Married 3 Times to be Married Once: Alicia & Darren’s Chinese American Wedding Reception

I’ve heard many brides say it. I’ve said it. How awesome it would be to get to do your wedding day again…and wear the most expensive dress I’ve ever bought again! While this isn’t most of our reality, and to be honest, I don’t know that my wedding dress would adhere to my post marriage and baby body, I hadn’t thought about what it would look like if it WAS someone’s reality. Enter Alicia & Darren. Alicia is an American. She lives in Bejing, China working with students there. Darren is Chinese. He ALSO lives in Bejing, China working with students there. That last sentence is a surprise, right;). These two passionate people fell in love, which is usually where there’s one wedding and they live happily ever after. But for international marriages its a little more complicated. Long story short, they had their first wedding in Bejing over thanksgiving…followed a number of weeks later by traveling to Darren’s small village to be married there…followed by an extremely long plane ride over to the US to become official in this governments eyes. Alicia informed me you could call it 4 marriages, since they signed the US paperwork at the courthouse the day they got it instead of waiting for the US church ceremony. I got the honor of photographing the 3rd (or 4th, depending on how you look at it) marriage here in Colorado. Even though this wasn’t the first time they said vows and ate cake, there was still a special representation in the air of the love and celebration due the sacred beauty of two becoming one. In particular, listening to the many speeches that were made to toast this ocean crossing couple, there was a blessing, made more potent by the realization that Alicia may never again be stateside. But her loved ones clearly see her calling…and that it is to China and Darren. I think that made the tears extra special. Here is their beautiful, RED, ceremony!

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia & Darren

Alicia told me there was stained glass in the church when we met before the day, and I immediately knew we’d have to get this shot. Glass is gorgeous!

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