Recently, we've had the pleasure of shooting a Laotian/Mien wedding in the Oakland Hills. Bill and Baxay were dressed in traditional Laos clothing filled with vibrant colors! Unlike, American weddings where there are planners and hired help, this wedding was filled with family and friends assisting with the set up of the wedding. To witness a group of people work together to feed 500+ guests was amazing.
The official wedding ceremony starts with the groom's attempt at seeing his bride. Before, he is to sit with her, his niece must wash his feet. After his feet have been cleanse, he then encounters the gatekeeper whom he'll have to pay off. There are exchange of laughters and jokes before he is permitted to cross. When the groom passes the gatekeeper, he then sits right next to his bride and the barci ceremony begins. Barci is the tying of the white string around the bride and groom's wrist.
It was a community affair to ensure the bride and groom are well taken care of on their special day. We would like to wish these guys a lifetime of happiness and plenty of offsprings!! <3