Stef and Lauren’s wedding was nothing short of magical. It had all ingredients for a picture-perfect wedding: sunshine, ocean views, blending of cultural traditions and stunning dresses… ah, it was a photographer’s dream. But, it was even more special to me because Stef is a dear friend of mine from our journalism school days at the University of Oregon! [Insert obligatory “Go Ducks” exclamation here.] It was an honor to document her wedding to the sweet and beautiful Lauren.
Stef and Lauren’s big day had many parts. It started off with a Chinese tea ceremony, a tradition that formally welcomes the couple into their respective families. The families exchanged gifts, well wishes and even some happy tears.
After the tea ceremony, the brides changed into their wedding gowns, guests arrived and their wedding ceremony overlooking the marina commenced.
After the ceremony, guests were escorted by a Chinese drum troupe and a Lion Dance procession. During the dance, the lions presented the couple with symbolic gifts to wish the couple strength, fertility, luck and wisdom.
Check out the gallery below for even MORE images from Stef and Lauren’s incredible San Diego wedding!