Saturday, June 30, 2012

Korean Wedding: Traditional lunch and beachfront reception

After the unique and beautiful ceremony, lunch was provided at a nearby restaurant.   Wedding guest pulled up floor pillows and got comfortable.  The traditional Korean dishes came one after the other, until our long table was full of small plates to share.

From top: songpyeon, pajeon, kimbap, raw fish, veggie salad, fried veggies, the spread,  doenjang chiggae with mountain vegetables and rice to end the meal.

The elated newlyweds popped over to say hello as we finished our yummy meal.

In the evening we moved to the beach for a lively reception full of snacks, drinks and dancing.

The celebration lasted late into the night, which couldn't have been more perfect.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Korean Wedding: The Ceremony

Two of the first people we became friends with in Korea got married on the first Saturday in June.
He is Korean, she is American; they are adorable.

Their wedding ceremony was held at a temple in the center of Busan.  

It was a truly special day and I have the 198 photos to prove it.  
Here are my favorites.

First glimpse and photo opp with the bride.

View from my sweet balcony spot before the ceremony.

  Guests peeking at the bride in her carriage before the walk (ride) down the aisle.  She was like Cinderella.

Ryan (that handsome first guy on the left) and the other gentleman carrying the bride in to meet her groom.

The ceremony was beautiful.
I loved when the couple each drank from half of a gourd that was later put together as one.  The two also read letters written to each other in both English and Korean.  

Traditional performance.

The groom and friends join in!

Families stand united.

We were so lucky to be a part of such a unique and lovely day!  
Best wishes to the newlyweds on the start of a beautiful new life together.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Open Classes

Last week our kindergarteners' parents came to observe their kids in action.  In preparation for these open classes, we practiced the same lesson over and over and over (and over) with our students until it was prefect.  Then mommy and daddy came to watch.

Ryan teaching Space to his third year 4 and 5 year olds

Me teaching Jobs to my first year 4 and 5 year olds

Ryan teaching Adverbs to his fourth year 5 and 6 year olds


 Me teaching Transportation to my second year 3 and 4 year olds


After their lessons the students performed a song for their parents in traditional Korean attire.  Some had their faces painted by mommy too.  I snapped as many photos as I could before the show.

It's going to be hard to leave these little ones in the fall.  
Three months to go!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday Night Date Night

For the past couple of months Ryan and I have met for dinner after the work week to relax, recap and relax some more. We discovered an adorably quaint and deliciously indulgent Italian place not far from home which we've frequented lately for said date nights. 


The atmosphere at At Here (can't make this stuff up) is also lovely.  You can even hug Hello Kitty while waiting for a table.

What more could you want?