Celebration- Engagement

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A dear friend asked me to photograph her daughter’s engagement party.

I happily agreed to the date and time– then she replied…

“You do know that Vietnamese Engagement not like American?”

(no I didn’t know)

So I hoped on Google the night before…OOOOOOOOOOH my!

Often the Engagement is grander than the wedding itself.. I was in for a surprise.

The Bride-to-be’s family waits in the home, while the Groom-to-be  family lines up in a processional and makes a grand entrance with gifts in hand.

An alter was set up on the living room awaiting the ceremony.

After the gift’s are presented …

the Bride-to-be is brought into the room by her mother. (isn’t she stunning?)

In front of both families, the Groom-to-be, asks for her hand in marriage…

(I am assuming this, as all of the ceremony was conducted in Vietnamese) I just did what I was told– 🙂

“stand here and take picture!”  so I did. 🙂

A family of 8 girls!  8 gorgeous women!

American tradition is for the family of the Bride to put on the wedding… however, I am told, that Vietnamese tradition is the opposite.

This Dad got off easy!

What a delightful event this was for ME!  What a privilege to participate and I learned so much! I found myself just watching and sometimes forgetting to get the camera up and snap away.

Everyone seemed to have such a wonderful time… I hope they enjoy their engagement.

See you at the wedding NEXT year!  Thank you for asking me.

TTFN~~ Claudia

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I found this video and HAVE to share– Can you believe what a great example she must have in her lil life? Every woman should start her day off like this!

Heck EVERY person should!



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August 26, 2010 at 12:16 pm | engagement | 18 comments


18 responses to “Celebration- Engagement”

  1. Pam says:

    How fun!  I love learning others traditions.

  2. Grace says:

    So beautiful. My Neighbors are Vietnamese and the wedding they also had the procession and music and a big roasted pig with an apple in the mouth. It was so amazingly beautiful! Engagement I had never seen I was away on vacations so thank you for sharing. I love different customs and traditions. Grace xoxo

  3. ellen b says:

    That really is a great tradition. :0) We were raised in a religion where the Groom’s family paid for the wedding and the engagement is similar but not extravagant. On the morning of the wedding the grooms family and chaperones arrive at the Bride’s house and there is a prayer of blessing and then the bride and groom head to the church with their chaperones. We left this religion before I was married so we weren’t off the hook for paying for my wedding :0) You took some lovely photos!!

  4. Claudie says:

    I did watch this video last night as a matter of fact. That could have been my Brittany on that vanity 17 years ago.
    Ok now you have a Vietnamese Titanic song on LOL
    I see what you mean by “this engagement” and how daddy got off the hook, holy cow!!
    Love the pic of the ring in the rose. Hey that could be a song lol
    I’m getting my invitations ready for next Aug. It’s a go : )
    Happy FFB my friend.
    Good job and Happy weekend.
    Love You
    Love me

  5. bj says:

    Omygoodness…this is just beautiful. All the ladies are so lovely.
    xo bj

  6. Hi Claudia!

    What beautiful pictures! And how fun to learn other traditions! Thanks for sharing!

  7. DogsMom says:

    How interesting, how beautiful.  Thank you for sharing with those of us who may never experience this in person.

    I just realized I recognize the song!

  8. Gorgeous photos you took! They are colorful, happy and amazing!

  9. Barbara says:

    That is amazing, the young man looks like a young Jackie Chan

  10. Olivia says:

    What a sweet way to celebrate engagement! And oh, how I love that video!

  11. Another LOVELY post … thanks for sharing everything.  The video at the end is priceless!
    Hugs and blessings,

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  13. Michelle says:

    Awesome engagement party. I would love to see the wedding.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

  14. Brenda Kula says:

    What a lovely couple. The look on their faces is just priceless!

  15. Eileen says:

    What a cool engagement party and a neat tradition. The bride to be is gorgeous. Wonderful photos, Claudia

  16. Sarah says:

    Wow…that is amazing!  Hope you don’t mind me sharing the link on FB~! 🙂
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  17. Beverly says:

    Happy Pink Saturday, Claudia. Thank you for making Pink Saturday special, and for taking part in this day of celebration and thanks.

    There truly are miracles going on all around us every day. We just have to open our hearts in acceptance.
    I really enjoyed these engagement photos, and learning about the celebration custom.

  18. I definitely liked this info. Maybe you want to pass by on my blog. Keep on going!

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