Sarah was a flower girl for their church ceremony, which meant that she was really excited about getting dressed up--we took extra care with her hair and dress and got to the church early to make sure she could line up to walk the aisle when she needed to.
(Credit for this photo goes to the wedding photographer--the girls were so lovely I had to share it!)
The church service was in Tamil and English--since the wedding was held at a Tamil church, but there were a number of non-Tamil speakers present. Tamil is one of the only languages that I have had a good amount of exposure to and still haven't managed to learn more than about two words. Much of the audience sang along enthusiastically during the worship songs, but I couldn't fit my tongue around the words on the screen.
Little Josh was sleepy and MaryGrace was a trooper, keeping him calm for a long portion of the service.
The pastor preached an 8-point sermon of marriage advice. His impressions of how NOT to talk to your husband or wife were pretty funny (and quite familiar-sounding, as well!).
Once the ceremony was over, it was time for everyone to head home as there was only a few hours till the reception began. Nearly everyone changed clothes before the reception--red being a popular color of choice for the night, since it's the bride's favorite color, as well as a lucky color according to her Chinese heritage.
Wedding photo shoots--elaborate, multi-outfit and multi-location photo shoots that take place months before the wedding, are the norm for bridal couples here. There are a number of bridal studios in our town that offer clothing rental, hair and make-up, as well as photography, editing, and printing services for these photos. Issabelle and Daniel had one larger-than-life poster from their session at the reception, along with several albums.
Another tradition we've seen at a number of wedding receptions is this cake in the front of the room:
Which is usually a plastic or plaster model. In fact, if you want some delicious cake, you have to recognize that individual pieces are served in these adorable boxes stacked in a pyramid at the back of the room. Those with a sweet tooth may or may not have been grabbing them before the bride and groom even arrived.
Weddings are the best time to get photos with everybody all dressed up in their best, so this is all the little girls with the bride's younger brother-we've known him since he was 5 years old--he's so grown up now!
With the mother of the bride. And, below, with the bride's older sister...acting just like sisters...
(They are paging through one of the wedding albums)
An integral part of the reception is the toast "Yam Seng" (Also spelled "Yum Seng", although the spelling "Yom Seng" would probably be closer to the actual pronunciation for my American readers). When you toast this, you have to yell "Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam Seng!" and hold the "yam" until you run out of breath or even longer. We repeated the toast three times. This was one tradition that was carried over to my own wedding in the USA.
I didn't get any pictures of the food, but it was Indian food-rice and curries. One buffet was vegetarian and the other had mutton and chicken. You may notice Rebekah's hand in her food--there were spoons and forks available, but many people prefer to eat rice and curry and food of this type with their right hand instead. I don't...because I'm left-handed.
By the way, this was the first wedding dinner we've ever attended together. By and large, our friends either don't get married, don't have wedding dinners, or get married in countries that we don't live in. So this wedding reception was a first for us!
Congratulations Issabelle and Daniel!
When's the last time you've been to a wedding dinner? Have you ever been to a wedding in a country other than your native country?