- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
Just a few weeks ago we had our China wedding in Dengfeng, China. My husband told me it was going to be big and I didn’t believe him. The first full day we were here, my father in law planned an all-day photo shoot for us and it was UH-MAZING! We were given 6 sessions to choose from and here are 6 photos (1 from each shoot). The day was long and we were so exhausted but I had the time of my life doing this.
First ‘cute’ shoot:
Second Chinese Traditional shoot:
Third Bridal shoot:
Fourth ‘sexy’ shoot:
Fifth ‘preppy’ shoot:
Sixth Bridal shoot alternative:
The photographer loved taking our photos that he prolonged our last session well past their store hours. I cried when I saw just how amazing these photos came out. Here is one other photo of the photographer and his crew (all wonderful people).
The next day we went to pick out our fave photos (no easy task) to use as our large backdrop, wall columns, and our photos in our home in China. After that, his family took us for full body massages. That really felt great as we were so tired running errands every day!
Over the next few days we went to buy our wedding dress, tux, and accessories spending a whopping $350 for it all! The dress was cute (not my first or second choice but my family and fiancé loved it and that’s all that mattered to me). We then went to this secluded area where a small temple was located and offered money and made our prayers for a blessed marriage and lots of children. Loud fireworks went off in the background as we prayed!!!
We also had a lot of people come by the house to visit us as they were unable to attend our wedding the following day. Those were very long but fun days!
Now down to the big day:
The night before was the performances/entertainment part of the wedding. I guess this is where the wedding kicks off. There were dancers, singers, comedians, etc. performing right outside our home. Unfortunately, I feel asleep before this all started and my wonderful husband didn’t think to wake me up to enjoy it all. L I was really sad that I didn’t get to see it but I know I had to rest up for the big day.
We woke up early and headed back to the photo studio we did our sessions at to get ready with hair and makeup. Once we were done, my fiancé left me with 8 ladies (one was able to speak English with me to let me know what was going on) as he went home to begin his portion of the wedding. An hour later, I see several expensive black cars arrive in front of the store covered in roses and red bows. Everyone stood up beside me and I instantly became nervous. The city’s TV crew came out and began setting up inside the studio. Then, my fiancé finally drove up in a large white Hummer limo dressed in his tux and two large red sashes across his body. He had to bouquets of roses in his hands and walked inside. Then the cameras came on and the wedding officially started. The TV host spoke to my fiancé and instructed him on what to do and my fiancé then translated for me what I was to do. Several ladies were there combing my hair and placing red threads over my head. After the brief ceremony, we proceeded to get in the car where he changed my shoes to the ceremonial green shoes (they were cute). They then placed a red veil-like lace over my head and I had to get into the car carefully.
As we drove to their house (the wedding was going to take place all along their street), I was told to throw outside the car some dates, walnuts, and wrapped candy. Not sure why but it was fun. Fireworks kept going off as we drove by and there were even musicians that played ahead of us as well.
As we arrive to the house, there are TONS of people waiting down the long street for us to arrive. As soon as we got out, silly string welcomed us. LOL…it was fun. We made our way down the long red carpet and the ceremony began.
The TV personality said several words and my husband was waiting at the end of the street (on a really large stage) for me. There were people everywhere and music blaring from the speakers. Unfortunately I didn’t understand a word of what was going on nor did we have any rehearsal but it was fun. J He then proceeded down the (now) gold carpet to get me and walk me down the aisle. The officiant asked us to say something in Mandarin which I guess was our equivalent to ‘I Do’ and then we kissed and were married.
We then went on stage for the second portion of the wedding: asking for money! Eek! We called several family members on stage and I was told to say their names in Chinese which prompted them to hand me money. That was pretty hilarious watching me stammer to get their names out.
We did a few more things and then the ceremony was over. We kissed and were officially married! He grabbed me and spun me around quickly. By this time, my feet were beyond frozen and I was so cold but was then instructed to stand on this small chair down below the stage. My husband said to keep my eyes closed no matter what and to hold a handkerchief full of confetti and glitter. Let me tell you…the loudest and most scary fireworks went off right beside us. A man went around us 2 times with the loudest fireworks known to man going off a few feet away from us. Pieces of the fireworks hit me all over my face. Yikes! I couldn’t even cover my ears b/c I had my hands full of the confetti. Once they were done, I was told to throw the confetti in the air but nearly fell. LOL…it looked more like I dropped it than threw it.
My husband carried me off the chair and we made our way up the stairs of his house to our wedding bed. Two ladies were dragging small children over the bed (I guess for fertility) and his little sister came in and offered me water to wash my hands (part of the ceremony). There was some sort of fruit in the bowl that I was told to grab after I wet my hands. We gave her some money as a ‘thank you’ and then proceeded to give an interview to a Chinese TV station that was there filming our wedding. It was so cool and I had so much fun. I’ll try to post more pics up as soon as I recover them from my camera. Luckily someone took my camera and started snapping pictures of the wedding.
It was an awesome memory and one I’ll never forget. Now it’s time to plan my American wedding and I CAN’T WAIT!!!
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