As guests arrived at the Delta Marriott in Garden Grove, they entered into a photo op with the bride and groom, Natalie and Taylor. Then off to the cocktail hour with many tasty dishes traditional to Viet Nam.
The blending of cultural tastes and customs is like a beautiful art piece of mixed mediums of expression. Taylor and Natalie used broad strokes in bringing Jewish and Vietnamese traditions to their families. With the traditional Vietnamese ceremony performed in the morning, the evening service was devoted to the Jewish aspects of love and marriage. We had the master of ceremonies help translate with this trilingual ceremony.
It was clear that the Jewish symbols were unfamiliar to most
of Natalie’s side, but they all were so gracious and thankful for the
explanations of the customs and the meaning of the prayers. The most interesting challenge was the
breaking of the glass. In Viet Nam, it
is bad luck to break something on your wedding day. I did not know that. What we did was take the more traditional
explanation of the breaking of the glass, that the sound of the glass breaking,
scares away evil or negativity. Instead
of using a wine glass, I replaced it with a plastic cup. When crushed, it sounded just like breaking
glass. Not knowing how the bride’s
family would understand or if the Jewish guests might be offended, I encouraged
everyone to shout Mozel Tov and when they did, the sound was deafening.
As the wedding party recessed out of the ballroom, shouts of joy surrounded them.
Stewart and Veronica are so in love with each other they both were almost in tears when we met for the first time. I love meeting couples that are so crazy in love with each other!
Veronica is Catholic and Stewart is Jewish therefore they wanted to incorporate some traditions of each of their heritages. From the Catholic side we incorporated the Lasso ritual and the wedding prayer in both English and Spanish. From the Jewish side we incorporated the Chuppa, 7 Blessings, breaking the glass at the end of the ceremony, and the Kiddush which is a wine blessing also common in the Catholic tradition but with a different name.
Veronica has a daughter and two sons whom Stewart absolutely adores! When we met they told me it was really important to them to include their children in the ceremony. They bought a necklace for each of them with family trees and each necklace had their birth stones. In the presentation of the necklaces I spoke to the kids explaining to them the symbolism behind the necklaces and the important role each of them has in the happy couples lives.
This was a multicultural ceremony very customized to the couple’s needs. It truly came out absolutely beautiful and Stewart, Veronica, and I worked together to design the perfect ceremony for them.
Stewart and Veronica I wish you both all the blessings in the world and send you all my love!Share This Post: Follow Us On Social Media:
Kirk and Rosa’s wedding took place at Knollwood Country Club in Granada Hills. An outdoor ceremony and reception inside a huge ballroom. This was a multicultural ceremony, Catholic and Jewish.
Kirk’s uncle graced us with the wine blessing in Hebrew. It was beautiful! I love when people participate in the ceremony! The ceremony was also bilingual. It turned out beautiful and the couple was amazing!!!
Kirk & Rosa I wish you all the blessings in the World!!!