When the bride aced the traditional dance of the groom's culture at the wedding, he had the most wholesome reaction to it.
The beauty of a relationship lies in embracing each other's differences. No matter how far apart they are in terms of culture, upbringing or personal values, at the end of the day, the love that a couple shares matters the most. It is heartening to see a lot of couples on the internet with a cross-cultural marriage sharing glimpses of their lives. Eve, a wedding photographer who goes by @simply_evexo on TikTok, shared a wholesome video where she gracefully embraced her husband's Tongan culture by surprising him with a traditional dance on their wedding day. With over 8 million views, this viral video made people go aww.
Eve, based in New Zealand, discovered her love for photography while planning her wedding with her then-fiance, Ngane and she established her photography business, EMT Studios, per her website. At the beginning of the video, Eve gives us a sneak peek of her practicing the Tongan culture's traditional dance, "Tau’olunga," while wearing traditional attire. The text overlay read, "POV: You surprised your Tongan husband with a Tau’olunga at your wedding." Eve wrote in the captions that performing this dance at her wedding was "the coolest experience" and that though she told Ngane that she wouldn't do it, she secretly learned it with his little sister.
As the bride gracefully swayed to the music doing the Tau’olunga, the groom could not control his excitement. Ngane was all smiles as his wife and little sister were performing and the entire wedding party seemed to be impressed by their Tau’olunga.
According to Tonga Tourism, the Tau’olunga dance is performed by young women on special occasions. It's a custom for parents, cousins, family members and friends of the dancer to get on the stage during the dance and put some cash in the the performer's clothes. At Eve's wedding too, the guests came on stage as she was dancing and inserted some money notes at the back of her wedding dress.
This heartwarming video received over 1 million likes and many comments. People simply loved the blend of cultures at the wedding. "This is the most beautiful thing I've seen in a long time. May God embrace you with his favored hand, as you've embraced his culture," commented @kaydee_212. "This is absolutely beautiful. I would definitely take this into consideration, if I were to marry a man of culture, would be so grateful if the man did the same for me with my culture. You look stunning," lauded @uluvtjnisha. "The smile you put on that man's face and the way he was looking at you," wrote @shari.smart.
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On a similar note, another wholesome video of the groom secretly learning the Korean language to surprise the bride and her family made rounds on social media. Ben Carpenter (@bdccarpenter) shared a video clip from his wedding day where he made a touching speech in Korean, moving his wife and in-laws to tears.
He spent a whole year learning the language secretly taking lessons with his headphones on. "When Sohee and I first started dating, she told me that in Korean culture, dating a foreigner is frowned upon by some people. I'm thankful you've accepted me as a new member of the family and I promise to love and take care of Sohee forever," Carpenter said in Korean. Touched by his effort, his in-laws hugged him at the end.