In answer to Michel's comment under my last article, I have thought of this set up for the tea party he's planning at a wedding. Usually, the teapot is at the center of a gongfu cha set up, but for this occasion, the newly weds are the focus of the day. Here, I use Chinese wedding cups (double happiness cups) to represent the couple. As the saying goes: pictures say it better than a 1000 words! The black and white combination achieves a stylish contrast. A dark blue matching the qinghua color would also work well, if you don't want black at the wedding. And if you want it even more colorful, go and pick some flowers and leaves in the garden and display them with grace near the tea cups.
My name is Stéphane Erler. I live in Taiwan since 1996 and have been studying tea with Teaparker. He's a worldwide tea expert and author of over 30 tea books. The study of tea isn't just theoretical, but it's also rooted in daily practice. It's a path of continuous improvement. As my brewing technique improves I get access to better teas and better accessories. These things go hand in hand. My blog documents my learning since 2004. And I have set up an online tea boutique with my selection of top quality teas, accessories and tea culture.