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A year in preparation to get wed: Finally, Jojo and Yu

Posted on: August 31, 2010

A year in preparation to get wed: Finally, Jojo and Yu

Note: Re-edit of “Joanna and Yuhanna (John) finally got wed!. August 31, 2010″

Joanna and Yuhanna planned for months their original and friendly wedding.

They decided by the minute details their wedding when Yuhanna joined Joanna last year in London.

The basic foundations were solid and the minor transformations, when the ideas were transplanted to Lebanon, did not affect the major directions and creative execution of this major project that is nerve-wracking at all levels.

People loved this wonderful couple: the couple is very much in love, valiant, patient, and groundbreakers in how wedding should be experienced and happiness shared.  It was a wedding of passion for details,  consuming enormous amount of manpower and time.

As Joanna explained it: “hand making a thousand origami swans is … something interesting”. I forgot the exact meaning or end result of this endeavor.  I also forgot the Japanese artist or wise man who encouraged hand making paper swans that swallowed an entire week of three individuals; mainly, the three other sisters Ashley, Adrea and Chelsea.

Only three of the maids of honor had wind of the marriage decision.  Thus, when the family received by mail six tiny bottles with a tiny roll inside, they had no idea what these gifts were about.

Strong with a magnifying glass we managed to decipher the secret scroll.

Joanna’s Mother Raymonde refused to believe what was written in the local Lebanese/Arabic on the ground that Joanna never keeps her out of secrets.  The father Victor understood the “fair-part” to wedding ceremony and not just another official second “fiancaille” in Lebanon. Grandmother Julia was relieved that Joanna has finally set a date for a wedding:  She likes Yuhanna very much and was pleased that he joined Joanna in London last year.

Joanna and Yuhanna reserved a couple of hours each day for rehearsal.  They exercised for the “inaugural” dance and for the instrumental music.

Basically, Joanna trained Yuhanna to safely nail down how to handle her dangerous sideways inclines.  Joanna was to play on her flute “traversiere” and Yuhanna on his trombone.  They performed well during the ceremony before opening the dance floor to our wild hopping around.

Raymonde got into sewing and altering the dresses of six girls (the maids of honors), and they were not of the accommodating kinds of girls in matter of fashion.  She spent enormous time to sewing the bride’s head shawl and then traveling several days to selecting her own gown.

Buying the right shoes for all these girls was a major headache.  Joanna had already purchased her wedding gown in London and her shoes were ordered from Australia; go figure!

Men dressing up was not relatively that hard; at least not for William who came in shorts.

Joanna and Yuhanna attempted for three days trying their hands to assign seats for the guests on a sheet of large paper.  Then, Victor had a look at the seating positions and discovered that he was turning his back to the assembly and the dance floor.  He got in such a rage that he envied me for being single and having no children that disrespect the position of the father.

Victor was then assigned to re-edit this dirty job that was boring the couple so terribly.  Victor ended up with the most frustrating job ever assigned on mankind for just the proper seating of 200 guests.

People who were supposed to join the ceremony cancelled and repositioning had to be redone.  People who declined coming called up to be included among the favored.  The sheet was to be re-edited with eraser and pencil.

Yuhanna was patiently updating on his computer the new modifications and proved to outperform Victor in patience.   Yuhanna was the Prophet Job of the project.

The hardest task turned out that half the guests are Not on talking terms with the other half.  This serious animosity among our citizens within a town is never that fundamental, but inherited from previous generations: the reasons why the grandfathers and grandmothers of families hated one another have been forgotten or verbally altered to the worst since there are no written records.

There are rare cases of fresh animosities such as failure to paying the proper amount of money for work done or the particular furnitures inherited or municipal election divergences, or not keeping traditional status in the hierarchy by “modern” youth, or not visiting the elders while in visit to Lebanon or …

No, the differences are not mainly of the social and political caste system of 19 religious sects, but of centuries of close cohabitation within isolated communities lacking of modern communication and ease of traveling.

There will be a follow up on the morning of the wedding day, and the church ceremony and the party afterward.

Suffice to say that every guest declared “This is the best wedding I assisted to from alpha to omega.”  During the party Yuhanna said to Joanna: “Why have you made me wait four years?“.  I think the wait was worth it, every second of it and for both parties.

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