I was so happy and excited to be a part of my very FIRST Paebaek Ceremony. We spent the whole weekend with our wedding couple who celebrated a western ceremony and then incorporated their traditional Korean Paebaek ceremony the day after at "Casa Cody" in Palm Springs And it was a wonderful experience, and Id love to do it all over again.
A little Paebaek history
In Korean tradition, the marriage between a man and a woman represents the joining of two families, rather than the joining of two individuals. This ceremony was originally intended as a way for the bride to pay her respects to the groom's family, with whom she traditionally lived with after the wedding.
The couple will enter together dressed in ceremonial Korean wedding attire called hanbok. Their parents, the honorees, will be seated in front of a table laden with various edibles and tea (or soju - rice wine). The couple will bow deeply to the honorees, then kneel as one pours tea/soju. Once each honoree drinks the tea/soju, they impart wisdom, advice or a wish for the couple's future.
Finally, the honorees will throw dates (symbolizing girls) and chestnuts (symbolizing boys) which the bride will try to catch in her skirt. According to legend, the number of dates and chestnuts caught signifies how many children she will bear. Later in the evening, the couple is supposed to eat the dates and chestnuts that were caught. (quoted from http://wiki.weddingbee.com/Paebaek )
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Due to time restrictions on the day of the Paebaek Ceremony Jen & Jeremy were unable to complete their ceremony to their liking, so we opted to do a post bridal shoot with their traditional gowns and their mothers, and we threw in some bridal portraits, at the Windmills and the famous Cabezon Dinosaurs (where the Pee Wee Herman movie was filmed)