I second shot with Kenny Nakai for the wedding of Phuc and Sherry recently, and I was so excited for this one! Weddings are such an amazing and fun time for me, but its even more exciting for me when there are many traditional/cultural aspects to it. Phuc and Sherry were having two tea ceremonies along with a church ceremony. I love shooting these events because they really show the roots of family traditions and the richness of a culture. And I LOVE learning about different cultures!
We started out at the Phuc’s place with the guys getting ready.
We then headed over to the bride’s place for the first tea ceremony, which started out with some ‘door games’. What happens is the groom and the groomsmen go to see the bride, but the bridesmaids stop them at the door. Then through various games, the bridesmaids test the groom to see if he is fit for the bride. After performing a few acts, the girls finally let them in to complete the tea ceremony, where the bride and groom receive blessing and gifts from the elders of the bride’s family.
Afterwards, we headed over to the church for the wedding ceremony.
After the ceremony, we moved ahead to the second tea ceremony. This time, Phuc and Sherry would give tea to Phuc’s family, and be received by them and given gifts.
From there we went downtown for some portraits.
Here’s Kenny doing his thing-
Phuc and Sherry, I had a great time at your wedding – thank you for giving me the opportunity to take part in your wedding day.