A St. Monica’s Catholic Church Wedding
Monica and Nhan planned a classic Mobile wedding that also incorporated several Vietnamese traditions. When we first met to talk about their timeline, Monica explained that in the Vietnamese culture a tea ceremony is held prior to the wedding ceremony.
For the tea ceremony, Nhan and his family would arrive from his family home, bringing gifts to Monica’s family home. Both families present gifts to the bride and groom during the tea ceremony. Monica told me beforehand, that this part of the day would be completely candid. As much as I love portraits, candid photographs are what first drew me to photography. I loved watching for those unplanned, spontaneous moments during the tea ceremony!
After the tea ceremony, we headed to Monica’s childhood church, which just happens to be St. Monica’s Catholic Church. I have visited many of our Catholic churches in Mobile, but I’d never been to St. Monica’s. I was blown away by how beautiful this church is! I couldn’t stop marveling at all the beautiful mosaics and the stained glass windows. This church is definitely a treasure for our city!
The Tradition of Toasting
Another Vietnamese tradition that Monica and Nhan incorporated into their day was the reception toasting. After dinner, Monica and Nhan, along with their parents and bridal party, visited each table of guests. The tradition of toasting their guests and thanking them for coming, ensures that everyone gets a chance to greet the bride and groom.
Once the toasting was complete, Monica, Nhan and their friends hit the dance floor for lots of party dancing! I loved that Ft. Whiting provided plenty of space for the dinner tables and a large dance floor area. This was my first wedding reception at this venue and it did not disappoint!
Photography by Elizabeth Gelineau
Second Photographer | Regina Gomez-Guillen
Photographer Assistant | Ian Hale
Photographer Assistant | Alina Malina
Church | St. Monica’s Catholic Church
Venue | Fort Whiting
Getting Ready Location | The Battle House Hotel
Bridal Details Photographed at Fort Conde Inn
Makeup Artist | Tyler Huber
Hair | Mary Nguyen
Florist | Cleveland
Caterer | Ba Mien
Cake | Pollman’s
Cocktail Hour | Hannison
Bartenders | Staff Bar Company
Marquee Letters | Rent the Lights
Suits | Indochino New Orleans
Bride’s Gown | Bliss Bridal
DJ | Samantha Teague
Photo Booth | Envog Events
Transportation | Gulf Coast Tours