Chinese Wedding Photographer

Chinese Wedding Photographer; From the traditional tea ceremony to the vibrant red and gold colour scheme, Chinese weddings are brimming with age-old themes and rituals.

Where you’re from, alongside your beliefs, will influence which traditional Chinese customs you incorporate into your big day.

If you’re planning your wedding in the UK, you may be keen to draw on some western wedding traditions too.

As a Surrey Based Wedding Photographer of Chinese Weddings, I’d like to share an overview of the main elements for anyone who has been invited to their first Chinese wedding.

If you are currently planning your wedding keep scrolling for my tips on how to choose a Chinese Wedding Photographer.

  • Traditional Chinese weddings usually comprise three main elements, the legal (in China the vows take place in a government office, weeks, or even months, before the wedding day), the ceremony (incorporating religious or non-religious rituals and readings) and the reception.

    However, in the UK the legal declarations (the wedding vows) are generally part of the ceremony.

  • The Wedding Tea Ceremony is a popular tradition carried over by many modern Chinese couples. The ceremony usually takes place on the morning of the wedding day and marks the formal introduction of the bride to the groom’s family. Both the bride and groom serve tea to their parents and parents-in-law to be.

    Traditionally the tea ceremony would take place in the parents’ home but it’s not unusual to find the tea ceremonies taking place in elegant hotels. Often the same hotel will be used for the bridal preparations.

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    The beautiful bride wearing a wedding dress for her Painted Hall Wedding Photography

  • It’s traditional for Chinese weddings to include a lavish banquet, often with hundreds of guests. The banquets will often be held in luxury Chinese restaurants.

  • Whatever traditions the couple have chosen to incorporate into their celebrations as a guest at a Chinese wedding you can expect the wedding to be large and lively with fun wedding games and lots going on.

Choosing a photographer for your Chinese wedding photography;

 A lot of planning will go into your Chinese wedding, your wedding is likely to be large and your celebrations full of fun with lots going on.

Choose your photographer carefully to make sure you receive beautiful photographs that you love and will always treasure.

  • Pre-wedding photographs– In China pre-wedding photographs are usually taken up to three months prior to the wedding day, generally at beauty spots or in front of iconic landmarks, the more visually stunning the better! These pre-wedding shoots – where you dress in your full wedding finery – are increasingly popular with Chinese couples in the UK so check with your photographer that this is a service they offer.

    As well as being a great opportunity to create striking photos of you together, a pre-wedding shoot is also a good way to get to know your photographer before the day.

    If you choose London for your pre-wedding shoot be prepared to start early as popular settings, such as London Bridge, Westminster, and St. Paul’s Cathedral will be extremely busy during the day.

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  • Photography style – Carefully consider the style of photography you want and review online portfolios to ensure your shortlist of photographers offer the style you have chosen. Documentary photography is very popular – also known as photojournalistic or reportage – and tells the story of your day naturally as it unfolds.

    It aims to capture the big and small moments, creating a unique narrative of your wedding story. As well as documentary, many photographers, including myself, will also specialise in creative wedding portraits.

    These photographs of the two of you are designed for maximum visual impact. For example, they may involve you striking a serious or funny pose in front of a well-known building, standing side-by-side under an umbrella (super British!), or simply holding each other’s gaze under acres of sky. The results are often breathtaking.

    chinese bride and mum hugging

  • Full coverage of your day – with so much happening at your wedding you may choose to have a second photographer. Choose a photographer who can arrange this for you and ensure that their second photographer is experienced.

    Some photographers cover up to the first dance as standard, if your party is going on late into the night and you want this cover make sure you can arrange extended coverage with your photographer.

  • A big wedding album to remember your amazing wedding day, with a mixture of colour and timeless black and white photographs.

  • Don’t leave it too late! – Many photographers, myself included, are often booked months and even years in advance. Once you’ve found a photographer whose work you love check their availability as soon as you can. 

As an award-winning London and Surrey wedding photographer, I’d be delighted to hear about your wedding plans and photography ideas.

To find out more or arrange a coffee, please send me a message and I’ll be in touch asap.