(We’re going to take a quick break from our San Francisco posts to do something a little bit different!)
Dangerous Dan and I are coming up on our one year anniversary, so I thought I’d write a few posts in celebration! I’ll share some nice pictures in this post, and in future posts I’ll share the not-too-exciting DIY crafts that I made for the big day as well as a reflection on the whole planning process.
We got married on a fairly warm mid-October day. The rain held off for most of the day, and we didn’t mind the threat of precipitation too much since grey skies are supposed to be easier to work with for photographers! (Look at how pretty those grey skies are in the photos below!)
I had forgotten to set my alarm the night before because I had stayed up late (you’ll see why in the following paragraph!) … and at 7:00 AM (only 4 hours before the ceremony start time!), my mom knocked on my door and announced that my hair person had arrived already! Other than the excitement of waking up late, the morning was pretty chill and I was even able to have some yummy breakfast from my favourite Hong Kong style cafe.
We had our ceremony at the church where I grew up, which really felt like home for me! I’ve since moved churches and I love the community that I’m a part of now, but I’m still so thankful for the guidance and love that I received from the friends, aunties and uncles there. The ceremony was nice and I sobbed throughout worship. Dangerous Dan and I had both written our vows at 3:00 am the night before, but I remember feeling so touched by the thought behind his words and also being impressed by his eloquence! (He really does have a way with words!) I’m thinking we should reread our vows on our anniversary and be reminded of the promises we’ve made to each other because I really have forgotten what I said!
After the ceremony, we took pictures at Trillium Park, the new public park right by Ontario Place. The park had opened the summer before we got married and I couldn’t find any sort of photo-taking policy (probably since it was so new). I really liked how simple but still beautiful the park was, and the photos turned out so lovely!
We held our reception at 99 Sudbury, a glass factory-turned-event space in the Liberty Village area. We loved the white walls and clean space. We didn’t add too many decorations, just some vines twisting up the pillars, round white balloons, and string lights to brighten up the room a bit. The event manager at 99 Sudbury, Sarah, was kind, helpful, and detailed without being a micromanager. She responded to my several emails promptly and without complaint!
During cocktail hour, we held a tea ceremony for family members. We collected the gold and the money (woohoo!) and smiled for about 45 minutes straight. My face was frozen by the end. I also put on a fancy Chinese dress that’s been passed down a few generations – my sister, a couple of aunts, and a great-aunt all wore this same dress at their weddings! I’m excited to see who else will give it a spin in the future! (Wearing the Chinese dress was also a nice break from my wedding dress – it was loose and unfitted, so I was able to breathe for at least part of the day!) It was nice to see family members (especially those who had travelled from out of town) individually and have a chance to thank them face-to-face.
Our food was catered by the Food Dudes, one of 99 Sudbury’s preferred caterers. The hors d’oeuvres were such a hit and it’s unfortunate that I only got one platter to share with the rest of the bridal party. If I had been a guest, I’d be attacking the servers, hanging around the kitchen door, and stuffing those little appetizers into my mouth! Seriously, the food was so good. (It’s unfortunate that my dress was so tight that it sort of ruined my appetite! I only ate our appetizer and a bit of the main dish. I did not touch our dessert at all. At least I’ll always have the original food tasting to look back on …)
The night was pretty relaxed and it was great catching up with friends and family and having them be with us on such an exciting and important day of our lives.
I can’t believe it’s almost been a year since our wedding! It’s been a pretty good year so far; nothing crazy has happened and Dangerous Dan and I are still getting along, all by the grace of God. Back when we were still in the engagement period, we told ourselves that through our marriage, we would learn to love God, each other, and others more. We’ve forgotten about this promise a couple of times, but hopefully our anniversary will give us a renewed energy and desire to see this promise through.
“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:31-32)
All photos by Michael Chang, who is an awesome person!