. “We might even stay overseas for a month,” Indra remarks, which elicits a smile from Nikita.
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