•Hersam Acorn Newspapers• •
October 13, 2011
Rudyard Kipling wrote: “Oh, East is Eastand West is West, but never the twain shallmeet.” Though I hate to fault Kipling’s say-ing, if you’d attended one of the recent wed-ding celebrations of Connecticut-born-and-raised Pierre Rochman II and California-born-and-raised Helene Boyd, you’d havesee how tightly East and West have been joined together.Both the bride and the groom have largefamilies. Needless to say, it’s not easyto fly entire families across the country.The groom’s family, which is my fam-ily, is spread out all over Fairfield County— including Bridgeport, Trumbull, Shelton,Monroe, Milford, Huntington and Oxford.That is why the idea of having two weddingreceptions, one for each coast, became areality. Though the celebrations were verydifferent, they definitely doubled the plea-sure.The actual ceremony took place in LagunaBeach, Cal., on a terrace overlooking thePacific Ocean. Here, the bride and groomexchanged their vows. There are many tra-ditions in wedding ceremonies, includingthe lighting of a Unity Candle, and there arevariations on that tradition, including fami-lies or parents of both the bride and groomcoming together to light the candle. Todayit is common for the bride and groom tolight one large Unity candle from the flameof their smaller individual candles. Thissymbolizes the two people now unifiedin marriage, and the light of their candlesgrowing brighter together.My son and daughter-in-law chose a differ-ent symbolic tradition for their ceremony.In this instance, the bride poured whitewine into a large glass decanter, followedby the groom pouring red wine into thesame decanter. The officiant then lifted thedecanter and swirled it, mixing the twowines as surely as the two lives have cometogether. He then poured the combined
Double the pleasure, double the fun
EAST COAST / WEST COAST WEDDING RECEPTIONS
by Joanne Greco Rochman
Pierre Rochman II and Helene Boyd were married in picturesque Laguna Beach in California.
— Jack Randall photos
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