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My best friend's wedding

By Zhang Yue (China Daily)

09:48, May 03, 2012

Zhang Yu and her husband Ye Xin at their wedding ceremony. Provided to China Daily

Zhang Yu woke up at 5 am on the day of her wedding ceremony in January 2011.

She tried to go back to sleep, because she knew she had a long day ahead. But it wasn't easy.

She texted me at 7 am: "You'll be here this afternoon, right?"

I was a bridesmaid.

"Just stand by my side and stay with me during the ceremony," she had told me before.

"You don't need to do much. Just be with me."

I arrived at Zhang's house at 2 pm with the other two maids. Two makeup artists were applying cosmetics when we arrived.

We gave her hongbao - red envelopes of cash, customarily given at wedding receptions.

Zhang's father treated us to tea and wedding candy. We put her three dresses in order.

More than 10 of Zhang's relatives chatted and laughed in the sitting room.


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