Herb Lyceum Wedding

Herb Lyceum Wedding

Herb Lycuem weddingStrolling the lavender garden just after being pronounced married at their Herb Lyceum wedding.

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As a wedding photographer I get to know couples many months before their wedding. I remember when these two first walked in the door and the sweetness between them. With family traveling from both across the country and the world to be at their wedding, they had a lot to think about. At the same time they, ultimately wanted a relaxed and joyful day. The peaceful scenes and gardens of an Herb Lyceum wedding were just right!

Both of them were born and raised in China and had a plethora of Chinese tradition to draw on when crafting their ceremony and wedding day. In China, a wedding is a celebration not just of and for the couple, but for the whole community. One of my favorite photos is the couple under the gorgeous arbor listening to the bride’s dad speak. I remember how clearly he spoke from his heart.

I also adore the moment of the bride and her best friend during the ceremony—they are both laughing and crying. Sanli had chosen to give her bouquet to her friend to thank and honor her; it was a beautiful way to blend Chinese and American traditions. I also love the close up of Sanli holding a red envelope with the double happiness symbol on it—a gift that she had just received from her new husband’s parents.

They made everyone feel a part of the day, which is why I included a photo of friends and family looking on and applauding—there were many toasts and stories told, so people got to know each other. In fact, the couple insisted on having a toast with Cathy and David Gilson (the owners of the Herb Lyceum), my assistant, and myself to thank us for our role in the day. It’s truly an honor to be acknowledged, except I don’t have a photo of that moment!

Overall I just love seeing the joy—petal showers, dancing, snuggling, sky-gazing—unfold in the beautiful surroundings!

Lastly, I included two photos of a game they played. For any reader who doesn’t know, games as a huge part of a traditional Chinese wedding celebration. For this one the groom is blindfolded and has to feel all the woman’s hands to see if he will know his wife’s hands. His friends made it incredibly hard for him by moving around, changing his bride’s clothes, and all types of antics. But ultimately he did know his wife’s hand when he finally got to feel them.

Happy Anniversary Sanli and Travis, and thank you for sharing your beautiful hearts with me!

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Enjoy this slideshow of moments, or scroll down to relive the day.

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Thank you to the magical Herb Lyceum hosting and catering this special day!

Thank you Flourish floral design for the perfect blooming bouquets and centerpieces.

Check out more authentic wedding photography by Maureen Cotton>>

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cute flower girls

Oh! And of course I love the two mischievous munchkins who stole licks of the gorgeous (and tasty) cake by Bliss Bakery. In fact it was recently featured on the Huffington Post in an article about kids at weddings!

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