My first traditional wedding shoot in Taiwan
For this first traditional Taiwanese wedding I had no 2nd shooter or assistants so I just had to go by "must shoot" list and stay on my toes the entire day as to not miss any of the important moments.
Over at the brides house here Mum was helping her get ready.
As the groom arrived fire crackers were thrown out of the car onto the street.
These are super loud! Especially when its still early and relatively quite in the morning.
As the groom gets out of the car he's met by a young boy offering oranges.
The groom hands him money in a good fortune envelope.
Next the bride and groom are whisked off back to the grooms house to
meet with his parents.
More fire crackers as the bridal party arrives.
The bride receives more offerings as she arrives
at the grooms house.
Next its time for the veil up, kiss and some prayers to their ancestors.
Time to meet kneel before the brides parents and ask for their
blessings for their marriage.
Rounding up the wedding ceremony at around 10am.
Now for a little relax time before the big reception party in the evening.
The catch is the bride has to stay in her wedding dress all day until her
first dress change at the party.
Now at the reception at a ritzy hotel in downtown Taipei the bride has some finishing touches to her hair and make up before the party.
They had these 3 ladies playing violin for all the guests as they enter the reception hall.
They were really good!
Balloons hugging the ceiling at the entrance to the party hall
which seated the 400 or so guests.
Finally the bride enters with her father passing her
over to her new husband
The drinking and celebrations continue on until late at night. My job is done at least the shooting part. Now I head back to Japan to edit up all the images for the couple. Im just glad I managed to capture all of the important bits and experience my first traditional Taiwanese wedding.
Congratulations Eric & Karen and thanks for having me photograph your special day!