In the 11 years that I've been a professional photographer, I've managed to capture more than handfuls of weddings. I started as a make-up and hair person, worked my way into the glamour and fashion industry then getting published by international magazines such as FHM. There is not one category of photography that I haven't mastered but there is one true element to my style, and that is being a documentarian. I like to shoot with a cinematic vision which adds drama & dimension to the images.
This time, we have a Vietnamese wedding which involves a traditional tea ceremony with family members and friends in being a part in the celebration. The giving of dowry includes different foods and goodies representative of the prosperous life which the bride will be married into. It literally takes a "village" to help carry to and from. The gestures reflect the stability of the groom and his men. After all, it is a rather grand event sending two lovers into a harmonious marriage.
The newlywed couple is to pour and serve tea to the elders and relatives from both sides of the family as a sign of paying their respects. In return, they receive blessings that accompany with money envelopes and jewelry.
It is a rather long day full of different outfit changes and events but it's also full of moments to be remembered. The reception begins with a scrumptious 10 course meal and followed by what seems to be-the best party ever!
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