This beautiful wedding at the Four Seasons was more personal than most. It was my brother and sister-in-law’s wedding ceremony, which was a whirlwind given that the venue was confirmed two months before the wedding date. The ceremony went perfectly, and the only suspenseful part was the lighting of the unity candles.
The bride and groom each took their individual candle to light the center candle which was to symbolize their unity in marriage. The only problem was that it was a windy day and the lighting was outdoors. Everyone watched as the candle was lit, wondering if the wind would blow out the flame. If that happened, most would have considered it a bad omen for the marriage. Luckily as the flame was about to be snuffed out by the wind, the groom cradled the candle with his hand to protect the flame from dying and in many ways, I’ve wondered if marriage itself is like this. Are there moments when a marriage feels like it’s ending and it takes everything you have to keep going one step further. (I’m not married yet but I equate this with my personal commitments. Training for a marathon, running a business – does everyone have moments when you lose steam and yet you just keep going because it’s worth it).
Some of the other traditional parts of the wedding included a group of dancers who performed the Korean traditional fan dance, and an incredibly powerful drum dance using traditional Korean drums. The lighthearted part of the evening was when the groom sat on a chair and his friends each had a chance to hit the soles of his feet with a broomstick so the pain of the blows would remind him not to run when things got hard!
Overall it was an incredible evening and I particularly loved producing this wedding. Now I have an adorable little baby niece who is the absolute sweetest.