January 18, 2017
Second Time's A Charm
Rawan Rihani got married....four months after she got married. To the same guy. Here's why.
What was the original vision of your wedding? I guess I always thought that I would elope. Elopement appealed to me, the fact that you are free of expectations, and can solidify your union with your partner in a soft and sacred way.
So tell me about the actual wedding you had. We had our first wedding in June of last summer. It was beautiful and powerful, but a few things went wrong. First, I had asked my uncle to vocalize a blessing before the food was served, and totally forgot about it, so it never happened. Second, an old school-mate who I had worked to tailor + sew one of my wedding dresses I wore was a total bitch to me right at the reception and walked out of the party. Plus, my mom also didn't like the first photographer that I wanted (she called it too "urban decay").
Yikes. Right. Afterwards, I was inspired to do something alone with Zac. A no pressure second wedding. A special sacred day where we could celebrate our new chapter. We wanted to get dressed up and go somewhere that felt pure and aligned.
So what happened? Four months later in Autumn, one Saturday morning, we woke up early, ate toast with orange marmalade and fried eggs, dressed up, (Zac wore a velvet burgundy jacket and a rose in his collar), and walked to a nearby park. On the way there, I picked wildflowers and made us matching crowns. Then we looked in each other's eyes, said 'I love you' calmly and just stood quietly in the moment for a while.
Sounds amazing. Would you recommend a second, private wedding to other brides? Yes! A sacred day for the two of you to be your weirdest and wildest and most artistic and playful and experimental is the most loving way to honor your new life together.
How is being married different from just living together? The way we make decisions is different — not just for the moment, but for the long run. It's made everything deeper and sweeter.
Pics by Jac and Thom Photography