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Multicultural Matrimony

Lilly & Lau

Photography by: Philip Thomas Photography / Wedding Date : November 28
Classic & Cultural Riverwalk Wedding
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  • Bar Service & Caterer: Rio Plaza
  • Photographer: Philip Thomas Photography
  • Reception Musicians: Lumen Events
  • Reception Venue: Rio Plaza
  • Bride's Dress Shop: Ventura's Bridal Fashions
  • Bride's Hair: Michael Rivera (Salon Boutique)
  • Ceremony Musicians: Cristina María Castro & Deena Jimenez
  • Ceremony Venue: Mission Concepcion
  • Florist: Uptown Flowers
  • Rehearsal Dinner Venue: La Fogata Restaurant
  • Transportation: Elegant Transportation

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    Lillian Rodriguez & Lau Yip

    Hometowns: San Antonio & Hong Kong

    How did you meet? We met in 2007 when we started our first jobs. We formed a wonderful friendship throughout the years, which blossomed into something more when we began dating in 2013. Since then, we have traveled the world with our family and friends, began learning new languages, customs, and traditions, and decided we wanted to do this for the rest of our lives.

    Tell us about the proposal. 
 In May 2015, we went to Hong Kong to visit Lau’s parents with my parents and Lau’s brother and sister-in-law. On May 5th, Lau planned a nice dinner for the two of us and since no one was acting suspicious about us going alone, I did not think he was going to propose at that time. However, during dinner the waiter placed a scrapbook on the table that Lau had made chronicling our time together. I began looking at it, and by the end of the scrapbook, Lau was down on one knee asking me to marry him. After dinner, we went to a roof top lounge, where our family joined us to celebrate. Lau recorded our engagement with a hidden camera in the ring box, so we decided to continue that video perspective and used GoPro cameras to record our special day. Uptown Flowers placed my camera in my bouquet and Lau had his camera in his tux jacket pocket.

    What inspired the design or theme of your wedding day? Lau is Chinese and I am Hispanic and we have really enjoyed merging our two cultures and traditions.  Our wedding color was red, which represents good luck, happiness, and joy in Chinese culture.  As an example, traditional Chinese wedding gowns are red incorporating embroidery of phoenix and dragon.  We had a traditional Catholic ceremony at Mission Concepcion, with beautiful Spanish architecture and great ambiance. I had a traditional white gown for the church ceremony and a red gown for the Chinese tea ceremony.

    How did you choose your venue and vendors? We wanted to select unique San Antonio venues. The Riverwalk was especially beautiful with the lights for Christmas and we loved the rich history of the missions. We also chose venue and vendors based on their professionalism and knowing they would make our day stress-free so we could enjoy everything to the fullest.

    What was the most trying part of the planning process? I personally enjoyed the planning process especially figuring out ways to personalize our wedding and merge our two cultures!

    What were some of the most unique elements of your wedding? Some Memorable Extras in our wedding:

    • I wore the engagement ring my Abuelo gave my Abuela in 1940’s.
    • My veil belonged to my godmother and was also worn by my mom and my cousin.
    • Lau presented the arras to me that my dad presented to my mom on their wedding day as a pledge to care for me.
    • “Double Happiness” 囍 is a very common symbol in Chinese weddings. Each half of the symbol is the standard character for happiness, and together represents the wish for the two young newlyweds to have happiness together. We had this symbol on our wedding invitations and throughout the wedding ceremony and reception.
    • After the ceremony, we went to Rio Plaza where we had a traditional Chinese tea ceremony and I wore a red Chinese wedding dress. A Chinese tea ceremony is a sacred nuptial ritual in the Chinese culture, where the bride and groom show respect and honour to their parents by presenting them with tea. The ceremony signifies the changed relationship between the couple and their parents since the newlyweds are now considered a daughter and son to both families. The tea set and the red dress used in the ceremony were purchased in Hong Kong where we were engaged.
    • Our wedding cake topper was custom designed to look like Lau and me in our wedding attire!


    Did anything about your wedding exceed your expectations? Everything! All the planning and preparing was worth it because that weekend was absolutely magical! We enjoyed every minute of it and we were so blessed to be surrounded by so many of our family and friends!

    What are your favorite memories from the day? This is a difficult question, as there are so many special moments! We enjoyed merging our families and our cultures, celebrating with your family and friends while dancing and having a great time, and the sparkler send-off at the end of the reception.

    What are your plans for the future? To enjoy each day to the fullest!

    What advice do you have for couples planning a San Antonio wedding? The people and vendors that helped us with the wedding were extremely helpful and professional! I would highly recommend every one of our vendors—they did all of the heavy lifting for us so we were able to enjoy ourselves. Also, do not stress or worry the day of, because things do not always go as planned, so just enjoy every moment because it goes by very quickly!

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