When we asked Polish model-turned-visual artisan and appearance artist Piotr Kopertowski what his best admonition for planning a bells was, he cheekily said, “Whether it’s for the angle or the wedding, consistently aces a date abutting to your altogether or added festivals. This way, you’ll be able to bethink anniversaries calmly in the future.” Acutely he got this abstraction aback his now-husband assistant Robert Meeder, poped the catechism on Christmas Eve in 2017. The duo acutely angry the bond in an affectionate commemoration in New Zealand a few months afterwards the proposal, and hosted a post-wedding affair in Sri Lanka a year later.
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“We actually met at my housewarming affair in Dubai aback in 2016. Piotr was a friend’s additional one for the evening. It angry out that he was my neighbour, and we would generally run into anniversary other. I was travelling a lot at the time, so at one point I asked Piotr if he could attending afterwards my plants. Aback I got back, he backward in for a few added days, which angry into weeks,” appear Australia-born Meeder. Given that they had several things in common, including adulation of travel, chance and South Asia, they didn’t booty too continued to move in together. From the UAE, they relocated to Hong Kong calm in 2018.
When things got serious, the brace abiding for a catch-up amid their families. “We both admire our mothers, so this affair was added about introducing them. My mum is hardly added conservative, but it wasn’t continued afore she too fell in adulation with Piotr,” Meeder told us. On August, 3, 2018, the two traversed to Auckland, New Zealand, to be accurately wed in a civilian ceremony, with Meeder’s mother and aunt in attendance.
When the brace visited Sri Lanka to advance for a area for their post-wedding celebrations, Meeder got offered a job as the CEO of Academy of Architecture in Sri Lanka, and they relocated again. “We capital to bless how important and accepted adulation is—it’s above gender or animal orientation. So, we hosted the capital bells ceremony, christened ‘A Anniversary of Love’ [exactly a year afterwards we active the acknowledged papers] for abutting accompany and ancestors in Talpe, Sri Lanka,” Kopertowski told us. “It concluded up actuality a housewarming celebration, my 40th altogether affair and our bells all in one—call it a hattrick of events,” Meeder remembered.
The anniversary kicked off on July, 31, 2019, with a academic ancestors dinner. “Held at at Gallery Café, our favourite restaurant in Colombo, this was the best nerve-wracking allotment of the celebrations,” Meeder disclosed. “On August, 1, 2019, Robert acclaimed his altogether in a admirable clandestine abode in Colombo. The affair was tropicana extravaganza, with a gourmet BBQ, affair and a applesauce concert by the pool. Our guests flew in from New York City, Denmark, Iceland, Australia, Hong Kong, Russia and alike South America,” Kopertowski elaborated.
August 3, 2019, was the big day. “It was cloudburst bells meets basal abutting boho chichi celebration, but it had to be in the appropriate villa. We spent months chief until we acclimatized on Alcazar Ishq as our bells area and best of adaptation for the bells party,” Meeder said. “The commemoration was captivated at dusk [with the ocean as the backdrop], and we had a baby acquaintance Lucy Vittrup, advance it. Since we had all our accompany and ancestors with us, it was actually a appropriate day, a acquisition and anniversary of love,” he added. The brace fabricated abiding to accumulate the bells anniversary as accurate and bounded as possible. They commissioned Haadia Galley, a bounded bells planner, and included bounded music, aliment and alike ball in their festivities.
In befitting with their accurate streak, Kopertowski and Meeder eschewed archetypal tuxedoes in favour of chikankari kurtas advised by Rahul Mishra. “Robert happened to accommodated Rahul on a cruise to India in 2018, and he actually fell in adulation with his work. It wasn’t a difficult accommodation and Rahul and his aggregation were so admiring throughout the accomplished process. We had aloof two accessories and it was done,” Kopertowski revealed.
“I acutely bethink aback I accustomed this adjustment from Robert aback in November 2018, and I bethink activity rather afflicted with their best of the garment. Chikankari is actual abutting to my heart, for how aboriginal does the white-on-white aggregate look. The actuality that both the grooms wore the aforementioned architecture fabricated it abundant added special. The affectionate of acquaintance and adulation these apparel represent is what we, as a brand, generally attending advanced to actuality a allotment of,” Rahul Mishra told us in an absolute chat. “We capital to comedy on the academic black-tie of Western bells attire, so we commutual our white acme with a cape sarong by Sri Lankan artist LOVI from Urban Island,” Kopertowski explains. The changeable guests wore acceptable saris by the aforementioned artist too.
“The best appropriate moment was aback we had a accumulation of bristles adolescent girls accomplish a ball to ‘Gayatri Mantra’. There was not a dry eye in the room. Alike now aback I accept to the song, I can’t advice but breach up; it’s such a admirable and able mantra,” said Meeder. The celebrations concluded with a accretion BBQ affair by the pool. “We both accede that it wasn’t adulation at aboriginal sight, but a growing adulation from day one… we accept to accept we adulation anniversary added added now than ever,” Meeder said in conclusion. Scroll advanced to booty a attending at their admirable bells album.