Not every wedding photographer has a chance to participate in a wedding day the way that I did at Charmaine and Ken’s wedding at Saint Michael’s Church in New Westminster. I went home feeling like I was part of the family. That may have something to do with the fact that I knew Charmaine from when we were growing up in Singapore together.
Follow the story about how Charmaine and I reconnected during a hike to Quarry Rock in their North Vancouver Engagement Session. Eep, I just love engagement sessions that get me out on the trails. Okay, back to the wedding.
This laid-back, modern couple welcomed their family and friends to Saint Michael’s Church in New West for a Catholic ceremony. You might expect a lot of tradition at a Catholic wedding, but that just wouldn’t have suited Charmaine & Ken.
It was a super low-key day full of moments hanging out with family and friends. I met up early with Tania, Charissa and Charmaine for a couple of getting-ready photos. I was quickly thrown into a do-it-yourself makeup and hair frenzy. There were videos, up-dos, re-dos and finally real hairdos. I was put in charge of curling hair – maybe it was because, out of all of us, I had seen the most wedding hairstyles. In looking back, it seems confuzzling – I have so little hair that I am sure I had no business wielding a curling iron.
I must say, after all the craziness, we did a great job of working things out together. Thanks, YouTube! With everyone ready to go, we ran to the church. Family and friends were waiting patiently for the ceremony to begin. Ken’s brother and a few family members read verses before the vows. It was short and sweet – not your typical lengthier Catholic Mass, but beautiful nonetheless.
Rather than dive straight into a photo session, Charmaine and Ken really wanted to join their family and friends in the church’s Function Room right away. They sat and shared stories over a lunch catered by Fiesta. Simple. Family focused and super sweet.
Charmaine and Ken are far from traditionalists, but they are both from Singapore where you can find many traditions. So, it was totally appropriate for an impromptu Chinese tea ceremony to break out.
It was refreshing that everyone took the spontaneous tea ceremony in stride. There were no costumes, tiny tea cups or family heirlooms – just the joy of the wedded couple honouring their elders by serving them tea. I think the impromptu idea came about so that the elders could exchange the tea for their traditional red-packets that usually contain money as a blessing. Whatever the reason, it was thoughtful and super cute.
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