What is a Chinese wedding without the traditional pickup games? They say the origins of these games date back centuries ago when it was common for a bride to be married out of the family to a distant place. A place where it might be a very long time before she would get to see her family and friends again. As a result, it was the duty of the bride’s family to block the groom from entering until they can be certain of his love and devotion. Our tradition continues with Russ bearing the onslaught of the bridesmaids’ whims at Julia’s family home.
Julia opted to wear her Vera Wang wedding dress rather than the traditional Chinese costume for the morning’s event. We think the simplicity of her dress suited her quite well. The scalloped lace detail on her bodice and sash around her waist finished off the look nicely. The final touch was the cathedral length veil which made her entire outfit look so much more romantic. Again, I’m so glad many of our brides have chosen to go with long veils this year!
Russ and the boys arrive on time and on schedule. They have no idea what to expect. Everyone is excited to see them, especially Julia’s mom. The bridesmaids have already prepared a series of challenges for Russ that would test his wits and stomach to the limit. The first order of business was to consume crackers laced with a generous dollop of wasabi. I think that was meant to weaken his spirit before he was asked to sing foreign songs, publicly describe what it is about Julia that he loves, speak and write in Chinese and play the piano. All this time, Julia watched secretly from the second floor balcony.
Finally, Russ has to buy his way in with red packet before being allowed to see Julia for the first time that day. After a quick meal, the two would leave with us for photos before the ceremony. However, there is one final custom before we can go. Here, we have Julia and Russell walking under her older brother’s pants on the way out. This was necessary because he is still single.
It was a windy summer day. I just loved all these photos of the long veil flowing in the wind on Julia and the tall grass swaying in the wind. The bouquet and boutonniere were beautifully crafted by Pushing Petals. Loved how all blush colored roses were arranged with the greens. One of the best bouquets we have seen this year.
The ceremony was at the SCA community association building. The ceilings of the ceremony area was filled with colorful Chinese paper umbrellas suspended in the air. After the ceremony, there was the Chinese tea ceremony with both families.
The entire event was designed by Ciara of Hello Lovely Weddings. They hung Chinese paper lanterns in the air above the tables where the guests would be sitting. Gobos created a nice lighting effect on the ceiling with a floral design that reminds me of the lace detail on Julia’s dress.
Event Designer: Ciara@Hello Lovely Weddings
Wedding Dress: Vera Wang
Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Groom’s Suit: Tom Ford
Wedding Ceremony Venue: SCA Community Association
Bride’s Makeup: Chan@Bella Vous Makeup Artistry
Bride’s Hair: Swizzlesticks
Officiant: Soleiha Marhcell
Reception Venue: SCA Community Association
Floral Designer: Pushing Petals
Wedding Photographer: Photobolic
Photo Booth: Silly Booth
Cake: Dairy Queen
DJ: Wild Bill’s DJ Services