Chinese weddings are rather unique in a number of ways and so it’s very important to make sure the unique customs and events are captured well. If the decision to have a traditional wedding is made, then every effort to capture the deepness of the red motif, the exchange of handkerchiefs in the park and the classic apple trick will be made. We also ensure everything from the preparations in the morning, the pranks on the groom, the tea ceremony and of course the first dance are all captured in a heartfelt and beautiful way too.
The symbology of a Chinese wedding is really interesting. Since ducks form mating relationships for life, couples will often exchange red handkerchiefs with Mandarin ducks on them in the hope their relationship will last forever too. A boy will present the bride with a fan on a tray and will be thanked with a red envelope. Then, when the bride and groom drive away after the ceremony, the bride throws the fan out the window representing her discarding her temper forever. The bride’s arrival at the groom’s house is marked by the presentation of two oranges symbolizing their future happiness. Then they will often sit on a bench together to discuss some common goals for the future. How sweet!
However, more and more Chinese weddings are influenced by western-style weddings and this can create an amazing fusion of flavor. It also creates a great opportunity to borrow the best of both worlds. However, this places a lot of pressure on the photographer to remain sensitive, not only to both cultures, but to deliver exactly what the bride, groom and family want from as well. Listening on our part is just as important as taking the pictures.
It’s important to capture both the moments that everyone remembers, as well as all the little things that were most likely missed such as kid’s reactions and behind-the-scenes nerves. Another great moment to capture is the bride’s preparations. Getting her hair, makeup and final touches done make for some of the most anticipatory moments of the day and can add a lot to the story.
In-between the candid shots and key moments, we often get a good mix of group shots done in a swift, smart way so the momentum of the day is maintained. Of course these can be left out as well, keeping the style of the photos purely natural and unplanned. This is something that is optional, discussed beforehand and unique to each wedding.
To balance all of this requires immense experience with Chinese weddings. From small intimate gatherings, to large and lavish Chinese banquets, our photographers can handle it all with style.
We have photographers that specialize in Chinese wedding photography for the Orange County, Los Angeles and San Diego areas. However, they do travel worldwide as well.