This post is long overdue! You may remember Angela & Kim from their Santa Monica engagement session. This adorable couple tied the knot! This was my first time witnessing a Cambodian ceremony. The attire is so beautiful and the ceremony is so heart felt. The outfits are so intricate that they hired an expert to come. They brought all the clothes and jewelry and helped the wedding party get dressed.
The girls got ready in a separate room. The getting ready is one of my favorite parts of the day. So much excitement & anxiety.
Meanwhile, the elders were preparing these rice shaped seeds (?). The stalks look like wheat and you throw them at the bride & groom at the end of the ceremony.
To kick off the ceremony, guests passed a candle all around the room. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this is to call upon their ancestors for their blessing. Family bond is a big thing in their culture and their ancestors are called upon to share in this day and offer their blessing.
Monks perform a prayer.
The ceremony wasn’t all serious the whole time though. Check out this next reaction…
The next part was a knot tying ceremony – though it’s not the bride & groom who ties the knot. Family individually comes up and ties red string around the couple’s wrist to offer their blessing.
After giving their blessing/tying their wrist, elders say a few words. I didn’t need to understand her grandma to feel how touching her words were. Any advice/thoughts from my grandma would probably make me cry too.
And at the end, the guests shower them with the seeds. It was a tight space and densely packed with people, so you can imagine how dense the seed shower was!
Traditionally, you keep the strings on.
Kim’s parents had an amazing (and huge) home in Palos Verdes. Yes, that’s the ocean in the background and that patch of grass just before the ocean is Trump National golf course. What a view!
I love Angela’s Badgley Mischka shoes.
And I LOVE love love her little wedding “logo”. It was drawn by her talented sister! Isn’t it so darling?!
I love their little tea pot! Tea is served to the elders as a sign of respect.
We then went literally across the street to Trump’s to take some photos.
And the bridesmaids picking up the groom cracks me up:
Their favors had tea bags and a little jar of honey in it. So sweet! And again, I just love their wedding “logo”.
They had cute little love birds on the top of their cake:
Congrats you two on a fun and beautiful wedding!!! Can’t wait to see you through your next journey together!
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gooosh what a great wedding!! love that logo, the cake with the cute birds… the location; everythings amazing!!
and you made some gorgeous pictures :D
I’ve never seen a cambodian ceremony before. Her jewelry for that ceremony is TDF ! love all the details you captured !
Wow. this is prob my favorite wedding of yours by far. i just love the story-telling of these gorgeous images. u truly captured the perfect moments and expressions!
This wedding is insanely gorgeous. I love each & every photograph from this wedding-you did a fabulous job!
Glad I read you informative and well-written blog. Your photography is truly inspiring…what talent you have. Look forward to following you here. Have a great day! Cheers.
Caroline, your images are mind blowing! Love them!!
Spectacular, spectacular, spectacular!! What an insanely gorgeous wedding. I love every detail. The colours, the logo, the dresses, the cake toppers, the shoes, the flowers and, of course, the emotion. Amazing moments beautifully captured by you, once again, Caroline. You should be immensely proud of your work. It’s simply divine!
I love them all!! Amazing!
Thanks so much Caroline & Jonathan!!! We love your work, the albums, you, and everything else! Looking at the pictures always brings a smile. Thank you again :)
gorgeous! yes their wedding logo is so cute and you captured everything beautifully
What a gorgeous wedding! All the details are so perfect! I’m with you on their logo, that is too cute! Gorgeous capture of a gorgeous wedding! Congrats!