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Stephanie & Dean | Wedding

Stephanie & Dean were married recently on what was an incredible day full of tradition!

I started out with Stephanie at her parents house, getting ready for the first part of the day. Her red lace dress was just divine.

Chinese Wedding Photographer: Red dress & Bride having hair doneGranville Wedding Photographer: Shoes, perfume & ringsGranville Wedding Photographers: Bride getting dressed

This was my first chinese door games experience, and I can’t wait for the next one! For those who have never seen this before, the groom arrives at the brides house to collect her for the tea ceremony. First he must pass a series of tests to prove he’s worthy. These range from questions to determine how well he knows her, to humiliating him in front of everyone – in this case, wearing a bright red lingerie set (unfortunately the red stilettos were a little small).

Chinese Wedding Photographers: Door gamesGranville Wedding Photography: Chinese Door gamesSydney Chinese Wedding Photographer: Chinese door games

After about 15 minutes of talking through the door and passing bribes underneath, he was finally allowed inside.

Chinese Door Games Wedding Photographer: Door gamesChinese Door Games Photographers: Door gamesChinese Door Games Wedding Photography: Groom collecting brideTraditional Chinese Wedding Photographer: Bride & Groom leaving brides house

Finally, they left for the first tea ceremony at Dean’s family home.

Sydney Chinese Wedding Photographers: Bride & Groom leaving brides houseChinese Wedding Photography: Ancestor worshipTraditional Chinese Wedding Photographers: Tea ceremony

Then back to Stephanie’s family home with a pig as a gift from Dean’s family.

Traditional Chinese Wedding Photography: SacrificeSydney Chinese Wedding Photography: Tea ceremonyTea Ceremony Wedding Photographer : Chinese tea ceremony

After the second Tea Ceremony, Stephanie changed into a stunning white dress to wear for the remainder of the day.

Asian Wedding Photographer: Bride changing to white dressAsian Wedding Photographers: Bride getting readyAsian Wedding Photography: Bride walking down stairs

The ceremony was held at the Deckhouse in Woolwich.

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From the ceremony, we spent a little time wandering the pier and park nearby, before heading to the city for some more portraits.

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The reception was held at The Eight restaurant in Chinatown.

Market City Wedding Photographer: Wedding cakeMarket City Wedding Photographers: Speeches

Gangnam style!!

Market City Wedding Photography: Gangnam style

Another quick change back in to red for the last few formalities.

The Eight Wedding Photographer: Bouquet tossThe Eight Wedding Photography: Garter TossSydney Wedding Photobooth: Photobooth

Stephanie & Dean, I hope you both had the most incredible day & are having a ball in Europe!

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  1. Andre Blais October 10, 2012 at 6:15 am #

    These are great this looks like such a fun wedding! You did an awesome job of capturing the energy of their day!

  2. Jocelyn October 10, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Wow Kel, these are awesome. Love the tradition of the day, just gorgeous!

  3. Amber Hughes October 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    Love how you captured all the traditions – especially the part where he wore the bra to claim his bride. lol ;)

  4. Graeme Crawford October 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

    Wow! Love these photos so much!! The way you’ve captured the door game is wonderful – I have NEVER seen a first look anything quite like that lingerie shot of the groom from behind!! :)

    Beautiful colourful, emotional day – thanks for sharing with the world!

  5. Natalie October 18, 2012 at 12:30 am #

    I absolutely LOVE that red dress! And the portraits of the couple are gorgeous too! Beautiful, beautiful work!

  6. Jason Mize October 18, 2012 at 4:09 am #

    I love a great Traditional chinese ceremony! Especially the beginning of the day, yours was a funny one! Excellent coverage!

  7. Courtney J. Thomas October 18, 2012 at 5:05 am #

    stunning couple and thourough coverage of their wedding traditions! I love all the subtle “in-between” moments you captured, like the red envelope being passed under the door during the door games. great story-telling!

  8. Steve Koo October 18, 2012 at 6:00 am #

    So much great emotion and laughter – I love it!

  9. Veronica Varos October 18, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    haha! What a fun couple! These are wonderful. :)

  10. Jennifer October 18, 2012 at 7:12 am #

    Kellee, I love her red dress! She is a stunning bride. And the sweet shot of the groom weeping while she’s in her white gown. Priceless!

  11. Michael Wachniak October 18, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Groom Games shots… LOVE EM!

  12. Teresa K October 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    Oh wow, you had me at red dress. I’m such a fan of your clean, timeless style Kellee….you knocked this one out of the park for sure…swooooooon!!

  13. Khai October 30, 2012 at 10:03 am #

    Great photos! Sorry I missed the day but look like you two had a wonderful time, and many more to come! Congrats again.

  14. Carol October 31, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    The colour of the day, it was such a wonderful and emotional time!! Great works stephanie and Dean. I wish your guys happy and sweet forever.

  15. William Soo October 31, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

    Congrates guys! Wishing you guys all the best for the future. When are the kids coming lol.

    Great photos too

  16. WASIO February 24, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    Such a great and fun wedding! Love all of the traditions and how much emotions there were throughout the day! Lovely.