"My friend Alice recently attended an interesting wedding ceremony. She sent me this picture and allowed me to share it on our blog.
The bride is Alice's niece, a Chinese-American and the groom is an Iranian-American, both born in California. They had their wedding ceremony in Hong Kong last weekend.
The ceremony was a mixture of the two cultures, more Persian than Chinese. One of the typical parts of an Iranian wedding tradition is to perform a "Sweet and Happy" ceremony. In the photo, four happily married female relatives, mostly bride's close family members, hold a scarf made out a fine fabric over the heads of the bride and bridegroom during the ceremony. Alice is to the right of the groom in red suit with white blouse. Another female relative grinds two sugar cones made of hardened sugar over the scarf; the grinding process loosens up the sugar and showers the bride and groom with sweetness and happiness.
We thank Alice for sharing this photo and the interesting experience."