We’re always up for new, different and just the right kind of challenging. When Moni contacted us about shooting their wedding, I got the good kind of chills. Sure it promised to be a long day, but it was pretty full of, well, pretty gorgeous. Too much to contain in one blog post! Moni and Long were planning a traditional Cambodian wedding, a Catholic wedding and a traditional Vietnamese reception. All in one day. Sounds like a lot but they did it. We have pictures to prove it, too.
Cambodian wedding tea ceremonies are supposed to start at sunrise so all the preparations have to be handled well before. You bet I went to bed early after hanging out with Moni and Long at their rehearsal the evening before. Seven a.m. promised to come pretty quickly. It did, but the energy and hustle and bustle kept us on our toes and going for the rest of the day.
Here we go!
Laura Martinez was already working her magic on Moni when we arrived. I can not hesitate to recommend Laura, she makes people super gorgeous.
The ceremony had three major parts and every member of the bridal party had a different set of outfits for each. Good thing that there were professional wedding coordinators that helped everyone get dressed and prepped for their parts to play.
Long gets some cues and practice on how to exactly flip the leaves on the pillow.
After the bride arrives, she and the groom present flowers as thank you gifts to their parents and elders
The couple begins to receive blessings from their family and friends.
I have no idea what she told Long at this moment, but it was probably “prepare to get pelted!”
They’re so gorgeous!
This was a really unique experience for Jesse and I to witness and shoot. The colors and the happenings that were one after another…way too hard to keep from snapping away and that was just the first ceremony of the day! And Moni’s mom makes amazing curry. They fed us well. Sorry, had to say it!
To come: their Catholic ceremony and Vietnamese reception. Much fun, promise!