Chiang Mai, Thailand
|The farangs (that's us), with the happy couple in their traditional wedding finery|
|Hmmm, looks like they're setting up a wedding, at 6:30am on Thursday, in the open space at the end of this trash-strewn alley|
|Yep, that's a wedding alright, complete with "photo curtain" entrance|
By the time we were back at around 11:30am, the wedding affair seemed to be in full swing, so I suggested heading down to see if we could catch a glimpse of the scene. After just a few moments of standing across the street as onlookers, one of the participants came by and started waving us over...and rather insistently so. So we made our way to the "check-in", where there was a small congregation around the card collection box, and were immediately handed ice cold water by a friendly, older western guy with watery, blue eyes (he seemed French). He was dressed in partial hill tribe garb and sported a long, gray, pony tail that was festively tied into sections with red string/ribbon . By way of greeting, he jovially insisted that we go take a seat at one of the tables under the tents for some shade, pointing out that the meal was about to be served.
|Invited in, as things are in full swing. That's our host on the right, beneath the umbrella, in the colorful vest.|
|Bride and groom, on stage for their photo shoot|
|The food has been served... We watch closely to attempt to follow group dining etiquette|
|Scott, appearing to attempt to be a travel show host explaining the local traditions - as if he has a clue!|
The first part of the wedding had already taken place, up in the mountains at the bride's mother's family home. Georges did not go, as it sounds like custom dictates that they display some kind of displeasure that the bride's family is taking their son away. Last night in Chiang Mai, a small pig was killed for the previous night's feast. This morning, at 5 am, they killed another 200 lb pig, (oh, no wonder so much pork) for today's celebration.
|Fish (mostly devoured, in this pic), sticky rice, and pig 4 ways|
|Georges preps the photo subjects - chin up, lovely bride! Must be hard with that heavy headdress|
|Looking beautiful. Thanks Ice and Lux, for letting us farangs in on your big day!|
|Collage of earlier photo shoots about town, from pictures hanging from "photo curtain"|
|Ice and Lux, in Western wedding garb - and with Western props|
|Our invite/keepsake. We couldn't have said it better ourselves! Congratulations and best wishes, Lux & Ice!|