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SARAH + PAN - Cambodian Wedding in Columbia, SC

Here's our tip: If you EVER get invited to a Cambodian wedding here is a step by step guide on what to do next...

1. Stop what you are doing immediately

2. Clear anything you have on your calendar to make room for this event (this may or may not be limited to the birth of your own child. Okay okay. You can miss it for that I guess). 

3. Find whatever means necessary for funding and book your plane, train, or car to get to this event. You DO. NOT. WANT. TO. MISS. THIS. 

Seriously. This was our first Cambodian wedding, and there was simply nothing that could have prepared us for what to expect on the day. I knew the customs to watch for. The order of ceremony. The important bits. What we weren't expecting was how much fun and love went into the whole day. Unlike western ceremonies, for this event you did not have to be a captive audience which is great for two reasons. One, its a more relaxed atmosphere. No one is going to frown at you for getting up to take a break or grab a stuffed banana leaf. The other reason is that the ceremony is 6 hours. Minimum. That's right. At least six hours and six outfit changes for the bride and groom.  Here are some of our favorite moments from the day along with some commentary on just what the heck is going on...

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The amount of food presented and laid out for the event was amazing. Chickens, ducks, an array of fruits and veggies. Some were exotic like lychee and oh yeah.....a pig. You'll see him in just a few photos. 

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Sarah and Pan's garments were made custom for them, but at the same time they weren't. Sarah told me that she was able to choose the colors and a few of the styles prior to the wedding. Regardless it was so interesting to see the two ladies in charge of dressing them tug, pull, tuck, and safety pin their way to a perfect fit. 

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Pan and all the guest parade down the street carrying all the food and necessary items for the day. 

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Throughout the day there were so many fun parts that were purely ceremony. Like this for instance. The is the minister walking up to Sarah's parents house to ask if there are any single girls available to get married today. Her dad had some fun with it :) 

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Pan asking Sarah's father what he would like in exchange for his daughter. Mark's response was not something Pan was expecting. He told him "One Sacagawean dollar". After a bit of shock, Sarah's sister burst into the room with just that! 

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Our friend Mr. Pig! 

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They are not actually cutting hair. It's the ceremonial hair cutting. Not actual (I had to ask before it started). This was one part of the day where everyone participated. Guest took turns pretending to groom Sarah and Pan and then showing them their handy work in a mirror. It was hilarious. Some guests let just say took liberties. 

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The minister was having a little difficulty reaching the candles to light them and we were all becoming concerned that the carpet was going to catch fire. Josh graciously leaned in and helped out. Of course he had to document this. 

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Each guest took turns tying their wrists with beautiful red thread. 

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This was my favorite part! Guests showered Sarah and Pan with seeds and petals.

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KELLI + STEVE -wedding at Boyce Chaple / Lace House : Columbia, SC wedding photographer

Boyce Chapel and the Lace House. Two beautiful pieces of history, and even more beautiful locations to have a phenomenal wedding. We had some of the best and brightest on our side that Saturday for Kelli and Steve's wedding. We loved their details, flowers, and how beautifully everything came together. Kelli and Steve wanted a perfectly elegant wedding, and they got just that. We hope you enjoy some of our favorite moments and details from this great wedding day. 

 

Special thanks to the amazing people who made it happen:

 

Melanie Murphy and her fabulous team at By Invitation Only  

Something Special Florist and Gifts

Parkland Cakes

Jamie Tran of Eyebrow junkie

Boyce Chapel

Lace House 

Big Time

Palmetto Party Rental

Aberdeen Catering

First Class Limo

 

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JESSIE + MATT - wedding in Camden, SC : Columbia, SC wedding photographers

Some small cities in South Carolina are just full of charm.  We had the great opportunity to photograph in Camden at the beautiful Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Spingdall Hall Country Club. Both locations were so cute, and the perfect fit for Jessie and Matthews wedding.  Right before Jessie was getting ready to walk down the isle that day, we (Aaron and Jessie) got to talking about how beautiful the weather had turned out that day.  During those short few minutes, Jessie told me all about how she and Matt had put a ton of thought into choosing the day they wanted to get married.  They considered Daylight Savings, the Carolina Cup, what time the sun would be setting ... everything. It was really was such a special moment to hear Jessie talk about all their planning right before walking in to meet her future husband.  It really was a beautiful day with a wonderful couple, and great people. We hope you enjoy a few of our favorites from the day.   

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