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Chicago Wedding Chinese Door Game

Xiaoxiao + Lee // Chicago Cultural Center


Xiaoxiao and Lee have a true story of love. They met in college. Xiaoxiao was a freshman and Lee was a senior. After her freshman year, Xiaoxiao transferred to USC in LA and Lee went on to attend medical school. They didn’t talk for three years, but as fate would have it, Lee was doing an internship in LA. They eventually reconnected on Labor Day of 2009. While visiting friends in Chicago, they decided to go on their first date at the Signature Lounge in Chicago that weekend. After a year of long-distance dating, they both moved to Chicago. Lee proposed to Xiaoxiao in New York while they were riding on a rickshaw and they got married at the Chicago Cultural Center on their 4th year anniversary!!
Chicago Wedding Chinese Door Game
In this trailer, you’ll see a Chinese wedding tradition called a “Door Game”. Before the wedding ceremony, the groom and his Heng Dais (groomsmen) are stopped at the bride’s front door by the Tze Muis (bridesmaids). The groom won’t be allowed to see his bride until his Heng Dais have passed all the tests that are created by the Tze Muis. These tests typically include all sorts of requests…from obscure to difficult. The bride is usually on the other side of the door listening in on the fun. The groom will also have Li Shi (Chinese-made red envelopes with money) in his pocket. He will give the envelopes to children for good luck and the rest is given to the Tze Muis.

After the tasks are completed, the groom is then permitted to open the door and see his beautiful bride. In this case, Lee and his groomsmen completed all their tasks. Lee was then permitted to open the door and expected to see Xiaoxiao. Instead, Xiaoxiao’s dad was on the other side with a veil on him. Needless to say, it brightened the whole mood of what became a wonderful day in Chicago. The reason behind the Chinese door games is to prove that the Tze Muis are not prepared to let their good friend go so easily and to see how much the groom really loves the bride.

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Alyssa + Tom // St. Ita Church + Mid America Club Chicago


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They say there’s nothing like a mother’s love for her daughter. I definitely found that to be the case at Alyssa and Tom’s wedding. When I first arrived, I noticed all the little details that Alyssa put into her bridal preps…customized cups/shirts/bags for all her bridesmaids, customized hangers for all the bridal party dresses, customized signs…the list goes on. Alyssa admitted she frequently checked Pinterest for ideas. While I was looking at all these nice touches Alyssa assembled for me to film, I saw her mom taking everything in with what might have been a small tear. I pulled Alyssa’s mom aside and what transpired was a real conversation about the stages of life and giving away your daughter to someone she loves. This interview immediately became the focal point in the edit. We hope you enjoy this story as much as we enjoyed filming it!!
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Ceremony: St. Ita Catholic Church (Chicago)
Reception: Mid-America Club – Aon Building (Chicago)
Bridal Accomodations: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago
Planning: Tying the Knot
Bridal Dress: Kleinfeld Bridal New York
Makeup/Hair: Opulent Beauty and Angelica Costa GelCosta23@Yahoo.Com 708-743-3115
Floral/Design: Phillip’s Flowers
DJ: Okyne Media Lab
Photography: Thompson Wedding Photography
Cinematography: Delack Media Group

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