here's the set of bowls i bought in upstate ny for swon's wedding gift- i probably should mention the artist's name- but i've already forgotten it. mostly, i took the picture to get used to my new camera's settings before i tried to take pictures at the wedding.
i got swon's gifts all repackaged and wrapped. i made it more difficult than it needed to be- i wanted the boxes to look pretty and be easy to open- so i wrapped the flaps of the boxes and added the bows the keep them closed. finally i had to lug them onto the train and the bus. two very large shopping bags. luckily they weren't heavy. so friday night i went into seoul after work to catch swon for a little while so she could open her gifts.
sarah's gift came out of the box with a lot of ooohs and ahhhs. everyone was impressed with the craftsmanship, but when i asked if they recognized the fabrics they started to play a new game. soon they remembered that swon gave sarah a box of fabric pieces ten years ago. swon, her mom, and sister started to remember the blankets and clothes that each of the pieces were remnants from.
she had said something about thinking that she wasn't going to cry at her wedding till the moment she opened the box containing the letters from her friends, and she started to cry a little. but then her brother-in-law cracked a joke about a picture one of her friends sent. it was a shot from 10 years ago and he remarked that swon looked so young- and 'what happened?!'
before the ceremony started i wasn't sure were i should sit down. i was given a seat in the side room where the singers were seated and where swon and joowhon kept their jackets. i felt a little under foot- but no one told me any differently. here, swon waits for all the guests to settle so the ceremony can begin.
in the modern korean weddings, the bride usually sits in a viewing area for an hour before the wedding. while there, guests can come and greet and pose with her for pictures. swon didn't want that, but while trying to catch a moment of peace before the ceremony she was bombarded with guests seeking her out for a quick chat and a picture.