Okay peeps, I’m alive. …but I’ve been on slacker (vacation) mode. The last 2 weeks have been filled with morning to night activities including Disneyland, Disneyland, Disneyland, Legoland, Disneyland, shopping, Las Vegas, Disneyland, pumpkin patches and hanging with old friends—it’s been GREAT but I’m tired. I need a vacation from my vacation!
Right before I left, I had the pleasure of photographing Marvin and Chong’s wedding. I was with them from 8 in the morning to 9 at night and I can truly say it was such a great cultural experience for me, one that I am so blessed to have had the opportunity to photograph. I got to experience/document a traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony before their traditional western wedding—how awesome is that??!!!!! So blog world—strap in because this is Part One of a very long post. There is just TOO much goodness that I experienced not share with the world. Thank you Marvin and Chong for your hospitality at your homes, for being so patient to see a preview of your wedding photos while I was on vacation and for just being so gracious and kind! It’s couples like you who make me love what I do!
The day started at Chong’s house where she was getting ready upstairs in her room. Christine Gardner (www.christinegardner.com) of Flaunt did her hair and makeup and does flawless work.
Downstairs, there was enough Dim Sum to feed an army. Ohhhh my…I started to get hungry. I mean, who wouldn’t?
I just about died and went to heaven when I saw this spread! DELISH!
Okay, this is where it got out of control FUN! Marvin and his groomsmen knocked on the door to which the girls answered. ”If you want to see Chong, you have to pay $9,999,999.99. If you don’t have that, you can answer questions to bring the price down.”
Here we go…
Marvin’s expressions said it all. I almost peed in my pants. It was FUNNY!!!!!
“Okay, do 100 jumping jacks and we’ll let you in.” (Silly Marvin thought this was it and he was going to see Chong)
Little did he know there were more “pick-up games” he needed to complete before he would go upstairs. This one required picking up Chong’s name with their toes. I secretly wanted to try.
Yeahhhh…HE DID IT!
Next…”You have 3 minutes to solve this math problem.” WHAAAAAA?????????!!!!!!!!!!! Inside I was really scared for him but he and his buds are all engineers so I knew it would probably be a cakewalk for them. Me on the other hand, we’d be there for days! *sigh*
3 minutes, they were SERIOUS!
And of course they got it with a couple seconds to spare.
Marvin finally got to go upstairs and woo Chong out of her room with a heartfelt speech.
And then the tea ceremony began…
Then off to Marvin’s house!
And I’ll end Part One with this picture because it’s Chong is serving her future Mother-In-Law. Throughout the morning, you could tell that the families were really close knit. These tea ceremonies were so special as it kicked off the beginning of a wonderful marriage that was about to take place. Stay tuned for Part Deux.