I have always wanted to start a blog here, where I can share the memorable things I've seen in weddings and interesting ideas about ceremonies. Like many other grand ideas of mine, this stays on my To-Do list for quite a while. Anyway, here I am, writing my first post. I think it would be nice to dedicate this post to this lovely couple, Frank and Renata, whom I married in the beginning of July.
It is the second marriage for both Frank and Renata and they wanted to celebrate with a simple but meaningful ceremony. Friends and family flew in from the States and China to be a part of the special day. We didn't have much time to prepare due to the short time frame. I found out later that the couple is Christian so we had to make a few changes on the script. I didn't mind a single bit of course. It was a celebration for a major milestone in life for the couple and I too wished it to be exactly how they have envisioned it.
The wedding was held at the beautiful Burnaby Village Museum on a sunny Saturday. When I first arrived, the couple was taking photos in the garden. In front of the church, where the ceremony would be performed, there is a memorial stone fountain for the civic employees who participated in the First World War. Being a history lover, I immediately noticed it. I remember standing there in the cool morning breeze, watching the couple from a distance. Smiling and shyly striking posts in front of the camera, the couple looked genuinely happy. What a sweet moment, I thought.
What made a deep impression on me about this particular wedding was the groom's caring gesture for the bride during the processional. There was no Groomsman so we started the ceremony with the groom and me standing at the altar. While the bride was walking down the aisle beside her elderly mother, the groom waved his hand gently, comforting the bride and reminding her to walk slowly. Frankly, most grooms would be totally absorbed in the moment or too shy to do something like that. This tiny gesture touched me deeply. It is the little things that mean a lot.
And then I saw the bride's silent, happy tears after the prayers.
Marriage ceremony is a major rite of passage in life as it celebrates the joining of two different lives and marks the couple's love and commitment to each other. This was a joyful life moment for Frank and Renata and I'm grateful that I had the honour to be a part of it.
We performed a unity candle ritual towards the end of the ceremony. In the soft, warm light of candles, I gave my blessings to the couple, "From this day onward, may you bask in the beauty of the light of your love, may its light shine bright and steady upon your path together and may its heat keep you warm through all the days of your lives and beyond."
My warmest wishes to Frank and Renata for a wonderful life together.