It is extremely difficult to write about the best day of my life in a way that shows you how incredible it was for me OR without using a thousand exclamation marks. Instead, please just know that it really was the best day of my life, closely followed by the time I went skydiving in New Zealand–crying tears of happiness mid-air (a different story for a different day).
Anyway, I could not stop smiling or dancing or laughing.
We don’t have our photographer’s prints yet, but I’ll post what we have.
We started our day early with the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. It is customary for the bride and groom to serve tea to parents and elder family members on their wedding day. This is an opportunity for the happy couple to express gratitude to their parents for raising them, and to receive marital blessings from family members.
There was a lot of up and down, kneeling and standing. I lost my shoe a few times and almost ripped my dress a bunch of times.
Basically, we serve tea while a lucky lady (our family friend) says a blessing. Parents drink the tea and then give the couple lucky money and sometimes jewelry that the bride wears. It was lovely.
Then Jonathan and I did a private “first look” photo shoot. I hate saying “first look” because everyone gets in a huff about it. Honestly, it was my favorite part of the wedding. Seeing his face for the first time, being able to snuggle up alone, looking at the ceremony room without any people in it…the best.
However, those pictures are still on lock-down with my photographer. :)
Then my daddy walked me down the aisle.
Our friend officiated the wedding, which made it really personal and lovely.
My favorite candid moment shot of the wedding:
We got hitched!
Stay tuned for the rest of the wedding celebration! I promise I’ll post a picture with the full wedding dress.
P.S. Photos courtesy of a few people…Robert, Rich, Sam, others?