Alison and Tim got married at the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, New York. Their friends and family sure do know how to party. So many family and cultural traditions were a part of this wedding.
My favorite part of the day was watching the groomsmen participate in Chuangmen, also known as door games. These are tests for the groom prepared by the bridesmaids to test the groom’s determination to marry the bride and win approval from the bride’s family. The tasks vary, but typical games involve testing the groom’s knowledge of the bride, eating something spicy, sour, bitter, and sweet to prove that he can go through every stage of marriage.
After Tim proved that he could go through all the different stages of marriage, he handed over a red packet with money for the bridesmaids to “surrender” their friend. It is such an exciting and lively way to start the wedding day.
Before the ceremony
Photos of Alison and Tim in the Planting Fields Arboretum were absolutely stunning. The light was perfect, and the flowers were all blooming at the same time. We had plenty of time to explore the arboretum and get all the shots we needed.
Their outdoor wedding ceremony was absolutely stunning. They had flowers hanging over their wedding arbor, and their flower girls carried giant paper flowers as they walked down the aisle. The weather was perfect, and there weren’t very many dry eyes after they said their vows.
There was an amazing photo booth, a fantastic DJ, and a classically beautiful wedding cake. Alison and Tim ended the night in the best way possible, being lifted in the air by their favorite people in pink cowgirl hats.
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Venue: Planting Fields Arboretum