A couple of weeks ago, I had the distinct honor of serving as the photographer for Mike and Linh's special day. It was a traditional Vietnamese wedding, full of vibrance and culture, in the heart of Chantily, VA.
The weather was cool, yet comfortable, on a fine Sunday morning. I pulled up to their house, which is where the ceremony and portraits were being held. My second shooter, Thera, and I, started off with getting ready shots, and it was all so beautiful!
Afterwards, we transitioned into getting detail shots of the house's decorations, and prep materials.
Their home was lovely, and the decor was perfect. It really set the tone for the ceremony to come. After awhile, we received word that the groom's party had arrived. In the Vietnamese tradition, there is a 'presentation of gifts.' The grooms and his family come to the bride-to-be's home, and present gifts to her and her family. The two eldest exchange words, and the ceremony begins.
The ceremony is where things start to get interesting. The traditional ceremony consists of tea, and conversation between the two families.