Canadian Museum for Human Rights
Julia & Chris
It is not your every day occurrence when the wedding day hosts two ceremonies. Julia and Chris did just that. As Chris is Laotian, it only made sense to represent his family and culture with their own ceremony. This was our first Laotian ceremony, and let me tell you it was AMAZING! There were about 3 points during the ceremony where I almost cried and I didn't know most of the people or their stories. The traditions are built with steep respect for elders and clearing the conscious to start fresh in their new lives together. Every guest had the opportunity to tie a white string on the couple and give them a personal message. These messages often led to tears and hugs. Then, there was the feeding of the eggs, done the by the two couples with the longest marriage, to help show the future of what they can accomplish together. It ended with the couple asking for forgiveness from the special couples in their lives that have impacted them in some way or another. Smiles, hugs, tears, and laughs were in abundance during the entire ceremony. It was truly a heart warming experience.
We then had a little break, followed by preparation for the Christian ceremony. From my memory, this is also the first time we have seen such an amazing wedding dress that came complete with pockets. Chris and Julia are close to our hearts as they have a little slice of geek in them. Star Wars was and always will have a special place in our hearts and when we can tie into our work, it is a dream come true.
We want to wish these two amazing people all the best in their future and may the force be with them!