Love Story of Alvin Khong & Dina Lay
Cambodian wedding ceremony is not what we usually experienced, but thanks to Alvin and Dina, The Ace Experience and team were able to participate and witness this magnificent ceremony.
For a brief background, Alvin is a General for US government, who met Dina and fell in love with her after that. Here, we spectated the amazing love story of them in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
The morning session is a traditional Cambodian ceremony wedding, whereby the groom and bride had to participate in 4 stages of the ritual: presentation of dowry, tea ceremony, hair cutting ceremony and lastly, pairing ceremony.
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Presentation of Dowry
It started with the arrival of groom and his family at the bride’s house, bringing gifts to present as dowry. Here, friends and family members from both parties were introduced to each other, followed by the exchange of wedding rings. 3 songs were played during this ceremony: Neay Pream He Kaun Kamlas (Arrival of the Groom), Chambak Rouy (Presenting the Dowry) and Pak Paeuk Pisa Sla (Inviting the Elders to Chew Betel Nut).
Presentation of dowry usually lasted 3 days and 3 nights in the traditional Cambodian culture, however, according to the changes of modern days, the whole ritual can be completed in just 1 day.
Similar to Chinese tradition, tea ceremony is only practiced by Chinese descent in Cambodia. Here, Alvin and Dina offered tea to the elderly in show of respect, after the offering of tea, both of them received a red packet from the elderly as a symbol of good wishes.
Hair Cutting Ceremony
Hair cutting ceremony is a symbolic ritual in traditional Cambodian wedding. Their hair represents a fresh and new start of their married life and relationship as husband and wife. First, the master cutter cut bits of the couple’s hair while wishing them good wishes such as longevity, prosperity and happiness, followed by the groom and bride’s parents, subsequently the other relatives, then friends, each took turns cutting the hair and granted them good blessings.
This is the final and the most unforgettable stage of wedding. In this ceremony, the groom and bride’s parents tied blessing strings on their left and right wrists. While doing this, they would further grant them their full blessings and well-wishes, this process were witnessed among family members and friends with joyful cheers and loud gongs. This ceremony finished by a palm of fresh flowers thrown over the newlyweds.
After the traditional wedding ceremony, Alvin and Dina had a grand and royally hall reception which accommodated 1,500 pax from both sides! This luxurious hall reception is not the typical eat-and-leave kind, Alvin and Dina had planned out a Westernized dance floor after the dinner for everyone, check out the photos below for their memorable night!
In this evening hall reception, the bride had her significant “first on dance floor” moment with her husband. This tradition is practiced by the Western country, however, it is accepted globally in this modern generation. Traditionally, the groom is to dance with his new mother-in-law and his mother; the bride with her father-in-law and her father. After that, the groom and bride danced together in the final moment over their favourite romantic song. After the first dance, the rest of the guests were invited to join in the dance floor.