British-Chinese wedding at Gilwell Park | Emily and James sneak peek
We kicked off the start of the 2019 wedding season with an absolutely stunning wedding (I mean, we knew this would be the case following their gorgeous engagement shoot we blogged about recently).
The morning of the wedding
The morning started with Emily and her girls getting ready in the main hotel of Gilwell Park where there was a sense of calm and excited energy. James and the boys got ready at home before heading over to Gilwell for the final details and checking that everything was set for the big day. Both Hutch and I were blessed with the time to capture some pre-wedding portraits with each of them, not something we always get (although always try and allow for) because the nature of a wedding day often means that time is eaten up by last minute changes.
Gilwell Park wedding ceremony
Emily and James were super lucky with the UK weather playing in our favour, and were able to hold a beautiful outdoor ceremony in the grounds. We absolutely adore an outdoor wedding, there’s something about being out there with nature, with all your family and friends. Following the ceremony we explored the grounds for their newly wed couple portraits whilst the guests enjoyed a balloon artist and canapes in the hotel.
Traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony
But before long, it was time to head over to Yi-Ban on the docklands, where Emily and James changed into traditional Chinese wedding attire and we captured some almost golden hour portraits along the waters edge.
Their reception started with the tea ceremony, jing cha in Chinese, which means “to respectfully offer tea” and is where the bride and groom offer tea to their parents and other respected members of the family. A beautiful Chinese wedding tradition and gorgeous to photograph.
London Docklands wedding ceremony
Guests were then seated for an 11 course Chinese wedding banquet, which I have to say was a surprise for us as we are very rarely provided the same full meal as the guests, but it was delicious and we were certainly full afterwards! Yi-Ban has some impressive views over the Thames and docklands so if you’re ever in that area and craving Chinese food, I highly recommend!
The evening, as normal at weddings was finished with dancing and general merriment and we left the happy couple dancing into the night. Emily and James, your wedding was the perfect start to our 2019 season and I can’t wait to edit the rest of your images.
Until next time,
PS – we still have a couple of late 2019 weekend slots available so if you’re still looking for your photographer we would love to hear from you.