Lawrence and Mandy’s Chinese-infused wedding extravaganza
I’ve got to say that being a part of Lawrence and Mandy’s wedding day was one of the best wedding-related experiences we’ve had so far. It was a long yet very amazing day! Geoff and I had never experienced a Chinese wedding before, but we were in for quite a treat! We started the day bright and early at Mandy and Lawrence’s home in Elk Grove.
Mandy looked so beautiful on her wedding day…just like a princess!
What happened next was completely unexpected and absolutely hilarious. The groom and all the groomsmen showed up and the bride’s front door. Before the groom could see his bride, he and his guys had to perform a few outrageous tasks to prove his love. The first was to pull berries out of a bin of ice cubes using their bare feet. As you can see from the photo, the guys were all less than willing to perform.
The guys had to parade Lawrence down the street as he screamed at the top of his lungs, ” I LOVE MANDY!”
Then they enjoyed a breakfast of wasabi sandwiches. MMMM…eat the whole thing now! Afterwards they had to wash it down with a baby bottle of soymilk. Yummy!
Then they had to pass a lifesaver to each other using half a toothpick.
Finally they made it inside, but Lawrence was stopped at Mandy’s door and forced to sing “Unchained Melody” to woo his fiancee.
Success! She approved his serenade and was allowed to greet his bride.
Then it was time for the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. The bride and groom presented their parents and other honored family members cups of tea and then were presented with gifts in return.
Then they were off to Lawrence’s house for another tea ceremony.
After the tea ceremonies, it was time for an american-style wedding ceremony held in Mandy and Lawrence’s backyard.
Between the ceremony and reception we had a nice chunk of time to head to a local park and take some fun portraits with Lawrence and Mandy and their bridal party.
The we headed to the restaurant where the amazing reception/banquet was to be held.
The venue had the coolest sparkly pink floors, which made for some great ring shots.
Mandy’s sister Iris did an amazing job planning the entire wedding.
The pretty and delicious cake was made by Ettore’s.
After the cake cutting it was time for the FEAST to begin!
We tried a lot of food I never would have tried on my own including jellyfish, abalone, sea cucumber and a very delicious traditional shark fin soup.
As the banquet went on, occasionally guests were called up to participate in games. In the photo below the young men had to stand in a line while the blindfolded Mandy had to guess which rear-end belonged to her new hubby.
There were some heartfelt speeches…
…and more games! Including “suck-and-blow” with seaweed paper. (men only of course!)
The newlyweds and their family walked around the room and toasted with every table. I really liked all the differences there were compared to an American wedding.
Mandy even got to wear three dresses that day! Fun!
On behalf of Geoff and myself, I cannot express how happy we were to experience and be a part of Mandy and Lawrence’s wedding day. We’ll never forget it! Congratulations to the happy couple. We wish you the best in your marriage and in life!