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Ra and Nin’s Traditional Cambodian Wedding

One of my favorite things at a wedding are multicultural ceremonies. I may love them more than roasted potatoes at a wedding (is that even possible?). Ra and Nin had a traditional Cambodian wedding with four main ceremonies, and each one was fascinating to see.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Groom’s Processional
The groom and his entourage came bearing gifts to the bride’s home. Upon arrival at the home, gifts were presented and rings were exchanged. Ancestors were honored with the lighting of incense and offering of food.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Hair Cutting Ceremony
After wishing for blessings from the ancestors, they had the cleansing ceremony. The guests pretended to cut the bride and groom’s hair and spray perfume on them, all while blessing them and making jokes. The symbolism of this ceremony is to cleanse the couple of their past and help them prepare for their new life together.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Between ceremonies, Ra and Nin would do an outfit change, there were a lot of outfits for this day!

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Passing of Blessings
Here, the bride and groom were seated in the center of a circle, as married couples passed three lit candles around them, seven times around. Here, the married couples are passing along their blessings and luck to the new couple.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Knot-Tying Ceremony
In this ceremony, the bride and groom kneel side by side with a sword in between their hands. Guests tie red strings around the bride and groom’s wrists, while also bestowing well wishes. Meanwhile, the other guests toss white seeds at the couple.

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

Cambodian Wedding Ceremony Photo by Portland Wedding Photographer MaiCamera Photography

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2 responses

  1. Absolutely gorgeous– love every image 🙂

    January 7, 2013 at 4:57 pm

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