Woodlands Wedding Photography : Hing and Michelle Wedding Photographs | Chinese Wedding Photography
Hing and Michelle were married at Woodlands Hotel near Leeds before celebrating at Maxi’s Chinese restaurant and again at Woodlands Hotel.
Our day started bright and early with Hing and his groomsmen’s preparations before we joined Michelle getting ready nearby. Michelle and her bridesmaids were working to a 8AM deadline as this was the time Hing and his groomsmen were due to arrive to play the traditional Chinese door games. A series of challenges designed to test the mens loyalty and prove the grooms worthiness of marrying the bride. With an assortment of challenges complete Hing then had to negotiate with the bridesmaids and Michelle’s mum before he was allowed to enter the house to collect his wife to be.
Before the games began we joined Hing and his groomsmen for some preparation photographs before heading to Michelle to capture last minute make up and dress before the guys arrived. Door games complete and a short tea ceremony we had five minutes down by the river for a few photographs before we made the trip across Leeds to Hing’s parent’s house for the second tea ceremony of the day.
The civil ceremony was being held at Woodlands Hotel near Gildersome so with several cars in tow we headed over for Michelle’s second round of make up and dress number two, a white western style wedding dress. Following the civil ceremony we made use of the grounds behind Woodlands for the formal and informal images before rain moved us indoors for the last of the bridal party images. The wedding banquet took place at Maxis restaurant in Leeds and it was soon time to make the short drive down ahead of Hing and Michelle who would be changing back to her red dress again for arrival and meet and greet at the restaurant.
Fourteen courses of wedding banquet followed for around 500 guests. Just before the Lobster the Hing Michelle, parents and bridal party visited each table to propose a toast. That’s a lot of tables and a lot of brandy consumed, Each table tries to force the groom to drink a large glass of brandy in a drinking challenge but thankfully it’s customary for the best men to take most of the grooms drinks and so Hing was still sober at the end of the toasts.
Following the meal we quickly complete a number of formal photographs before Michelle changes into dress three for the journey back to Woodlands ahead of the evening reception and speeches which will take place at Woodlands. With speeches, a sleeping (and very drunk) best man, first dance, cake cutting and gusts dancing out of the way we say good night and head home, 2000 photos and around 16 hours later! Lots and lots of fun but ready for bed.
Just some of the wedding photographs form Hing and Michelle’s wedding day.
The door games, the groom has to prove his worth to marry the bride and so bridesmaids set a number of challenges for Hing and his groomsmen to complete before they are allowed inside the house.
The toasts at Maxis restaurant in Leeds.