My First Chinese/Westerner Wedding Michelle Zurcher

 arriving on a boat.jpgIt started out as a normal day off (although I had never had a day off in China, so what a “normal” day off means, I don’t know.)  Just to get to the wedding was a foreign endurance race.  First I took a 15-minute bus ride to the metro, then a 35-minute metro ride ending at a mall that is built on the metro that has a hotel built on top of the mall.  After seeking the right exit out of the multiple exits offered, I found a security guard. I asked this Chinese security guard in English where the pick-up location for the private bus to take the wedding-goers was.  Thankfully a Chinese college student walking by helped me by giving directions stating something like “yeah, it’s right across the street in front of us… can’t you see the hard-to-view sign with the forest of trees growing in front of it?” Once I found the bus with a group of people I didn’t yet know we had a 2 hour wedding-party bus ride to an almost angelic beach that I never expected to see in China.

I have been to and have been a part of a few weddings in my life.  No, I don’t have “29 Dresses” like the Hollywood movie, but I can say that I have never seen anything like this.  From the food to the people, this is an event that I’m glad that I attended.

This particular ceremony was one to keep photos in my scrapbook of.  One of the reasons that thispolice.jpg wedding was so unique was that Michael was the preacher.  Yes, “Reverend Michael” – as we can all refer to him now - even had a tailor come to his office to measure him so that the “Reverend” could wear an official pastor’s robe.  His “dearly beloved…” came off without a hitch.

Before the ceremony even began, vacationers stopped what they were doing and started to walk towards the wedding guests.  One thing in angry face.jpgparticular that caught my attention was that we caught the attention of all of the vacationing Chinese people on the beach.  At one point, our small group of wedding-goers was being videotaped by iPhones left and right.  I felt like there were paparazzi surrounding us.  The wedding couple wasn’t the focus of attention at this wedding, the crowd was.  Someone said that we were being photographed because “these Chinese vacationers probably have never seen so many white people in one place before.”