Taylor and Natalie used broad strokes in bringing Jewish and Vietnamese traditions to their families

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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. 

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A Calm and Pleasant Day at Turnip Rose

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Kindal Kincade and Jeremiah Bright were worried about their chosen day for matrimonial vows.  October 12 was right in the middle of forecasted fierce and fire-hot Santa Ana winds — a big problem for an outdoor wedding at Turnip Rose in Costa Mesa.   To great relief, their special day dawned calm and pleasant.   Late-afternoon rays of the sun bathed bride and groom, as well as the wedding party and 150 guests.  Kindal smiled joyously while Jeremiah shared his “love letter” to her before God, family and friends, and Jeremiah blotted Kindal’s tears of happiness as she voiced her love note to him.  They were so appreciative to Great Officiants of Long Beach for recommending Rev Dr Gary Barmore to plan with them and preside over a ceremony that was faithful to their Lutheran tradition, yet communicated with a dynamic contemporary style.  After pronouncing the couple Husband and Wife, Dr Barmore invited them to the table of the candle ceremony, to express in symbol what had happened in reality: their two lives aflame together forever.  With no wind whatsoever, no one got nervous that the flame could start a wildfire like others burning in California.  Prayers went out for those suffering, but joyous gratitude was the order-of-the-day for Mr and Mrs Jeremiah Bright.  

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