Wrest Park wedding photography, with traditional Chinese features - relaxed wedding photography by Gemma Morgan

This lovely wedding took place in a beautiful village church near Woburn in Bedfordshire followed by  a relaxed and laid back reception at the the very stately Wrest Park.

As the couple were both Chinese, the highlight of the day for me was taking pictures of the traditional Chinese tea ceremony. Steeped in tradition, the tea ceremony is the most sacred ritual of Chinese nuptials. It serves as the bride’s symbolic introduction to the groom’s family.

The ceremony started with the groom’s family members sitting in chairs, while the bride and groom knelt before them and served the tea. It is served in a special order, starting with the groom’s parents, then proceeding from the oldest family members to the youngest, including the paternal grandparents, maternal grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings, and so on. In return, the newlyweds received lucky red envelopes stuffed with money. At this wedding, tea was also served to the bride's family, in a tea service which had belonged to the bride's great grandmother!

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