Carl’s Catering The Glen
For such a small venue, it’s amazing how many weddings I photograph at Carl’s Catering The Glen every year. Normally all-inclusive venues have multiple weddings happening at any given time. However, those who book at Carl’s Catering The Glen, get the entire place to themselves. That means exclusive access to the manicured lawns and gardens for your guests to enjoy during the function. Throughout the warm seasons, you can take advantage of their stone patio for cocktail hour that lights up at night. But the key feature is their charming Gazebo that hosts some beautiful outdoor wedding ceremonies. There’s not even a need to book an additional photo site since the venue grounds are surrounded by professionally landscaped greenery and stoned pathways.
Chinese Tea Ceremony
I’ve done plenty of Chinese Tea Ceremony Weddings. However, this one took it to a whole new level. We’re talking about old school traditions. Most of my Chinese brides wear a qipao. Cyndy, however, went for a more traditional hung kwa. These are more common in Southern China and resemble a formal uniform. They played the classic doorgames. It’s a series of tasks the groom must perform to prove his worthiness before he can see his bride for the first time. When he finally does see her, she’s in kneeling position with her dress completely spread out and her face covered. She is literally presented as a prize to be earned. This is why the groom and his groomsmen have to work so hard in order to see her.
On the complete opposite side of the traditional elements, there were also superheroes. The groom and each of the groomsmen sported a superhero T-shirt under their suit. Each secret identity reflecting the guy’s personality. I’ve had bridal parties attempt this before but someone inevitably forgets their T-shirt. So I was definitely glad this group was able to pull it off.