Formal Engagement

For most women, a marriage proposal happens only once. I’m blessed to have had two of them from the same man in a span of weeks, one private and the other more public. After our personal moment together where Shixiong asked me to marry him in private, we had a public one where his family came to our house and asked for my parents’ blessing. It was a semi-traditional way of asking for the daughter’s hand in marriage. After the families met and the formalities have been performed, what else is there to do? Celebrate with a Chinese banquet, of course.

At the restaurant, Shixiong broke out the ring box again and made a beautiful speech (too bad only half was caught on tape). He didn’t get down on one knee but he did declare his commitment and put the ring on my finger again. Then, he toasted my parents with the tea cup and formally called them “Ma” and “Pa.”

formal proposal

In front of our families, we declared our intent to marry. In essence, it is a public promise to each other that we are betrothed. The ring symbolizes our commitment to remain true to our promise until the wedding day.

formal picture

Hot off the press: Wedding Day is on March 10th. Save the Date!

another formal shot

6 Responses to “Formal Engagement”

  1. Sue says:

    Congratulations, Marybeth!!!!
    I am soooo happy for you!!!!
    I see the most beautiful and sweet smile ever from you in the picture!!
    I will write you back later.
    Love you!!

  2. mbcohao says:

    Thanks so much, Sue! It was certainly a joyous occasion for us and the family! I await your email with anticipation! :-)

  3. Micah S says:

    Fantastic! You guys have so much 夫妻相 :)

  4. mbcohao says:

    that’s what many people have said … thanks, Micah! And thank you for keeping up with my blog. I hope to see you and Jodie when we visit SH sometime this year!

  5. May says:

    Congratulations,Marybeth!!!The person next to you looks very kind and feeling of securit :>

  6. mbcohao says:

    Thanks, May. He is a very kind man who is God’s great gift to me! :-)

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