Watch video of our wedding via YouTube. It’s about an hour of footage. Most of it is closed captioned for accessibility.
That morning was spent in catch-up mode. By 9 AM, everyone started getting dressed and made up.
Groomsman Leslie and Best Man Tony went off to find a second replacement rental vehicle to transport the family.
Fran and his other groomsman Lui went off for breakfast and to check on the restaurant.
By noon, they were already setting up the tables and putting up the decorations. We got a side of roast pork and a peace offering of dumplings for the ladies.
At this point, everything was getting up to crunch time and we had to get everyone to the church. What was intended to be an intense half hour of “wedding games” and negotiation on the part of the groom’s side had to be abbreviated.
A token dowry of 15 pounds of gummy bears was offered, which the bride’s side kindly accepted.
We actually got to the church ahead of time, but the programs were in the trunk of one of the cars, and they had to be retrieved and distributed. Pei was hiding out in the limo waiting for the ceremony to start, pretty scared as she was by herself for what seemed to be an eternity.
The Rev. Dr. Edward Doran (or Father Ed as he would prefer to be called) presided over the ceremony, masterfully running the show and helpfully providing stage directions for everyone.
Pei’s brother William gave the first reading from Jeremiah, and groomsman Leslie delivered the second reading (“love is patient, love is kind”) in an amazing Grenadian accent.
Father Ed in his homily stressed what love is, what love is not, and that we need each other to nurture love.
We did concede to using the cheat sheets for our vows, but that was much preferable to totally flubbing our lines.
The rings fit perfectly (phew!) and we managed to light the unity candle without causing a forest fire.
We used Eco-confetti outside of the church, which gave a snow-during- summer-day effect, and yet is completely safe for the environment, and can be hosed down for easy cleaning.
We had a second photo session at the Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO, where there was a mob scene of tourists, at least three other couples, and a Food Network event. We get plenty of that perfect light and the last day of the waterfalls.
We make it to Flushing in time to see people for the cocktail hour. While most of the guests are enjoying their drinks with Peking Duck, we’re holding the world’s fastest Tea Ceremony in the back room – in 15 minutes we dish out dozens of cups of tea to honor our elder relatives.
Then we come out to be introduced by our MC and dance our first song, No One.
Best Man Tony gives a rousing speech, citing from the Book of John (Lennon): “All you need is Love”.
Pei tries to pie Fran with a slice of wedding cake.
We have an embarrassing slide show of kiddie pics interspersed with appearances of Shelly & Mimi, Pei’s sister Jaime’s dogs. The Cha Cha Electric Slide (with retired Brooklyn Tech H.S. librarian Linda Feller, a.k.a. the Lady in Red) gets everyone out of their seats.
The banquet food goes totally beyond everyone’s expectations -and Pei and Fran manage to eat some of it. Everyone lives happily ever after.
Photo Credits: Lauren Slusher (LS), Francis Chin (FC)
Video Credits: Jason Proctor, Anthony Chin (Fran’s Mom’s brother), Carolina Prinzivalli