Chinese Wedding

Whenever I photograph a Chinese wedding, it’s usually a packed schedule. We’re talking, down to the minute. Bride prep, door games, multiple ceremonies, and lots of aunt/uncles. This couple had none of that. I’d say they were likely the simplest Chinese wedding I’ve ever done.

We started out with traditional Christian ceremony at Thornhill Presbyterian Church. As with most Chinese weddings, there is a pretty high family count. So most of the family portraits were done at the church right after the ceremony. Once cleared we did head out to Richmond Green for bridal party and couple portraits. Now we did have some scattered thunderstorms. So the rain was there, we used the main gazebo for shelter. It did shorten the time we had for photos. But all in all, the essentials were captured. And the rest of the evening was at Ritzy Palace Chinese Cuisine for the reception and tea ceremony.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony begins with the bride’s family, followed by the groom’s family. It is an ancient ceremony to honour your elders. As always, these traditions differ from family to family. As a rule, the tea is usually served in order of hierarchy. So starting with grandparents. Then parents, aunties/uncles, elder siblings, and finally cousins. The tea set is often a family heirloom. If the bride has a dowry, they will include a tea set for the ceremony. The tea is usually infused with lotus seeds or even red dates to symbolize fertility. The bridal party will usually help with pouring the tea and cleaning cups during the ceremony.

Traditionally, the couple serves tea whilst kneeling down, but some modern families prefer to bow instead. Either way shows respect to your elders. Following the tea ceremony, gifts are given to the bride and groom. They can usually be red envelopes containing money. They can also consist of jewelry handed down from mother-in-law and female relatives to the bride.

 

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Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
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Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
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Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
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Toronto Chinese Wedding Photographer Photography at Richmond Green
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