Getting Married under the rain brings Good Luck - Julie and Sang's wedding

September 05, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

How Julie and Sang said 'I DO' under the rain?

It was a destination wedding. I flew from San Francisco to New York to photograph the dreamed wedding of Julie and Sang. May 26th,2012, it was a warm sunny day with high level of humidity in New York, but nobody expected to rain that day. The outdoor ceremony at the terrace of the LaGuardia Sheraton Hotel in Flashing, NY started around 5:30pm and few minutes little drops started coming out from the misty sky. At that moment the procession began. Everyone from the closest family, the best man, the groom, the groomsmen, the maid of honor and the  bridesmaids were walking towards the aisle. Then Julie appeared. She walked down the aisle with her father. The officiant started his reading and right after his second sentence probably it started raining increasingly. Nobody was bring umbrellas. Some of the guests even ran inside the hotel. Everybody was screaming and laughing out of excitement. The best thing was that everyone was so happy and really enjoyed the rain.

wedding ring exchange

Of course the videographer, the other photographer who was part of a package from the hotel and I got a little worried and curious about our cameras and if the images will turn out any good. My rule is never get panicked but try to get the best and the most positive out of a situation like that. Just keep shooting.  I grabbed one of the guest's jacket to partly cover the camera from the rain. The ceremony continued although it was very short. I must keep things under control and it was my responsibility to produce great photos out of such unpredictable and challenging situation. And that’s why I love doing photography and weddings. Nothing is ‘really planned’ and especially outdoor ceremonies. I started shooting anything and anywhere and I got even more excited. It was a great opportunity to try to capture such an original moment  - bride and groom exchanging rings under the rain and FIRST KISS under the rain. Couldn't be more romantic than that. Nothing could stop two people in love to exchange their vows.

It’s one of those moments during weddings where you don’t know if the bride will get upset or not. But when we got inside, Julie said to me: ‘It’s for good luck !‘ with a big smile on her face.

wedding ceremony

getting ready photography portrait of bride

groom

wedding party

 

bride and groom kiss

 

bride and groom dancing on the dance floor

And the groom got surprised 

The Chinese Lion or Dragon was Julie's surprise for Sang. Sheraton Hotel is located in one of the biggest Asian areas in the New York metropolitan Area. The design of hotel's lobby is even referred to traditional Chinese culture and art.  It was beautiful ceremony with very good dancers and musicians. They made some people laugh and some kids cry. 

What do the bride's dress colors mean in Vietnamese Culture

Since both Julie and Sang are American Vietnamese the wedding was American wedding with  Asian spices  - Vietnamese traditions. The bride changed three times her dress- white, red and purple dress. The white color dress was part of the western traditions as in Vietnamese customs it considers for funerals. The red color of the second dress is a symbol of luck and is used in most Vietnamese celebrations. It is used as a lucky color for wrapping gifts, including red envelopes.Red is considered a lucky color because demons and evil spirits of legends were afraid of the color red. Also, the red dress  traditional Áo dài was worn during the traditional table visits to personally thank the guests for coming.

And finally, just before leaving the wedding  I was able to get all the bridal party together for a group photo. Having more than 200 guests at Asian wedding could be even impossible to get to photograph the bride and the groom together. 

guests dancing at the wedding

wedding shoes

I forgot to mention that  had to flew from San Francisco to New York especially for San and Julie's wedding. 

Congratulations to Julie and Sang

May 26th, 2012


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