Chris + Jenny, Part I // Vietnamese Tea Ceremony

Woohoo, we're back with a blog post on a different kind of ceremony...a tea ceremony! I got to celebrate with Chris and Jenny last month photographing their TWO ceremonies! They had a traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony in the morning and in the evening had their "regular" wedding. What a fun day! This was my first tea ceremony, so it was very cool to experience something a little different.

On that note, I thought I'd include a little bit of a background on what you'll see below since it's a little different.

In traditional Vietnamese culture, the tea ceremony IS the wedding which always takes place in the bride parent’s home. Tea ceremonies are where couples exchange rings, vows, and pay respect to their parents, families, and ancestors. In Vietnam this is how all people are married. It’s also a time to formally introduce family members from the brides’s side and the groom’s side to each other. The tea ceremony is significant to the Vietnamese weddings because couples could show respect and appreciation to their parents and family members for all of their love and sacrifice, all of which has helped shape the bride and groom into the individuals they have become.
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Here's what Chris & Jenny's schedule was like:

  • Groom and family come to bride's house bearing decorated lacquer gift boxes covered in red cloth. They are greeted by the bride's family at the door.
  • Formal family introductions
  • Asking ancestors for permission/blessings with incense.
  • Mom walks bride down aisle (in this case, stairs!!) First time bride and groom see each other!
  • Exchange of wedding rings.
  • Serving of tea to parents/family.
  • Couple presented with gold jewelry (for good fortune) and red envelopes with money (to help start their lives together).
  • Candle ceremony symbolizing joining of the bride and groom and their families.
  • FOOD! Homemade traditional Vietnamese food of course! (it was delicious!)

Stay tuned for another blog post on their "other" wedding!