It’s such an honor to have this job. To be invited into the most exciting days and most precious moments of peoples lives. It truly is a gift. And Hien and Brandon’s wedding day felt like the sweetest gift of them all.
Bien and Brandon started their wedding day with a traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony and it was incredible to witness. Brandon’s family and friends lined the sidewalk to Hien’s home, with gifts in hand as they waited permission for Hien’s hand in marriage. Bien was escorted by her mom into the living room in a breathtaking traditional Vietnamese ao day by her mother and the most beautiful ceremony I’ve ever seen or photographed began to take place. In the Vietnamese Tea Ceremony, gifts and wishes are given to the bride and groom by each member of the family. They start with the oldest member, offering tea and accepting gifts and continue until they’ve received warm wishes from each guest. The ceremony was spoken only in Vietnamese and while we didn’t understand the words exchanged, we felt the heart behind ever moment. Even without knowing the language, this ceremony brought Megan and I to tears. It was precious to watch such special words spoken out of love, covering the bride and groom. It was the most wonderfully sweet ceremony and one that I will forever be thankful I got to experience.
After the ceremony, we all celebrated with Vietnamese food and later headed to the Central Library for an outfit change and another ceremony. This time Hien and Brandon shared a first-glance in her bridal gown and his reaction was perfect. The library is my all-time favorite place to take photos and we found some gorgeous moments on it’s beautiful grounds.
Hien and Brandon’s reception was so fun. Family members were honored, thoughtful toasts were given, the dance floor was packed. This day was so much fun and so perfect.
Thank you to Hien and Brandon for letting us celebrate you. We are HONORED and so thankful that we got to capture these incredible moments. Enjoy this sneak peek.