I walked down the aisle (or actually kind of ran - I was so nervous) to Goreki by Lamb. The lyrics of the song really spoke to us both. My dress was red, the colour of celebration and we both wore pieces taken from a vintage wedding kimono, a symbol of the new life we were about to embark upon together. The kimono was a very generous gift from a dear friend. The kimono had been embroidered with white cranes, a symbol we used with the invites and through the wedding.
In Japanese culture the crane not only symbolises peace and a long life, but also a happy marriage. The cranes mate for life and are devoted to their partners throughout the seasons. They work together to build the nest and share the responsibility of raising their young.
The ceremony was simple but heartfelt and witnessed by wonderful friends and family. We were even showered by origami crane confetti, all folded by my wonderful friends who flew over from Japan to celebrate the day with us.
The reception was casual with lots of delicious finger foods....
... and even some Sakura sparkling wine (my own creation).
A week after the wedding, as newlyweds, we moved to Japan together. The last three years have been filled with ups and downs, learning, growing, adventure and travel, challenges and getting to know and love each other more deeply. Now, three years on, we are eagerly (and very nervously) awaiting the arrival of our first child and preparing for a new life back in Australia together.
Wayne, thank you for the last three wonderful years. I love you.