That’s Amore: Oh Boy, Here Come the Tears

Toward the end of the reception it was time for Mr. G’s letter reading, which would be the climax of the wedding reception as our wedding planner and MC described it. In Japan, the bride usually reads a heartfelt letter to her parents, but Mr. G read the letter at our wedding since most of our guests only understood Japanese. Mr. G got up to the microphone and began his speech.

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“Mom and Dad, I want to take this time to tell you things that I can’t usually say.” He then went on to thank his parents for all they had done for him and his sister—encouraging them through school, taking them on trips, and for all their hard work. He also mentioned how difficult it must have been to move to America and yet still make a great life for him and his sister. He ended it by apologizing for all the trouble he had put his family through during his teenage years (Mr. G was a wild child back in the day).

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Mr. G’s sister cried a bit, too.

As Mr. G said his speech, I couldn’t help but get a little choked up by his heartfelt speech, but I also felt kind of awkward standing up there holding the microphone so I started looking around the room. A few guests were crying a bit, touched by Mr. G’s letter. I looked up to take a glance at Mr. G’s mother to see if she was crying, but she was just smiling placidly. I then looked over at Mr. G’s father and was shocked. He was bawling. His shoulders were shaking and he was gulping down tears. I couldn’t believe it. Mr. G’s father is a very conservative, unemotional type of man and he was sobbing!

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Mr. G’s Dad right before he started to cry.

I’m so glad that we decided for Mr. G to read the letter. Mr. G’s family is not a very “let’s share every emotion we have” kind of family. They tend to show their love by gift giving or doing favors rather than verbally saying something. I think having Mr. G just say everything he’d had in his heart was a big emotional moment for his family. It was beautiful to see!

After the letter reading it was time for Mr. G’s father to say a speech. He was so embarrassed by his crying that he initially refused to get up and say anything, but in the end he made a very formal speech thanking everyone for being there and to please watch over me and Mr. G.

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He then called up my mother and step mother (Japanese wedding receptions always end with both sets of parents thanking the guests for coming and bowing). We all bowed and it was time for us to exit the reception and start the receiving line!

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My moms were so nervous about bowing. “How low should we bow? How long?” I told them just to wing it and they did great! Personal Photo

Have you ever been to a wedding with a very emotional speech? Did anyone cry?

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Photography by Teppei Kawakami

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Mrs. Gondola

Location:
Kyoto
Wedding Date:
December 1969
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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 11:33 am

    That is SO sweet and I love Mr. G’s father’s reaction! Sounds like you had a really lovely day connecting with all of your guests! <3

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    parisian 588 posts, Busy bee @ 11:44 am

    Such a sweet speech!

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    pyramid 95 posts, Worker bee @ 11:48 am

    Oh that’s so darn sweet! That’s so beautiful to be able to tell your family things that you might normally not.

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    roadtrip 803 posts, Busy bee @ 11:51 am

    That’s so sweet! Definitely agree you made the right choice on the letter.

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    wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 1:05 pm

    Aw! I love heartfelt wedding speeches! :)

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    msfilly 827 posts, Busy bee @ 3:14 pm

    Wow, I love Mr. G’s father’s reaction – he must have really hit it out of the park with his speech!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:18 pm

    Mr. G’s dad’s reaction is just too sweet, it’s great that Mr. G was able to share such heartfelt thoughts with his family!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:26 am

    How sweet! It must have been very special for Mr. G to see how emotional his dad got!

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    mswaterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:41 am

    Awww, that photo of Mr. G`s dad is so sweet! It certainly sounds like his letter had a lot of emotion!

    BTW, do Japanese weddings end with a receiving line?

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    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:02 am

    They do! Isn’t Mr. G’s dad adorable?!

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