Khoa + Stephany's Downtown Portland Cambodian Wedding Weekend
Khoa and Stephany had a 2-day wedding celebration in Portland, OR staring with a Vietnamese ceremony and parade on Friday afternoon and a huge all-day wedding Cambodian celebration on Saturday…and it was INCREDIBLE! To make this each day of their wedding weekend shine, I wanted to separate Friday’s ceremonies from Saturdays to get a feel for both culture’s wedding vibes.
The Cambodian culture is SO COOL and wonderfully unique with bright vibrant colors, importance of family everywhere, and many ceremonies that honor family and their new marriage. I can’t get over how many ceremonies there are and all the fun outfits they changed into for each ceremony and event. It’s a lot, so I’ll try to break it down for you!!
Their Cambodian wedding day started out with another parade of Khoa’s family walking up to Stephany’s house requesting permission to marry her and come into her home. Khoa held a pka sla (white seeds found in a palm tree pod) as an offering to Stephany’s parents. Khoa’s family is then invited in to start the various ceremonies and exchange wedding rings.
First ceremony was the hair cutting and the ancestors offering ceremony. Each family member takes turns cutting off a piece of hair from the bride and groom to symbolize cutting away your old life for the new life of marriage. Everyone blesses them as they cut the hair (some pretended to cut their hair, and some unfortunately cut their real hair lol). Then Khoa and Stephany changed into another outfit for the next ceremony.
The Second ceremony was the Candle Blessing, Red String,Hand Tying and Sword ceremony. Family members bless the couple with tying a red string around their wrists and bless them with holy water-soaked flowers as the couple is holding a blessed sword. Family members who are married go around and bless them and share experie