You see Winnie was born in Hong Kong and Robert in China. They were raised knowing the Chinese way of doing things, including how to marry. The date of the wedding, a Monday, was chosen as an auspicious date and their day was filled with many traditional Chinese customs such as tea ceremonies, games with the bridesmaids and groomsmen and even a whole suckling pig! Winnie and Robert have agreed to let me blog about this so you’ll hear more later.
It is wonderful to see couples embracing their cultures and bringing those elements into their weddings and married life. However both Robert and Winnie grew up in Australia so they also wanted to celebrate the Australian way. There are some things that you don’t realise are unique to our culture like the groom not seeing the bride before the wedding. Of course Winnie and Robert saw each other during the morning celebrations but we made sure he left before she changed into her second (of three!) outfit, her stunning white bridal gown.
In China the actual marriage is quite a boring affair where the couple sign papers before heading off to their reception so usually none of the guests attend. However we had spent a lot of time working together on Winnie and Robert’s ceremony so it was great for them to be able to share their love story with their closest family and friends at Auburn Botanic Gardens. We were also joined by a surprise (somewhat vocal) guest (see my facebook page for details).
There were a few tears from family as the couple shared their vows and a lot of celebration as they shared their first kiss, and their second kiss, and their third!
As I was leaving I saw their getaway car. I just love how Robert and Winnie have so cleverly blended traditional Chinese and Australian cultures in their wedding celebrations. Multiculturalism at its best.