Sweet. Simple. Sincere.
Other than a minor hiccup in the beginning: Sean wanted to go to the gym before instead of after exchanging the vows (which on hindsight was probably the better choice); everything else went perfectly. Even though the ambience was a little surreal: exchanging vows in his room to the music playing from my Sony Ericsson K800i, a wedding ensemble of our favourite songs I'd compiled the night before, his nephew bawling outside, loud and strident over his mom's repeated cooing; the moment was still special and very real.
Naturally, like I told Lynette the night before, most people would want their big day to be really special, celebrated with friends and loved ones in a memorable setting. Who doesn't? But when and if circumstances do not allow it, it's important to focus on what really matters. And that's the person you're getting married to. You aren't getting married to the ceremony or the environment. They're accessories, not the main subject matter.
We exchanged vows we'd each drafted and thought up of ourselves, rather than reciting by rote the standard ones. Things we wanted to say rather than things that are normally said. While Sean's was hardly the most eloquent or linguistically artistic, it was sincere, moving and heartfelt and that was all that mattered to me.
The entire exchanging of the vows and rings was short. We finished just as the magical first song, Panorama by Masaaki Fujioka, was coming to an end. Nothing mattered, we were married. The name Ho-Cheong has a nice if a little quaint ring to it.
And like they always say, 'A Picture is worth a Thousand Words.' Be happy for us. We certainly are.