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.
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.
Dowry and Offerings
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.
The After Party
Join me later this week for Part II in Los Angeles for our rooftop wedding ceremony and winter glam reception!