Jaisy Yang and Daniel Frome, along with 25 family and friends, went to Siena, Italy to be married. Jaisy, now a family physician, and Daniel, a video editor, met at a photoshoot on a Toronto beach. They happened to hop the same streetcar to go home and now say the ride was too short! Nevertheless, over the following days, they emailed and talked on the phone until, finally, Daniel asked Jaisy on their first official date.
Two years later, Daniel asked Jaisy’s father for permission to ask his daughter to marry him. Then he proposed and she said, “Yes”.
At the evening wedding ceremony and reception in Italy, Jaisy wore the traditional white gown. However, on the morning of the wedding day, she wore a red dress (and Daniel a red tie) to honour a cultural tradition – the Chinese tea ceremony. Red is the Chinese colour of happiness and good luck.
At the tea ceremony, couples presented tea to senior members of the family, symbolizing stability, happiness, purity and fertility.
The couple say that their entire day was “pure magic”. They even found a few hours to steal away with their photographer, who took them to the lovely Tuscany countryside, where they were in the fields at sunset, knee deep in long grasses, surrounded by winding Tuscan roads with small stone houses, a vineyard full of red autumn grapes, huge bales of hay and towering cypress trees. They were building memories for a lifetime.
Originally published in Destination Wedding magazine, Fall/Winter 2016.