I was honored to photograph the traditional Chinese wedding ceremony for Yummy and Mark in Philadelphia last month. Yummy is best friends with my sister-in-law, Chong, who was the matron of honor, and I have thus known her for
quite some time now. Mark is from England, and while this was my first time meeting him, he was very nice throughout the day and I can understand why Yummy would relocate to Europe to spend her life with him. We started at the home of Yummy’s parents where Yummy look beautiful wearing her traditional Chinese wedding dress for the upcoming tea ceremony.
As is the tradition in the Chinese culture, Mark and his groomsmen were required to play door games and provide the bridesmaids Li Shi, money wrapped in a red envelope, to gain access into the home to see his bride.
Once inside, Yummy and Mark then presented tea to her parents and relatives, and received gifts that included gold jewelry.
Following the Chinese tea ceremony, we went to center city Philadelphia for Yummy and Mark’s formal wedding portraits. They were scheduled to have a European wedding and formal reception in London, but Philadelphia obviously holds a special place of significance for Yummy and it was important that it play a part in her wedding photography. Mark also proposed to Yummy at the Philadelphia Art Museum adding to the significance.
Thank you for letting me share in your Philadelphia Chinese wedding ceremony, Yummy and Mark, and I wish you a long and happy life together in Europe. For anyone interested, feel free to also check out another of the Chinese wedding ceremony that I have photographed.