I have to admit, I didn't know what a Chinese wedding was until I met Michael and Jessica. Though I have lived in Asia for more than 12 years, I had not even heard of this "tea ceremony" they were talking about. While I still don't know all the symbolism involved, the tea ceremony is hugely important and honors both the bride and groom's parents. At two separate locations, Michael and Jessica knelt and with the assistance of a relative, served their parent(s) hot tea. In return, they received the special red envelopes (cha-ching!) and that was it. In both ceremonies, we were done in a minute or two. How cool is that! Off we went for wedding pictures, but not before Jessica slipped on her beautiful wedding dress. We had plenty of time for photos at the Legion of Honor, Baker Beach and the always beautiful (but very crowded) Golden Gate Park. These places are always a great place for wedding party pictures and for good reason -- they are stunning locations and the overcast day made for some fantastic light.
As a non-Chinese, it was a big honor for me (and my video crew) to capture Michael and Jessica's sacred day -- thanks guys! If you're looking for a San Francisco wedding photographer or video coverage for your Chinese wedding, let's discuss your big day!