Paper Lantern Release

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of shooting alongside Emily of Southern Star Photography at a wedding she had at Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC. Lidia and Mike were a super fun couple with lots of awesome details added to their day. One thing they incorporated into their wedding that I LOVED was the paper lantern release! They had their guests come out as it got dark and they all took part in setting off the lanterns. I was curious if this had meaning to it, or if it was just a really fun thing to do so I started researching when I got home. I found out some pretty cool stuff!

Releasing of the lanterns symbolizes good luck and prosperity for the newlyweds.

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"Newlyweds are enchanted by the idea of watching their dreams for the future take flight on their wedding night, while guests are mesmerized by the spectacular sight of the illuminated lanterns suspended against the starry sky. It is believed that the longer and higher the lanterns float, the more likely the deities will receive your requests."

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 You can have your guests send off the paper lanterns as you leave your ceremony, during the reception, or maybe when you are leaving the reception as a send off.

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"The flame of our love will never die, for it burns through the stars for eternity." 

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Information about the traditions of the paper lanterns was found at

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