I just came back from my uncle's wedding in Jakarta this weekend. Traditional Chinese wedding dinners aren't exactly my favorite events (mediocre food, long wait, strangers at the table), but this time it was an exception. My uncle (mom's youngest brother) is finally married! At 47 (he's 48 this year), he's nearly a confirmed bachelor and everyone in the family tried to introduce him to some nice girls. His bride is a 36-year-old Catholic, smart & warm (career-)woman, whose family is also glad that she finally found 'the one'.
The timing is a little odd; being in the middle of Lent (at least it was not on a Friday). In any case, it was a pleasure dressing up, putting on super high heels & playing host to numerous family members from all over the place: Sydney, Canberra, Singapore, Surabaya, Yogyakarta, all over East Java (some of whom I haven't seen in 10 years!) as they came to celebrate my uncle's wedding. My sisters and I squeezed into our parents' room as guests poured into our house.
Though both bride and groom looked tired at the end of the evening, they were radiant with happiness (theirs is a love story of complicated twists that begun less than a year ago) and I wish them a happy and everlasting marriage!