Ryan + Kaylee's BIG day incorporated both their cultures throughout the day.
Their day started with a tea ceremony. The tea ceremony began early at Kaylee's mothers, residence. They set up a table and alter adorned with photos of their ancestors to honor them, and other meaningful decorations. Food is offered by the family members and brought in and laid out on the table for Kaylee & Ryan to unveil. Kaylee is then presented by her mother to all their guest/family and groom to be. During the tea ceremony, both parents are asked to accept their union and the union of their families. The traditional became a little untraditional when Hennessy was poured and served to both bride & groom's parents, opposed to tea :) Kaylee was gifted with beautiful gold jewelry.
Their western union was at the beautiful "Our Lady of La Vang" in Santa Ana, where Ryan and his family incorporated their Philippine roots with the union of the Rope, Coins, Candle and Veil. With the reception to follow at Diamond Seafood Palace in Stanton
It was an honor to photograph Kaylee’s and Ryan’s special day and bear witness to the families coming together to celebrate their union. I LOVED the traditional attire (ao dai) worn by Kaylee's family/Sisters, and throughout the day Kaylee was in and out of a total of four different gorgeous dresses, of which all represented her vietnamese roots and western roots! She had her trusted best friend/hairstylist/make up artist to assist her with her change outs - what a champ, everyone needs friends like him :)! Kaylee had asked her cousin to sing for them, during the reception, she got up on stage stating how she was just a regular singer and wanted to give her something better and surprised them with gift - of which was "Gabe Bondoc" , a Youtube sensation with over 350k subscribers. Gabe sang the cover of "The Way you look tonight" by Frank Sinatra and his original song "Gentleman Don't" which means something very special to Kaylee , then he did an original and surprise cover with Ryan's cousin, who beat boxed whilst Gabe sang to the cover song " Just Friends" by Musiq Soul child - Scroll to bottom for the live performance video :)
Enjoy Ryan + Kaylee's sneak peek of their fabulous wedding day. Demetris and I had a great time Capturing this special occasion, and wish them all the happiness in the world.
LIVE SURPRISE PERFORMANCE BY "GABE BONDOC" "THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT" , "GENTLEMEN DON'T" AND "JUST FRIENDS"