23 July 2009

The {More} Traditional Bits

Okay, so I promised. (Sorry to disappoint those of you who were expecting to see some faces… Not brave enough. Sure, the photos could have been of anybody’s wedding, but trust me on this, okay? They’re mine.)

Despite our not-so-conventional wedding invitation, we did have some of the more traditional do’s at our wedding, but with our own eclectic twist:

Hair and Make-Up
I had my hair done, but I did my own make-up. After a few trial make-up sessions, I knew that I didn’t want to look like totally somebody else on my wedding day. I can look at my wedding photos and know that it was me in those photos.

The Wedding Gown
Nothing eclectic about this at all. My wedding gown was white (ecru, actually). I had a lovely veil, with scallop edges, trimmed in gold. I never dreamed that I would have any hint of lace in my wedding gown. I’m not a lace-y person. I always pictured myself wearing something much simpler, no lace, sleek, and modern. But look at what I ended up with… I’m hoping that Zoë will fall in love with this gown, too and will want to wear it at her own wedding.

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The Ceremony
We were married in a Catholic church. Fr. M, a priest that Chris’ family had known for over 30 years, officiated.

I had a maid-of-honor, a junior bridesmaid, and a flower girl. We did not have a ring bearer.
Both my parents walked me down the aisle.

My Bouquet
I had originally wanted calla lilies, in yellow or orange. I somehow ended up with yellow roses instead. Simple.

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The Tea Ceremony
Immediately after the wedding, we went back to my in-laws’ house where Chris and I changed into something more Chinese for the tea ceremony. He wore a blue silk jacket and I had on a red, silk cheongsam.

The tea ceremony was where we served tea to our older relatives (parents, aunts and uncles, older siblings/cousins, etc.), who, in turn, gave us red envelopes stuffed with cash (laisees or ang-pow or hung bao). The younger family members served us tea and we gave them red envelopes, too.

I’m not too sure of the significance of this ceremony, but I think it’s meant for the couple to meet all the family members. It was quite fun, especially with the older relatives cackling up as they recited witty blessings as they handed over the red envelopes –the bulk of which had to do with us “producing soon.”

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The Dinner Reception
We had tea lights at each table. Strewn over the table cloth were tiny seashells.
Our first dance was to Lauren Wood’s Fallen. The song had to do with how we met (another post). We had a few bottles of wedding bubbles at all the tables, so the guests were blowing bubbles at us when we did our dance.

Overall, both Chris and I were pretty happy with how the wedding went. We’re not fussy persons and while there were certain things that we insisted on, we were pretty much relaxed and stress-free during the entire planning process. That says a lot, considering that we were planning from overseas.

What was your wedding like?


Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

Ooooh, thank you for posting the pictures. Your dress was beautiful! I love it and if I was thinner and younger and having a larger wedding, it would be the perfect dress for me too. I also loved your bouquet.

Most of all, I loved the tea ceremony. How fun that must've been (not just because of the red envelopes) but because getting "wisdom" from the elders on how to produce, I bet that was hilarious!

Beautiful wedding and so, now I want to hear how you both met.

Leslie said...


Everything about your wedding was AMAZING!!! That dress is gorgeous!!!!

Well i had a very simple wedding(it was my 2nd)...i will post pics on my anniversary with the story in Oct..LOL sorry you have to wait!!!

It did involve a Bed and breakfast inn!!!! ROMANTIC!

The Redhead Riter said...

Lovely dress. I made my wedding dress and it had a million buttons up the back like yours and also up the cuff that came to a point on the top of my hand...Loved it.

Dawn (dandy) said...

I love hearing about the tea ceremony. B is chinese but we won't be participating in that tradition.

In fact I just started a couple posts involving wedding planning and family/cultural traditions.

I think your dress is gorgeous as is your chin. What? Its as far as I could see! And your bouquet is beautiful.

More! More!

Theta Mom said...

That dress looks amazing. All of the pictures look like they captured the moments of that day well. I had a VERY traditional wedding, even a "head" table. It was one of the greatest moments of my life. We have it on video, but we are looking to get it converted to DVD. I guess that's showing my age, because my wedding is on VHS! :)
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Veronica Lee said...

LOL, I love the pics and your beautiful wedding dress but it was kinda anti-climax!! I wanted sooooo much to get a glimpse of your face!!

Lindy said...

What a beautiful dress.

It's the one thing I regret about my wedding. I hated my dress but because it was cheap and I was footing the bill, I went with it.

I guess it doesn't really matter seeing as though the end result of the wedding was the same - crappy dress or not, we were still married!

Johnny said...

Ahh yes, the tea ceremony. You musta married a "brudda"

Mommy24cs said...

Your dress is beautiful and I love your hair. Well what I can see of it LOL.

ModernMom said...

Sounds so elegant and lovely! I too loved hearing all about the tea ceremony.
Ours was fairly simple. Church service and then a big reception and party at our Country Club. (I did have Calla Lillies) :)

Wanda said...


I would share my wedding story...but I can't remember back that far. LOL

Together We Save said...

Beautiful wedding. Wow your dress is awesome, reading avout the tea cermony was great, you have wonderful pictures and memories.

Keyona said...

Beautiful! Aw shucks! Wish we could have seen your beautiful face too! I love the dress though!

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LPC said...

You looked beautiful...even without a face:)

Jana said...

everything was sooo beautiful. I love your dress and veil. I love the traditions of other cultures...I totally got ripped off when it came to those types of things haha!

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

I think we wore the same dress... :) We have awesome taste!

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