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North Carolina Chinese New Year Wedding

After seeing this epic wedding shot by photographer Richard Israel, Stephanie and William decided to book him for their wedding as well. Viewing these images is akin to stepping into a different era. The wildflower bouquet and centerpieces, the vintage garb, and the darling flower girl all lend themselves to a nostalgic point in time, and we’re absolutely loving the aesthetic!


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From the bride, Stephanie: Our wedding was two days before the start of the Chinese New Year so we had a loose Chinese New Year theme. It started with our Chinese paper cut invitations, designed by Sarah Almond of Shed Letterpress. Dan was born in the year of the Tiger and I was born in the Year of the Pig. We found pig and tiger curios at an antique shop which we used as our wedding toppers. Our good friend and mural artist Molly T. Must did an artful paper lantern installation using second-hand fabric, paper lanterns, and LED lights. Also, in honor or the Chinese New Year we gave out tangerines as a favor, they are traditionally passed out freely during the new year as a symbol of good luck.


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Vintage wedding film photos by Richard Israel
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There were many DIY projects. My mother and I ordered a large roll of burlap and created 72″ square burlap overlays for the 18″ round tables which were clothed in white. I have been collecting vintage linen and cotton napkins of various sizes and hand-dyed the napkins in four different dye-baths to create mismatched napkins for silverware rollups at each place setting. We made the place cards from card stock stamped with a pig and tiger image designed and drawn by the maid of honor (sister) Kristina Costa. These place cards were strung across frames made from salvaged boards put together by friend Jeremy Maxwell-Parish. Our sister Kristina Costa (maid of honor) also designed and drew the programs.


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A local dressmaker refashioned my mothers wedding dress from 1981. I wanted something vintage and loved the idea of wearing my mothers dress but wanted to update it and make it more my style. It was perfect! Brooke cut the bottom of the gown to make a high-waisted skirt which went over a long sleeve mesh and lace top/slip. The lace for the top was taken off of the original dress as were the sleeves and the buttons. Brook also made a veil from my mothers original veil. One of the best parts of the dress was that I was able to take the skirted gown part of the dress off after the wedding and replace it with a white pencil skirt over the top/slip piece to create an after party wedding dress that I could wear out to the bar after the wedding. I did my own hair and didn’t wear make up. I made an impromptu headpiece to tie in my hair while getting ready for the wedding which included some red strands of yarn handed to me before the wedding by Dan’s Aunt and my grandfathers handkerchief. I wore white lace up fry boots (I replaced the laces with strips of fabric).


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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Groom’s Processional: “The Chase,” Giorgio Moroder
Bride’s Processional: “Nimrod Enigma Variation No. 9,” Edward Elgar
Recessional: “Hunting Song,” Felix Mendelssohn
First Dance: “Blue Moon,” Beady Eye
Father/daughter Dance: “Kind and Generous,” Natalie Merchant

Wedding Vendors (Leicester, NC):

Wedding Venue: Yesterday Spaces / Wedding Photographer: Richard Israel / Day-Of Coordinator: Jennifer of Verge Events / Wedding Flowers: Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm / Wedding Dress Alterations: Brooke Priddy / Ceremony Music: Larry Crawford (859-333-7478) / DJ: Rob Castillo (215-760-7018) / Wedding Caterer: Kim Austin (kim.austin41@gmail.com) / Wedding Cake: Ashley Capps of Dovetail Cakery / Wedding Invitations: Sarah Almond of Shed Letterpress

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