Carmen and Rob // A Chinese Manchester Wedding

They say you can’t please everyone all of the time. But Carmen and Rob did seem to succeed on their wedding day. They wanted to incorporate several things to make the day perfect. And it really did have something for everyone. As always I was really excited to be able to capture some traditional wedding traditions from across the globe.

Civil Wedding Ceremony at Capesthorne Hall

I started their coverage at Carmen and Rob’s Home then travelled to Capesthorne Hall ahead of the civil ceremony. After service which was backed by live music from friends and family there was some time for a quick drink and a few photos in the grounds before heading off.

The second part of the wedding day  was at the Glamorous Chinese Restaurant in Manchester. For this part of the day Carmen changed into traditional red Chinese wedding attire. This section of the wedding incorporated some Chinese traditions including fire crackers (to fend off evil spirits) and a tea ceremony, which symbolises the formal meeting of the two families. There were 14 courses if I remember correctly, followed by toasts with each table and a few speeches. After speeches it was back into the white wedding dress for Carmen and off to the Place Hotel in Manchester for some live music and dancing.

getting ready for Chinese wedding
wedding dress reflected in mirror
tuning violin for music
capesthorne hall paintings
bridesmaids arriving at capesthorne hall
panorama of capesthorne
silhouette photo of groom
chinese wedding at capesthorne hall, photo of the groomsmen
laughing bridesmaid
getting ready for the service
bridesmaid pulling a face
arrival with father of the bride
comng down the aisle with dad
tears at the wedding
carmen's dad
mother of the gtoom
wedding ceremony
black and white wedding photo in cheshire
exchanging the rings with mum and dad in the background looking on
brother playing the guitar
signing the register
leaving the room as husband and wife
exit of the bride and groom
confetti throwing in cheshire
monochrome confetti photograph
more confetti throwing
iphone photographer
couple portrait
double happiness
chinese jewellery
fire crackers
Chinese tea ceremony
lucky red envelopes
photo of tea ceremony
silhoette through windows
groom speech
groom speech at a chinese manchester wedding
brother speech
paper cranes
paper cranes
first dance
capesthorne-hall-wedding-photographs (55)
reflection in window of dancing at the hotel
off camera flash portrait, chinese manchester wedding
black and white portrait of the bride and groom
nigh time photo

What the Bride and Groom Said about their Wedding

We are both British Born Chinese who wanted to incorporate both parts of our culture and heritage. We wanted the elegant country wedding, the big Chinese banquet and enjoy live music and a dance in the evening and we tried to squeeze it all into 1 day!
One of the main features of our wedding was the paper cranes installation that we created for our evening reception. It was supposed to be a DIY decorative feature but became a bit out of hand and felt more like an art installation in the end. Over several months we folded about 1000 cranes and once we had strung them up we only used 600 cranes!

What they said about me…

Steven, your photos are stunning and we could not have imagined our wedding being captured in such a creative way. We have been blown away by the beauty of some of the photos and the way you have captured the emotion of the day is incredible. It was an absolute pleasure to have you during our wedding and you were friendly, professional and accommodating during our busy wedding day. Thank you for the beautiful photos and keeping up with us throughout the day! 

The details…

Wedding Dress – Symphony of Venus – Celebration Village http://celebration-village.co.uk/
Chinese Kwa Dress – Borrowed from Glamorous Restaurant
Red Evening Dress – Lipsy
Wedding Shoes – Debut – Debenhams
Hair Piece – Jon Richard – Debenhams
Red hair piece – from Amazon
Brides Jewellery – borrowed from mum
Hair and Make Up – Louise Pye – https://www.facebook.com/loupyemua
Wedding rings – Two Become One Jewellery – http://www.twobecomeonejewellery.com/
Groom and Groomsmen Outfits – Best Man Ltd – http://www.bestmanhire.com/
Groom cravat and Pocket Square – made by our friend Jemima Lawton
Flowers – The Flower Emporium – http://www.theflower-emporium.co.uk/
Bridesmaid Dresses – Coast
Wedding Cake  – JanCaraCakes – http://jancaracakes.co.uk/
Guitarist at ceremony – best man and brother of the groom – Alex Chow https://www.facebook.com/alexchowmusic
Violinist at ceremony – our friend Steven Slatter
Chinese Banquet Survival Guide – made by the bride and groom
Photography – Steven Rooney – http://stevenrooneyphotography.com
Live Band – The Gobots – http://www.thegobotsband.co.uk/
Ceremony Venue – Capesthorne Hall – http://www.capesthorne.com/
Chinese Banquet Venue – Glamorous Chinese Restaurant – http://www.glamorous-restaurant.co.uk/
Evening Reception Venue – The Place Aparthotel – http://www.theplaceaparthotel.com/

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  1. Chip says:

    What a lovely wedding! I’ve never been to a Chinese wedding before but it seems beautiful!

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