Chris is one of my all time best friends. We went to high school together. Since I’ve known him for a long time, it was an amazing experience to photograph his wedding. And I must say, I never seen Christopher happier. I’m very grateful that his family flew me all the way to Thailand, how amazing is that! Chris is from Charleston and a little over a year ago while on a mission trip in Cambodia, he met Kwan for the first time. It was by no mistake that they were brought together. Kwan, who is from Thailand, just happened to be serving at the same place and the same time has Christopher. After spending only a few days together with their group, he knew for a fact that he should stay in contact with her. It wasn’t long before Chris that the two of them would end up together. The long distance wasn’t the easiest thing to do but they were both very committed to one another and made it work. After going on another mission trip together, they both decided that they wanted to get married and November was the perfect time to do so.
Randy and all the guys from the Water of Life Ministry (the place where Chris and Kwan met) came up from Cambodia to participate in the wedding. Randy was the pastor and did a phenomenal job officiating the wedding, he touched the hearts of everyone there. Everyone’s eyes were tearing up, I must say…even I had some. It’s an indescribable feeling, but you could definitely tell that it was only by a divine plan that Chris and Kwan were together.
The wedding day began with a dowry ceremony at the bride’s parent’s house. This ceremony is where the groom’s family pays for the bride, often to compensate her family for the cost of raising her. After that was concluded, everyone prepared for the wedding ceremony. Chris and Kwan had a Christian wedding, which is uncommon in those parts of the world. The majority of the population is Buddhist. It was pretty funny that they had to explain what happens at a Christian ceremony, we all know because we’ve been to many American weddings before. Following the wedding, everyone gathered at the school gym for the reception where Chris and Kwan spent most of their time greeting people and participating in the events. They were so busy that they didn’t even get to eat dinner. Needless to say, they had a wonderful time.
All of us outsiders had such an amazing time in Thailand and I’m so thankful I got to go and experience something entirely different than what I’m used to. Thank you Thank you Thank you, Chris and Kwan, we love you guys!!!
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