Seattle Chinese Wedding and Tea Ceremony at the Sheraton Hotel

No sneak peeks here!  It’s over 60 images from Holly & Richard’s traditional Chinese and western wedding.  We love these two and feel their day is best experienced through the photos but let us tell you just a smidge of what you’re seeing :)  Richard and Holly had an early start to the day as they did two traditional Chinese tea ceremonies; one at Holly’s parents’ home and one at the Seattle Sheraton Hotel.

An important thing to note is how ridiculously fun the lead up to the traditional ceremony is!  The bridesmaids and groomsmen essentially become two warring sides as the groomsmen must complete lots of tasks, trials, and games to gain Richard access to Holly.  The games are totally stacked against the poor boys and hilarious to watch.  They included lots of eating spicy, bitter, and overly sweet concoctions including a wasabi stuffed dumpling just to get inside the house.  But, once all of the tasks were completed, the couple finally got to see each other for the first time that day and the ceremonies could begin.

With all of the vibrant reds on this wedding day, Loren and I decided to have a little extra fun with the images for this blog post and process them to really make those colors pop.  Below, is the entire wedding day and we hope you have as much fun viewing it as we did photographing it!

Congratulations again, Holly & Richard!!!

The bridesmaids take turns tying a monkey up in impossible positions that the groomsmen must then replicate.  If then can’t… penalty snacks await them!

Holly watches the games via a remote viewer so that she doesn’t have to miss out on any of the craziness happening just outside her door.

After much negotiation with the groomsmen – including a gold Starbucks card – the bridesmaids settle on a cash amount that they’re willing to accept to allow Richard in to see Holly.  Lucky numbers and lots of back and forth go into this!

The tea ceremony begins by honoring Richard’s late mother.  It’s a gorgeous and meaningful ceremony.

While Holly takes a quick snack mid-day, we photograph her Western ceremony details like the white dress and her shoes.  After she’s dressed, everyone will head to the church for the ceremony.

This sassy bridesmaids group photo is one of my favorite so far this year.  These ladies know how to rock the camera.

Holly is our first bride this year to use the blusher of her veil – having it veil her face.  It makes for a dramatic and beautiful first kiss moment!

We used strategically placed remote lights to achieve the cinematic and dramatic feel for this reception.  Lighting is soooo key to a great image in a ballroom setting!

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84 comments

Tammy - July 12, 2011 - 11:35 pm

I really like the pictures, esp. those that captured the smiling faces. What a lovely couple – Holly & Richard! ^_^

Richard - July 13, 2011 - 12:04 am

Wow, beautiful wedding, beautiful pictures! This groom should really get into his modeling career! (Just kidding!)

Everyone should leave us a comment here… which one(s) do you like best?

Milly Li - July 13, 2011 - 12:50 am

Rich & Ho, Congrat….pictures are so nice & impressive…u guys look pretty & handsome in the pictures…Really a good memory for all of us….

Phenix - July 13, 2011 - 4:10 am

Nice photo, lovely couple, missed the chance to share the happy moment with you both, but I do feel the happiness from smiling face in the photo, wishes you two keep the sweetest moment forever!

Joran - July 13, 2011 - 6:46 am

Wow, great set of photos!! Definitely had a lot of fun viewing the great moments of joy that you guys captured. Thanks for sharing! Congratulations to Holly and Richard!! :D

Crystal - July 13, 2011 - 4:54 pm

awesomesauce.

Kelly Wu - July 13, 2011 - 6:19 pm

The bride and groom looked stunning! Nice photos! Congrats to Richard and Holly again!!

Meisi - July 13, 2011 - 6:23 pm

It’s fantastic. The photos capture every sweet moment. I won’t be bored viewing millions of them. Holly is the most beautiful bride in the world, but Rich’s only the second most handsome groom–because my hubby is the number one, haha. :)

Eva - July 13, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Nice photos!

James - July 13, 2011 - 7:34 pm

Good photos! Handsome couple!

Francis - July 13, 2011 - 8:39 pm

May our dear God bless you and your marriage forever, congratulations!!

Krish - July 13, 2011 - 8:48 pm

It’s great to see these!

Anthy - July 13, 2011 - 10:54 pm

Nice pics and couple :) Wish I were there.
Super pretty bride (Mrs Chung)!

Yuko - July 13, 2011 - 11:19 pm

Very sweet & lovely couple!! Nice pictures, believe that was the the most unforgettable moment of the yr for me ^o^ Spread out your love to the others, congratsss again!!!

Liang - July 14, 2011 - 5:22 am

WOW, what an amazing wedding photos ! Congratulations & best wishes to u lovely couple !!!

Vic - July 14, 2011 - 7:55 am

Amazing photos! Beautiful looking couple! simply Awesome!

Liang - July 14, 2011 - 8:39 am

WOW, what an amazing wedding photos ! Congratulations & best wishes to u lovely couple !!!

Winnie - July 14, 2011 - 8:49 am

Your photos are amazingly awesome! Like Like! Wish i was there… Happy wedding la~;)

hugh - July 14, 2011 - 9:34 am

What GREAT photo’s. You both look wonderful. Holly is a lucky women!

Kush - July 14, 2011 - 12:51 pm

The red Chinese-wear is absolutely stunning.

orca - July 14, 2011 - 2:01 pm

You guys looked great! Wonderful photos. :)

Joey - July 14, 2011 - 10:52 pm

i think the wasabi dumplings really made the guys showing the “soft” side… LOL

Alex - July 14, 2011 - 11:07 pm

awesome photos!

Emily - July 14, 2011 - 11:46 pm

The outdoor photos are SOOOO cute!! Congratulations to you both~!

Rachel - July 15, 2011 - 6:49 pm

Congratulations and best wishes on your marriage! Your wedding was beautiful!

Duane Sun - July 16, 2011 - 11:36 am

Beautiful photos! My favorite might be the penalty food tasting picture. Rich looks like the taste made his face develop a second set of dimples, and Vee looks like he is about to cry.

K - July 18, 2011 - 1:32 am

Is that really Richard? He looks way too classy in those photos…

Congratulations you two! You both look amazing!!!

Hua - July 18, 2011 - 12:08 pm

Congrats to both of you:P I really enjoy to see so many great wedding pictures! Hope these sweet memories will always be with you.

Doris - July 18, 2011 - 3:49 pm

Excellent photos :) … thanks for sharing these pictures with us of your BIG day :) … Holly you look so beautiful :D!!! … Congratulations Holly & Richard on your marriage :)!!!!!

Sonia - July 18, 2011 - 6:36 pm

How did the second month anniversary go.. :) ?
Loved the rim light photographs..!! :)

Sandy - July 19, 2011 - 1:38 am

Congratulations to both of you :D!! Holly, you look very beautiful :)!!

Edward Ho - July 19, 2011 - 8:34 am

Lovely photos.
Congratulations to the lovely couple.

Karen - July 20, 2011 - 12:25 am

Rich & Ho, Congrats again! Very nice pics! It definitely was a great wedding! So happy to be a part of it!

Paresh Suthar - July 20, 2011 - 5:37 pm

Beautiful photos – congratulations to the both of you!

Dora - July 24, 2011 - 11:46 pm

Great pictures! Congratulations again Mr & Mrs. Chung!

Dominic Lau - July 24, 2011 - 11:46 pm

Very beautiful art! The pictures are awesome. Beautiful photos and beautiful couple! Congratulations!

rieti - July 25, 2011 - 12:22 am

great photos!! time flies, already 2 months~

kalven - July 25, 2011 - 11:29 am

Great pictures! Congratz to both of you.

Joanna Chan - July 25, 2011 - 2:22 pm

Love those pics!

Eva - July 25, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Congrats to both of you! They are gorgeous pics! Do you have more? =)

maggie - July 25, 2011 - 2:42 pm

really nice pictures. I wish I can have these kind of wedding pictures too,^^

Max - July 25, 2011 - 3:12 pm

Great pics! Rich and Holly look great in the Ancient Chinese dresses.

John - July 25, 2011 - 3:14 pm

wow, the bridesmaids got a lot of money for opening the door…

Jun Ge - July 25, 2011 - 3:55 pm

Great pictures!! The skills are much better than Richard’s :)

Gladys - July 25, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Great pictures!!Handsome groom and pretty bride!
Congratz again Holly and Richard :)

sophia - July 25, 2011 - 3:58 pm

Great photos! Congrats!

Jen - July 25, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Wa!!!! Really so pretty n sweet!!!

Flo - July 25, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Great pictures! Awesome couple!

Eric Tseng - July 25, 2011 - 5:24 pm

couldn’t be better

Jannie Cheng - July 25, 2011 - 5:37 pm

Congratulation! Both of you look very nice.

Chi - July 25, 2011 - 5:42 pm

sweet couple, lovely memory and very cute picture.
congrats again! and wish you two “white head to old”!

Karina Ng - July 25, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Auntie Holly & Uncle Richard, congrat….Pic are very nice!!

Kid - July 25, 2011 - 6:35 pm

本当に奇麗な写真です。~~~ ^O^

JIMMY - July 25, 2011 - 6:39 pm

Congratulations,nice photos and nice wedding

Celine Chen - July 25, 2011 - 6:58 pm

So beautiful. This is truly one of the time catch in life. Most magnificent photos. I wish you happy marriage.

Bosco Cheng - July 25, 2011 - 7:17 pm

Very nice set of photos!!

candy - July 25, 2011 - 7:56 pm

lovely picture, sweet couple, an amazing day!

Michelle Chau - July 25, 2011 - 8:30 pm

Congrats to both of you!
the pictures are really pretty.Welcome to the Wedding life.

Yuko - July 25, 2011 - 8:58 pm

What a nice wedding. I am so happy to know both of you!

Yuko - July 25, 2011 - 8:58 pm

What a nice wedding. I am so happy to know both of you!

Yuko - July 25, 2011 - 9:00 pm

It was lovely to be in the wedding, what a good marriage~~

Rosalin - July 25, 2011 - 9:50 pm

Congratulation on your wedding. May your love bloom brighter and your companionship grow sweeter with each passing year.

Son - July 25, 2011 - 11:08 pm

Congratulations to you both!And it is very nice photo:)

Lilian - July 26, 2011 - 3:43 am

恭喜哂!啲相好靚呀!索!

Vincy Lam - July 26, 2011 - 4:29 am

OMG!!!!! I am so touching when I am enjoying your wedding photo!!!! I really wanna be there with you to share this wonderful moment!!! Love u, Holly!!! Wish you be a happy wife in all time ^^

Emil Moon - July 26, 2011 - 6:58 am

Great photos.

Judy - July 26, 2011 - 2:21 pm

Beautiful!!! Fun and nice wedding! Love the pictures!!!

Eunice - July 26, 2011 - 5:52 pm

Congrats! What a qute couple! Wish everything the best!

kate - July 26, 2011 - 8:43 pm

you guys are such a sweet couple~!!! love the traditional wedding dress~ and ahem~ the Cartier ring too~ ehehe XD

Joseph Kwok - July 27, 2011 - 8:00 am

Nice photos here. I really like both of you dressing in traditional Chinese clothes in the morning. The photos at OLMV looks awesome too! Congrats and may God bless your marriage every day.

Melody - July 27, 2011 - 4:03 pm

Awesome pictures!! Happy couples….hope to see one more/maybe two more head counts in their family next year!!! Congrats!!!

Melody

jordan - July 27, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Congrats… too bad, i couldn’t make it to your wedding…

Paul - July 27, 2011 - 9:16 pm

Wonderful pictures! Congratulations once again! :)

Alison Chung - July 28, 2011 - 12:33 am

Hi Richard and Holly,

We are sorry that we were not able to make it for your special day but thank you for sending us the link to your photos. The photos are beautiful and it looked like a fantastic ceremony and a wonderful day.

Congratulations again to you both and all the best. We hope to have a visit from the new Mr and Mrs Chung in the UK soon!

Lots of love,

Uncle Kay, Aunty Justina and Ali

Goretti Chan - July 28, 2011 - 4:47 pm

Very beautiful, Holly! :)

Holly - August 6, 2011 - 10:58 pm

Thank you everyone for making comments! :D I have to thank those who celebrated with us on our big day, and also our photographers for taking awesome pics! Love all the pics! :D

CANDY - August 7, 2011 - 4:05 am

Congrats, lovely and pretty pictures. ..(*O*)

Raymond Leung - August 9, 2011 - 10:37 pm

Very nice photos, congratulations! :D

Andy - August 9, 2011 - 11:03 pm

This album rocks! It totally reminds me how awesome this wedding is!
Once again, congrats Mr.& Mrs Chung :D

Joel - August 18, 2011 - 10:16 am

Nicely done!

Vee - August 21, 2011 - 12:19 pm

Beautiful!

Christine - August 27, 2011 - 9:52 am

Holly you look gorgeous!

Dan - September 5, 2011 - 10:21 am

Beautiful pictures! Congrats again Rich and Holly.

Kristen - May 2, 2014 - 6:59 am

Chinese wedding is very beautiful. So cute! Nice shots.

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