As Long stepped out of his home, he took a deep breath. The skies were grey yet calm but his family behind him were joyful and excited. They gathered all the gifts to bring to his bride’s family.
Upon arrival at the bride’s house, Duong’s ladies were outside, ready to receive the gifts that were being offered to Duong’s family. Once inside the home, Duong made her grand entrance. As if from a slow movie scene, she crept down the stairway dressed in her traditional Vietnamese attire. Smiles sparkled while noses sniffled. Speeches were made, toasts were clinked and sipped, gifts were exchanged, and Long and Duong were married. Then, it was time for the second part of the day…
The bride, groom, and their families traveled back to Long’s home to have another similar ceremony, but not before setting off fireworks at their doorstep. Once the fireworks settled down, guests made their way into the house, beautifully decorated for the festivities. When the formalities ended, guests sat down to eat traditional Vietnamese dishes for lunch.
After bellies were filled and energy was regained, it was time for the Western traditions. Duong’s bridesmaids helped her get ready into her Lillian West wedding gown and her Valentino rockstud heels. Jewelry and last touches were applied and it was time for the first look!
Duong and Long had their first look at a park in Philadelphia. Although it was cold, they were determined to take some portraits by the Philadelphia City Hall. It was worth every second! Scroll down and take a look at the beauty that resulted from facing the brisk air.
Fear, not; they were able to warm up at their reception. Singing, karaoke, dancing, mingling, and even a champaign fountain–the reception was a non stop party.
Taken while shooting for Vanessa Marie Photography
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