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.