Michelle and Khoa
Photographing a Vietnamese/Chinese wedding is quite different than Western weddings, and we always look forward to the variety. One of the main difference is the time involved due to the intertwining of Western and Eastern traditions. Often most wedding preparation start at around 4:30am and continue until midnight. Lucky for us we don’t normally have to start till 6 or 7am :). For Michelle and Khoa’s wedding, we arrived at Michelle’s parent’s place at 7am to photograph the girls getting ready.
Soon after, Khoa and his family to arrive to pick up his bride Michelle. Khoa and his groomsmen presented his gifts covered in red cloths to the bride’s family and was given permission to greet the bride and whisk her away for the tea pouring ceremony which was held back at his parent’s house. Traditionally the groom’s family gives gifts covered in red cloth, as the colour red is considered to be lucky in both Vietnamese and Chinese traditions.
Once we were back at the groom’s house a tea ceremony took place in front of the family altar. Michelle and Khoa bowed their heads to the altar asking for their ancestors’ blessing before taking part in the tea ceremony, where Michelle and Khoa served tea to their parents and relatives. In return their family presented them with gifts and gave their guidance to the soon to be newlyweds.
We then had a short break for lunch before Michelle changed into a beautiful layered wedding dress. Next we headed to St Michael’s Church in Leederville for the Catholic ceremony. After the formal ceremony we went to John Oldman Park on Mounts Bay Road and the Crawley Edge Blue Boatshed to photograph some bridal party shots. With plenty of time left we tried to sneak to the roof of a car park to take sunset photos but were foiled by security. But we had managed to take some stunning cloud pattern photos during the day which more than made up for it.
After sunset, we drove to the reception which was held at Xintiandi Restaurnt in Northbridge, formally known as Old Jade Northbridge. Michelle changed into a third outfit, a stunning red dress. The guests were treated to a 10 course meal and then celebrated the night away.