Phan & Jimmy | Vietnamese Tea Ceremony | Sacramento Wedding Photographer


I had the pleasure of capturing Phan and Jimmy’s engagement ceremony at her parent’s house a couple months ago. The tea ceremony is a Vietnamese tradition where the groom and bride’s families officially meet to formally greet each other. It is also the first time for the parents to formally acknowledge their daughter and son-in-law to-be.  Tea is offered to the parents to show their respect. In Vietnamese, it is to say that they will be filial to their in-laws as they are to their own parents. It was such a joyful day filled with so many family and friends and of course, yummy good food! Enjoy!

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When the time came for Jimmy to give Phan the ring, everyone panicked because the ring wouldn’t fit into her ring finger.


You can tell that Jimmy was trying really hard as his face was getting redder and redder.


End up he was putting on the wrong hand. Her right hand is slightly bigger than her left hand so that’s why the ring was stuck. LOL..


It was such a relief that everyone clapped when the ring fits the bride’s hand, (like Cinderella and the glass slipper.)



Then it’s time for the tea ceremony:
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After the ceremony, we took pictures with their family and friends that came to celebrate with them on their special day:

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After family and friend’s photos are done, I stole the future bride and groom aside for some formal one-on-one photos. Several houses down, the neighbor has this beautiful brick column that I thought would look awesome as a backdrop for their photos. So we snuck over and got these:

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“If it isn’t making you better, it isn’t love. True love makes you more of who you are, not less.” CHEERS TO YOUR LOVE, JIMMY & PHAN!

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