Monday, April 27, 2015

My Japanese Wedding

Recently, the most wonderful thing happened: I got married.

I waited a bit to share so I could savour this moment and everything surrounding it. It's been one of the happiest moments in my life, and all the changes that came along. I'm still trying to wrap my head around everything that took place over the past few years, since I started this adventure. Since I moved to Japan, or even, since I moved to Korea. It's been a handful of years filled with lots of changes and a roller coaster-like journey, and this past bit has been the most exciting of it all.

We had a very intimate and traditional wedding at our favourite shrine in Kyoto, which is tucked in the mountains. I wore the white wedding kimono shiromuku and the white hood wataboshi during the ceremony, then changed to a celebratory red kimono for the reception. The white kimono was very heavy, and I had to wear the traditional wig underneath the hood, even though the hood covered most of it. I was dressed at the shrine very early in the morning, as it took several hours to put on all the layers. It was so tight and heavy, but I started to relax once I saw the final result.

It was such a magical experience to wear the kimono, and to walk over to the shrine under the red umbrella with our families. I was a bit nervous to trip, but I somehow gracefully managed to walk up and down the stairs. The ceremony was shinto, and it included a dance performance and lots of sake drinking. It was quite cold that day, especially in the mountains, but that warmed me up. We also had to read a declaration, which is similar to vows, and our families also got involved in the ceremony despite all the language barriers (from my side!).

We had a traditional meal at one of Kyoto's best restaurants, along with cake and lots of photos. I changed to the red kimono there, and took off the wig and just wore my natural hair with some fresh flowers in it, which I had picked. I had two assistants dressing me and helping me out with everything, I felt like a princess. There was even a bridal taxi complete with a red carpet for when I step out. I wish this could have lasted forever!

I always knew I wanted to get married someday, but I never really knew what kind of wedding I wanted. Somehow it all happened naturally and this was perfection, I couldn't dream of anything better.  The best part was having my family there, and introducing our families for the first time.

Now I have a family in Japan, and that's the most amazing feeling.


39 comments:

bronatron said...

Oh, what lovely news, congratulations!

JoellaJ said...

Oh Vivian I have been waiting for this post :-) you looked absolutely stunning! I still think it's such a shame we didn't meet in Tokyo but I'm sure we will at some point! Congratulations again and I hope you've had a wonderful first few months of marriage xx

spajonas said...

Congratulations!! What a beautiful day and ceremony.

Françoise said...

Beautiful!
Toutes mes félicitations!!

Richard Lavergne said...

Nice report of a beautiful and unique event. Have a long and happy life together. Congratulations !

Christine said...

Congratulations again!!! You are a beautiful bride!!!

Nina said...

Congratulations! You look beautiful and I'm so happy for you!

Rachael Brennan said...

おめでとうございます!
You looked so beautiful, and it's fantastic that you were able to have a traditional Japanese ceremony in your favourite place.

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

WHAT?!? Wow, congratulations!!! post more pics!

Suteisi ♥ said...

Felicitation Vivian!!! Tu es magnifique sur la photo!

Anna Tallo said...

Wow! What lovely news! Congrats & best wishes to you and your new husband. I saw the picture on Instagram & didn't realize it was you guys. It looks like something out of a fairytale.

I hope you choose to share more pictures! :)

Charles Martineau said...

Toutes mes félicitations!!

Karina said...

It's been a treat reading your blog and getting a glimpse of what life in Japan is like. Congratulations and I wish you many happy days!

Khaleesi said...

A million congrats! You know I was just thinking of asking you when you were getting married. ;)

samantha chevrier said...

Congrats! You look so lovely! Enjoy this beautiful time in your life :) best wishes xo

meejaboy said...

I now understand why I've not had a response to my messages, you've been busy! Congratulations on the wedding. Still keen to talk shop if you're interested, Matt from MyM magazine

Sarah Rodriguez said...
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Sarah Rodriguez said...

Congratulations!

pigonthego said...

Congratulations! A wedding in the mountains above Kyoto sounds magical!

Shannon said...

Vivian, been reading your blog since we were both teaching in Korea. You have a talent for keeping your writing interesting - right up to the edge of mild frustration (I mean this in a KIND way) -- meaning, you start to reveal these wonderful stories (like your wedding or new job) without going into all the detail I want, which has me refreshing your blog every other day to see if there's something more I can read. It's like being a kid and an episode of your favorite tv-show and it ends suddenly with "to be continued" but since I don't actually know you, I might never get all the details I'd like to read about : ) - it's something that makes me happy and have respect for you but also a little sad that I don't get to read all the details I want. Annnnyway! I am very happy for you and wish you the best in your writing career and with your love. : )

オリたん said...

Congratulations! I can't believe I missed this post!

I recently became engaged to my boyfriend here, and there has been so much talk about how we are going to do things, because family on both sides, etc.

We ended up with this plan to save a ton of money to have a wedding in Hawaii in June of next year, but we are going to get the paperwork done soon. Even though I want to have a ceremony for my family, I really wish we could keep it simple like you did and have it at a shrine. But judging by his mum, that's not going to happen. ^^;;

Anyways! Congratulations again! I wish you the best and a long and happy partnership. I understand what it feels like to gain a family here, it really does warm the heart.

Takako said...

I will first comment on here. You were asked the wedding in a your favorite Kyoto. Very wonderful. Congratulations. We hope that the future of you and your husband will be happy.

Han said...

Wonderful post! Congratulations Vivian!
Wishing you a marriage filled with lots of love & joys as a regular reader of your blog. xoxo

Janice Moy said...

I enjoy reading your blog and learning about your interesting Japanese adventures. Many congratulations!

Tanya Geddes said...

Congratulations! Looks wonderful and glad you're still enjoying Japan. I hope to visit soon! <3 x

hoihoi51 said...

congratulations! vivian
I am a reader of your blog since you were in south Korea.
I imagined how you confused in rural marugame kagawa. I thought you were not type of Osaka crazy people then you were not be able to accustom..
anywat I am glad to hear that you have a family in Japan^^ Kanpai おめでとう

mina said...

What a stunning picture of you, Vivian! It sounds like it was a beautiful wedding. How incredible and exciting!! Hope you are well. xo

LH said...

Beautiful post and picture. So happy for you!

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