S: Howard and Jasmine - August 22, 2008
FC: Howard and Jasmine August 22, 2008
1: Howie was supposed to be at the Ramada Hotel with his brother, Teddy. But Teddy got sick and could not come to Edmonton, so Howie ended up staying at the house for the weekend. Howie was by himself in the room getting dressed. But he didn't know how to do up the Qua and everyone else was busy upstairs. So he sat and waited until Cheryl came to check on him. Cheryl helped him get ready for the big day and stayed to keep him company. | Getting Ready
2: My favourite ladies helped me get ready. I am hopeless when it comes to doing hair and make-up. Melissa helped me put my hair in a bun, and Crystal saved me from having to apply my own make-up. | The headpiece was so heavy, we weren't sure if it was going to stay on my head. Luckily, my bun helped keep it in place.
3: We ordered the bridesmaids and flower girl dresses from Shanghai. They turned out a lot better than expected, and for a much lower price! Our Qua was rented from Chinatown. Apparently, it would cost thousands of dollars to purchase because every detail is hand sewn. | Melissa, Chris, and Ryan Melissa and Diana
4: Traditionally, the Groom is supposed to pick up the Bride at her parents' house, bearing many gifts. The bridesmaids then attempt to foil the Groom by playing games, and asking for bribes. We didn't play the games since we had a small bridal party, and the fact that Howie was already staying at the house. He simply came to our bedroom door, we bowed to each other, and he escorted me upstairs for the Tea Ceremony. It was tricky for Howie to walk in his Qua. The tunic was long and he kept tripping on it.
5: The Bride's parents go first. Auntie Angie "officiated" and we took turns to serve tea to Mom and Dad. We serve tea to show our respect and appreciation. By drinking the tea, they accept us as a married couple and welcome Howard to the family. They give us their blessing and well wishes. We received gifts of money and I got a gold chain and pendant that was given to my Mom from my Grandma at her wedding. | Tea Ceremony
6: Cheryl, Howie's sister, was next. We had already given her details of the ceremony prior to the wedding so that she would know what to expect. She played her part beautifully. Cheryl even had a red envelope prepared for us and she gave me a gold chain and pendant that had once belonged to their Mom. I was very touched that she would entrust me with such a treasured item.
7: Lastly, we paid our respects to Auntie Victoria. She had to drink the tea for Uncle John too as he couldn't be here because he was working. She gave me a beautiful gold bracelet. I was beginning to feel weighed down from all that gold!
9: Now that we have finished paying our respects to the Elders, it was our turn. It was time for those younger than us to pay their respects to us. Chris went first and served tea to Howie and I. In return, we gave him a red envelope. Next, it was Melissa's and Ryan's turn to serve us tea. They also received red envelopes.
11: Cherie and Christina took their turns. And we also let Madison, Morgan, and Memphis participate. After all, they were like family. Memphis seemed scared of me...I wonder if it was because of my headpiece. I imagine it would look scary to a one year old. The kids enjoyed the experience and were excited to receive their red envelopes.
12: By the Chinese tradition, we were now married. We took a few moments to take pictures with our guests of the Tea Ceremony. | Thank goodness for all our guests taking pictures. In all the stress of preparation for this big weekend, I completely forgot to charge the batteries for our camera!
13: Yoshi and Bobbi were nicely groomed for our special weekend. Dad and Howie insisted on ordering a roasted suckling pig, per tradition. Mom supplemented lunch with fried noodles and fried rice from Good Buddy. We quickly ate up and headed to the Legislature for our formal photos.
14: Formals at the Legislature
16: Two Families United
21: The Bridal Party | The three of them were such good sports. Howie suggested that Chris look at the girls' legs and Crystal and Diana fought over whose leg should be exposed!
23: It was traditional to have several outfits during a Chinese wedding. Howie and I opted to have only two. Here we are having fun halfway through our photo shoot and Chris helping out.
30: MENU Cold appetizer platter with roast pig, ham, beef, jellyfish, and pickled vegetables. Crab claw in shrimp ball Mixed seafood in bird's nest Shark Fin Soup Abalone with mushroom and Chinese vegetables Lobster with noodles in a cream sauce Crispy fried chicken Steamed whole fish Fried rice Fried noodles
31: Banquet at The Dynasty Restaurant | After a long day of posing and smiling, we were eager for our 10 course wedding banquet. Each course has a symbolic meaning - the common theme being wealth, health, and happiness. For Howie's family and our friends, it was a unique culinary experience. Although we made a valiant effort, by the sixth course, we were stuffed.
34: C H E E R S !
35: It is tradition that halfway through dinner, the head table goes from table to table to toast the guests. It is a chance for us to greet each of them and thank them for coming. | We are supposed to be drinking cognac or brandy in our glasses, but with a church wedding the next day, Howie and I had tea in our glasses. At least our guests enjoyed the liquor that my parents provided.
36: Alex and Christine Wong | Vincent and Angie Tang | Uncle John and Family | Sylvester Tang and his family | Michael Tang and his wife, Fun | Mike and Sue Low with Boon and Pauline Hui's family
37: Duane and Ann Simard | Amy and Jessica | Sophia and Marc | Abe and Sally
38: Our good friends: Jim and Annie Shawn and Carrie Kevin and Maria I am sure the banquet was a unique experience for them. We are so happy that they could join us for it. | Annie and Jim drove up from Calgary and made it just in time for the start of the first course. I can't remember how this started, but the carrying of Howie by Shawn and Kevin started in our MPAcc days.
39: We ordered the cake from Garden Bakery. It was the standard vanilla cake with fruit filling. The icing was nicely done, but the cake topper stole the show. It is a figurine of the bridal couple kissing air - so cute! Howie and I just had to imitate it. It was a really special day and worth all the extra planning. Although we were really tired, we wouldn't have changed any of it.