To spend a day laughing with two such awesome people and still be able to call it work is just one of the reasons I have the best job in the world :-) Sophy and Benno tied the knot with a ceremony in two parts – the first incorporated Cambodian traditions true to Sophy’s roots, followed by a Western service. It was held at Belvoir Park in Zurich on a perfect Summer’s day, with a lot of Sophy’s family travelling all the way from Cambodia to be there.
East meets West
The Eastern part of the celebration felt like we were travelling without moving. All Sophy’s aunts in their rainbow coloured outfits, the smell of incense filling the air. Things are waaay more relaxed in Cambodian ceremonies – someone gets up to adjusted your outfit, candles are relit, microphones are moved around mid-prayer, and all the while people are just super easy-going and chilled. I’m pretty sure not many brides would be so relaxed having holy water constantly splashed all over their fresh wedding make-up, but Sophy just laughed and enjoyed the moment. After the monk’s blessing came the knot tying ceremony, where guests are invited to tie an orange string around each of the bride and groom’s hands. This is a chance to personally bestow their wishes and blessings on the couple, an idea I absolutely loved.
After a huge cheering send off, and a quick outfit change for round two, Sophy reappeared in a stunning gown by Asian designer Vera Wang, on the arm of her uncle. Both Sophy and Benno’s Dads have passed, and the emotional ceremony paid tribute to them. Benno gave possibly one of my all time favourite wedding speeches, staying true to his great sense of humour – and had everyone in stitches.
The reception took place at Quai 61, right on the lake of Zurich. After the cake cutting, a surprise flash mob by family and friends, and a first dance to ‘I had the time of my life’ (complete with original ‘Dirty Dancing’ inspired moves) the couple celebrated the night away.
I think that naturally you hope that everything runs smoothly during your ceremony, but it’s often the unanticipated hiccups where something doesn’t go quite right, that break the ice and give everyone a chance to smile, have a laugh and relax into the more formal part of the day. Think of these little quirks as the things that make your day unique, and embrace the perfectly imperfect :-)