Kirsten's and Murat's wedding was a wedding of 2 cultures and they joyfully expressed both in the ceremony. Murat is from Turkey but his family was coming from the West Coast and Texas as well as Turkey. Kirsten family is from Georgia. Yet they met in Chapel Hill three years ago at Murat's friend's birthday party. And now they live in Boston.
We wanted to especially honor Murat's Turkish heritage because his mother and his aunt don't speak English. Murat and Kirsten decided on a Quaker like ceremony in which certain friends would speak during the ceremony of Murat and Kirsten's love for each other. And that we would Murat's and Kirsten's vows would be said in both Turkish and English.
We also chose eclectic poetry which spoke of their larger world view. The first reading was from Joseph Campbell's 'The Power of Myth,' and the second was by a Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet Ran. It's lovely and I repeat it here: