China Once, China Twice

What I had never planned to do

A Chinese Wedding Scrap-Book April 17, 2012

Married on 5/10/2011

To understand why I used print media to create a Chinese Wedding scrap-book that I mailed to China, is explained in short chapter blog posts.

This post ties them together, the reader has all thirteen links in sequence.  It is a 100 page scrap-book scanned in, but it’s also a rather romantic non-fiction story.

I’m happy to report that the two main characters, Sam and Daisy, will once again be landing on US soil in late May of 2012.  It will be Daisy’s second visit to the USA.

 

Why a scrap-book?

Chapter 1 – Welcome to New Jersey

Chapter 2 – Doylestown, PA

Chapter 3 – Qingdao

Chapter 4 – Qingdao Dinner Celebration

Chapter 5 – Mother’s Day in Wuhan

Chapter 6 – Wedding Day Begins

Chapter 7 – Wedding Ceremony Begins

Chapter 8 – More on the Wedding Ceremony

Chapter 9 – Wedding Cake and Guests

Chapter 10 – The Day Continues

Chapter 11 – Our Evening Meal

Chapter 12 – Culture and Romance

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 9, Wedding Cake And Guests January 28, 2012

Notice Daisy is now wearing a different dress.  It is traditional in a Chinese wedding for the bride wear multiple dresses.

These scanned in pages from the scrap-book are predominately group photos taken by their professional photographer.  Give credit where credit is due.

The wedding cake

Daisy's family

Sam's family

More of Daisy's family

Flower girl is a relative, ring bearer came with the photographer

Guests

One of my favorites

Sam and Mom

The formal wedding ends in this post, the day is not yet over though

Thank you, Jeff

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 8, More On The Wedding Ceremony January 27, 2012

I had made an off-hand comment to Sam once “I will be there…..as long as I get to dance with my son at his wedding.”   Ball room dancing at weddings, as we know it in the USA, is not traditional in a Chinese wedding.  That USA tradition, so important to me, was included in their ceremony.

The parents do play a role in the ceremony.  I was limited to 100 scrap-book pages though, I’ll throw some miscellaneous pictures into a post at the end.

It was all spoken in Mandarin

Lighting candles

Rings are exchanged

Wow

They included a cultural difference just for me

One of Daisy's relatives

Naturally, there were fireworks

Officially married

The parents

 

The Scrap-Book For China, Chapter 7, Wedding Ceremony Begins January 26, 2012

It does begin with the dragon dance.  I was clueless, had no idea I would walk my son down the aisle.

Daisy is crying as we hug each other.  In a later chapter on the wedding ceremony, you will meet Jeff.  In front of 300 Chinese guests, he translated for me.  My words were simple,  “If I had to pick the woman to marry my only son, I would have picked Daisy.”

Traditional Dragon Dance

The wedding aisle

Had no idea I would do this

She is beautiful

An honor to do this

She is..........

Daisy said "yes"

 

The Scrap-Book for China, Chapter 6, The Wedding Day Begins January 25, 2012

The entire scrap-book has 100 pages.  My intent is to share with others a Chinese wedding.  If you live in the USA, do not expect the same wedding traditions.

The next 5 scanned in scrap-book pages is the beginning of their wedding day.  I was not physically there.  These photographs are from the professional photographer, I created the scrap-book pages.

Please honor and respect, both copyright concerns and cultural differences.

May 10, 2011

Time to pick up his bride

Daisy is ready and waiting

Out they go and into the car

Off they go to their wedding ceremony