The weekend was a mix of traditions old and new, Korean and American, for the family of Ji Hee Kim of Edmond.

On Friday, family members celebrated the first birthday of Kim’s granddaughter, Coco Mimi Kim, at a party at Bravo Cucina Italiana restaurant on West Memorial Road.

In Korean culture, the first birthday is a momentous and meaningful occasion.

“For medical reasons, a long time ago, many babies died young,” Ji Hee said. “If they lived until one year, it was like a miracle, so it became a custom to celebrate.”

Little Coco Mimi, dressed in traditional Korean garb, was presented with an array of traditional items representing various paths in life. The item she chose would symbolize her future.

At first Coco Mimi wanted nothing to do with the selection of items representing such things as scholarliness, athleticism, celebrity, wealth and long life.

Eventually, though, she picked up a $10 bill, symbolizing a financially secure future. She later picked up a pencil, portending a future as a scholar. Her family applauded her choices.

The next day, Coco Mimi’s mother and father, Bo Rah Lee and Chul Ho Kim, were married in a traditional American backyard wedding at the home of Bo Rah’s aunt and uncle in Edmond.

However, they won’t enjoy married life together just yet; Chul Ho will be returning to Korea to live until he obtains a visa, and Bo Rah will continue her education in the United States. The two met when Bo Rah’s mother arranged for Bo Rah to work in Chul Ho’s convenience store in Seoul two years ago.

And the rest is romantic history.

It may be as long as three years before Chul Ho can leave Korea, Ji Hee said. Until then, Bo Rah will travel to see her husband each summer.

Micah Hobbs from the Memorial Road Church of Christ officiated at the wedding ceremony.

“Marriage is a great adventure,” he advised the couple, adding that the two have a particular responsibility to maintain communication until Chul Ho is able to move to the United States.

Bo Rah’s great-grandfather, Uk Kim of Irvine, Calif., gave the bride away and wiped away sentimental tears during the ceremony.

“I am very proud of them,” he said afterward.

Uk and his late wife lived in Edmond from 1993-2003.

“We are very happy to have the family all together here,” he said. “This is my hometown in the United States.”

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