Oct 12, 2012

Summer vacation: Say married!

More reverse photobombing

Everyone is taking wedding photos all over the place
St. Michael's Church
St. Michael’s Catholic Church

Like many aspects of western culture, the idea of having a big expensive wedding with all the lacy trimmings is slowly making its way over here, and Chinese couples are starting to incorporate aspects of the modern western-style celebration into their traditional nuptial activities.

One of those adopted aspects is a photo session with the groom in a tux and the bride in a big white dress. This may or may not occur on the day of the actual wedding ceremony, and these may or may not have been the outfits in which the couple was actually married.

In the heart of the old town stands St. Michael’s Catholic Church, one of the most prominent reminders of the German presence. These days, it serves an active local congregation, and it’s in all the Qingdao guidebooks as a tourist destination. As we saw on our visit, it also performs as a backdrop for Chinese newlyweds’ photos. There were several couples in the church square, accompanied by entourages including camera, lighting and make-up people. We noticed a few photographers position their shots to catch us in the background.

Across the square from the church is a banquet hall, making this a one-stop wedding shop, if you so needed.

Enough walking around. It’s time to get back to the beach …