I donated a day of videography to my daughter’s Montessori school auction last spring, and it was given as a gift for a couple here in Quincy for their wedding day. I don’t normally film weddings – I don’t normally like to film weddings – but this one was special and I had a great time.
It was a traditional Chinese wedding in Quincy’s large Asian community. Lisa Chiu was marrying Hong Chao “Frankie” Zhong on a beautiful October day. I got to spend the day documenting the preparations, door games (the bridesmaids refuse to let the groomsmen through the door unless they complete a series of embarrassing tasks), Chinese tea ceremony (tea offerings and present exchange with all of the older relatives), photographs, reception, games, and dancing.
My colleague Shondra Burke edited the piece together into a 40-minute video for the family. It felt a little more like a documentary project than the usual cheesy wedding video. Lisa and Frankie were fun to work with, and let me post a little of the final result here.