Chinese culture has consistently been known for focusing on family, respect, and honor. Chinese tea ceremonies encompass those ideas, while formally acknowledging the joining of the two families. Tea ceremonies have been a staple of Chinese weddings for over 1,000 years! While the first ceremonies tended to involve one ceremony for the bride’s family and another for the groom’s family, more modern weddings usually have only one tea ceremony arranged for both sides.
Modern Custom on Chinese Wedding Tea Ceremony
After vows are exchanged, the young couple will serve tea to their families. Tea is symbolic of stability, fertility, and purity. This translates to the tea being seen as a metaphor for a faithful and pure love, resulting in a union that will produce many healthy children. In a wedding tea ceremony, the tea is served by the bride and groom in a traditional gaiwan. This is a cup and saucer with a lid, commonly red or with a red design. The couple first serves their parents while bowing or kneeling as a way of showing gratitude and respect. The rest of the families are then served while being properly introduced. Traditional tea ceremonies are still an incredibly significant part of Chinese weddings. The most important reason is the honor it shows to the elders in the family. Parents (and often grandparents) are recognized for the love they have shown their children and the sacrifices that were made during their upbringing.
Keeping the Tradition Alive
The celebration of family, new love, and unity during the Chinese wedding tea ceremony is one that has yet to be matched in any other culture. It is performed with dignity and precision, a far cry from our typical day-to-day cup of tea. The beautiful tradition of respectfully serving tea as a means of showing appreciation is to be cherished.
Brought to life in a minimalist studio in leafy Surry Hills, Sydney, the day was awash with the brightest whites, complimented by caramel hues, powder pink trinkets, and a spray of native Australian foliage. The bride captivated in lacy lingerie, floral hair adornments, and an ethereal full-length veil by yours truly – La Belle, whilst bridal dress virtuoso Karen Willis Holmes provided truly spectacular gowns.
ALC Events decorated the venue with romantic accompaniments such as emerald botanicals, ornate silver dishes (The Wedding Collector), delicate glassware, antique books, and an array of old world furniture (Willow Tree Vintage). Talented makeup artist Yen Xinn painted the bride (note earthy shimmering eyelids and peach tinted lips), whilst paper artist Stuart McLachlan and calligrapher Teresa Ling crafted sublime wedding invitations.
I am so very thankful to our favourite vendors for making this dream a reality! It’s time to fantasize. See it all unfold below…
Hearing the call of the ocean as your wedding day approaches? Seeking unique bridal inspiration that takes the best of bohemian style and covers it in salty seaside kisses? Look no further ladies, have we got a treat for you!
Swoon over the lush green foliage and bright blue botanicals of Dominque Flowers’ big day bouquet. Take in the shimmering diamante detailing of henna inspired foot jewellery. Fall in love with sea urchin candle holders and hand-penned notes cast across craggy rocks. Hanker after a taste of that wedding cake – triple-tired and part coated gold!
The lovely bride modelled a selection of La Belle’s handcrafted bridal wreaths, tiaras, and veils; enveloping herself in scalloped edges, translucent tulle, and beautiful botanical embellishments.
Make your beach wedding vision come true with a seaside celebration! And if you’ve already got hitched against a backdrop of crashing waves or gently lapping shores, we’d sure love to see your big day snaps.
What’s in store in forthcoming blog posts? La Belle is eager to reveal featured artists, clever bridal tips and advice, a gorgeous hair tutorial, and an exciting newsletter sign up.
Here at La Belle, we love nothing more than a wedding. We also love it when our favourite couples up the game and celebrate their anniversaries in high style! Meet Brooke and Jarrod. They did just that when they wandered into the vast, natural wonder of Australia’s breathtaking Pinnacles (a desert landscape located in Nambung National Park, famous for its jagged rocks, golden sand dunes, and sparkling blue Indian Ocean).
Photographed by the visionary Katie Grant, Brooke transformed into an ethereal goddess thanks to a dramatic embroidered and beaded gown by MXM Couture, hair and makeup by Ham Creative, an exquisite native bouquet by Natural Art Flowers, and a translucent veil and botanical crown by yours truly, La Belle (note the delicate jewelled blooms dancing on dainty crooked branches).
Plume Calligraphy penned the ever so elegant invites and name cards which were made even dreamier by granules of golden sand that drifted across them thanks to the gentle sea breeze.
Warm rays of sunshine cast an otherworldly light across the whole affair, emphasizing the luxurious colour bleed of Brooke’s floaty train, and her rich cocoa tresses enveloped by our sublime silk tulle veil. If only every anniversary could look this magical!
Besides an alter resplendent with trailing ivy, and lit by the incandescent flicker of pillar candles, our beautiful bride transformed into a gorgeous goddess, thanks to glam squad Kristy Ellen (makeup artist), hair guru Kayla Marshall, and bridal gown maker Tegan Tyrell. Fastened above a plaited chignon, the bloom strewn golden branches of La Belle’s opulent hair accessory added glitter to the big day look, whilst our fine and floaty wedding veil contributed to an air of old world allure, cascading gracefully to the floor.
Shot at the historic Moana Chambers – a prominent gallery and creative space in Perth, WA – talented wedding stylist Stacey Clark artfully arranged a reception table with simple vanilla crockery, stylish silver cutlery, fern frond detailing, and a creative dinner menu by stationer and calligrapher Michaela McBride. We’re still swooning! What about you?
It has been such a long time since I last blogged. I will get better at updating from now.
Late last year, Tanya of Tenth and Grace organised a Rose Quartz editorial shoot based on one of Pantone Colour of the Year, I were so honoured to be a part of her dream team. We sent over a couple of bridal headpieces, a silk veil & a bridal lace robe for Tanya to use for her shoot. When Tanya sent over the gallery, it is so hard for me to choose just a few images to share from this dreamy bridal shoot. The colour of roses and flowers are very elegant and beautiful. Being a part of this gorgeous shoot was an absolute dream! Thank you Tanya!
The shoot has been featured on the front page of Style Me Pretty over the New Year. I am so honoured to finally share with you here on my gorgeous new website.