Wasabi. Tobasco. Soy Sauce. Liquid Sweetener. These just might be the secret ingredients to a great marriage. If nothing else, they make for a good laugh at the expense of a groom and his loyal groomsmen, who have come bearing gifts of Lucky Money, seeking to pass the trials set down by his bride’s gatekeepers. This is the time-honoured tradition in Chinese weddings known as the door games (this wedding is Chinese/Korean, to be specific). For the uninitiated, in Chinese weddings, like the myths of old, the groom must pass certain tests in order to reach his princess locked away in the tower. In this case it entails drinking a whole lot of horrid condiments straight-up. Jimmy and Donna’s wedding at the insanely beautiful Graydon Hall Manor started with a bang, and kept that giddy energy all through to the end.

Earlier this year we shot a portrait film!

karen+aaron // Just Takes a Little // Cambridge Mill Wedding

Karen and Aaron’s ceremony was held at the open-air amphitheater in Mill Race Park, Cambridge, and the festivities continued on to the Cambridge Mill, overlooking the Grand River. I hadn’t seen a Chinese Tea Ceremony since my uncle’s wedding many years ago, so it was a bit of a fun throwback for me. That, and the numerous wardrobe changes made by Karen! She looked absolutely stunning in each. Aaron couldn’t wait to kiss his new bride, so I weaved that story-line into the narrative of this Highlight Edit… when the time comes, their relief and joy is tangible.

Song: Just Takes a Little by Amy Stroup, licensed through The Music Bed. 2nd Camera: Jack Szatko.