Uncategorized, Wedding WEDDING: part 3 – the tea ceremony 21 December 2009

So after the Claiming The Bride games, Chris headed up the stairs into the bedroom for me. It was actually both nerve-wrecking and boring for me to sit alone, by myself, upstairs. Especially when the whole time I’m listening to screams of laughter and all the commotion going on downstairs! But finally, finally, Chris came up and it was just AWESOME seeing his face for the first time that day.. looking at me and smiling that smile that he reserves just for me 🙂


Looking uncannily bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 8AM in the morning

Taken at the moment Chris stepped into the door and walked up to me.
At this point, my heart just about exploded with happiness 🙂

First kiss (of many) of the day!

Walking down to a cheering crowd

Wiping sweat off Chris’ brow – *lol*!

With my parents

And with Chris’ parents

We then headed down the stairs for the Tea Ceremony, where we serve little cups of sweet fruit tea to the elder relatives, and are served tea by the younger relatives. It’s a nice way to include the whole family in the wedding and a pleasant way of showing respect.

It all passed in a blur, to be honest.. all I remember was giving out lots of tea, receiving back lots of jewellery and ‘hong baos’ (red packets filled with money), and taking a gazillion photos by a gazillion people.

I wore my Chinese qipao, a traditional Chinese dress – the silk one that I got hand made back in Shanghai. It was a brilliant idea because it’s super comfortable and really cool, so it was a great way to start the day.


The tea set for the Tea Ceremony. I loved it, it was sooo Oriental!

Chris’ parents at their first ever Wedding Tea Ceremony

I LOVE THIS PIC!

Sparkly diamond earrings from his parents 🙂

And then it was my parents’ turn

Stunning jade necklace + diamond earrings 🙂

And ONE AMAZING DIAMOND TENNIS BRACELET!!!! OMG I love this so much.

Putting on all the jewellery immediately *ahem*

Pre-occupied with each other whilst taking a pic with Dad’s side of the family 😛

With my wonderful girl friends – ALL of whom flew in for our wedding. I love them.

With my amazing friends

*glomps*

Trying (and failing) to eat in a ladylike manner

Told ya 😉 Check out ‘lil Elliot on the right, eyeing my drumstick!

WAHEY!!!


It was only after the Tea Ceremony that I changed into my bridal gown, so that everyone (Chris included, by his request) would not see me in my gown until I walked down the aisle……..

54 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on December 21, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I love the photo with your Dad’s family, it’s like you guys are lost in your own world. I also didn’t realize that you got presents during the tea ceremony.

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    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 am

      Thanks.. it was just crazy how blissed out we were!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on December 21, 2009 at 1:45 am

    I love that last photo!! What great pics. I particularly love the ones of us – *hugs!*.

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    • thefragrantelf posted on December 21, 2009 at 7:28 am

      yes, they are awsome! So glad we were all able to go!! 😀

      Reply
      • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

        You guys had such awesome pics too! It was soo good we were all together, and we will be again NEXT WEEK omg!!

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        • thefragrantelf posted on December 22, 2009 at 12:51 am

          I know, it’s crazy…can’t believe it’s next week!

          Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on December 21, 2009 at 3:03 am

    fantastic photos babe!

    i bet chris was like “OMG AT LAST” when he reached you!

    elliot’s like “i wannanananananana THAT drumstick mannnnnnnnnnn”

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    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:24 am

      Haha Elliot was hilarious.. he even tried to take a bite!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on December 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

        lol he did?!?!?!?! he was like less than a year old then right??

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  • good_lenchik posted on December 21, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Ahhh… all this is so sweet. Both your and Chris’ parents look on the Seventh Heaven and you two like love doves.
    BTW how come all tea ceremony presents were given to you only. Didn’t Chris get anything except hongbaos

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    • crackerchris posted on December 21, 2009 at 8:41 am

      I was thinking the same thing on the day! /jealous

      Then figured a wife on my arm would look better than a tennis bracelet 😉

      Reply
      • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:27 am

        Hehe.

        Nah the presents are all jewellery basically so they go to the bride.. the groom historically doesn’t get presents, they accept the cash instead 😉

        Reply
      • good_lenchik posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:38 am

        Good husband’s answer 🙂 That “jewel” indeed looks great on your arm :))

        Reply
  • nycarm posted on December 21, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Loving the wedding pics Beverly, keep ’em coming!

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    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:36 am

      Haha the biggest pain is resizing them all, takes ages!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on December 21, 2009 at 7:18 am

    So awesome reliving this and seeing the professional photos of everyone and us!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:41 am

      I swear professional pics are so much better, like even the pics from Christine. We all look so nice, lol!

      Reply
  • irene82 posted on December 21, 2009 at 8:38 am

    You look absolutely beautiful Bev 🙂 Especially in the first picture! LOVE IT! MORE!! 😀

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    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:45 am

      Aww thanks hon 🙂

      Reply
  • pebzz posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I wanna see your gown, Bev!! You look so radiant and happy!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

      Coming up in the next post 😀

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on December 21, 2009 at 1:43 am

    I love the photo with your Dad’s family, it’s like you guys are lost in your own world. I also didn’t realize that you got presents during the tea ceremony.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:18 am

      Thanks.. it was just crazy how blissed out we were!

      Reply
  • rollagirl9 posted on December 21, 2009 at 1:45 am

    I love that last photo!! What great pics. I particularly love the ones of us – *hugs!*.

    Reply
    • thefragrantelf posted on December 21, 2009 at 7:28 am

      yes, they are awsome! So glad we were all able to go!! 😀

      Reply
      • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:23 am

        You guys had such awesome pics too! It was soo good we were all together, and we will be again NEXT WEEK omg!!

        Reply
        • thefragrantelf posted on December 22, 2009 at 12:51 am

          I know, it’s crazy…can’t believe it’s next week!

          Reply
  • tiffanyx posted on December 21, 2009 at 3:03 am

    fantastic photos babe!

    i bet chris was like “OMG AT LAST” when he reached you!

    elliot’s like “i wannanananananana THAT drumstick mannnnnnnnnnn”

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:24 am

      Haha Elliot was hilarious.. he even tried to take a bite!

      Reply
      • tiffanyx posted on December 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm

        lol he did?!?!?!?! he was like less than a year old then right??

        Reply
  • emmakins888 posted on December 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely photos Bev! You looked radiant and stunning all day 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks, you girls looked fab too!! Was so much fun:)

      Reply
  • good_lenchik posted on December 21, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Ahhh… all this is so sweet. Both your and Chris’ parents look on the Seventh Heaven and you two like love doves.
    BTW how come all tea ceremony presents were given to you only. Didn’t Chris get anything except hongbaos

    Reply
    • crackerchris posted on December 21, 2009 at 8:41 am

      I was thinking the same thing on the day! /jealous

      Then figured a wife on my arm would look better than a tennis bracelet 😉

      Reply
      • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:27 am

        Hehe.

        Nah the presents are all jewellery basically so they go to the bride.. the groom historically doesn’t get presents, they accept the cash instead 😉

        Reply
      • good_lenchik posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:38 am

        Good husband’s answer 🙂 That “jewel” indeed looks great on your arm :))

        Reply
  • nycarm posted on December 21, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Loving the wedding pics Beverly, keep ’em coming!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:36 am

      Haha the biggest pain is resizing them all, takes ages!

      Reply
  • thefragrantelf posted on December 21, 2009 at 7:18 am

    So awesome reliving this and seeing the professional photos of everyone and us!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:41 am

      I swear professional pics are so much better, like even the pics from Christine. We all look so nice, lol!

      Reply
  • irene82 posted on December 21, 2009 at 8:38 am

    You look absolutely beautiful Bev 🙂 Especially in the first picture! LOVE IT! MORE!! 😀

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:45 am

      Aww thanks hon 🙂

      Reply
  • pebzz posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:09 am

    I wanna see your gown, Bev!! You look so radiant and happy!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 9:49 am

      Coming up in the next post 😀

      Reply
  • emmakins888 posted on December 21, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Lovely photos Bev! You looked radiant and stunning all day 🙂

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 21, 2009 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks, you girls looked fab too!! Was so much fun:)

      Reply
  • exhileration posted on December 29, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Your photographer was really great!!!

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    • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 2:30 am

      Yeah, he took some brililant shots.. very happy 🙂

      Reply
  • exhileration posted on December 29, 2009 at 1:43 am

    Your photographer was really great!!!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on December 29, 2009 at 2:30 am

      Yeah, he took some brililant shots.. very happy 🙂

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on January 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Fantastic pictures

    Great pictures and congrats on the wedding! Especially love the black and white ones, like the one with your inlaws.

    I just wanted to ask where in Shanghai you got your qi pao made? I will be in Shanghai in a couple of months and want to get my first tailor made dress.

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    • beverly posted on January 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Re: Fantastic pictures

      Thanks so much!
      I got it made in Silk King on Nanjing Lu.. they’re fab

      Reply
  • Anonymous posted on January 4, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Fantastic pictures

    Great pictures and congrats on the wedding! Especially love the black and white ones, like the one with your inlaws.

    I just wanted to ask where in Shanghai you got your qi pao made? I will be in Shanghai in a couple of months and want to get my first tailor made dress.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on January 7, 2010 at 1:08 pm

      Re: Fantastic pictures

      Thanks so much!
      I got it made in Silk King on Nanjing Lu.. they’re fab

      Reply

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