I love photographing weddings of different cultures, religions, and philosophies, so I was very excited to photograph Drew and Ryta’s Buddhist wedding ceremony this winter, held at Shim Gum Do, a Buddhist temple in Brighton. Drew and Ryta exchanged incense, flowers, and rings, and there were several prayers and poems by guests and by the Zen Master who officiated the ceremony. Four swordsmen were also present over the ceremony, and yes, with real swords! And those blades were sharp. But one of the most interesting things that I learned was that, for their culture, the couple does not choose their wedding date. Instead, the wedding date is chosen by the Zen Master, according to which days are holy and blessed.