Joining two traditions
Today I had the honor to participate in wedding where the bride’s heritage was Japanese, and the groom’s was American.
The ceremony incorporated English vows with the Japanese sharing of saki tea by the bride and groom — my harp music reflected the spirit of Japanese melodies. There was also a brief exchange of Hebrew words, led by the Jewish officiant: “Dodi L’i, v’Ani L’Dodi” — “I am my love’s and my love is mine” — for that background I played the music written to those words.
Whenever the bride and groom come from different cultures, it is always special to combine facets of each in a wedding — it honors both families and creates a truly unique celebration!