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Chinese Tea Ceremony :: Sandy + Scott

Yay I’m so excited to share these pictures with you because Sandy and Scott are very near and dear to my heart. A few weeks ago I drove down to Orange County to photograph my bestie’s wedding. I was her maid of honor so I could only photograph the morning festivities, and the fabulous Erich of Erich Chen Photography covered the rest of her day. You may remember their beautiful engagement pictures that we took in the cute oceanside town of Rockport, Massachusetts.

Sandy getting ready before the Chinese tea ceremony. Doesn’t she look gorgeous in her Chinese dress?

Bride getting ready before the Chinese wedding ceremony

Traditionally in Chinese culture, the groom and his family goes to the bride’s house bearing lots of gifts. But in order to enter the house, the groom and groomsmen have to pass a series of “tests” in order for the groom to see his bride. Scott has to “bribe” his way in and is trying to negotiate with the bridesmaids. These games are all done in good nature and is such a fun way to start the day!

Groom comes to pick up bride

Scott had to prove his love for Sandy by dancing to “Baby Got Back” that is playing on the laptop. Sort of a modern twist on the Chinese wedding door games.;)

Chinese wedding games by Las Vegas wedding photographer

Then a brief Buddhist ceremony honoring the ancestors.

Chinese wedding ceremony by Las Vegas wedding photographer

We had a full house for the tea ceremony! It was very touching to see so many of their family members fly from far away to celebrate this occasion with them. The living room was quite packed with all the relatives that Sandy and Scott had to serve tea to. But on the plus side, they received lots of lucky red envelopes and gold jewelry.

Chinese tea ceremony wedding photography

Showing off all the bling! Congrats Sandy and Scott!

Orange County wedding photography

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About Emily Ku Photography: Emily is a modern and candid wedding photographer who travels between Las Vegas and Rochester, NY for weddings (and everywhere else in between!).

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