Korean Tea Ceremony Preparation
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Korean Tea Ceremony Preparation

One of the best things about being a wedding photographer is that I'm exposed to interesting traditions.

The photograph you see here starch the story of a traditional Korean tea ceremony. This picture features a Korean bride and an American groom as they prepare and are dressed for the traditional Korean wedding ceremony that followed their western wedding ceremony.

Although the groom is Caucasian, he was a great sport and donned traditional Korean garb for the ceremony.

In this image, the bride is assisted by her mother, her aunt, and a professional Korean dresser hired for the vent. The groom is pointing out a window. If you're wondering why he's pointing, it's because when he was standing in the background he didn't look very interesting. And so I asked him to point out the window because I thought that added interest to the scene—even as the scene in the foreground was perfectly candid.

Imagine the groom NOT holding out his arm and pointing. Would the photograph have been just as interesting?

As a final aside, part of the Korean tea ceremony involves the groom circling the ceremony area carrying the bride's mother, the groom's mother, and the bride piggy-back style. That was the one ceremony tradition that he didn't want to do as he felt it was silly. When he hesitated, I whispered in his ear suggesting that if he did it, there would be awesome photos. He did it, it was, and I have the photographs to prove it.