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Friday, 15 June 2012

Derek and Aisia's Waddesdon Dairy Wedding

The Dairy at Waddeson Manor is a fabulous venue to photograph.  I really loved Derek and Aisia's wedding - for many reasons.  Firstly, and most critically, because they are a lovely, lovely couple.

But also because Aisia is my first Chinese bride and I was introduced to customs and traditions that I hadn't seen before.  And because Derek is Scottish and I love the groomsmen in kilts.  Oh and did I mention Aisia's exquisite taste: she chose a Suzanne Neville dress with Jimmy Choo heels.  She had also found a stunning Jenny Packham sash which she added to the dress in the evening once she had removed her veil.

Whilst Aisia and her bridesmaids got ready at the dairy, Derek and the boys got into their kilts at the Five Arrows.  It wasn't a 5 minute exercise with much laughter as they figured it all out and the general consensus was a sporran is much roomier than they imagined!

Considering how tiny Aisia is it took an awful lot of hands to get her into her beautiful dress.

 Despite it being quite chilly Aisia was determind to get married outside overlooking the lake.  Good for her.

It was a very happy and relaxed ceremony.  Although you will see that Aisia's parents were incredibly emotional during and immediately afterwards.

One of my favourite moments.  I was having fun with the boys - teasing them about saving my modesty and a lot of smart comments followed  - resulting in this brilliant, genuine response from the girls who were standing observing.

Aisia and Derek hosted a Chinese Tea Ceremony during the drinks reception and Aisia changed into a beautiful red and gold suit.   At a wedding the Tea Ceremony is to express thanks to your elders and is the most devout way to express their gratitude. During the wedding tea ceremony, the bride and groom, along with one of the bride’s attendants known as a “lucky woman”, prepare a special blend of tea that includes red dates and lotus seeds. The dates and lotus seeds are included because they have auspicious meanings and denote the quick arrival of strong, healthy grandchildren.

Typically, the bride and groom kneel and present the teacups to their parents as a sign of respect, the bride taking care to kneel on the left side in front of her new father-in-law, and the groom kneeling on the right side in front of his mother. Meanwhile, the “lucky woman” hovers near the tea service, uttering blessings and lucky sayings to exalt the ceremony. After serving their parents, the couple then serves tea to each of the grooms relatives in order of seniority, starting with his paternal grandparents and moving on down to his elder siblings and, finally, cousins. After the tea service, the family presents the couple with red envelope gifts filled with jewellery or money.

Aisia then changed back into her dress and we went up to the Manor for some couple photos.

Derek mentioned that he had seen a piece of installation art in the grounds that might be quite apt - a wrought iron teapot by the artist Joana Vasconcelos!

We also visited the aviary and wandered round to the back of the house to where the formal gardens are.

Derek's mum and sister baked and iced these delicious cupcakes.

Another new custom for me was the Chinese toast - where the long drawn out toast of  "Yum Seng" is heard 3 times which means cheers follow by good blessing to the newly wed bride and bridegroom.

Dancing kicked off and everyone let their hair down and had some fun.

Just before saying goodbye we took some final shots outside - many thanks to Derek's brother in law for helping with the lighting!

Thank you both for letting me share your wonderful day.  I wish you both the best in your new life in Singapore! xx

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