Marriage unites two people, two families and sometimes two cultures: for this reason, I love working as a wedding photographer in Italy and around the world, to be able to grasp the details and customs of different peoples, in one of their most important days.
The marriage of Paulina and Peter in Florence was an opportunity to discover an important aspect of the Chinese culture: the tea ceremony. Paulina, in fact, has Chinese origins and wanted this ceremony to be part of the marriage because it was important for her to show and share her origins on her wedding day.
In a traditional Chinese wedding, the tea ceremony is one of the most significant events. The bride and groom serve tea to their parents, having a chance to give thanks and pay respect to them for all the years of nurture and care. In return, the parents bless the newlyweds with a gift. The tea itself is also important – it’s a symbol of purity, stability and fertility. The purity of tea signifies that love is pure and noble; the stability of tea stands for faithful love; the fertility of tea means that the new couple will have many children.