Wedding Photos! American Culture — American Wedding

Wedding Photos!  American Culture — American Wedding

In this American English Pronunciation video,
you’re going to look at photos from our wedding! A few months ago, David and I made a video
where we announced our engagement to you guys. And you guys were so wonderful! I think at least a thousand people said congratulations
to us, it was really neat. Thank you guys for that. I also had fun making a couple of videos leading
up to the wedding from our wedding venue, where we studied real life American English. So it was fun to have you guys be a part of
the process. And, I want to share my wedding photos with
you in this video, and just, sort of, talk through the day, and talk about what happened.>>Um, David, what would you say, what stands
out to you the most? About the day? A favorite memory, maybe?>>I think what stands out the most is just
being there with so many people that are important to us.>>Mm-hmm.>>And being able to look out and see everybody’s
faces as we were standing up front.>>One thing that we did that was a little
bit different is, we did something called self-uniting, which means that there wasn’t
someone there to perform the ceremony. It was just us. And one of the things that was really cool
about that is that we, we got to stand up and look out at everybody. Usually in weddings, the couple stands in
front and they face forward, and the person who is performing the wedding is looking out
at everybody. And, I didn’t even think about that, but
it was so moving and so powerful…>>Mm-hmm.
>>…to be up there and just look at this sea of people that love you and support you. It was awesome.>>But, let’s get to the most exciting part
of this video, which is the wedding photos which our wonderful photographer took, so
here it is: our wedding. When it came time for our pictures, it was
raining. That didn’t stop us from having a good time,
though. We went to a coffee shop where we got a few
shots indoors. Then there was a little break in the rain,
so we went outside and got some photos in an interesting alley next to the coffee shop. Then we went over to the Delaware River, where
there’s a pier under the Ben Franklin bridge, that’s been turned into a park. And we took some photos out there. This was about an hour or so before sunset. Then we headed to the wedding venue. The wedding venue was in an old chocolate
factory that’s been converted into a photography studio, so it was just a big space. And we hung a lot of lanterns. David’s sister and I and some friends made
the flower arrangements. The tables were set up so there were five
really long tables, each that sat 24 people. These are Wilburbuds, the chocolate that used
to be made in this chocolate factory. So we took some family photos. This is my family, and this is David’s family. Very different in size. We had a cocktail hour before the ceremony
so we had a chance to catch up with old friends. Of course Tom and his wife Julie were there. Then it was time to start gathering people
in for the ceremony, so all of our friends and family packed in. It was short, so we didn’t have chairs,
we wanted everybody to be very close and tight. So we exchanged our vows and rings. As is tradition in the US, we had our first
kiss after officially becoming married. And then we decided to celebrate by singing
some hymns. So we passed out hymn sheets, and I led the
group in singing. My brother actually got some video of that,
so here it is. [singing]
Then the ceremony was over and there were lots of hugs. And we signed the marriage license with our
mothers as witnesses. And it was time for dinner and toasts. All four of our parents gave toasts before
dinner. It was really sweet to hear what they had
to say. So we all raised a glass and started in on
dinner. After dinner, two more people gave speeches,
David’s friend Mike, and my friend Sara, who has been in several Rachel’s English
videos. They were wonderful speeches that made us
laugh. Then we pointed out our friend Laura who had
been the first person to set us up. And everybody toasted her. Then it was time for the first dance. And we quickly called our friends out to the
dance floor to join us. And then the party really began. Everybody came out to dance. Our aunts, our uncles, our parents. David’s family even did a flash mob, where
they did a dance that they had been working on for months. At first we were a little confused about what
was going on. But once we understood, we thought it was
pretty great! We danced with our parents, and then it was
time to cut the cake. Typically at a wedding, the bride and groom
each feed each other a little bit of cake. Every once in a while, it gets a little out
of hand. Don’t worry, I forgave him. The rest of the night was really just about
being with friends and family. And of course, lots more dancing. And we got to see our parents party as we’d
never seen them before. We had so much fun. What are weddings like in your country? What did you learn about American culture
from looking at these wedding photos? Let me know in the comments below. That’s it, and thanks so much for using
Rachel’s English.

100 thoughts on “Wedding Photos! American Culture — American Wedding

  1. Wow..! The photos are really amazing..
    And, I'll definitely show this video to my family.
    Congratulations on your beautiful wedding Day Rachel…

  2. congratulations Rachel. thank you for sharing your most important life event with us. I wish you and david a happy life filled with all kinds of success.

  3. Beautiful, the most important is YOURLOVE and thanks for sharing with your YOU TUBE STUDENTS 🙂 I wish you the best.

  4. As I'm very emotional person, I cried watching the video, it's just amazing! I wish U and David all the happiness!

  5. My congratulations to you guys! Wonderful wedding. Can anyone tell me what is the meaning of tradition to get a cake out of hand?

  6. in Crimea we consider that black is the colour of sadness so wear only colour clothes on weddings and dont wear white dresses for not looking like the bride

  7. Hello Rachel,
    Indian wedding …. Mehendi party …. Barat Party …. Reception Party .. continues five day lots of sweets, all relative and friends, fun, enjoy, drink, having delicious and testy food, respect to each other ……

  8. Wishing you guys and all yours a lot of peace, joy and happiness. Thank you, dear Rachel, for sharing with us a bit of your personal life, such precious moments with the ones you love and care about, but most of all, thank you for helping us improve our learning on American culture and English. Lots of success and prosperity in your personal projects. )

  9. Congratulations Mrs. Rachel; I loved your wedding (correct me if i spelled it wrong) I'm from Monterrey City, Mexico and I would like to know where you're from…


    your student, Jerardo Balderas.

  10. Hi Rachel. Sorry 'cuz now I have just watched it. Maybe it was late but congratulation on your wedding ???

  11. Hi teacher thank you;
    thanks for year sharing wedding photos with us,
    nice culture and completely different from mines, but one more thing sorry to say that your husband felt shy before the camera i think, he is quite silent and actually not a man which seems in the wedding hall

  12. Mexican weddings are a monster (1000 guests), and two parties en different dates. First is when the couple get married for the law and this celebration party has to pay for the bride's parents. The second one is when the bride and the groom get married for the church,; and is paid for the groom's parents and groom. The close friends help the weddings being godmother godfather for the wine, the band, the rings, the honey moon, etc etc

  13. Rachel, this was amazing! You guys made me cry! Congratulations and best of luck for your life ahead as a married couple.

  14. it was marvelous…you looked very very very beautifully…I love you.I wish I could speak with you because your intonation is awesome!!!

  15. Can I congratulate you though it's so late? but I really like it!
    Thank you for sharing your happy moments with us.
    you are not only the best teacher but also the most beautiful and pure.

  16. Late congratulation. One Chinese marriage culture is RED ENVELOPE(money inside). In Hong Kong, guesses play mahjong before the ceremony. Do they bring mahjongs? No, marriage venues(restaurants) prepared them. It's common to see tens of mahjong tables in rows in ceremony with players indulging them in this enticing game(gamble in fact). I used to like watching my father playing mahjong.

  17. I know it's a little bit late because your wedding was a while ago but it seems you guys had a lot of fun with your family tha day and I just wanted to wish you the best!! I love your videos and I hope you'll keep teaching us to improve our english skills. Thank you so much and comgratulations!!

  18. HI. Firstly. Congratulation you wedding. In this video the subtitle is not the same time with when you said. But maybe I like it… it make me to recognize my listen skill better more than before.

  19. In my country Kenya, the weddings are just like yours but we always have someone to perform the ceremony! Again congrats n have a happy marriage

  20. I feel blessed to found your channel couple of days ago. Your channel's video popped up as an ad. Lucky to click and watched the entire ad. subscribed immediately and now learning real life English and cultural aspects of American life. I fell in love with your teaching techniques and am rising in confidence to speak English in my daily conversations. keep creating the inspiring videos. you're doing an awesome job. In my mother tongue Panjabi, Dhanvaad.(Thank You !)

  21. today i see your wedding pics i think it's wooooooooooow i don't know a lot of american wedding culture it's realy great and u was a queen . i love u my teacher!!

  22. Hi Rachel,
    You both are really seems good and pretty couple. I'll pray for your peaceful life and for stoney too my dear.

  23. Hey, teacher, I usually watch the same video more than 3 or 4 times just to exactly learn the way you speak American English and I'm watching this video once again and I like the way you led the group in singing. It looks like you are in control as a skilled and well-known conductor of this orchestra !!! Actually, a true leader like you really are, in fact. I FOUND IT QUITE NICE !!! Gonna watch it all over again.

  24. I love your hair! Please don’t ever dye it! Your the perfect example of how women should be confident about their gray hair

  25. Congratulations, but I don't know what is the meaning of "it was really neat". Who can help me, thanks.

  26. It probably happened years ago but I feel really happy for you. You are great and really glowing in the pictures. Best wishes!

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