Do you remember a romantic pre-wedding session Susi and I did in Venice a couple of years ago?
Now in January we both had the pleasure to finally photograph their so long planned wedding. For us, being able to be in Hong Kong and learn all about the culture around Hong Kong weddings was really a dream come true.
One thing that has always fascinated me with Asian weddings is the symbology behind every single detail of a wedding day. And of course, by being the nerd I am, I really did a lot of research about them and would love to share to few things I’ve learned with you all. We started to photograph Crystal and Bosco’s wedding the day before, when we just took time to take these beautiful detail shots during sunset. On Saturday, we have followed them from 2am untill 11pm…..yes, almost 24 hours non-stop. Our longest and most exciting wedding day ever! This will then be the first of many posts to come with their beautiful pictures, so we start with the Friday photographs.
During Tea Ceremonies, it’s very common that besides coming with a red envelope with money to the couple, families also come with a piece of jewelry that will bring luck, fortune, and love for the couple in the beginning of their life together.
THE DRAGON AND THE PHOENIX
The dragon & phoenix pair is a classical feng shui cure for keeping (or attracting) the energy of harmonious communication in a marriage.
The energy of the dragon is considered very powerful in traditional feng shui, and almost all classical feng shui applications. The dragon is the most powerful and majestic creature in Chinese folklore. It symbolizes power, indisputable authority and fearsome majesty which are mostly masculine (yang) qualities, and the dragon is the true Yang part of the Yin-Yang energy of the dragon and phoenix couple.
The symbol of the phoenix, on the other hand, seems to evoke the same energy across a multitude of cultures, with always the same meaning – the power of rebirth and deep transformation. The phoenix is the queen of all bird symbols in feng shui, the most revered one. In Chinese folklore, the mythical phoenix is also attributed the qualities of beauty, inspiration and genuine grace (feminine, yin qualities), so the phoenix is the perfect Yin counterpart to the Yang energy of the dragon.
GOLD AND RED IN THE CHINESE CULTURE
The color of Red in chinese culture usually means good luck. So like the red packet which is given every Chinese New Year, and the red envelopes with money during the tea ceremony in Asian weddings. Golden or yellow color is traditionally the color used in imperial service. The golden color symbolizes wealth and also happiness.
Red is also a color in Chinese weddings, because in wedding they tend to be happy and by wearing red things, will help the couple who are getting married chasing out the bad luck on the day they’re getting married. Red in here means good luck, happiness, joy, and for the couple, this red color is regarded an energy as red symbolized the Fire element in Chinese metaphysics.
And don’t you just love Crystal’s Laouboutin Shooes in gold and red??? Well, as we can see, we did.