Thursday, May 14, 2009

Happy Anniversary to Us

It's number four. It was on this day back in 2005 that Sejin and I tied the knot in Children's Grand Park here in Seoul. 700 guests showed up (yes, we have the guest books to prove it), most of whom I do not know and none of whom I remember meeting. My parents were there and a few friends from my side.

Some memorable events from the wedding:

- The wedding officiator decided last minute that he did not want to say the ceremony in both English and Korean (it had been fully translated into English). After much freaking out by me, the show went on in both languages.

- Sejin's friend, the MC, made a joke that the groom would now sing a song to the bride. Sejin decided, Sure, why not? and proceeded to sing a Korean love song unaccompanied by any instruments -- the whole song. During the song, his father, who was seated behind and to the right of us, kept shouting, Stop! Stop! You're embarrassing me!
- My parents bowed.

- Sejin did a low bow to both his parents and mine (which is tradition). He warned my father beforehand not to laugh when this happened.
- The wedding planner people misplaced our Precious Moments cake toppers of a Caucasian bride and Asian groom my mom had brought over from Canada. We eventually got them to locate the toppers after many confusing phone calls.

- I rode a roller coaster with my friends before heading to a nearby establishment where close guests met us for drinks, food, and eventually, noraebanging (karaoke).
What did we do to celebrate this special day? We took Grace for a vaccination, ate lunch next door at Homeplus, and Sejin went off to work until 12:00 a.m. There's always next year...

9 comments:

SarahLee123 said...

Your wedding looked beautiful! And you don't always have to go all-out for an anniversary, just knowing that you two made it this far is special. Plus, you guys have a little one to look after now!

Becky said...

What a beautiful bride you were! I love the hanbok. Here's to many more happy years!

wevegotseoul said...

Happy Anniversary!!
We may go check out hubby's university this weekend to see about the wedding hall there. (That must sound rather confusing for other readers that don't know me haha). Anyhoo.
KY told me that often times, if you rent the wedding hall, then you don't need to pay for all of the services, minus food of course... not sure if that will be the case.

Our Little Bonbon said...

Happy Anniversary! I LOVE your pictures. Such a beautiful bride. ^^ I can't even imagine 700 guests. That must have been chaotic!

We got married both here and in the states, and to my surprise, the officiant tried to speak English (the only non-Korean speaker who came was my friend!). I had NO idea he was even speaking English at first. He also said something to me in English that was important, and I had no idea what he said at first. Good times!

HLee said...

haha congrats! you guys look very happy together! here's to many more happy years!!

San said...

Happy Anniversary!

Catherine said...

Happy Anniversary! Beautiful pictures, too.

Mama Seoul said...

Congratulations, you were a gorgeous bride!

Anonymous said...

Happy belated anniversary!! Loved the pictures-- and you were a beautiful bride. Looks like you had a wonderful wedding day :D
( Lisa/knitterlee)