Savoy Event Venue

The Savoy Event Venue offered the perfect conclusion to this very festive and long summer wedding day. There was a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and western civil ceremony. They were both in the same hall. When there are so many activities throughout the day, sticking to a timeline is critical. Giving yourself extra time when you have a large family involved is even better. We had a full two hours with this group. The first look, bridal party, family, and couple portraits all fit perfectly in this time frame. We had the portrait session at Alexander Muir Gardens. It is a beautiful public park that offered plenty of options for a group this size and is dog friendly.

Chinese Tea Ceremony

The tea ceremony and western ceremony both happened at Savoy Event Venue. The tea ceremony begins for the groom’s family, followed by the bride’s family. It is an ancient ceremony to honour your elders. As always, these traditions differ from family to family. And even more so when it comes to a fusion wedding like this. As a rule, the tea serves in order of hierarchy. So starting with grandparents. Then parents, aunties/uncles, elder siblings, and finally cousins. The tea set is often a gift. 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. For this wedding, the groom was recently recovering from a major back injury. While the family was open to him standing during the ceremony’s duration, he wanted to perform this tradition properly. How he made it through everyone on his knees, I’m not sure. But I know they appreciated it.

Reception

The remainder of the evening was one big party at this venue. Chinese wedding receptions are known for having a lot of scheduled events and this one was no different. They had dancing, performances, and kissing games. They also had a series of couple challenges to involve their guests throughout the evening. Normally when the receptions are this pact, the dance floor at the end of the night is quite. However since this was a fusion wedding, the late-night party seemed to keep going as well. Such a fun event all around. I had a blast at this event. Hopefully the bride and groom did too.

 

bride prep wedding hair
bride prep wedding makeup
bride prep wedding dress
bride prep wedding getting dressed
bride prep wedding garter
bride prep wedding jewelry
bride prep wedding getting dressed
bride prep wedding getting dressed
first look wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
first look wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
family wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
family wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
dog wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
dog wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
kissing wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
romantic wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
bridal bouquet wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
walking wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
black and white wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
romantic wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
romantic wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
formal wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
shoes wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
couple wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
flying veil wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
under the veil wedding portrait at Alexander Muir Gardens
bride prep hair wedding Chinese tea ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
bride prep wedding Chinese tea ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
bride prep wedding Chinese tea ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
wedding Chinese tea ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
wedding Chinese tea ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
wedding Chinese tea ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
groom's first look wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
bride down the aisle wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
giving away the bride wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
groom wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
bride wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
happy bride wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
ring exchange wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
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first kiss wedding ceremony at Savoy Event Venue
table decor wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
head table decor wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
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first dance wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
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groom mingling wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
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kissing game wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
couple challenge wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
couple challenge wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
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dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
couple dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
groom leads dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
bride and groom dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
bride dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
couple dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
bouquet toss wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
bouquet toss wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
garter toss wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue
bride and groom dance party wedding reception at Savoy Event Venue