Amy and Jeremy's American-Chinese wedding at Chihuly Garden and Glass : Best Seattle Wedding Photographers

Amy and Jeremy’s American-Chinese wedding at Chihuly Garden and Glass

It’s been a while since I’ve shot a good, solid Chinese wedding, complete with tea ceremony and groom games, so when Amy and Jeremy told me their big plans for their wedding at Chihuly Garden and Glass in Seattle, I WAS STOKED.

Firstly, Chihuly is an iconic Seattle venue at which I’ve wanted to shoot for the LONGEST time. I shot at the EMP a few years ago, and now Chihuly. If I book the Space Needle next, the trifecta is complete! Anyone game?

Fun and games

Amy and Jeremy had their tea ceremony at Amy’s since Jeremy’s family lives in San Francisco. What I was super excited about was the Chinese wedding tradition of groom games where to show the groom’s commitment to the bride, he and his posse has to get through a series of “obstacles” designed by the bride and her bridesmaids. This is SUCH a fun tradition which sadly, I didn’t get to make my husband go through when we were married 15 years ago. In Malaysia, this is HUGELY popular and gets pretty intense and crazy with each wedding!

I shoot a lot of fun weddings, but I must say Amy, Jeremy and their wedding party and family are SUCH a fun bunch, and funny as heck. I don’t think I’d laughed as much as I did that day with these guys. By the end of the night, we were more like friends, looking forward to the next time we’d hang out, which incidentally was at Ilana and Christoph’s wedding a few months later, who I’d booked independently of Amy and Jeremy, and found out they’re good friends! Small world indeed.

Thank you!

I’m always filled with gratitude when I realize how lucky I am to get such awesome couples. Gracious, kind and generous, Amy and Jeremy were focused really just on spending time and having fun with their loved ones, leaving all the details to their fabulous planner Rebecca Grant of New Creations and the rest of us vendors. The permission to do our jobs – and to do them well – truly made it a successful and BEAUTIFUL day, so THANK YOU!

Wedding at Chihuly Garden and Glass by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo ArtistryA groomsman decorates the back porch of bride Amy's home for the Chinese tea ceremony.

Coming up with a good wedding hashtag is not easy. I love Amy and Jeremy’s!

Amy's mom prepares the altar for the Chinese tea ceremony at her home. This altar is to honor Amy's family ancestors at the wedding.

Amy’s mom prepares the altar for the Chinese tea ceremony at her home. This altar pays respects to Amy’s ancestors as part of the wedding tea ceremony.

Amy, dressed in a traditional qipao, chats with her bridesmaid before guests arrive for the tea ceremony.

Amy, dressed in a traditional qipao (a Chinese wedding gown), chats with her bridesmaid before guests arrive for the tea ceremony.

Amy's bridesmaids share a joke before the Chinese tea ceremony begins.Jeremy, the groom, asks to be let in to see his bride. This is a fun Chinese custom, where he has to overcome a series of "obstacles" designed by the bridal party before he can see his bride.

Jeremy, the groom, asks to be let in to see his bride. This is a fun Chinese custom, where he has to overcome a series of “obstacles” designed by the bridal party before he can see his bride.

The bridesmaids are enjoying putting Jeremy through the wringer. The groomsmen have to pass along seaweed using only their mouths. This is game #1 if Jeremy is to see his bride.

The groomsmen have to pass along seaweed using only their mouths. This is game #1 if Jeremy is to see his bride.

Jeremy puts on lipstick. This is part of Game #2.

Jeremy puts on lipstick. This is part of Game #2.

Jeremy's sister, a bridesmaid, tells the groomsmen what they have to do as part of Game #2.

Jeremy’s sister, a bridesmaid, tells the groomsmen what they have to do as part of Game #2.

One of Jeremy's groomsmen kisses a poster as part of Game #2. He has lipstick on.

One of Jeremy’s groomsmen kisses a poster as part of Game #2. He has lipstick on.

A bridesmaid shows the groomsmen how to get lipstick off their teeth.Game #2 is on: Groomsmen have to put on white undies.Amy and Jeremy serving tea to their family as part of the Chinese tea ceremony.Amy and Jeremy wedding at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA.

Amy and Jeremy got ready with their wedding party at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle.

Wedding at Chihuly Garden and Glass by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry

All paper goods by Chic Ink.

A bridesmaid peeks out a window in the room Amy is getting ready in for a wedding ceremony at Chihuly Garden and Glass.Bridesmaids and bride hang out while getting ready for Amy and Jeremy's big day. Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Bridesmaids and bride hang out while getting ready for Amy and Jeremy's big day. Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Bridesmaids and bride hang out while getting ready for Amy and Jeremy's big day. Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA.

I swear, Amy has the best laugh. A girl after my own heart!

Bridesmaids and bride hang out while getting ready for Amy and Jeremy's big day. Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA.

Love those kimonos! Such a fun bunch of girls. Makes me hope my daughters share lifelong friendships as Amy and her gal pals!

Amy gets ready for her wedding at the Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Amy gifts her bridesmaids lovely heart necklaces as thank-yous.Amy gifts her bridesmaids lovely heart necklaces as thank-yous.Amy gifts her bridesmaids lovely heart necklaces as thank-yous.Amy is all dressed and ready to walk down the aisle!

Amy’s beautiful florals are by Bash and Bloom

Jeremy and his groomsmen play poker before getting ready at the Alexis Hotel, Seattle, WA, for Jeremy and Amy's wedding.Jeremy and his groomsmen put on their leopard print bathrobes while getting ready at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Jeremy and his groomsmen play poker before getting ready at the Alexis Hotel, Seattle, WA, for Jeremy and Amy's wedding.Jeremy and his groomsmen get ready for Jeremy's wedding at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Jeremy and his groomsmen get ready for Jeremy's wedding at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Jeremy waits at the bar for his bride to show up for their First Look at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Amy and Jeremy during their First Look at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Amy and Jeremy during their First Look at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Amy and Jeremy during their First Look at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA. Amy and Jeremy have their professional wedding portraits taken at Alexis Hotel, Seattle WA by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry. Amy and Jeremy wait for their ride to the Chihuly Garden and Glass for their wedding. Amy and Jeremy wedding portraits at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle WA, by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer TaiAmy and Jeremy wedding portraits at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle WA, by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer TaiAmy and Jeremy wedding portraits at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle WA, by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer TaiAmy and Jeremy wedding portraits at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle WA, by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer TaiAmy and Jeremy wedding portraits at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle WA, by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer TaiAmy and Jeremy wedding portraits at Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle WA, by Seattle Wedding Photographers Jennifer TaiBridesmaids and groomsmen toast the bride and groom as they take the stretch to Chihuly Garden and GlassThe Chihuly Garden and Glass is all decked out for Amy and Jeremy's weddingRebecca Grant of New Creations, one of Seattle's favorite wedding planners!

Rebecca Grant of New Creations, one of Seattle’s favorite wedding planners!

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This AMAZING dessert spread is by The Sweet Side.

Amy and Jeremy during their wedding reception at the Chihuly Garden and GlassAmy's maid of honor and sister during her toast to the happy couple.Jeremy's best man during his toast at their wedding reception at the Chihuly Garden and GlassAmy and Jeremy during their wedding reception at the Chihuly Garden and GlassAmy's parents at the wedding reception.Jeremy's dad toasts the happy coupleAmy and Jeremy cut their wedding cake at their wedding reception at Chihuly Garden and GlassAmy and Jeremy share their first dance at Chihuly Garden and GlassAmy, Jeremy, Jeremy's mom and Amy's mom perform a unique parent dance instead of the usual father/daughter mother/son dance at their wedding reception.

Amy, Jeremy, Jeremy’s mom and Amy’s mom perform a unique parent dance instead of the usual father/daughter mother/son dance at their wedding reception.

Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Amy, Jeremy, Jeremy's mom and Amy's mom perform a unique parent dance instead of the usual father/daughter mother/son dance at their wedding reception.Amy, Jeremy, Jeremy's mom and Amy's mom perform a unique parent dance instead of the usual father/daughter mother/son dance at their wedding reception.Bamboo Beats, the best wedding DJs in the business!

Bamboo Beats, the best wedding DJs in the business!

Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Amy and Jeremy's grandma having some fun times.Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.

Love that Amy changed into a shorter party dress for the evening!

Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Let the dancing begin! The party at Amy and Jeremy's wedding begins at the Chihuly Garden and Glass.Congratulations Amy and Jeremy and a beautiful and EPIC wedding at the Chihuly Garden and Glass!

Congratulations to the new Mr and Mrs Jeremy and Amy Stern!

Thanks Rebecca Grant of New Creations for planning such a wonderful wedding, along with the following awesome vendors:

DJs: Bamboo Beats

Florals: Bash and Bloom

Desserts: The Sweet Side

Paper: Chic Ink

Decor and furnishings rentals: Vintage Ambiance, The Invisible Hostess, Pedersens

Hair and makeup: Michelle Chappron

Chalkboard Signage and Lettering: Wonderstruck

Transportation: SP+ Transportation

Second shot by the fabulous Tiffany Burke!

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