Lina contacted us a little over a month before her big date in need of a replacement photographer, and even though it was a spur of the moment sort of things they are by far one of our favorite couples! Her wedding was almost completely DIY, though you definitely couldn't tell that it wasn't done by the pros; some ladies just got it, man.
The day started with getting ready in the Bridal Suite at The Historic Oakland in Elliott City, MD. Lina and her brides maid had just finished putting touches on the reception area before; from there the day was non-stop.
Across the hall, Fron, his son, and his groomsmen put on the last few touches, getting ready and so excited to see his bride!
The ceremony was held on the front steps of the manor, Fron and the bridal party joined together waiting for Lina to appear.
After their bridal portrait, they families gathered on the back patio for their grand entrance and dancing. The whole family has such a great spirit, laughing and enjoying themselves, it was adorable to watch the first dance, the father and daughter dance, and the mother and son dance.
From there, everyone headed inside; Lina decorated the tables in a beautiful and classic way, matching perfectly with the decor of the Oakland. After eating (and that food was GOOD, y'all), all headed to a side room for the tea pouring ceremony; a practice that dates back as far as 1,200 years ago. Lina changed into a gorgeous traditional Chinese dress; she and Fron kneeled in front of two wing backs as the parents, grand parents, and family members of both took turns giving blessings and taking tea. This tradition is seen as extremely important in Chinese culture, as it is an introduction of the families and a showing of respect.
After the tea was drained, the blessing and introductions gave, everyone mingled, danced, and enjoyed the party. It was truly an unique experience that was fantastic to witness and capture. Sometimes those spur of the moment things end up being some of the coolest things.