After two long years of planning and more replanning (due to COVID restrictions), Stephanie and Ian finally held their wedding and it couldn’t have turned out more beautiful! This was a Vietnamese-American wedding with the traditional tea ceremony held at the bride’s parent’s house where the groom and his relatives arrive with gifts of all sort (food, snacks and jewelry). Once the gifts have been accepted by the bride’s family and friends, the grooms’ entire family are invited to enter the house to perform the tea ceremony. The bride and groom are dressed in their traditional Vietnamese clothes (red is the lucky color in the Vietnamese culture and also the primary color for Vietnamese wedding gowns). During the tea ceremony, family members are introduced to each other and and the marriage is formalized.
Stephanie and Ian’s reception was originally planned to be held at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids, Michigan but given the uncertainty surrounding COVID restrictions, Stephanie and Ian had to change their plans a month prior to the wedding. The couple rented out a large tent to put in the backyard with a dance floor and added last minute touches to the outdoor decoration. The ceremony arch became a backdrop for family photos and it was such a popular hit with the guests! String lights hung from the backyard deck and added an intimate touch to the wedding and dance floor. There was a live band and the guests, along with the entire bridal party danced the night away. In some ways, COVID has proved that couples can still have a beautiful wedding no matter where the location is. All you need is love (and a can-do attitude).