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Cuffs turned upward, I can see a piece of the heart.

A soul painted in pixels. 

Stuck for freedom. The last living

thing.

Stuck in the weekend, 

we’ve been dancing so long. Got carried away. Spinning

with arms locked tight, greedy fingers. 

It’s almost taken me. 

Please. 

Just roll up your sleeve. 

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this is traditional wedding box and some of it's contents. We will do a bigger post on this later.

In Korea marriage isn’t just between a couple, it is also the marriage of two families. Yai mul is how you call all the wedding presents that are exchanged between the two families. Jamie and I are going to go look for some diamond jewelery today that we will give to my mom when we visit in December. Normally this would go into the Ham 함, the wedding chest that the groom presents the bride’s family. It is also filled with fine silks (예단) that the wedding party uses for the wedding day and a formal letter that states the groom’s family’s acceptance of the bride into their family.

We are breaking a little with the tradition by giving my mom the jewelery ahead of time. Normally it is a pearl set, a diamond set and a watch given for the father. These are normally all presented just before the wedding but for convenience we will give them a bit separately.

The actual Korean word for marriage when referring to a girl is Shi jip Kan Da (시집간다). This literally means ‘going to the groom’s house and becoming their family’. This is why the groom’s family presents such lavish gifts. It is in thanks to my parents for raising me to be such a great wife to Jamie :p

We’ll be sure to share pictures when we get back from the Gold and Diamond park.

China_24_cardinal_directionsThis is a quick post to let everyone know Rory and I have will be married on May 2, 2010 in Seoul, South Korea.

After taking a good hard look at the energies that swirl about this great universe, the Korean Shaman has suggested only a couple possible dates for us to be married.   This was one of two possible dates in the lunar calendar that represent the best luck, the best timing and the best weather for a wedding. We chose May because in Seoul, the blossoms will be in full bloom, the sun warm, the air cool and of course the kimchi spicy. It’s also because we want to be married as soon as we can.

We are very hopeful that all of our friends and family can attend but understand that this might not be possible for everyone.

Please keep following this Blog for all the relevant details around the wedding but also to share in our adventure. We will be updating the blog with interesting details about Korean culture, the traditional Korean wedding process, specific details relating to logistics for those attending as well as documenting our own experiences. For those of you who use Twitter, you can follow updates through our account @roryandjamie.

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This is the first of many posts as we document our journey to Korea to be married in traditional Korean fashion. Please join us and invite your friends. For those of you planning to attend, you may wish to subscribe to the RSS feed as we will be updating this with all relevant information as well as the fun and interesting bits relating to Korean customs and a photojournal of our experiences. Come fall with us…