After Fiance Goes Down With Plane, a Poignant Photo Shoot

Intan Syari dressed in her wedding dress
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 14, 2018 9:45 AM CST
In this photo taken Sunday, Indonesia's Intan Syari poses in her wedding dress with a bouquet of flowers on the day of her planned wedding in Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – An Indonesian woman who was engaged to a man who died on a Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea has worn her wedding dress on the day they were to have been married. Intan Syari's fiance, medical doctor Rio Nanda Pratama, was among 189 people who were killed when the Boeing 737 crashed on Oct. 29 a few minutes after taking off from Jakarta. Syari and Pratama, both 26, had planned to get married last Sunday. Pratama, who had attended a seminar in Jakarta, was on his way back to their hometown in Pangkal Pinang for the wedding. Syari said Pratama had joked before leaving that if he was late in returning, Syari should take photos in her wedding gown and send them to him.

"He asked me to still wear my wedding gown that he chose for me on our wedding day, put on beautiful makeup and hold a white rose bouquet, take good photos and send them to him," Syari told the AP on Wednesday. She said Pratama was her "first love" and that they started dating 13 years ago. On Sunday, she went ahead and took photos in the white wedding gown with a white satin head covering and a white rose bouquet in her hand, surrounded by relatives and friends. "Although I actually feel grief that I cannot describe, I have to smile for you," Syari wrote on Instagram. "I should not be sad, I have to stay strong as you always say to me, I love you, Rio Nanda Pratama." (A faulty sensor may have contributed to the crash.)


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