FIRST OFF let's shout out to Lynna & Jeff for their amazing, fun, and absolutely unforgettable wedding day/night!
To be completely honest... this was my first TRUE experience with a full Tea Ceremony and Family Games. Have you ever experienced that yet? Well, let me tell ya - it was EVENTFUL! We watched and laughed (and sometimes cried) as Jeff had to conquer these challenges and games in order to get to Lynna at the top of the stairs. Then after some family photos on the stairs, they immediately started the actual Tea Ceremony where the new couple (bride & groom) hands tea to each couple youngest to oldest (or vice versa..). Once that was finished, we all load up into the shuttles and head out to Hakone Gardens for the traditional ceremony!
The grounds were absolutely perfect. Weather couldn't have been better. It was just perfect.
To keep things super interesting - our gorgeous bride, Lynna, changed into FOUR different dresses this day! All of which included: Red Chinese ceremony dress, traditional white American ceremony dress, a stunning red reception dress, then a 'party like the night never ends' dress (which was the free-ing 'get as low as you want' dancing dress)! ALL were the most beautiful dresses!
To keep the night even more interesting, the guests played two very funny and entertaining games: the shoe game and the musical chairs scavenger hunt. Oh goodness, I am so serious when I tell you that this was SUCH a blast. Everyone was already a few drinks in, which is always helpful ;) so the challenge was accepted by many - and the games were ON! There was Lion Dancing, MirMir photo booth, a three-tiered special cake, a 7 course Dim Sum dinner meal, a hilarious mannequin challenge, and open bar till midnight.
By the time this evening ended, everyone was ready for bed! Such a success! I look forward to hosting more wedding like theirs. Traditional yet modernized, unique, fun, and unforgettable.
Cheers to another beautiful year Lynna & Jeff!
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Photography & Videography | Isaac & David from Focused Journey Media (all images above provided by FJM)
Planner | BluBook Events
Photobooth | MirMir Photobooth (out of LA)
Floral Centerpieces | Dubon Floral
Floral Personals | Linny's Floral
Linens & Decor | Fine Linen Creations
Cake & Cheesecakes | Not Just Cheesecakes (Debbie)
DJ | Kevin Combs from Elite Entertainment
Cocktail Hr Catering | Molly at Organicopia
Dinner | Dynasty Restaurant San Jose
Hair & MU | Miranda at Love and Artistry
Hakone Gardens, Saratoga CA
Dynasty Restaurant, San Jose CA
Tea Ceremony located at private residence
Hotel accommodations booked through Beverly Heritage Hotel