I absolutely love cultural weddings. It's always a joy to be immersed within another culture and capture all the nuances and traditions. So I was overjoyed to hear that Angelique and Philip were having a Korean Tea Ceremony mixed in with their traditional American Wedding.
I first met Angelique a few years ago when she was a bridesmaid at her best friend's wedding. So it was great to hear from her and even better when she told me that she "needed" me to be her wedding photographer. Angelique, her family, and bridal party had so much fun and energy throughout the day. From the beginning, I knew that this was going to be a fun and energetic wedding with lots of laughs. Little did I know that Philip would match her energy level and that I was in for a real treat. During their first look, after the initial shock and excitement passed, they began to exchange silly glances at one another and Angelique even posed for husband as he began to walk in a circle being amazed by her dress. During the the bridal party pictures we had even more fun. I was able to capitalize off the silliness of the group to capture some unique images that really brought out their personality. What really topped of the day for me was the energy level at their reception. From Philip and his mom's choreographed dance to the last song, the dance floor was packed with both young and older family members, especially Philip's dad. That guy really know knows how to let loose.
With all that energy and excitement throughout the day, my favorite part was the Korean Tea Ceremony, also know as Dado (meaning the way of tea). I just loved the traditional Korean Hanbok (Angelique's dress). They were just so colorful and intricate. The designs and layers were amazing to photograph on both Angelique and Philip. The tea ceremony consisted of honoring each of their guests by bowing in reference and serving them tea. Then afterwards they participated in the p'ye-baek. This is where the guests would toss dates and chestnuts at Angelique while she attempted to catch them in her dress. The number of dates and chestnuts that Angelique caught represented the number of children that they would have. So you can image guests were having fun trying to get as many in her dress as possible.
All of this, from the beginning to the end was amazing to witness and capture. I'm over-joyed that Angelique and Philip decided to share this precious moment with me.