One of my all time favorite things about being in this business is all the beautiful traditions I get to be a part of and document for my couples. With Tara and Tony’s, I was lucky enough to witness not only one or two, but THREE different traditions as they honored both of their families as well as themselves as a couple.
Tara’s side of the family is Lao, so Saturday morning they started off their weekend of love with both of them dressing up in their traditional clothing. Tony was escorted by his family to Tara’s parents house and as he bartered his way into their home with laughter, monetary gifts, and shots of whiskey, he was welcomed with open arms. The ceremony lasted about an hour as prayers were said over the couple and everyone surrounded them with love and warmth. Each family member and friend had their turn wishing well wishes to the couple and tying strings around their wrists, which they will wear for weeks after their wedding. The day finished up with everyone sharing incredible food and getting ready for the next day of festivities!
Sunday was the western traditional wedding which was held at the beautiful Coronado Island. Tara and Tony got ready at the beautiful Glorietta Bay Hotel Coronado. It was the perfect place for the vintage feel that Tara wanted. The couple did a first look which allowed for some great time for photos around the hotel as well as family formals in the beautiful foyer of the lobby! We then headed over to the Coronado Community Center for their ceremony as the sun set over the water. The ceremony was a perfect blend of laughter and love, and it ended just in time for some more portraits with the beautiful sunset. During the reception Tara and Tony had a beautiful performance from a Lao Dancer, and then Tara changed into a stunning red Cheongsam (Chinese dress) for the lion dancers!
This was my last wedding of the year and I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of such a loving couple’s big day! Thank you again Tara and Tony!