Hartford City Hall, Hartford Connecticut
A warm February day greeted us for Hanh and Michael's Vietnamese Wedding. We had made all the plans in advance to be inside for this winter wedding including portraits at Hartford City Hall. Instead we were blessed with spring like weather that made for a wonderful wedding day. Their wedding included a Vietnamese tea ceremony and a 2 hour portrait session at Hartford City Hall. All in all their wedding covered 5 locations and was over 14 hours in length. Their wedding started out with getting ready photos of Hanh and her bridesmaids followed by getting ready photos Michael and his groomsmen at the Goodwin Hotel in Hartford, Connecticut.
After the getting ready photos we went to Michael's Parents house with the groomsmen to pick up the gifts for the tea ceremony. Tea ceremonies are quite common in Asian weddings and incorporate the cultural aspects of their family heritage and religious traditions into the modern American wedding. They are usually conducted before the official ceremony and often incorporate traditional dress and rituals.
With the gifts ready, the groomsmen process toward the house of Hanh's parents for the tea ceremony which starts with the gifts being given to the bridesmaids.
Hanh and her mom process into the living room where gifts of earrings are given to Hanh and a necklace to Michael
Prayers and Blessings are made to Buddah and then tea is offered and drank by the parents and family as well as blessings given
With the tea ceremony complete I head to Hartford City Hall for portraits of the groom and groomsmen as we wait for the arrival of Hanh for a first look, portraits of the bride and groom and bridal party.
We headed now to Maneeley's in South Windsor, Connecticut for their wedding ceremony and reception. There was a bit of hangup with the bride's mom getting lost en route to Maneeleys so we had to switch around the ceremony and cocktail hour times and location. The new location for the ceremony was in the reception hall itself. With the ceremony completed we went right into the introductions, first dance and reception schedule of toasts, dinner. Their were over 200 guests in attendance most of them part of their large extended family.
Part of Hahn and Michael's photo request was having their photos taken at every table where a chosen representative gave a toast to the bride and groom as well as offered gifts. With over 200 guests this took quite a while but was a wonderful custom with many blessings, toasts and drinks as well. I like personalize each wedding to my couples needs and desires and making a shoot list and taking special requests is part of that process.
With the table photos finished we had the cake cutting and moved right into the reception dance photos where everyone had a great time on the dance floor.
It was an epic wedding day for sure. Michael and Hanh and their bridal party were the life of the party. It was great to be part of their special day surrounded by the company of their large extended family and friends.
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