Tea Ceremony + Fall Maymont Wedding // Ziwei + Victor // Richmond, VA | Xiaoqi Li Photography

Tea Ceremony + Fall Maymont Wedding // Ziwei + Victor // Richmond, VA

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In respect to their elders and to tradition, many of my Chinese couples include a tea ceremony on their wedding day, including Ziwei and Victor last year. So they were excited to connect with a Chinese wedding photographer who was familiar with tea ceremonies. The simple tea ceremony they planned would include just 2 rounds of tea with each set of their parents, followed by a western ceremony at Maymont.

This sweet couple met at William & Mary and started dating after graduation in 2016. On our initial call, Victor talked about how perfect Ziwei is for him – she can always predict what he’s doing, has an incredible sense of humor, and just gets him! They were together for 4 years before they got engaged in January of 2020. They didn’t want to wait to tie the knot, so to celebrate safely last year, the couple opted for an intimate celebration with just their families.

Ziwei and Victor started their day at Victor’s parents’ home, where they got ready and did a first look together before the day began. First looks are always a highlight for my couples. Getting to finally see each other, hold hands, and hug helps all the stress of the day just melt away! And you can see in the first look moments just how happy and relieved Ziwei and Victor are to see each other.

Next was the Chinese tea ceremony, which was in Victor’s parents home. Victor’s brother, Peter, helped pour and serve the tea. The couple first served tea to Victor’s parents, who gifted them with jewelry and words of advice. Then Ziwei’s parents offered them lucky red envelopes and more words of wisdom. I love how this cultural tradition gives the couple a chance for them to talk with each set of their parents together!

Then, we traveled all together to Maymont for their western ceremony under the pergola at the Italian Gardens. An officiant oversaw their exchange of vows and rings, and then they were legally married! Sunset portraits around the gardens was the perfect way to end their fall Maymont wedding day. Keep scrolling to see the story of their day!

 

detail shot of wedding rings on wedding veil before tea ceremony

mother of the bride helping bride button dress on wedding day before traditional Chinese tea ceremony

detail shots of wedding party accessories in Richmond wedding blue dress socks and boutonniere detail shots on wedding day before tea ceremony

father helping son prepare for wedding day by putting on suit coat before richmond wedding

couple preparing for first look on Richmond wedding day couple seeing one another on wedding day during first look before tea ceremony

couple hugging on wedding day after first look at Richmond wedding couple laughing together on wedding day before tea ceremony at their Richmond wedding

detail shot of traditional Chinese tea ceremony food table

Detail shot of ornate tea ceremony decorations at Richmond wedding Red Chinese tea ceremony decor detail shot at Richmond wedding

Family members lighting candles and setting up for tea ceremony before Richmond wedding

Couple bowing during traditional Chinese tea ceremony

Couple presenting parents with tea during traditional Chinese tea ceremony

Couple holding parents' hands during ceremony while receiving gifts and advice

Mother giving gift to daughter during Richmond wedding traditional tea ceremony

Couple giving parents tea during ceremony on Richmond wedding day

Couple kneeling in front of parents during tea ceremony at Richmond wedding

Couple on wedding day receiving advice and words of encouragement from parents during tea ceremony

Couple celebrating and laughing together on Richmond wedding day

Couple walking together on wedding day while man holds woman's dress

Father walking daughter to wedding ceremony at Maymont Man standing at alter waiting for the wedding ceremony to begin

Bride standing and looking at her soon to be spouse during wedding ceremony Groom smiling at his soon to be spouse during Richmond wedding ceremony

Bride standing with her parents on wedding day after Maymont wedding ceremony Groom standing and smiling next to his parents after Richmond wedding

Wedding party standing and joking together Wedding party picks up groom and places him on their back to celebrate

Bride and groom celebrating recent marriage by pointing and smiling at camera couple holding one another and smiling after Richmond wedding

Groom spinning bride on wedding day

Newly married couple smiling nose to nose under wedding veil

Newly married couple hugging and smiling at Richmond wedding

Wedding couple dancing as newly married couple at Richmond Maymont wedding

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Newly married couple hugging and smiling at Richmond wedding

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