Chinese wedding at Temple Church

Confetti at Temple Church wedding

Stunning Chinese wedding at Temple Church

Stacey and Nigel’s London wedding with Chinese traditions was a truly remarkable event. The day began at the Best Western City Hotel for the bridal preparations and the Chinese Wedding Door Games (more on this later). We then moved on to Temple Church for the nuptials followed by a grand diner, with more Chinese traditions at the fabulous Royal China Restaurant in Baker Street. The day was complete with a night time boat party on the Thames.

Temple Church normally attracts fans of the Da Vinci Code, and those interested in the Magna Carta. But on 25 April, the beauty of the church was reserved for the lovely couple. The Temple was built by the Knights Templar to serve as their English headquarters. The Magna Carta was signed at the Temple in 1215 and it is also known to be one of only three existing Norman round churches which still exist in England today. ‘The round’ delivered exceptional views and perspective from above to capture the ceremony below.

Temple Church in London

Bridal prep and Chinese Wedding Door Games

Chinese wedding door game originated from ancient Chinese folk customs. They are challenges set up by the bridesmaids for the groom, as a demonstration of the groom’s love.  These games typically take place in the morning of the wedding. The groom receives help from his groomsmen to complete the tasks in order to collect the bride. In the morning, Nigel and the boys passed the bargaining test by paying a fee in red envelopes to the bridesmaids who guard the door. Inside the bridal suits, things became more difficult.  The groom and co underwent further physical and mental tests before finally getting to see Stacey.  They had to to show the groom is strong enough, not only to protect his wife, but to also carry out the harder tasks within a marriage. I absolutely loved this part 🙂

Love is a Temporary Madness, from Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

It’s always a delight to shoot a wedding in the capital city and it was even more special to do so with Chinese traditions. It was a truly special occasion for the talented and handsome couple. Nigel passed the Wedding Door Games with flying colours. He certainly earned the right to marry to the beautiful bride. I loved this wedding and I wish Nigel and Stacey all the health and happiness as they embark on their married life together. Thank you again to you both and to all your family who made the day such a special one. Please enjoy the images. Love x  

I leave you with a special reading from the ceremony…

‘Love is a temporary madness, it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides.  And when it subsides you have to make a decision.  You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.  Because this is what love is.

Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of promises of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do.  Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.

Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and, when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.’

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