Vietnamese Tea Ceremony
Linh + Robert
This was my first Vietnamese Tea Ceremony, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I knew it would be beautiful as any cultural event always is. I walked up the driveway to find the home decorated in colorful paper lanterns and festive colors.
Traditionally the groom’s family would all travel from their home to the bride’s house, but in this instance the groom met out in the driveway and all made their way up the steps to be greeted by the elderly on Linh’s side of the family.
The groom, his family, and groomsmen made their way towards the bride’s house. The line was lead by the groom’s parents then the groom, with gifts. Then he was followed by the groomsmen, each carrying trays called Mam Qua. These trays contained gifts offered to the bride’s family. Some of the gift included a roasted pig, among other things.
Linh wore a traditional Ao Dai. It is the traditional Vietnamese garment often made of silk with beautiful unique patterns and embroidery. Ling also wore a headpiece called the Kahn Dong. The bride’s attire was red and the groom’s was blue. While the groom made his way into the ceremony area, Linh remained upstairs, where she would later make her way downstairs.
The mother of the bride walked her daughter to greet everyone. They burned incense and bowed to the altar for approval of the bride’s ancestors. The grandmother lit a candle and both sides of the family said some words for the bride and groom. The bride was given jewelry by her grandmother and also her new mother in law.
Afterwards, they moved the to the outdoor patio to do the tea ceremony, introduced everyone in each family and then everyone enjoyed lunch and congratulated the couple on their beautiful Vietnamese Ceremony!
I’m sure my words do no justice to such a beautiful day for Robert and LInh, but I hope that by these pictures you can see a little of the pieces that happened during their special day!
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