I met Ginny and Yan, two extraordinary guys from Hong Kong, last year while they were in Europe on holiday and they contacted me for pre-wedding photos in Venice and on Lake Como. After a few weeks the email you do not expect: “Would you come to Hong Kong to tell us about our wedding?”
What a chance !! My first wedding away, a people with different language and traditions, a flight lasted 17 hours ….. I’m full of joy, loaded but with some concern.
Hong Kong is a beautiful city where different realities live together as told in the previous article.
The marriage was civilly celebrated and marked by the rites of Chinese culture. The most significant moment of their tradition is the “tea ceremony”, beautiful, intimate and special.
It includes very formal rituals from both the bride and groom to show respect to their families. During the ceremony, the groom is on the right and the bride on the left. Their parents should sit down and wait for the new couple’s genuflection and tea service.
The order during the service is very important, because it shows how the couple respects the seniority of their parents, who are served first. Later, grandparents, uncles and aunts, and older brothers are served.
After drinking tea, presents for the bride and groom are presented. Gifts are usually red envelopes with money or jewels inside (which the pair wears them immediately).
I hope I managed to capture the emotions and the main moments of this fantastic day.
You can see the slide below, or all the photos on the “Wedding Stories” page