Just a word of warning, guys—if you don’t like family posts, there’s a lot of that at the tail-end of this post. So you may want to skip over that bit if you’re not interested.
After the ceremony, everyone was up and milling about, either casually chatting away to each other or trying to catch a glimpse of the rare bride-and-groom-emon.*
Aunt Artemis (L) & Uncle Ado (R)
At some point, my photographers managed to catch all my girls doing this (or staged it? I don’t know).
I’m not too sure when this happened, but I know I love it. I love it lots.
The photographers also managed to get this whopper of a photo. I don’t know how they did it. They just did.
Yes, that is every.single.guest that was at our ceremony.
My friends also managed to wrangle Mr Big and I for a group shot.
Don’t you love our synchronised head-cocking? / Photo by Friend Sahara
After this, though, we had to hurry down to the Oriental Pagoda. So in the golf cart we went! We arrived not long after, and I literally remember gasping in awe. The groomsmen and DoC Auto had done a fantastic job with the whole thing. Unfortunately, guys, I can’t really show you an empty picture of it (cause there isn’t one—poop), so instead, I give you this:
Once we got underway, I requested MoH M&MS and GM Iron get everyone in order. I would’ve done it myself, but I had a long train and well…it’s hard to walk around and be bossy when you’re constantly having to literally flip to turn yourself around. (It’s also hilarious.)
Is it bad that I absolutely love this picture? From L to R: Mumma Big, De Papa Big, Mama Bighorn, and Papa Bighorn.
Half of my Indonesian family! Uncle Phung, Auntie Pin, Auntie Men, and Uncle Chung.
Unfortunately, at this point, a few members that were supposed to get served tea were running late, so we had to wait around for a little bit. Our photographers managed to get some really good shots during this time.
After a little bit, however, we decided that it was time to start, missing party or no. I was originally going to introduce the concept of the Chinese Tea Ceremony to the audience, but decided GM Iron—who had performed one at his own wedding—would do a better job. After a brief introduction, it was up to MoH M&Ms to announce who would be coming up to the two chairs set out in the middle of the pagoda.
We invited my parents up first.
We give them the tea…
…they receive it.
…we watch (in a totally not creepy way, I swear)…
…and then we take the tea cups back with a bow.
At this point, my parents would then gift us. Remember guys, jewellery is immediately placed on the bride and groom, and my parents gave us a beautiful gift which merged New Zealand jade with Indonesian gold. Absolutely stunning, guys!
Mr. Big is too tall!
It was a bit of a struggle to get through my parents’ serving, simply because there were things we encountered that my parents, myself, or Mr. Big hadn’t counted on. For example, Mr. Big had to get his glasses off to get the necklace on.
Meanwhile, Papa Big was struggling to get the necklace on over my gigantic hairdo, so he had to unclasp it. But no matter—crisis solved!
It should be noted that there were a whole lot of people working behind the scenes to ensure that the Tea Ceremony went smoothly, namely my fabulous bridesmaids and Lady Luck, our “good luck lady.” GM The Flash and GM NB were also doing an awesome job keeping my girls out of the sun.
GM The Flash—ever the gentleman.
See that lovely lady in grey, holding the tray (cat, bat, sat, hat)? She was our “good luck lady” and also GM Xboy’s lovely wife. She was responsible for handing the tea to us and then taking it away. Isn’t she awesome?
Meanwhile, after my parents, it was Mr. Big’s parents’ turn, which flowed a lot smoother now that we had one serving under our belt!
After the Bighorn parents were done, it was smooth sailing from there.
My Uncle B, the oldest of my uncles and brother of Papa Bighorn, and Aunt D
My Aunt C and Uncle L, second oldest uncle and brother of Papa Bighorn
My Uncle D, cousin of Papa Bighorn and next oldest uncle
Uncle Chong (L) and Aunt Men (R) being served, oldest aunt and sister of Mama Bighorn. Also my godmother, hence the next photo!
Serving Uncle Phung and Aunt Pen, second oldest aunt and sister of Mama Bighorn
Aunt Lee, youngest aunt and sister of Mama Bighorn. Her husband couldn’t attend the wedding.
Serving both Uncle Ado (not shown) and Aunt Artemis (shown). Uncle Ado is the older brother of Mumma Big, and Aunt Artermis is the youngest sister of De Papa Big, but we combined the two for ease (and time’s sake).
With all the elders served, it was time for more photos!
Next up, our group photos are constantly photobombed.
*To those who don’t get the reference—Pokemon. ‘Nuff said.
All photos by Studio Something unless otherwise stated.
Need to catch up?
- Laugh, weep, and celebrate with us by watching our wedding video.
- I am a delegating ninja! (I’m really not.)
- We have a “nice” morning of Car-Tetris fun!
- I tell you guys about the frenzy that is the lead-up to our wedding day.
- We practice walking and talking.
- We eat a loooooot of meat.
- I celebrate my last night as a Miss.
- I talk to you about a major wedding regret.
- The girls get their pretty on.
- The guys clean up nicely.
- I get all fancy with my duds.
- We cut some ribbon.
- I walk down the aisle.
- We drink wine!
- We give each other a big smooch!
- We autograph our marriage certificate and are presented as husband and wife.