Chinese Tea Ceremony, Noordhoek 

One of the incredible perks of being a photographer is the exposure to various cultures and traditions. I was so stoked when Cindy emailed me to ask if they could have me document  a portion of their engagement shoot during their traditional pre-wedding Tea Ceremony. 

For those who are not familiar, the tea ceremony is one of the most significant events of Chinese wedding celebrations. It includes very formal introductions of the bride and groom and shows respect to their families. It also entails the exchange of 

red envelopes which contain monetary gifts from the bridal parents to the couple. The tea ceremony represents purity, tranquillity, respect and harmony and a lot of preparation goes into this important event. It was a great honour to be able to document this significant event for Cindy and Ricky and to meet all their friends and family before the big wedding the next day. We ended the Friday festivities with a quick engagement session at the beach before sunset. 

Here are a few of my favourite frames and more of the wedding celebration can be viewed here



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