My friend Carla Wu gets married

Carla Wu Shuang

Carla Wu Shuang

CILI, HUNAN — Here’s a happy story for the second day of 2015. My friend and former student, Carla Wu, is a cancer survivor, and celebrated her marriage in her husband’s home village near here on New Year’s Day.

Carla (吴双 Wu Shuang) was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in summer 2013. After surgery to remove a tumor from her thigh and aggressive chemotherapy since then, her cancer seems to be in remission. Her hair has grown back, long enough for a pixie cut, and she’s gained some of her weight back.

Her husband Mu Yanhui (牟颜辉) is a nurse. They met while both were working in Guangdong province. He is from a small village near Cili, and she is from Yueyang city, several hours away. So, that means two wedding parties! The date of the Yueyang party has not been set.

In his village, the local custom is for the groom to pick up the bride in her home, and carry her by car and on his back, as the case may be, to his home. There, they pay respects to their ancestors, and serve sweetened boiled eggs to family and friends. Then, there’s a big dinner.

In recent years, Chinese brides rent a western-style white wedding dress for the first part of the party, then change into a red one, or just dressy clothes for the second part. This is what Carla did, too.

Here are some photos of yesterday’s festivities. I missed the preliminary part, where the groom has to pass “red packets” of money under the bride’s bedroom door before her family and friends allow him to take her out. Her former roommates Meg and Martha performed the gatekeeping duty.

Mu Yanhui presents the bouquet. Carla has just been made-up in a beauty shop.

The groom presents the bouquet. Carla has just been made-up in a beauty shop.

Musicians play outside the beauty shop as we prepare to leave Cili city.

Musicians play outside the beauty shop as we prepare to leave Cili city.

I got to ride in the bridal car!

I got to ride in the bridal car!

The musicians precede the bride and groom to his home.

The musicians precede the bride and groom to his home.

Tradition says the groom carries to bride to her new home

Tradition says the groom carries to bride to her new home

Carla is her western style gown

Carla is her western style gown

Carla serves sweetened boiled eggs to elder family members

Carla serves sweetened boiled eggs to elder family members

The couple outside their new home. It's huge!

The couple outside their new home. It’s huge!

The view from the second floor balcony.

The view from the second floor balcony.

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