This wedding was absolutely incredible. Terri and Elan are two of the nicest people you will ever meet, and they shared an unforgettable wedding day this summer at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 26, 2016.
The whole family was greatly involved in the wedding – the groom’s brother built the alter under which they were wed at their family home, and uncles and cousins helped set it up at the venue prior to the ceremony. The traditional white-dress religious ceremony was held in the Jewish tradition, under the sky on a lovely, sunny, midwestern summer afternoon. Even behind the lens, I was tearing up at the beauty it all – the entire extended family was involved to give the couple their blessings: some in words, some in prayer, and some in song.
Terri’s family is from South Korea. Her elderly grandparents – who had never before been to the U.S. – traveled across the ocean to witness her wedding. It was so special for the couple to have Terri’s grandparents participate in the Korean Tea Ceremony. A traditional part of a Korean wedding, family members are bowed to, each in turn, as they are recognized, honored and thanked by the married couple while they are served fresh tea, poured by the groom and served by the bride with the assistance of the groom’s sister. The family members in turn give their blessings to the couple, and gentle words of wisdom for their new journey ahead. It was also special because Terri’s brand-new, two week old nephew was able to be a part of the day – along with his wonderful parents (whose official due date had been the day after the wedding!).
It was an honor to bear witness to such a day full of love and happiness, family, and tradition. Thank you, Terri and Elan, for letting me be a part of your wedding weekend!
Also, a big thank you to my fantastic, patient, energetic, ready-for-anything photo assistant of the day — it was an honor to share one of my biggest passions with you, Mom!