(most) of the Americans --
There were better pictures in which everyone was more prepared, but I kind of like this one.
(L-R): Jamie (our temporary consular section chief), Natacha (consular section staff), Phyllis (our Consul General's wife), Jim (Natacha's husband who works for the Agriculture Office), FengYing, FengYing's husband, Erika (Phyllis' daughter who is interning this summer), me
Brandon, our newest consular officer, and PangWei, another locally-employed staff member in our section:
As FengYing arrives, the lights dim and the spotlight is on her. She sits on a swing and waits for her fiance to walk her down the aisle, as Liu Chang (another staff member, apparently in jeans?) tosses rose petals at her. (Apparently, weddings are much more casual in China. The Americans, in suits and dresses, were the most formal guests there.)
The fiance arrives with the bouquet:
They prepare to walk to the stage as the relatives look on.
I should mention here that they walked down the aisle to the Star Wars theme.
Jamie reads (in Chinese!) a tribute to the couple, while FengYing probably whispers to her parents who the strange foreigner is and what he's doing at their wedding --
FengYing sweats it out onstage, as the eyes of 200+ people, a spotlight, and a camera are all trained her:
(seriously nervewracking! also, these pictures are kind of blurry, since I was really zooming in from far away.)
PangWei, chainsmoking in a corner, predictably. oh PangWei.
So much food! There were so many dishes, they had to start piling them on top of each other in a giant heap of deliciousness -
After the ceremony and the costume change, FengYing and her husband went around to each table, thanking everyone for coming. The guests gave them money in red envelopes, and the couple gave the guests little party favors in red bags. The girls also got a piece of candy, and the men got cigarettes.
FengYing, carrying the red bags, with her husband (second from right):
Thanking PangWei for his red envelope:
Striking a match, as DongMei looks a little scared:
PangWei, attempting to smoke two cigarettes:
and giving a candy to DongMei -
The consular section ladies with their red bags:
Ms. Chong, Liu Jing, and Liu Chang:
DongMei, PangWei, and YangYang:
After the ceremony, FengYing posed with her glamor shots of herself and her husband, which were in the lobby, before flying off to Bali for the honeymoon!
Jamie also took a lot of great pictures of the ceremony, and you can see his pictures at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bjamisonf/sets/72157620081239908/show/