Love Across Borders: Multicultural Wedding of Vietnamese-German Couple
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|The wedding which took place an ancient villa in Feldkirch, Austria lasted 30 minutes with the participation of only five people. Photo courtesy of Nguyet Minh|
It took the couple - Nguyet Minh, a Vietnamese woman hailing from Ho Chi Minh city and living in Schwyz, Switzerland and Martin, a German man - only three months to date and reach the decision of marriage but Covid-19 delayed their wedding for half a year.
“Covid brought us together but due to Covid, we had a unique wedding,” Minh told VnExpress.
Minh and Martin got to know each other more than four years ago. But not until the pandemic broke out did they spend more time talking during the Europe’s lockdown period after finding they share a common interest in photography.
Martin proposed to Nguyet Minh three months after the first date. They applied for a marriage certificate in Austria and decided to hold the wedding in November 2020 there.
Minh chose Austria to be the place for her wedding because she lived and worked in this country for more than six years.
The process of getting the marriage certificate was not easy. The couple had to travel between Austria and Switzerland for three times and experienced a quarantine period before getting enough documents.
Right after they made decision on the wedding, a new wave of Covid resurged in Europe, forcing them to put on hold the important event until late April 2021.
Even when the wedding was allowed to be held, only five people were permitted.
Martin invited a Thai colleague to be a groomsman and another old colleague to be a bridesmaid. Other close friends could not join due to the traveling restriction.
A restaurant in Austria where diners have to own vaccine certificates was selected as the wedding venue.
When all of the checklists were completed - wedding rings ordered, made-in-Vietnam wedding dress finished, ten days before the wedding day, the groom was infected with Covid-19.
It was not until early May this year when Martin recovered, could the wedding happen like plan.
However at this time, Martin’s Thai colleague could not join as a bridesmaid due to her own business. Luckily, a French colleague of Martin agreed help with the ceremony.
But misfortune did not stop there. Martin had recovered from Covid but the virus still existed in his body, making him not qualified to enter the Austrian restaurant where the wedding would be organized.
The couple thought about holding a wedding party outdoor in Switzerland but the rainy season did not allow them to do so.
Without hesitation, the bride then decided: “After the wedding ceremony, the party will be held at our house. I will cook.”
Bride Cooks Impressive Wedding Feast
One day before the wedding party, Minh and Martin went to four supermarkets and shops to look for electric stoves, hot pots, Thai hot pot ingredients, soft drinks and wine.
The bride bought flowers and made the hot pot soup as well as cake by herself.
The wedding was scheduled at 2pm. The bride woke up at 6am to wash vegetables, seafood, slice mushrooms and make a wedding bouquet.
Minh also did her own makeup and hair while Martin cleaned the house. It was raining cats and dogs outside.
The groom, the bride and guests had to overcome 80km to travel from Schwyz, Switzerland to Feldkirch, Austria for the wedding ceremony.
Minh wore a Vietnamese traditional long dress at the ceremony which was held at an old villa.
The wedding host presented a bottle of salt to the couple saying that it is the symbol of closely-knit marriage.
|The couple receives a bottle of salt which represents eternal marriage life from the wedding host. Photo courtesy of Nguyet Minh|
Right after that, they returned to their house in Switzerland. The bride changed the clothes to cook.
Marie Paul, 59 years old, the bridesmaid, said “This is such a multinational wedding. The bride is Vietnamese, the groom and groomsman are German, the bridesmaid is French, the photographer is Portuguese and the host is Austrian. It had only five guests but it was definitely a unique wedding and the warmest wedding I have ever joined.”
Minh the bride said she felt happy because she could hold her wedding amid the pandemic. But she was still sad because not all of her relatives could come on her important day.
The Vietnamese woman used eggs to decorate her wedding venue to make everyone feel crowded.
|Eggshells are used for wedding decoration. In this picture, the bride and the groom take a photo with relatives standing behind. Photo courtesy of Nguyet Minh|
Sixty eggs painted with lovely faces and decorated with flowers and plants were put around the wedding venue.
The couple told each other to eat 60 eggs in two months to have the eggshells. The bright shells represent the bride and the brown shells are the groom.
|The bride and the groom dance together in front of guests. Photo courtesy of Nguyet Minh|
|Photo courtesy of Nguyet Minh|
Switzerland has now almost recovered from Covid-19. Nguyet Minh is waiting for the days when she can go back to work. During her free time, she takes care of Vietnamese vegetables and flowers grown by herself at the balcony, and cooks meals for her husband to bring to the office. On holidays, the newlyweds often wander around the daffodils fields.
Nguyet Minh hopes that the pandemic will be over so that she can organize a wedding with the participation of 60 people in her hometown in Vietnam.
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