Terri & David chose the stunning Croxteth Hall and delicious Chung Ku restaurant in Liverpool for their Chinese wedding celebration.
I’ve photographed a few Chinese weddings around Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire so I was aware of the typical customs, such as the tea ceremony and the door games, which they share in common with some Indian weddings .. although the Chinese door games are certainly tougher!
Oh those door games!
Terri began by preparing with a houseful of guests and their family home, with their son being dressed smart by her friends.
Before long David arrived with the groomsmen, looking tough and ready for the door games. Or so he thought… I’m not sure anyone could have expected what was going to happen.
The guys tried to gain entry with some fake money, but the bridesmaids were too experienced to fall for that and they were refused entry .. and so the official door games began.
Their imagination had been fantastic – David and the guys had to suffer a gruesome chest and leg waxing, very hot wasabi pizza, some very dubious jelly beans and serenading the bride in the street – with a song none of them knew!
Amazing! Great job girls!
It was a great opportunity for me to stand back and use my reportage photography skills to take photos of the moments as they happened.
Finally the bride and groom were together inside, and there was a short tea ceremony along with adorning Terri with beautiful jewelry and a prayer to their ancestors.
Wedding bus time…
They had hired a fantastic old double decker bus to take everyone to Croxteth Hall, which everyone loved! Their were smiles abound as they walked up their stairs in the glorious sunshine.
They reacquainted themselves with friends and family while David sat with the registrars.
Before long Terri was climbing the stairs to meet her groom, who was overjoyed to see her again. Soon the official duties of ring exchange and register signing and more traditional first kill were finished and they walked back down the aisle as man and wife. We took a huge photographs of everyone on the stairs and then again I stepped back to document the day unfold.
After a while, it was time to take Terri and David off for their couple portraits, and we made the best of the luxury offered by Croxteth Hall, including a beautiful long hall which has just stunning light!
They took the short journey to Chung Ku restaurant, where they had amazing views over the Mersey. They relaxed with their guests before it was time for the traditional dragon to wow the guests. Everyone loved this treat and the guys were seen sneaking selfies with them.
As the sun dropped, the speeches were started. David was given a “Stop I’ve been a bad boy” sign which has could use in theory to avoid the upcoming story … but the groomsmen carried on anyway! I loved the natural reactions. Then a delicious 12 course dinner was served.
After the meal, I took a few evening photographs of the couple before the final official duties – toasts with each table, cutting of the wedding cake and an emotional goodbye to friends and family who had joined them for their fantastic Chinese wedding. A final few photographs outside in the fading light and we were done.
A fantastic job guys and huge congratulations!
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