Paradise Banquet & Convention Centre
Nearly three years in the making, Gina and Jon have FINALLY tied the knot! Having been thrown off the rails by COVID-19, and re-scheduling three times, these two put their plans on hold until they knew that all their love-ones would be able to attend. The day began with beautiful, clear, blue skies and newly budding trees as Jon was getting ready with his crew and enjoying and early lunch of Tim Hortons. Having two Bestmen, each helped Jon set his cufflinks while a pair of adorable eyes kept watch from below.
Over at Gina's place, her girls were putting their final touches on their maroon and red-wine dresses. Gina's gorgeous lace dress hung on the rails of her parents' master bedroom. With the help of her mother and Maid of Honour, each assisted with the highly detailed backing. As Gina stepped into view of her bridesmaids for her First Look the excitement began, and the day became more real before hopping into their lux limo bus to St. Patrick's Church in Markham.
Following the ceremony, we took a short trip to German Mills Settlers Park, a natural protected site for local endangered wildlife. With some simple stairs and an overhead of tiny budding trees, it was a beautiful location to capture Gina and Jon's first moments together as husband and wife before heading to their reception at Paradise Banquet Centre.
Being of a new generation trying to connect to their ancestorial roots, the Chinese Tea Ceremony is an honoured tradition that pays respect to the older generation. Having the bride and groom serve tea, and receiving a Li See/Hong Bao (Red Pocket) from their elders, it symbolizes the acceptance of the marriage and the wishing of prosperity with good fortune to the newly wed couple. To which, I hope that they receive all the love, support and happiness in their new life together. Cheers!