Fairytale Wedding

A fairytale wedding can take place anywhere and you don’t always have to invite Mickey or Minnie. Everyone has his or her own interpretation of a fairytale wedding. I have just been to one, last Saturday.

As it happens, that Saturday was the first sunny weekend in Hong Kong in recent months. It seems like someone answered the prayers for balmy sunny weather on the wedding day. The sun came out to smile and shine on the couple and all those present. The main characters of the fairytale – the prince and princess – looked gorgeous, just like models in a wedding magazine. There was no over-the-top white or gold tuxedo or long unmanageable wedding gown. The prince and the princess dressed in suitably tropical styles, a linen suit for the man and a cream-coloured silk dress for his bride – perfect style and colour scheme for a beach wedding. Yes, the setting of the fairytale was on a sandy beach. They hired a junk and took all the guests to a quiet beach on an island in Sai Kung. The beach is so beautiful and reminded me of Thailand. So we don’t need to fly away to search for natural beauty – there are many hidden gems in Hong Kong if you are in the mood to discover them.

The ceremony was short and very sweet. The couple wrote their own vows – they truly meant what they promised each other. We signed the marriage certificate standing on the beach. At the end of the ceremony, as a Jewish wedding tradition, the groom broke a glass by hitting it against a rock. Someone wrapped the glass in a towel to contain the broken glass – no littering, and also to protect the groom from a visit to casualty! The breaking of glass symbolises that perfection is relative to imperfection. It is also a reminder that even in times of great joy that there is sadness and that life will bring sadness as well as joy.

The wedding party continued on the junk accompanied by gourmet food and wine. It was a hearty feast appropriate to any fairytale kingdom. Then, time to cut the wedding cake. Guests asked the couple to make a wish, and the groom said, “If this isn’t a dream come true, what is?” This is not a rehearsed conversation; the groom spoke from his heart. I recommend any fairytale story book to include this line; it’s sensationally beautiful. As a tradition, the couple gave speeches. Many tears were shed because everyone was so genuinely happy for the union of such a good relationship. I also shed my first tear in my professional capacity as a civil celebrant.

On our return journey back to the harbour, everyone was relaxed and many fell asleep on the upper deck of the junk, including the bride and groom. I have never seen married couples so unstressed at their wedding, it was so natural and a pleasure to see what a wedding day can be like when all the fuss is removed. That is what I saw as the fairytale moment – being content, happy, relaxed and totally enjoying themselves and the good company of family and friends around them.

It wasn’t just a happy ending, it’s also a happy beginning. I wish the prince and princess will live happily ever after!


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Comments (16)

16 Responses to “Fairytale Wedding”

  1. Sharon Pigott says:

    Hi Anna

    Thank you for the lovely write up. It was truly a
    fairy tale wedding.

    It was great meeting you.

    Regards
    Sharon Pigott (mother of the groom)

  2. Lisa Reagan says:

    Hi Anna,

    I enjoyed reading your write up about the Fairytale Wedding. I invisioned it all as I read. It brought tears of joy to my eyes.
    What a beautiful day for a beautiful couple, and family.

    Thank you!

    Kind Regards
    Lisa Reagan (Best friend of the princess)

  3. Alan Brews says:

    Hi Anna

    You may know that for years I was a marriage officer and conducted many weddings in South Africa also in some exotic places. Despite the many I have been a part of Darren and Dawn’s wedding was both the most special and unusual I have been a part of. And you were a very important and welcome part of it. Your description of the occasion is both beautiful and accurate!

    Thank you for the part you played. And I am so glad you felt free to completely relax and enjoy yourself amongst us.

    Regards

    Alan (Father of the Prince) – What does that make me?

  4. Anna Marie Pienaar says:

    Thanks for the beuatiful write up and the photos. It looks marvelous! Hope they live happily ever after.

    Regards
    Anna Marie

  5. Arina says:

    Arina says:

    Thank you Anna for letting us, friends of the family, have a look at this beautiful wedding, it looked absolutely wonderful and we wished them all the best of luck and a blessed life together.

  6. Darren Brews says:

    Anna,

    Thank you for such a wonderful write up. I hope that you and your family remain in touch with a part of our family for many happy years. It was a spectacular day which was made even better by the company of new found friends.

    We will see you very soon I am sure.

    Regards

    Darren Brews (the Prince who was a frog until kissed by the Princess)

  7. Dawn Brews says:

    Anna,

    I think the prince and his family have spoken for me as well. We really enjoyed having you take part in our wedding.

    We will definitely stay in touch.

    Dawn (the princess who was lucky enough for the shoe to fit…hmmmm….or just woke up from years of slumber by a simple kiss… either way, am looking forward to “happily ever after”.

  8. Celia says:

    This is really a fairytale. Anna, I would consider that as the ultimate lawyer experience – finally we (well, basically you) can be “fairies” in making someone’s dreams come true. VERY WELL DONE FOR achieving this. You are my hero. Truly.

  9. Cin Cin says:

    Excellent, Anna! So proud of you!

  10. Cin Cin says:

    Plus you also enjoy your work very much!

  11. Winnie says:

    Congratulations! Nothing is better than recognition of the work that one has put in so much thought and effort!

  12. Celia says:

    Great work, Anna! Entrepreneur in action!!!! Recruit me please!

  13. Vivian says:

    I love this write up. It’s great that you enjoy your work sooo much!!