This past weekend I was fortunate to see a new wedding ceremony; a Korean one.
Part of why I love my job is because of opportunities like this. When would I ever get to see a Korean ceremony in action if I wasn’t photographing one….? most likely never.
It was an interesting day and it almost felt like photographing two different weddings. Sharon and Chris got married in Chantilly, VA at the very elegant Westfield Marriott. They had a Christian (white dress) ceremony in the morning, followed by cocktail hour and an early dinner.
After dinner was over Sharon and Chris went back to change their cloths into traditional Korean garments and we all moved to a different room in the hotel. A smaller space that was intimate enough for just family members was set up by a woman that helped the Korean ceremony develop. A mat was set on the floor, tea was put in a pot and dates and nuts were placed for symbolic acts throughout the ceremony.
There I was witness to a “new wedding”. I was photographing the couple getting ready, through the ceremony and then I did a few portraits of them with the new outfits. I thought it was fantastic the way that the day went.