Lao, Chinese, and American Multicultural Wedding
Toni and Jose had a multicultural wedding day that included Lao, Chinese, and American wedding events. Coming from different cultural backgrounds it was important for them to celebrate each families cultural traditions as well as the joining of the two combined with traditional American wedding reception events.
We started with a Lao Ceremony which took place at the brides home. As the bride and groom prepared for the wedding, family members decorated the ceremony room. Once ready, the bride and groom came out in their beige and gold outfits and sat in front of 5 monks who would perform the ceremony. During the ceremony, there was prayer, offerings, and then the tying of strings around the wrist.
After a hair and wardrobe change, we continued to the grooms home for the Chinese Ceremony. For this ceremony, they were dressed very colorfully in red outfits and the ceremony took place in front of a red backdrop which gave it all a very rich color feel to it. As part of their ceremony, Toni and Jose offered tea to the parents as well as some important family members.
The reception took place at HIVE a trendy restaurant in the Kearny Mesa neighborhood of San Diego. The celebration began with some impressive lion dancers. After that, the couple performed a traditional dance and then visited each table to toast with guests. That was followed by a wardrobe change into American style wedding outfits and a first dance.
The reception had a lot of events, but in between all those events guests mingled, drank craft cocktails, ate multicultural dishes, and hit the dance floor. It was such a fun party and it was clear that everyone was having a great time. Toni and