A Cambodian Wedding Celebration | Serey + Marcus

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When one thinks of beautiful and vibrant cultural weddings, it’s hard not to think of Cambodian wedding ceremonies. They are  steeped in tradition and express a strong connection to family, love, giving, and ancestral respect and connectedness. Traditional Cambodian (Khmer) weddings last three days, but we were honoured to have been invited to photograph the day of the ceremony as well as a second day with a western style wedding at the Brock House at Point Grey, Vancouver.

Serey and Marcus’ Cambodian wedding, was held at Serey’s family’s home. Family from the grooms side arrived at Serey’s home bearing gifts representing a dowry. It was a long procession of friend and family carrying numerous gift offerings.

The ceremony itself was held under a tent that day. The area were the bride and groom sat during the wedding looked like a throne room, which was apropos, since Marcus and Serey were indeed the King and Queen of the day.

There were three complete outfit changes, and a number of smaller ceremonies steep in tradition and symbolism. My favourite had to be the hair cutting ceremony – Marcus, of course, had no hair.

It was special to see the bringing together of two distinct cultures on the first day. This probably should come as no surprise to use since, being from Vancouver, we are often privileged to see so many different cultural and ethnic weddings.

We could see from all the smiling faces that the guests had a great time at the wedding. There was plenty of food and drink. The atmosphere was completely relaxed and fun. There was music, dance, stories to share, and they even had friends and family Skyped in online from Cambodia to witness the celebration in real time – amazing!

Above are just some photos from their amazing wedding day, which has to be one of our favourites of the year so far. More photos are to come from their second day, so stay tuned.

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12 Replies to “A Cambodian Wedding Celebration | Serey + Marcus”

  1. what a gorgeous wedding – love the colors. you must submit this for sure! fantastic 🙂

  2. Wonderful job in capturing the essence of Cambodian wedding and all the love!

  3. Thank you Rithi Hok for sharing. It is very beautiful, however with mine it wont be like that. I have been there and done that…. now I just want simplicity. Congrats on the happy couple. I am sure it will be very memorable for them in years to come, as it did me. ; )

  4. I absolutely loved my trip to Cambodia. you did an excellent job capturing the wealth and depth of the culture. wish i could go to a Cambodian wedding in the States! i know they do the astrology thing too. wondering how entirely different the experience is from an Indian wedding.

  5. Hey Samira,

    Thanks for the comment. It was an amazing experience. I loved the colors and vibrance of this wedding, as well as all the people. Everyone was friendly and there were many stories shared about family and how people immigrated to Canada. It reminds me a lot of my own family’s story. There are major differences between this and Indian weddings. Similarities include the focus on family, gifts of prosperity, and vibrance of the decor and attire. It was quite a treat to be part of such a special celebration!

  6. I’m starting to plan my own Khmer/American ceremony and am curious if you know where the couple bought or rented their clothes from. The photos are stunning and seemed to truly capture their joy!

  7. Cambodian wedding looks so beautiful… I love their dress, The session looks so fun.

  8. Where I buy a dress? I really want one but I don’t know where to get it.

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