It was a beautiful morning on June 19th, and a nice surprise to see the sun since the forecast called for cloud and rain. Lenita and her sister/bridesmaid got ready at their parent’s house in Burnaby. It was a very early start to the day, and despite Lenita’s few hours of sleep the night before, everyone was pumped!
What a fun filled day it was! Lenita and Mingo’s ceremony was held at the Queen Elizabeth Park Celebration Pavilion. It was our first time shooting there, and it was great to work at a new venue.
After family photos and a few wedding party shots, close friends and family headed back to Lenita’s parent’s house for a casual lunch, and an emotional tea ceremony. There was a giant roasted pig and it was awesome! And tasty!
Dinner was simply amazing – 9 course chinese food! And it was gooooood! A little cold since Dan, our super assistant Ali and I were running around, but thank you to Lenita’s cousin who made sure we had food on our plates while we were away from the table!
Here are some highlights of the day!
Lenita’s hair and make-up ladies did an awesome job! Her dress was very nice and simple with a touch of beading here and there. Lenita, you looked gooooooood!!
After dropping me off in Burnaby, Dan drove to Mingo’s father’s home in North Van. The groom getting ready! It was smiles all around when Lenita and her father walked down the aisle. Check out those shades!! It was really cute when he realized he had them on, and smoothly took them off and handed them to his son-in-law as they approached the minister…!!A nice bright sunny day! Time for the Norman to come out!! A beautiful sky to work with too!Hello Rolls Royce! We’ve seen you before! Love this detail that Dan shot before leaving Queen E. Park.Mingo’s father Tony was the first to receive tea at the tea ceremony. He spoke to Lenita and Mingo in Italian. What a cool language!!! And what a sweet man Tony is! Lenita’s parent’s were next, followed by aunts and uncles. Tea ceremonies are a really cool Chinese tradition, and even though Dan and I don’t understand Cantonese (and Italian!), the emotions and interactions between the families spoke volumes, and it was very special to be part of that. It’s hard to keep back tears!!To the Convention Center!Dan is so great at finding angles and getting that epic shot. Voila, LOVE IT!!The reception was full of fun toasts, games and speeches and many little children running around! Cake cutting!! We were so busy shooting, we didn’t get to taste this yummy looking cake! Cake is the best part of a wedding!! JK……kind of!Toasts all around the room at every table, after switching into a red dress! This little fellow Alexander, Lenita’s nephew, is such a sweetheart! When his mom gave a speech and got teary, he walked up to her with a tissue, and here he hands one to Lenita too. So adorable!The first dance called for another dress change! While Lenita and her father danced, there was a surprise slide show presentation for her aunts and uncles. It showed clips of video taken when Lenita was just a baby! The rest of the night was full of dancing and photo booth! The crowd was great, especially the Tora Tora Tora girls! The bottom left photo are the ladies from Lenita’s volleyball team, and they’re a sassy bunch!!
Thank you Lenita and Mingo for such a great day!
Their slide show HERE!