Modern Chinese Tea Ceremony Wedding | Nonsuch Mansion, Surrey

April 3, 2019

I adore photographing culture-filled weddings. Its a chance to learn about different customs and traditions. When Rich of Richard Murgatroyd Photography asked if I would shoot with him at this Chinese/ Irish wedding, I jumped at the chance.

I had been to Nonsuch Park in Surrey many times before but not for a wedding at the Mansion and my gosh it was beautiful.

I arrived and started with Alex as he greeted guests arriving. As Kai La was only getting ready upstairs, Richard alternated between bridal prep and the guests’ arrival. The bride was preparing for the first part of the day – the Chinese tea ceremony. When she came downstairs, she looked truly stunning in her traditional red and gold dress. The tea ceremony consisted of guests sitting down before the kneeling bride and groom before being offered with a cup of tea, and vice versa. The guests then presented the couple with a red envelope or a gift. It was very emotional – and I started welling up when I saw the tears rolling down Kai La’s cheeks.

When the ceremony ended, the bride headed upstairs to change into her modern white wedding dress before return back down for their wedding ceremony. The room, to the rear of Nonsuch Mansion has so much natural light coming through – perfect for an indoor wedding.

Next up it was confetti time (one of my favourite times!) – the photographs speak for themselves!

The rain took a break so we took Alex and Kai La outside for a few quick couples portraits. The sun was starting to set and the sky put on a real show.

The speeches had everyone rolling with laughter and the first dance got everyone started on the dance floor – where they remained well after I retired for the evening!

I already have a few Chinese/ Vietnamese tea ceremonies booked in for when we relocate to Sydney and I am very much looking forward to seeing how these differ from one another.

Take a look below at some of my favourite images from the day.

Sydney Chinese Tea Ceremony

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