North China Wedding

Bride Portrait

It just takes one image.

When we first marketed ourselves as China wedding photographer through social media, we met Cherry and Bingo. They were planning their wedding—-in their case—-weddings and looking for a photographer. We sent them the links to our website, blog and portfolios when they got in touch, feeling excited about the possibility of documenting our first wedding in China. However, among all of this, Cherry picked us because of one picture that Leon took for me on our anniversary day.

About two months later, we met them in a small town in northern China, where they celebrated their love and joy in a very traditional northern China way. Their parents feed dumplings to them before the groom comes to greet the bride, meaning a happy marriage and family; the bride’s mom and female relatives spread money into the luggages for her to take to her new home, wishing her a rich life; the groom puts money in bride’s wedding shoes before he helps put her shoes on, symbolizing his respect for her; and the wedding must be finished by 2 in the afternoon…The whole thing was familiar and yet strange to us. This is where we are from, but also where we left for years. Everything is the same, yet everything is changed.

Cherry and Bingo have two weddings. It’s not unusual in China. Young people like Cherry and Bingo meet each other in a city where they work and live, yet they are from very different regions and backgrounds. It’s no easy to fly all their families and friends to one place so they celebrate twice. Their next wedding is in Guangzhou. We’ll blog that soon.

 

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18 Comments North China Wedding

  1. Linux Moran 02/02/2013 at 6:14 am

    Beautiful coverage with some lovely documentary images there. Fascinating insight into Chinese culture – thanks for sharing!

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    1. Lin + Leon 02/13/2013 at 10:14 pm

      Thank you, Linux. We are away from China for so long that sometimes the traditions seem a little bit strange for us too. 🙂

  2. Gary 02/20/2013 at 5:50 am

    I am a wedding photographer in Newfoundland Canada & it was nice to see a wedding done in China.

    It is also very different to see the Groom helping the bride getting ready & to see the custom of him putting money in her shoe & to carry her flowers as I said this is different & yetinteresting to see

    Nice job.

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  3. V. 02/26/2013 at 5:18 pm

    Simply Amazing…brilliant work, I will stop by more often. V.

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  4. John Markus 02/27/2013 at 3:08 am

    Beautiful wedding pictures. Fascinating insight into Chinese culture . I aim also a wedding photographer in the Netherlands. Look at my site. Thanks at all. All the best,
    Prof. photographer John Markus.

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  5. Rebecca Anne 03/19/2013 at 9:56 am

    Wow, its so interesting to see a wedding from a different culture. All these photos made me want to be there to see what was happening! Awesome photos!

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  6. Nikki Closser 03/19/2013 at 10:15 am

    These are amazing! I love your use of reflection and framing. Seriously, gorgeous work!!

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  7. Whitney Lane 03/19/2013 at 11:41 am

    All of the details and photojournalistic shots you took are amazing! I hope I can photograph such an amazing cultural experience tied into a wedding day in the future

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  8. Amanda 03/19/2013 at 2:24 pm

    Gorgeous images!! I love the emotion and all the details you captured!!!

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  9. Alaina Bos 03/19/2013 at 2:30 pm

    Love all the vibrant colors and the way you captured them!

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  10. Gretchen Korf 03/19/2013 at 2:47 pm

    WOW, WOW and more WOW! You captured so so so many details, feelings and places in this wedding day coverage, you are like a super hero. And you did a great job. =))

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  11. Erin 03/19/2013 at 4:33 pm

    Stunning! Love your style.

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  12. Jete Devisser 03/19/2013 at 5:07 pm

    Absolutely amazing!!! Love every. single. one.

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  13. Angela 03/20/2013 at 3:25 pm

    I love everything about these images! It’s all just perfect! I can’t wait to see wedding number 2!

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  15. Jason 04/05/2013 at 2:24 am

    Great work guys and I love the new website. Content is king so fun and simple navigation is all you need 🙂

    All the very best eh!

    J

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