Our Wedding | Part I | Chinese Tea Ceremony

Monday, January 16, 2017


We finally made it guys! 
It’s our 1 year anniversary to the day and I can’t believe how fast this past year has just flown by.  Now that we’ve completely settled into our new lives as husband and wife, I’m recounting all the treasured moments from our wedding weekend with a trip down memory lane. It’s taken me a full year to finally share our wedding album, collated from professional photographers, snapshots from friends and family, and special candids taken right from my phone.  It was tough to whittle these precious memories down to this modest collection, but I hope that you’re able to get a sense of what it was like behind the best days of our lives…

Without further delay, here’s Part I of our spectacular 2-day wedding extravaganza starting with the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony.









Having been raised in Southern California all our lives, le hubs and I wanted to honor the traditions of our upbringing, first with a formal tea ceremony for our family and closest friends in Orange County where we reside, followed by a reception in Los Angeles, where we both currently work.  Our wedding consisted of 3 main events: The Friday tea ceremony, Saturday wedding ceremony followed by the Saturday evening reception immediately to follow. 





The weekend long festivities began on Friday morning with a Chinese tea ceremony to honor my heritage.  When the groom arrives to pick up his bride, he is first subjected to a slew of silly games to complete then offers red lixi envelopes filled with money in exchange for a sneak peek of his blushing bride in her traditional Ki Miao wedding ensemble and headdress.  





After the groom presents his dowry to the bride’s family, he is now allowed to secure his bride and together they pray to their ancestors and burn incense for a happy and blessed future together.  With the first event under our belts we were relaxed and ready to celebrate the reception the following day.















Join me later this week for Part II in Los Angeles for our rooftop wedding ceremony and winter glam reception!  See you then!
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36 comments

  1. To my insanely beautiful and enormously talented Wifey:

    I must be the luckiest guy in the world to say that you’re my wife. It still confounds me that I married the hottest gal in the game and to say that we’re celebrating our first-year of marriage, I’m simply still living the dream. Being married to you is just another reason for me to love you more. Thank you for being the most loving and adoring wife a man can have. I don’t say it enough with how much I appreciate all the experimental home cooked Vietnamese meals which are always remarkable, how beautifully and expertly designed and kept our house always is, and how our furry kiddies are always immaculately clean and in good health. You take care of every facet of our lives and there’s never enough I can say to eloquently convey everything you are to me. As we embark on our second year, I earnestly look forward to trying to expand our family and work on all the little things to enrich our lives and move us upward. With every beat of my soul, I will continue to tirelessly do everything I can to cultivate the world that you and our future deserves. My life is, and has always been, dedicated to you. I love you boo and cheers to just another year of an eternity together.

    Blissfully your Husband for always and forever,

    LB

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  2. La Bijoux Bella | by miaJanuary 16, 2017 6:32 PM

    Wowww ... Absolute perfection ... What a gorgeous wedding, you look like a Golden Precious Chinese Princess! Such beautiful photos and fabulous memories to cherished. :)
    Happy Anniversary to you both! :)

    ❤LA BIJOUX BELLA❤ | BY MIA | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

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  3. Just wow!!! Such a stunning wedding ceremony. You made such a beautiful bride - thank you for sharing this, and can't wait to see more!

    xx, Amy
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    1. Thank you love! The traditional part is always the most intimate! Can't forget our roots!

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  4. It's so wonderful to get a glimpse into your two-day wedding ceremony. These pictures from the tea ceremony are gorgeous and it was so amazing to learn more about how you chose to honor your culture on your special day.

    -Helen
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    1. Thank you Helen! I couldn't wait to rock that traditional outfit especially since I knew the glamorous wedding gown would come next!

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  5. These photos look incredible babe! You look just beyond stunning xoxo, sharon

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    1. Thank you Sharon! Loved these moments especially with my Mom so proud ;D

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  6. Awww I thought this post was great already and then I read your hubby's comment! Lucky woman! You looked gorgeous for your tea ceremony and it also looked like you guys had a lot of fun with it too haha

    JustJ.ca

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  7. These photos are stunning, Julie! I love that you went the traditional route, as I feel it makes your big day so much more memorable.

    Can't wait to see the rest!

    XO, Emily
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    1. Thank you Emily! I always knew I would honor our heritage first, that's why we broke the wedding up into a weekend long event!

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  8. I'm Vietnamese and our tea ceremonies look very similar! These photos are so gorgeous and you are just stunning!

    Tina
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    1. I'm 3/4 Chinese and 1/4 Viet babe, hubby is full Viet so of course we couldn't forget to honor our ancestors and family <3

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  9. That's a very interesting tradition, you looked so happy and everyone else. Very beautiful dress too and head piece.

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    1. Thank you babe! That headdress is quite the stunner!

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  10. Gosh, these wedding photos are just so beautiful! And congratulations on your one year anniversary :) Wishing you more love and happiness over the years <3
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  11. Oh wow this looks absolutely amazing, congratulations! thanks so much for sharing, love seeing different cultures and traditions xx
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  12. Amazing photos and congrats on your first anniversary!
    xx Elisa
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  13. Can we just pause and take a peek at your hubby's comment. Adorable!!! You looked absolutely gorgeous and these photos are incredible! Congratulations to you both :)

    Love, Lindsey
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    1. Lol he surprised even me! A total anti-FB/IG/social media kinda hubby haha.. thank you so much for the well wishes Lindsey!

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  14. Ohh, this post was so so sweet!! I wish you and him the best in this new path of your life :)

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  15. How awesome! Congratulations!

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  16. Oh my goodness, This was such a touching a beautiful post! The pictures really told a story and I loved seeing all the emotions across everyone's faces. Especially the kid looking at you two kissing-- he's a mixture of aw, this is cute, and omg, they're doing what?? lol. I loved seeing all the color and a peek into a different culture-- this actually reminds me a bit of a traditional moroccan or yemenite wedding henna. There too, there is so much color and tradition to be explored. I literally, loved this post. Thank you so much for sharing. Also, your husband's comment made me tear up a little bit--I hope you two can always find a way to be happy, no matter what time or circumstance.

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  17. Wow! What a stunningly beautiful wedding ceremony!
    Very unusual!
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  18. Wow that is really interesting! I loved reading about the tradition that I never knew about (I'm half chinese too!) but probably should! You looked so amazing that day too!

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  19. Congratulations on your anniversary! Your wedding photos are beautiful. Your tea ceremony dress is stunning.
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  20. Ah so gorgeous! My aunt and uncle did this as well and it was a beautiful ceremony... You look so gorgeous, congrats on your anniversary!
    xo.
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  21. Thank you for sharing! I loved reading all about the tea ceremony and customs! Amazing!! Your rooftop wedding and reception were so chic and fabulous! Perfection!

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  22. All these pictures are absolutely amazing. I have never been to a Chinese tea ceremony before and would really like to after seeing this post. I love the decor and all the traditional clothing. You were so beautiful. Thank you for sharing your memories with us :)
    xo
    Sauniya | Find Your Bliss ♡

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