Chinese Tea Ceremony
Most photographers would call me crazy for taking on events like this. Obviously 12hr wedding with a Western Ceremony and Chinese Tea Ceremony is a long day. As well as separate bride and groom prep however these weddings include multiple costume changes. As with most traditional Chinese Tea Ceremonies, the day begins with door games. A right of passage for the groom before he gets to see his bride. This is often a series of games and challenges set by the bride’s side. It’s challenged specifically to the groom. But if he has groomsmen, they often get tortured as well. Once the groom is cleared to enter the home, the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony can begin.
This was my first time photographing a ceremony at Bellamy Loft. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The venue comes with a gorgeous redecorated alter and beautiful lighting to boot. In short, I could have done an entire portrait session inside. However the bulk of the wedding portraits were already completed at Gage Park.
The remainder of the evening was spent Casa Deluz restaurant. We’re talking 10 course seafood meal with a full night of speeches, activities, and games. The pacing of this day was amazing, and the couple did give me a lot of freedom to keep everything on schedule. I was even able to include additional photo ops they didn’t realize would fit into their day.
This is a relatively new service I offer. It gives you the benefit of two photographers for your morning prep/portrait sessions. You get photo/video coverage of the ceremony and reception. And a photo booth is available for your guests once the dance floor opens. It a little bit of everything, but only requires 2 shooters throughout the day. I am a trained on photographer and videographer. This just allows me to transition between the two throughout the day. Video coverage of this event is at the bottom of the page. It includes a full runthrough of the wedding ceremony and the scheduled highlights of the evening wedding reception. All speeches and vows are uncut so you remember every word