Fête Chinoise 2016: The Exchange of Vows and the Tea Ceremony

Ceremony spaces are one of the most photographed moments of any wedding. Traditionally, Chinese weddings in Canada have adopted a western take on the set up and design, often in the surroundings of a church or modern banquet space. And in contrast, to integrate culture and heritage, little paper cut-outs of double happiness symbols and good fortune are plastered on doors of the family homes the morning before the ceremony. Instead of taking a segregated approach to meaning, how can we tie culture and heritage into modern design that takes the ceremony space to a whole new level in modern Chinese culture? Like how the Chuppah and Mundap are an incredible source of identity and family heritage, how can heritage play a meaningful role in the design of ceremonial spaces?

Melissa Samborski of One Fine Day Events and Amy Saleh of Pink Twig teamed up and created a breathtaking ceremony space inspired by the delicate blossoms in Chinese poetry: peach blossoms, cherry blossoms and plum blossoms, which bring together the seasons of winter and spring.  Gently sprinkled with oriental touches of nature like bird cages and pond inspirations, the design calls to mind the most refreshing season of the year, when the winter thaws and the year begins again. Details in the ceremony stationery retain traditional symbolism including the double happiness symbol, and pay homage to the paper cut-outs that elders value as auspicious blessings. To tie in all the senses, Veuve Clicquot used the tradition of serving tea, and poured guests champagne specifically made to be poured over tea leaves for a subtle fragrant taste.

Room Design: One Fine Day Events; Floral Design: Pink Twig; Stationery: Palettera; Carpet Rental: Reznick Event Carpets; Dresses: Dauphine Magazine; Beverage Sponsor: Charton Hobbs; Event Print: Event Graffiti; Music By: Lissa Monét, Michael Coombs