Natasha, Darryl and I have gone from strangers to friends over the course of the year leading up to their wedding. If you missed it, you must check out their Pre-Wedding Adventure Session out on Bowen Island. The island brought back fond memories for these two as it was their first official time travelling together.
We kicked off their wedding day with some fun and games. Being teachers, fun and games is pretty much their life. At Chinese weddings, it’s tradition that the groom goes through a series of tests before he can officially wed his bride. In modern day, these series of tests means eating extremely spicy foods, transporting papayas without your hands, dunking for jewels in a bucket of ice using only your toes, dressing up in tutu’s and singing for the bride. If you’re a groomsman, you gotta part take in the tests too! Darryl passed! They shared a super cute first look in their first home together.
After all the fun and games, N&D paid respect to their elders by hosting a tea ceremony. It is a tradition that the younger family members serve tea and in return gifts of money and jewellery are given as blessings for good health, wealth and longevity in life and in their marriage.
We headed for The Chapel at Queen Elizabeth park where friends and family were already starting to arrive. While tradition was something of importance to N&D on this day, so was embracing a bit of a modern twist. After sharing an extremely heartfelt ceremony together full of laughter and tears, everyone celebrated with cheers and beers! The wedding party headed off to Dogwood Brewery for a little hang out and kicked off their celebration with drinks all around. What better day to be at the pub than St Patty’s day?
For dinner, guests met at Bandao Pearl for a traditional Chinese dinner. We ate, shared more laughter, more tears, played trivia (of course!), danced the night away. N&D, you are two kind-hearted and genuine people who have such a love for life and all those who cross your path. It’s no surprise that you make friends everywhere you go. Thank you for inviting me along to celebrate your love. I can’t wait to watch you grow as a couple and as a family!
This day would not have been possible without the following vendors:
- Ceremony Venue – The Chapel (Allan)
- Cocktail Hour Venue – Dogwood Brewery
- Hair – Katie
- Flowers – Fleurtations
- Reception Venue – Bandao Pearl
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My name is Jamie Poh and I have 8 years experience in the industry and have shot over 50 weddings & family sessions. Getting married? I’d love to hear your story!