His family is from Hong Kong and hers are from Mexico. A beautiful blend of love, fun, and tradition mark this quite non-traditional wedding. He teaches English and she teaches Art. He has a wild sense of humor and she embraces his humor with her own sense of warmth and joy. Artisan Works was a perfect setting for the beginning of Ronny and Erica's journey as husband and wife as the walls and even the ceilings are covered in a wide variety of art work as unique and creative as this couple. Two wedding dresses, a first look, a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, a mariachi band, and a gorilla that showed up towards the end of the reception created a day filled with love, ceremony, fun and surprises. Scroll through the photos to see how this incredible day unfolded.... Not every bride has two dresses! The beautiful red one is the one that will be used in the traditional Chinese tea ceremony after the wedding ceremony. Erica was stunning in both! She had elegant hair pieces for each dress. A first look allows the bride and groom to enjoy a moment alone prior to the actual wedding ceremony. Although you can't tell by the expression here, the groom was very excited (and a bit nervous) to know his bride was headed his way. Isn't this just a perfect spot for a first look? Whew! We did it! A photo with one of the resident giraffes was a must! The weather was cold, windy and snowy so while our original plan was to use some really great photo ops that surround the art gallery for the wedding party photos we were destined to do them inside. The wedding party was a great group of friends and family that were a pleasure to work with. That's ok Erica... your secret is safe with us ;) (Inside joke that we really shouldn't share :)) And now the wait for the actual wedding ceremony begins... Isn't she beautiful! Just like her momma.. One happy bride! A very emotional moment alone... (well almost alone). Quick change for the tea ceremony. The Chinese wedding tea ceremony is a time-honored exchange which was created to show respect for the family. The bride and groom serve their elders tea and in return the parents/grandparents give the couple advice and Lai see (lucky red envelope) usually containing money or jewelry. It was a beautiful ceremony to witness. Back into their original wedding clothes enjoying a quiet moment together. And the party begins! The toast and the decision to not go by the "script" as planned. Delicious cupcakes by Dolce Cupcakery Great DJ service by DJ Alykhan Mariachi band played sweet romantic ballads for part of the evening. And the friends from college! Looks like the State group is a bit more fun ;) And here is the promised gorilla!
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