Photos courtesy of Joe Hedges
Jon and I had the great fortune to have our Paebaek the day before the wedding. Paebaek is the traditional Korean wedding ceremony where the bride and groom bow and show their respect for their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles.
Dates and chestnuts are then thrown and however many are caught by the couple represents how many boys and girls they will have, dates representing girls and chestnuts representing boys.
Jon and I had no idea what to expect from the ceremony. Paebaek is a very traditional Korean event and most Korean-Americans have never seen one in person, myself included. It was an incredibly emotional and powerful ceremony. It was overwhelming to walk in and to be surrounded by our families and closest friends. It was also hilarious because thanks to Jon's large extended family we are due to have at least seventy children. Also, my mother threw the chestnuts and dates two at a time and never missed. Clearly she had been practicing.
It was truly a gift to have this time with our families. After we bowed and caught our future "children" each relative came up to us and we had a few minutes to speak to each other, receiving their blessings and advice for a long and happy marriage.
Thank you to our friend Joe Hedges for these beautiful photos from the ceremony.