Chinese Weddings over the Past 2 Decades

March 15, 2017
By China DailyEditor: Penny Huang
Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
Meng He, a photographer from Jinzhou, North China's Hebei province, started to record weddings by chance when he was asked to help out at his friend's marriage in 1993. Over the past two decades, Meng has continued to record one of the happiest moments in his friends' lives. When looking at the photos one not only notices the changes in Chinese wedding over the years, but also discovers every detail that captures the uniqueness of that period. [qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
Wedding of Lyu Jianshen, a friend of Meng He, on Dec 2, 1993. This was the first wedding photo Meng took after borrowing a camera. Grooms in rural areas at that time usually used bicycles to pick up brides. The groom in this photo pushes a bike borrowed from his neighbor. The owner of the bike said the cycle was never idle as relatives and friends kept borrowing it for their weddings. [qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
Wedding of Meng's colleague Wang Bo's son, Dec 11, 1994. Wedding gowns were not popular in counties. The photo was taken after Meng asked the couple to stand closer, but there is still an obvious distance between them.[qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
Meng's colleague Wu Ying was driven in a red Santana to her wedding, Dec 1, 1996. Red Santanas and a few mini vans would steal the limelight of a wedding. [qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
The wedding of Meng's colleague Zhang Qingguo's daughter, Nov 1, 1997. Brides started to wear wedding gowns in counties around 1997. [qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
Meng's niece Wu Jing's wedding, May 1998. She wore a white wedding gown and had her own makeup assistant. [qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
The younger daughter of Meng's neighbor Xiao Feng married a guy from a neighboring village. Meng felt sad when he attended the wedding in Nov 1999 after he saw the poor condition of the village. However, the picture has now completely changed with skyscrapers dotted all over the place and the couple, who have two daughters, run their own business. [qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
The wedding of Meng's colleague Zhao Yingjie's daughter, May 2000. The couple rode in a vehicle that was offered free by a wedding photography studio. The competition among the studios was getting fierce. [qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
The wedding of Meng's neighbor Peng Shengxiang's daughter in 2003. The couple worked in Beijing but held their wedding ceremony back in their hometown.[qq.com]

 

Chinese Weddings over Past 2 Decades
The face of mother-in-law was smeared with black ash during the wedding of Meng's colleague Zhao Huisheng's daughter, Dec, 2004. A lot of tricks were played on mothers-in-law in Meng's hometown to make the atmosphere more cheerful. [qq.com]

 

(Source: China Daily)

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