Success! The groom greets his bride!
The tea ceremony at a Chinese wedding serves as a means for both parties in the wedding to meet with members of the other family, drinking the tea symbolises acceptance into the family. This is where older relations of the family will present the bride with gifts of jewellery as well as a red envelope containing money to the matrimonial couple. The couple on the other hand would be expected to give a red envelope to younger, unmarried relations.
Some photos taken in the brides backyard
The car arrives....the bride farewells her mothers home
Because I am part of the brides family (Annabel who I call cousin, is my mum's cousin's daughter) I don't go with the bride and groom when they go to the grooms house. Instead the bride's family has yum cha together until it is time to leave for the marriage ceremony at the church.
2:00pm Chinese Presbyterian Church - Surry Hills
There was a funny moment towards the end of the ceremony when the Pastor forgot to let the groom kiss the bride....the groom yelled out in shock "don't I get to kiss my bride?!?!"
The marriage certificates were signed shortly after.
Annabel & Caleb walked hand in hand as Mr & Mrs Cheung for the very first time.
After the ceremony the guest then had afternoon tea at the Church Hall, we had exactly 2 hrs before the reception so we ducked home to get changed.
Reception - Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel, Circular Quay
Roast Peking Duck & Hokkien Noodle Salad with Chilli Plum Sauce
Harbour Seafood Plate with Pacific Oysters, Tasmanian Salmon, King Prawns & Scallops
Grilled Ocean Trout with Saffron, Mashed Potato, Brocollini, Lime & Ginger Beurre Blanc
Grilled Beef Tenderloin on Potato Leek Cake, Crispy Pancetta & Port Wine JusDessert
Selection of Miniture Desserts
Followed by handmade chocolates (which some lady on my table swiped! the whole chocolates in her hanky trick!)
The bride & groom giving a toast at each table (there were 165 guests)
It's tradition at Chinese weddings for the bride to change multiple times. Here Annabel changes into a silver beaded dress for the showing of their DVD. They also performed a song together with Caleb at the piano.
Rather than wearing a traditional Chinese gown at the end of the night Annabel changes into another white dress for the throwing of the bouquet.
I did NOT want to go up! I was the tallest girl there and I didn't want to stand out, but I kept getting the push from the relos. Also, I didn't think I was suppose to go up seeing I recently got engaged?? So I stood off to the side with Sophia only to see the bouquet flying straight towards me.
You can see my sister pissing herself laughing at me because she knew how hard I was trying to avoid the bouquet. She also claims that I screamed out "OH Nooooooooo" as the flowers came in my direction.
Annabel & Caleb Congratulations! We wish you all the happiness that married life brings.
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