I love that Amanda & Matt infused their unique personalities into their wedding day to make it their own. They combined traditional Chinese wedding customs such as door games, finding the shoe, and a 13-course banquet, with personal elements such as a custom wedding ceremony, self-written vows, and liquor blending ceremony.
Amanda wore not one, not two, but three dresses on her wedding day! A short white lace dress to wear during the “First Look”, a beautiful lace trumpet dress for the ceremony, and a coral, embellished cheongsam passed down from her mother!
Amanda got all dolled up by her friend Sheri at the Sheraton Brooklyn, a few floors below where their ceremony was taking place.
Meanwhile, the guys got into their custom Joseph Abboud suits a few floors away.
After everyone was all dressed & ready, the guys headed over to the girls’ hotel room for a Chinese tradition known as “Door Games,” a unique and funny twist on a typical “First Look”. Before the groom is let into the room to see his bride, he and his groomsmen have to undergo a series of challenges. The bridesmaids each choose a funny/embarrassing task for the guys to complete before he can enter the room.
The girls asked the guys to: dance to YMCA, lip sync to a Madonna song, get a ping pong ball out of a tissue box tied to his waist by shaking his butt, and passing a piece of seaweed to each guy using only their mouth (if you’ve ever eaten seaweed, you know that it gets softer and softer in your mouth, making it more difficult to pass as they go along!). The groom’s willingness to look foolish while doing these tasks symbolizes his devotion to get to his bride, no matter how ridiculous he looks.
After they successfully complete each task, they give the girls a red envelope with cash inside, called “lai see” or “hóng bāo”, and he’s allowed inside the room!
The groom’s final task before he can see his bride: he must find the bride’s shoe, which has been hidden in the room. This signifies that the bride was incomplete before the groom arrived, but will finally be complete once he puts the shoe on her.
Everyone headed upstairs to Kimoto for their rooftop ceremony, officiated by the bride’s uncle Joe.
Amanda got into her stunning Galina Signature dress and was ready to walk down the aisle to become a Mrs!
Amanda & Matt exchanged self-written vows before their family & friends. They chose to do a “liquor blending ceremony,” symbolizing the coming together of two individuals to become one, inseparable entity.
As guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers, we took some photos of the happy couple & their bridal party before heading over to their Chinese Banquet reception at Pacificana.
The phoenix and dragon on the wall symbolize the balance between the bride and groom, which will lead to a long, happy, harmonious marriage. The character in the middle囍 symbolizes “double happiness.”
After making their official entrance as husband & wife, the reception kicked off with a first dance, parent dances, and speeches given by the bride & groom’s sister and brother.
The dance floor opened and the guests were invited to enjoy a delicious 13-course meal consisting of lobster, suckling pig, clams, Peking Duck, bird’s nest soup, albalone, t-bone steak, roast chicken, bass, golden egg fried rice, celebration noodles, red bean soup, and fruit.
The new Mr & Mrs cut their cake, followed by the bouquet & garter toss. As luck would have it, Amanda’s bridesmaid Stacy caught the bouquet and Stacy’s boyfriend caught the garter!
Amanda changed into her mother’s wedding cheongsam (almost 40 years old!) and her bridesmaids covered her in gold jewelry, a mix of jewelry that belonged to her grandmother, jewelry that was given to her mom at her wedding, and a few pieces given to her on her wedding day.
The final custom of the the day: Along with their family, the bride & groom went around to every table to toast with every single one of their guests, a personal gesture to thank everyone for attending.
Congratulations Amanda & Matt!! Thank you for giving me the honor of capturing your big day – it was so interesting to get to see so many unique wedding customs!
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Thank you to everyone who made their day possible:
|Photographer:||Lin Pernille Photography (www.linpernille.com)|
|Ceremony:||Kimoto Rooftop & Lounge (www.kimotorooftop.com)|
|Hair Stylist:||Sheri Newton (www.sherinewton.com), Nancie Banks|
|Makeup Artist:||Sheri Newton (www.sherinewton.com)|
|Wedding Dress:||David’s Bridal (www.davidsbridal.com)|
|Bride’s Shoes:||Nina (www.ninashoes.com)|
|Bridesmaids Dresses:||David’s Bridal|
|Groom’s Attire:||Men’s Warehouse (www.menswarehouse.com)|
|Groomsmen’s Attire:||Men’s Warehouse|
|Wedding Cake:||Treats in a Box (www.treatsinabox.com)|
|Stationary/Paper Goods:||Zee Chow Press (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vanessa Lee (www.nessaleediesign.com)|
|Rings:||City Diamond NY Corporation (email@example.com)|