Monica & Tom’s Cambodian Wedding Ceremony in Colorado

Cambodian cultural wedding ceremony

Cambodian cultural wedding ceremony

One of the best part of my jobs is having the opportunity to photograph events I would not normally be a part of.  Whether its a sorority rush, a sunrise bike race, or a cultural ceremony, my camera is my backstage pass to a world of celebrations and events.
On Saturday I was able to document a Cambodian wedding, which was truly unlike any other wedding I have ever been a part of.  I have photographed Indian, Chinese, Jewish, and a lot of  very interesting wedding ceremonies, but this one was truly unique.  Monica & her bridesmaids started preparing for the wedding day with hair and makeup starting at 4am.  Then the wedding officially started at 9am with the Groom’s Processional where the groom & all the guest enter the home after a formal greeting at the door.  Then a multitude of ceremonies followed including a blessing from the parents, a hair-cutting ceremony, a sword & knot-tying, singing by monks, and other interesting Cambodian celebrations.  Also, between every main event Monica changed outfits (and usually the bridesmaids and a couple of times the groom too).  The bride’s five (yes, 5!) outfits consisted of elaborate beautiful fabrics, complete with jeweled crowns & lots of gold jewelry.The very next day Monica & Tom held a traditional American ceremony at The Mile High Station (those pictures to follow).  Since not everyone could be invited to the smaller Cambodian ceremonies, I put together a slide-show of some of the best pictures to display at the American wedding.  Click the link below to see these pictures….many more to follow.

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Destination Wedding Photographer: Best Wedding Pictures of 2011 – part1 « Nicole Nichols Photography - […] pleasure of documenting Monica & Tom’s 2 day wedding weekend which included a beautiful Cambodian wedding and a funky modern peacock inspired wedding at the Mile High Station in Denver.  My summer […]May 19, 2012 – 6:14 pm

Nicole Nichols Photography - Thanks Maura! I’m working on their album proof, or “wedding story” now, which is definitely going to take some time with so many pictures, but can’t wait to show everyone the rest, stay posted.
NicoleJune 7, 2011 – 8:37 pm

Maura McLoughlin - Nicole,
You did such a beautiful job!!! I would love an album of photos of the slideshow from the Cambodian wedding. I can’t wait to see the American one too.
Love,
Maura
Tom’s MomJune 7, 2011 – 4:54 pm

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