Happy Tuesday! If you missed yesterday's Part 1, start here.
On the Big Day, I unfortunately didn't get any pictures of the ceremony itself (because I was in it), but let me tell you what I remember:
+the Beatles serenaded the whole party into the ceremony. they were magical.
+it was a lovely, intimate, and moving ceremony. the love was palpable. there wasn't a dry eye in the house.
+the officiants (two of Tiff and Tim's closest friends) were incredible. they spoke to their inspiring and model love.
+it was perfect.
I did get a few pictures of the reception:
+Tiffany was a vision throughout the night.
+the speeches were filled with tender and thoughtful sentiments. I cried during all four (her mom, his dad, best man, and maid of honor).
+the cake was SO GOOD.
+we danced til the lights came on.
+it was perfect.
On Sunday Morning at 9am, Tiffany and Tim participated in a traditional Pae Baek ceremony:
+I wish I'd been able to capture more pictures of Tim and Tiffany's family during this ceremony. The ceremony was so beautiful and warm and loving. Tim's family welcomed Tiffany into their family, and they spoke to how beautiful inside and out she is. It was such a nice follow-up to the ceremony and reception from the previous day. If you haven't heard of a Pae Baek before, you should definitely read up on it. It's a very interesting and powerful ceremony. It was so special to be there and to share in the ceremony.
The amazing weekend ended with a perfect Sunday afternoon sail from the San Francisco marina. The day was beautiful, and the boat was filled with their family and friends that had been there throughout the weekend. It was the perfect way to end their wedding weekend.
Mr. and Mrs. Han:
It's hard for me to really put into words what it was like to be able to be by my dear friend's side throughout her wedding weekend. I love her so dearly, and she is such a part of my happiness and life here in this city. I think all I can say is that I'm so grateful to be a part of her life, and it is such a precious thing to be able to share in the pure joy of these sorts of big life moments with your close friends. I felt myself being more quiet than usual throughout the weekend because I was just soaking it in and trying to keep my eyes and my heart as wide as possible to capture all the moments.
I gave a toast on Friday night at the rehearsal dinner (I mentioned this in Part I), and I told the group that Tiffany was really one of the first friends I made after I moved here to San Francisco. She wrapped her arms around me and it was as if we had been friends forever. She is one of those friends that you meet and you just know yep. we were meant to be friends. and then to be birthday twins on top of that! whew. We are lucky.
but seriously, I am so happy for Tim and Tiffany (I'm tearing up a bit as I write this), and I'm so excited about all the adventures we will share together in the future. Their wedding couldn't have been more fun, more filled with love and laughter and sincerity, more uniquely them.
So Cheers friends to the happy couple. Here's to love.