A wedding is filled with emotions, in different forms, and faces. Our loved ones gather together, to witness a beautiful union, and smiles are plastered across all the faces in the room. We take this opportunity to thank our parents for all that they have done for us, and we usually address it in a tearful speech during the reception.
This Mother’s Day, together with our bride Chanel, we planned a surprise letter for her mother, Audrey, just before the traditional veiling done on the day of the wedding.
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We wanted to learn more about the perspective of a mother on a wedding day. Chanel’s mother, Audrey, shared her thoughts with us after her daughter’s wedding.
How did you feel when you found out that your daughter was engaged?
Audrey: When Marcus (Chanel’s husband) told us that he was going to propose to Chanel, I was really excited! Somehow, I was expecting it as I knew that Marcus and Chanel had planned their wedding engagement and wedding along their courtship journey.
As a mother yourself, was it bittersweet knowing that your daughter is getting married?
Audrey: There was no bitterness, just sweetness! As the event draws closer, I have to ensure that I look good (laughs) and that everything is well prepared. From the guo da li, to the invites, and to ensure the other relatives are ready for the day.
How did you feel as the day of the wedding drew closer?
Audrey: It was mixed feelings – on and off, I do reminisce about Chanel from the time she was born, up till today. On the other hand, I was looking forward to the day of her wedding and overall I was quite happy.
What are some things you’ll miss now that your daughter is married?
Audrey: So far, it hasn’t set in yet! I am happy that Marcus and her are starting their own family, and I believe that they will take good care of each other along the way.
What was the most significant moment for you on the wedding day?
Audrey: The tea ceremony and solemnisation was the most significant moment for me. Everyone was charged up and happy on the wedding day! I noticed that all the grandparents and relatives were relaxed and in a great mood.
How is this Mother’s Day different for you?
Audrey: Mother’s Day is the day to remind children to show their love and appreciation to their mothers. I’m lucky that I have a sweet daughter who is matured and thoughtful. This Mother’s Day is not any different, as I believe that Chanel shows her appreciation every time she thinks about me.
Although weddings are about the bride and the groom, it’s important to remember that this day is as important to us, as it is to our mothers. Take a moment to recognise how remarkable it is to be able to spend this day with our mothers, and let them know how thankful you are.
To all the mothers and mother figures out there, Happy Mother’s Day.