East and West in the Heart of Richmond

May 20, 2019 Richmond, Virginia

For Lina and Al, their wedding was a blend of East meets West. The couple had plans to celebrate in China later that year, but wanted to embrace their new home with a wedding in the heart of Richmond, Virginia. While Lina originally hails from overseas, their story began with their first face-to-face meeting at JFK Airport in New York City and culminated in a proposal atop the Empire State Building with a crowd of people cheering them on.

Maymont with its beautiful flowers and The Jefferson Hotel with its stunning architectural details created the backdrop for an intimate and elegant celebration. Lina honored her heritage by ending the day in a traditional Chinese red dress called a qipao but not before wearing a Western-style white wedding gown for the ceremony. Xiaoqi Li Photography was behind the lens capturing Al and Lina's joy as their new life together began.

The best way we can think of to sum up this day is with a Chinese greeting for the couple: zhù nǐ men xīn hūn yú kuài (may you have a happy marriage)!

Sweet wedding moment between bride and groom with their dog
Beautiful bride wearing a traditional red Chinese dress qipao
Classic wedding day at Maymont in Richmond Virginia
Romantic wedding moment between bride and groom at Maymont park in Richmond Virginia
Simple wedding bouquet with white hydrandeas and bright pink roses
Elegant Chinese bride wearing red wedding shoes
Outdoor garden wedding ceremony at Maymont in Richmond Virginia
Cheerful and traditional wedding reception centerpiece with pink lilies and purple daisies
Romantic moment between bride and groom at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond Virginia
Intimate wedding reception dinner at the Jefferson Hotel
Classic white tiered wedding cake with paisley sugar art and pink sugar hibiscus flowers
Intimate wedding reception dinner at LeMaire at the Jefferson Hotel for a sweet celebration for bride and groom
Pink and gold sugar flowers for chic and classic white tiered wedding cake
Elegant and intimate Chinese Western wedding at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond Virginia

Photography: Xiaoqi Li Photography | Ceremony Venue: Maymont | Reception Venue & Cake: The Jefferson Hotel | Catering: LeMaire at the Jefferson | Florals: Strange's Florist | Favors: Godiva | Submitted via Matchology