Well over a month ago now, my cousin Tze tied the knot with her fiancé. They got married in sunny May, on a cloudy day, in a church where the sun broke through and shone down on the altar just as the ceremonies were starting up.
(I love it when Nature cooperates with a big day like that!)
My picture-taking for her wedding day was sadly hampered by lighting and not having a camera I knew the timing on, but luckily she hired a pro, so she doesn’t need to rely on just my shots.
Still, my baby-girl-cousin’s wedding is a pretty big deal! Sorry it’s taken so long for me to post about it, Tze. Happy birthday!
She’d been planning this whole affair for over a year — Tze’s a Planner — and every detail was taken care of. Still, I’m pretty sure nothing can prepare you (or your dad!) for the actual moment of aisle-walking. Both of them looked radiantly happy, and I was nerdily delighted to hear that my cousin also chose Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring to be part of her service (although she did elect to walk in to the traditional march).
David is a fantastic guy: his only flaw, as far as I’m concerned, is that he beat me grievously the night we first taught him to play Settlers, the jerk. To make up for it though, he’s funny, thoughtful and forever trying to outdo himself in taking care of my cousin. I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect guy for Tze and it makes me so happy to see them together: it’s a match made in Heaven!
At this point, we left the church. I stopped using my camera for the night activities, and used my mom’s, which has some serious lag on it. Also: the pictures aren’t on Flickr (sorry!).
As you might have noticed, the couple are Chinese. This means two things: tea ceremony, and costume changes!
At the banquet hall, the couple served tea to elder members of their families (cousins were exempted) before getting back into their daytime getup for the cake-cutting pictures:
After the cake posing, games were played! I was sad to see that the Shoe Game didn’t make the roster, but there were some pretty fun ones too — including a balloon-popping exercise our cousin got roped into:
The couple did their first dance amid artificial mist (which made taking a picture ridiculous) and we learned that David’s aunt — an avid ballroom dancer — had choreographed and taught them their routine. It was quite impressive!
After that there was a lot of food (like a lot), a slideshow with a lot of awwws, and speeches by the parents (very moving) and bridal party (less moving, more inside jokes, but still well-intentioned).
To close off the meal, the couple thanked their guests. If you’re wondering if Tze changed dresses again, the answer is yes. You weren’t expecting her to dance in her red dress were you?
The Boy commented that he’d never seen a couple so tanked at their own wedding, but was reassured by the bride’s dad that that was completely expected.
The two had their hands full trying to spend time with all their guests and thank everyone; I do hope they managed to have fun hosting such a great night!
Tze, you always put your whole heart into everything you do, and you never put your name on anything without also putting an enormous amount of hard work and integrity into it. Knowing that, I know that you two will hold hands into your happily ever after, even if sometimes it takes a little more effort than the fairytales imply.
I am so happy for you both, and so proud of you, little cousin! Congratulations and may your happiness surpass all of your expectations and planning!