Because Boston Chinatown is so small, most of the Chinese wedding banquet halls have easy walking access to the gate, bamboo gardens and rock garden. Though some may feel that Chinatown is a bit smelly and dingy, I do feel that with the right artificial light (hence why I never go anywhere without a lighting assistant), incredibly creative portraits can be created in the seemingly “yuckiest” of places. Chau Chow City has two floors – a basement level and an upper level. Most of the Asian weddings I’ve attended have taken up the entire bottom floor. The restaurant has four options for 10 course meals with prices ranging from mid 400s to mid 600 per table.
I like the little humans. They amuse me. It’s funny to think that at some point in time, I was that little. Everyone starts off this way – wobbly, curious of the world, and hungry/sleepy for many hours of the day. I have a handful of adorable younger cousins, nieces and nephews. They’re charming and I love them. When I saw Gabrielle, Dung and their little girl – Ava, I surprised myself a little with how I felt. I thought – if I can be an awesome of a parent as they are, I’d be happy.
Before the first tea ceremony at Gabrielle’s house, Ava needed a second alone with her mom. She wanted a bottle. Gabrielle went upstairs, played a familiar song on her iPhone and cuddled with her baby girl. I will never forget how I felt at that moment for as long as I live. It was absolutely beautiful. There is no love greater than a parent has for their children. Though I’m sure it’s a daily occurance in their household – music, bottle and cuddling, something about the moment moved me.
I fully enjoyed Gabrielle and Dung’s day. I loved that Dung’s eyes lit up when he held Ava. I adored that we had beautiful light for their portraits at the Boston Commons. I especially enjoyed the cake eating contest that happened at their reception. Above all, I feel fortunate to have witnessed such a beautiful family. Not only Gabrielle, Dung and Ava, but also her sister and mother, his brothers and a very tight knit group of (extremely fun and energetic) friends. Thank you for inviting me into your life.
It’s wedding #2 time! Christine and Reggie were wed in Mexico amongst their closest 25 friends. Both residents of Boston, they decided to also have a Chinese Asian Banquet wedding here to for their families. Their morning started off with a double tea ceremony, first at Christine’s parents’ home in Quincy and then at Reggie’s parents home in Milton. During the Chinese door games, Christine’s younger cousins made Reggie sing a song that represents their love. Reggie sang, “Someday my prince will come”! I remember that during the engagement session, Reggie showed me a few cards that he had asked Christine’s cousins to draw him. I think these are the same cousins. 🙂