On August 9th, 2015, former sangha member Amy Leung and Ethan Elash came from California to Chapel Hill to be married at Red Cedar Mountain. It was a beautiful summer day, and the sangha was happy to be able to support these two joyful people in making their commitment to one other in the Ceremony of Flowers and Candlelight. Buddhist weddings at the temple are solemn but intimate occasions and always full of sweet hope and quiet joy.

Many thanks to John Paredes for his photography.

Preparing the wedding altar

Preparing the wedding altar

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Taking the refuges and precepts

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Listening to Josho’s words – after candle lighting

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Exchanging rings of redwood

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The rings were beautiful, handmade, and matching

The sangha witnesses

The sangha witnesses

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Complete joy!

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Sangha and friends

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Mary and Amy

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With Jakuko, such happiness

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Jakuko, Amy, and Josho….all smiles

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They went straight to the airport!

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