On December 23rd, we celebrated Bride's Cookie Day with both our families in Thousand Oaks. Kevin graciously photographed the event for us so all the photos are courtesy of Kevin Tsang. Special thanks to Kevin for driving all the way out there to help us to record this special event for us.
Bride's Cookie Day is the day in traditional times when the groom's family would bring pastries and livestock (as like a dowry) to the bride's family in honor of them because they would be taking away their daughter to live in the groom's household.
Bring it forward to the present time, our families wanted to gather together in celebration of Adam and I so we decided to meet at Adam's aunt and uncle's home in Thousand Oaks to have this celebration.
All in all, it was blessed time that I know Adam and I will cherish for many, many years.
And... here are some of the photos:
Our grandpas hit it off instantly. They both speak the same dialect of Cantonese. It was cute to watch them bond.
Everyone reading the handout on info about what Bride's Cookie Day is.
A view of all the goodies.
Me not knowing what to do other than to sit and smile.
My grandpa receiving special gifts.
My brother videotaping the festivities.
Adam's sister, Lauren, and I
My parents look so happy.
I like the emotion caught in this one.
My parents, Adam and I. (We're the short ones... hehe)
A beautiful "double happiness" photo album from Adam's parents... to put all the beautiful photos from the event in!
Adam's Auntie Marilyn and his grandma. Adam bestowing gifts to his grandparents.
Father and son honoring our ancestors.
The women's turn.
The whole roast pig representing "livestock."
My brother, the videographer. I love the angle of this shot.
My dad in his element, the kitchen, chopping up chicken!
My mom with Lauren.
My lovely and I. I like this one of us. Very festive!
Me and my ridiculously big mouth about to munch on some yummy sponge cake.
Some of the 9 different varieties of pastries. 9 is a lucky number because it never ends.
Grandparents and my mom.
And now with Auntie Nancy and Adam!
And with me too!
Uncle Al, Auntie Pam, Adam's parents and mine in the kitchen with all the yummy food.
Duck and chicken.
My grandpa opening his special gift... a clock made up of mah-jong tiles! How thoughtful!
A blurry shot, but a great one of how Uncle Al and my dad bonded that night.
The happy couple.
In the kitchen.
Mmm... seafood chow mein!
My awkward smile again.
Some of the many details...
Our first family picture!
Just with the grandparents.
And finally one with our amazing photographer...
What a blessed day. I can't wait for more family gatherings. It's exciting to think how we're both gaining a family.