Hive, you may have guessed that Mr. Big and I are an interracial couple. Mr. Big is a Kiwi with a Dutch background. He feels a strong connection with his Dutch roots as his Oma (Mr. Big’s maternal grandmother) imparted him with a love of Dutch foods. And I’m a Chinese girl whose parents migrated over to Australia from Indonesia. Our wedding, therefore, will be a melange of different customs, cultures, ideologies, and ideas. As such, we’ll be having two ceremonies: a Chinese tea ceremony and a civil ceremony!
A civil ceremony, as most of you may know, is the typical ceremony without the religious overtones. Mr. Big is an atheist and I’m a Buddhist, so we believed it fit us best. As for the Chinese tea ceremony, that may take a bit more explanation. For those of the hive who have followed past bee bloggers Mrs. Peony and Mrs. Toucan, you may recall them having Chinese tea ceremonies as a part of their wedding days. They each explained the tea ceremony in great detail, with pretty pictures too!
Unfortunately for the Bighorns, our tea ceremony won’t exactly be the usual.
As previously mentioned, we took one look at the Oriental Garden and did this:
This never gets old. / GIF via College Times
We wanted, nay, needed to have the tea ceremony at the Oriental Pagoda. It was perfect. And hence, we had to change our plans!