"Chinese celebrations, no matter it is New Year, birthdays, anniversaries, or weddings, it is always filled with bright colours and traditional details," says photographer Maricle Kang. For this styled shoot, she's put a modern spin on key Chinese wedding traditions at UBC Botanical Garden for a vibe that's pure romance.
While red is often the colour of these celebrations, as a symbol of luck, joy and happiness, "red can be overwhelming for modern brides," says Kang. The model here wears a gown inspired by Chinese fine art, a light-weight grey gipao with gold embroidered details. "It is modern yet traditional, and tastefully expressed the bride’s personality and her unique identity through fashion."
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"The purpose of a tea ceremony is to show signs of respect and gratitude to families, as well as welcoming new family members," says Kang.
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Marcile KangMarcile KangMarcile KangMarcile KangFor the ceremony, the bride wears a gown custom made by Ou Ma Couture, with makeup by Momo Makeup Artist. "The gown is inspired by Chinese Fine Art," says Kang. "It is has very special sleeves and complemented by embroidered floral patterns."
The floral designs by Everly Fleur are inspired by vibrant colours that often seen in Chinese celebrations—think red, pink, apricot, Mandarin yellow, and purple. Decor is by Bespoke Decor.
Marcile KangWedding pastries are another important element of a Chinese wedding, of course—each more colourful than the last and imbued with meanings and blessings, made byJenny Bakes.
Marcile KangAn elegant stationery suite by Ayla Pena includes this custom packet which are often used in Chinese weddings for gifts.
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