About this time last week, a few of my fellow teachers and I were hurrying around trying to finish up last minute details... You see, there was to be a wedding early the next morning.
It was the wedding of two volunteer teachers here at the school. They decided to have their wedding here so the students would be able to attend and since they will continue their ministry here together. It was a first for this school to have a wedding here.
It was a busy time - decorating the archway and aisle with bamboo, ribbon, bows, palm branches & flowers, taping letters to the purple curtain, blowing up balloons, ironing tablecloths & dresses, practicing music, typing out the wedding program and other such wedding preparations.
The wedding morning was brought in with Hannah Steck's (the wedding coordinator :-) cheery voice, "Ladies, we probably better get over to the wedding site to finish things up."
"Ok," Haley and I drowsily responded from underneath our mosquito net. It was 4:45 am. We had to start early because the wedding was to start at 8:00. (Karen weddings are usually in the morning.)
In the darkness we did the finishing touches to our work the evening before. We arranged the fresh flowers on the green arch & the swinging bench to add bursts of purple, pink & white.
The time passed quickly and before we knew it--it was time for the wedding to begin.
At the beginning of the ceremony, the student choir sang as they brought the wedding party across the open field to where the wedding ceremony would take place. The students crowded around taking as many pictures and videos as they could of this special event.
The wedding was short and sweet. After the pronouncement of the new couple and the recessional, everyone was invited to enjoy the good food that was prepared.
Here are some pictures for you to enjoy...
Jonalyn (a Filipino) & Erick (an American)
The guestbook table
The front - Karen style
Decorated bamboo sections lining the aisle
The archway with palm branches & flowers
Pictures after the wedding
The wedding party
The couple with Erick's parents
It's very interesting that the groomsman and bridesmaid wear
exactly the same clothes that the bride & groom wear in Karen weddings.
The little people - they did a very good job. :)
The four decorators with the new couple
We pray that the Lord will richly bless your new marriage & ministry, Erick & Jonalyn.