Being a wedding photographer is so wonderful for many reasons. One of these reasons, is the opportunity I have to experience many cultures and family traditions. A tradition that I have shot a number of times of over the years is a tea ceremony. Practised mainly by east Asian cultures, tea ceremonies can be incorporated as part of a wedding day, usually before the wedding ceremony itself. The bride will traditionally wear a red (or pink) dress and sometimes there may also be games played by the bridal party as part of the “bridal pick up” (Much like initiation, such as eating wasabi and raw egg!). This signifies that the groom is ready and worthy of the bride’s hand in marriage. Upon arrival at the brides house, the groom’s family will also bring gifts such as a whole roast pig, as part of their gratitude to the bride. The tea drinking part of the ceremony is usually only participated by immediate and close family members. During this time gifts will be given to the bride and groom from family members. Both the bride and grooms family will host a ceremony at their family home (in that order) and after the ceremonies have commenced everyone comes together as one family to celebrate by eating a meal together. It’s a very beautiful experience!
Here’s a recent ceremony I shot here in Melbourne. Tina and Alan are from a Vietnamese background and this is their tea ceremony.