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Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens – Elaine + Steven’s Wedding

July 21, 2018

Family and friends will go great distances to celebrate and show their support for two people in love. For Elaine and Steven, whose families traveled from China and France respectively, that could not have been more true. Their wedding at the beautiful Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens was not just a marrying of two people, but also of two cultures – every detail of this perfect day was picked either to honor their respective cultures, or to highlight the love and respect that they share for one another.

 

Black and white photography of a couple dancing after their wedding ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Family plays a vital role in both of their cultures, and truly the most beautiful element of their wedding day was seeing the massive outpouring of love from the large and beautiful family that these two share.

Elaine got teary eyed as we were walking through the gardens and she told me about her father’s selflessness, and how she attributes her success and achievements to the sacrifices made for her and her sister – Elaine recently graduated from Wake Forest medical school, and credits her father so highly for everything she has. Her father, meanwhile, did not stop smiling the entire wedding day.

 

Photography of the father of the bride as he sees his daughter on her wedding day in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Wedding photography in Charlotte, North Carolina at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens.

The color red symbolizes loyalty, honor, and good fortune for the Chinese, and it was so fun to see how the couple weaved it into so many different elements, from the bridesmaids dresses to the groom’s party’s ties and boutonnieres, from the decor to the stunning flowers… and of course, the bride’s beautiful red shoes!

 

A bride and her bridesmaid on her wedding day at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Photography of a groom and his groomsmen before the wedding ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Photography of the traditional Chinese color of a bride's wedding shoes on her Charlotte wedding day.

 

Photography of a wedding ring on the flower bouquet before the wedding ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

The afternoon ceremony combined elements from Elaine and Steven’s two cultural backgrounds, and included both a traditional tea and wine ceremony. According to custom, both the bride and groom serve tea to both sides of the parents, representing an important moment when the two families become relatives of each other – and in this case, Elaine’s family’s tea cups and pot were used.

 

 

A photo of a groom as he sees his bride walk down the aisle during their wedding ceremony in Charlotte.

 

A photo of a bride walking down the aisle with her father on her wedding day in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

 

 

A traditional Chinese wedding ceremony held at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

 

Photography of a bride and mother of the bride kiss after the wedding ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

 

 

 

Photography of the wedding rings the newlyweds are wearing after their ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Dancing, drinking, and merriment were not in short supply at the lively reception. The buffet featured both traditional Chinese and French food, and favorite gifts from the two cultures were given as favors – Elaine’s favorite candy from childhood the “white rabbit” and the traditional French chocolate and candied almonds.

 

 

 

Photography of a bride and groom having their first dance after their wedding ceremony in Charlotte.

 

 

 

Elaine and Steven’s send off included a Chinese Lantern (which all of their guests had signed) and sparklers. A perfect way to end a magical night.

 

A photo of a wedding send off with sparklers at the end of the wedding reception in Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Special thanks to: Marla Lawson EventsGreen Bee Floral DesignsBellisima Designs, and Bake Me Happy Cakes.

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