Before I came to Rhode Island, I have attended so many traditional Chinese weddings as a guest. They usually start very early in the morning either in a hotel or private apartment. In China, we sometimes put a piece of red paper on the exit door/gate with a big “囍(double happiness)” to let neighbors know that they are having a wedding today!
As a wedding photographer, it is my dream to document a full traditional Chinese styled wedding. All the girls started getting ready at bride’s own property in the morning. It was absolutely peaceful and joyful filled with fun jokes and laughter. White and bright sunflower yellow – what a beautiful color combination! Around 10am, we headed to the hotel, where the grooms and bestmen would do “door game” as an entertainment and they had to pass “enough” red envelopes (with money inside) in order to see our bride!
The most fun part was we could spend the next 5 hours in different parks to take photos! There were about 2o people in the wedding party and they were all dancing the traditional Xinjiang Uyghur dance along the music (someone brought a portable speaker).
Long day, indeed. However, it allows me to witness a real Uyghur wedding with my camera, so I am grateful. I hope I could be able to document more weddings with adventurous dreamers in the near future.
Makeup Artist: Alisa Venglinskaya