Holly & Chris’ Wedding – A Perfect Blending of Chinese Tradition and Modern Style | The Barn of Chapel Hill, NC
When it comes to weddings, everyone has an opinion, especially family members. Many times older generations think all weddings should keep to the traditions from their eras, while the engaged couple wants to have a wedding that is modern and unique to them. Holly and Chris found the perfect compromise by seamlessly blending their families’ Chinese traditions with modern elements that expressed the couple’s distinct personalities.
The importance of family was evident throughout Holly and Chris’ wedding day at The Barn of Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC. While standing before an exquisite flower ring (designed by the talented Jennifer Wood of Wild Flora Farm), the Bride and Groom recited their vows and presented their parents with gifts to pay homage to the positive role their families played in their lives. After they were introduced as husband and wife, Holly and Chris processed down the aisle to the vocal stylings of Ariana Grande to kick off the festivities. Prior to the dinner reception, the newlyweds participated in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to honor members of their extended family. The Bride’s cousin provided commentary by introducing the family members and explaining the ritual to guests who were seeing a tea ceremony for the first time.
Cottage Luxe’s exclusive farm tables were decorated with beautiful pastel floral arrangements with greenery and a collection of watercolor prints painted by Holly’s Aunt, each one selected because they made the bride happy when she looked at them. Each place setting included a traditional Chinese gift box filled with candies for the guests to take home. After the guests enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Catering Works, they were treated to a variety of decadent desserts all made by the Mother of the Groom. One of the most memorable moments of the evening was when the Father of the Groom expertly played the harmonica during the Mother/Son dance. Everyone did a double take when they realized the harmonica they heard playing was not a part of the song recording. Holly and Chris’ magical night conclude with guests of all ages dancing alongside the newlyweds to old school hip hop and modern rap spun by Joe Giampino of Morse Entertainment.
The love that Holly and Chris have for each other and their families was deeply felt by all who were in attendance and will no doubt continue on for many generations to come. Congratulations, Holly & Chris!
All Photos Courtesy of Jenna Goetz of A.J. Dunlap Photography
As featured in the 2019 Fall/Winter Issue of The Knot The Carolinas Magazine
Holly & Chris’ All-Star Wedding Team
Ceremony/Reception Venue: The Barn of Chapel Hill at Wild Flora Farm
Photographer: Jenna Goetz, A.J. Dunlap Photography
Videographer: Wei Ying, Story2Movie
Florals: Wild Flora Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Chestnut & Vine Day-of Wedding Coordination
Catering/Bar Service: Catering Works
Officiant: David Kwon
DJ: Joe Giampino, Morse Entertainment
Tables/Chairs: Cottage Luxe
Lounge Furniture: Greenhouse Picker Sisters
Bride’s Makeup: Karmilla Kim
Lighting: Get Lit Event Lighting
Photo Booth: Spark Photo Booth
Cake & Desserts: Mrs. Lo (Mother of the Groom)