Traditional Chinese Tea ceremony at Hotel Du Vin in Poole
365 Days of weddings | Day 30
One this we all find exciting in life is the experience of new and interesting things. As a wedding photographer, I see many different acts, vows, speeches and gifts. No two weddings are ever alike and that keeps me both on my toes and my work fresh. At the Hotel Du Vin in Poole, I experienced my first wedding Tea Ceremony.
This Chinese tradition is wonderful, slow and thoughtful. It is absolutely beautiful and in great contrast to the usual British marriage, everything slows down and every member of the family joins the couple for a sip of tea, a kind word and to give a gift. It is tradition to give red and gold to the couple and I actually received a gift myself at this wedding which to this day sits inside my wedding jacket to remind me of the good luck and fortune this family were blessed with.
This photograph depicts a gold bangle being prepared to present as a gift to the couple, the most traditional is 24 karats pure gold. The gold pieces may come in many forms such as jewelry (necklaces, earrings and bracelets) or decorative objects for their home. The alternative to this is a red envelope containing crisp new folded bank notes.
The bangles given to Po depicted a Dragon and Phoenix has special meaning in Chinese tradition, especially for a wedding. The symbol of Dragon – male (yang) and Phoenix – Female (yin) symbolize everlasting love and marital bliss. Many married couples will keep an image of the dragon and Phoenix in their home as this represents prosperity, success and blessings for many male offspring.
Like I said my job is never boring!