Over the weekend I had the privilege of documenting Seth and Wynn’s Engagement Brunch and traditional Vietnamese Tea Ceremony at the Elkridge Golf Club in Baltimore. Some of you might remember their touching proposal moment from just a couple of months ago in Fells Point. When they shared their plans for having an engagement brunch and tea ceremony, I knew this would be such a special occasion and I couldn’t wait to work with them again. I loved their brunch set up! They had a long, family style table decorated with custom wine bottle labels from all the states Seth and Wynn had visited together! At the end of the room by the windows there was an altar set up with candles and tea for the ceremony.
The ceremony began with the Bride’s family lined up to receive gifts from the Groom’s family. After the passing of the gifts, both families walked into the room with the altar where they lined up on either side divided by family. The Bride (who was kept in another room) was then escorted in by her mother. Next, the Groom’s Father gave a welcome speech. As a symbol of the joining of two families, two candles were lit simultaneously. At this point, Seth and Wynn joined hands and Seth gave Wynn a ring. Seth surprised the family by telling Wynn, “I love you” in Vietnamese. Then, they served tea to their parents together. This is significant for showing respect and appreciation to their family members and also a time where the family members share their well wishes and blessings for the couple’s marriage. Wynn’s mother wished them 100 years of happiness.
It was so interesting to learn more about the traditions and meaning behind it all. Before and throughout the ceremony, a member of Wynn’s family was explaining the steps and significance to everyone who wasn’t familiar with the ceremony. After the ceremony, Seth and Wynn changed outfits for some engagement photos and the brunch. I absolutely LOVED their outfit choices. Seth’s cream colored linen suit paired perfectly with Wynn’s yellow gown. We had a blast walking around the golf club taking photos. Wynn was all smiles and Seth couldn’t take his eyes off her. Seth and Wynn, it was an honor to photograph such an important and meaningful ceremony for you! I absolutely loved getting to know you and your families better and learn more about the traditional Vietnamese tea ceremony. Congratulations!!