Chanbopha Hin and Peter Souvanarath were married on Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island, Georgia, on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 5:30pm in the evening. What an awesome gift for her father to present her in marriage to the man of her dreams!
The white wedding chairs were set up in rows facing the Atlantic Ocean and before a huge overturned driftwood tree for a backdrop. Special music chosen by Bopha was being tested for sound as Pete, the groom, stepped onto the beach. He was dressed in a white suit and hat and was smiling from ear to ear as he approached the ceremony location. His beautiful daughters were coming up behind him as I shook his hand, as well as many more family and friends. As the guests were being seated, Pete’s daughters were fitting me with a GoPro Camera with a neck strap. (A first for me, but I’ll try anything to make the bride and groom happy!)
Once I was all strapped in and the Go Pro Cam was rolling, The ceremony began. “Bless The Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts began to play as Pete, the groom, stood in front of the driftwood tree. Bopha, the bride, escorted by her father, began the walk over to the ceremony location and then down the aisle to stand before her groom. She was beautiful…absolutely beautiful! Bopha wore a floor length wedding gown of white chiffon with gold accessories and a birds nest veil and plumeria bloom. Her long dark hair fell softly around her shoulders and back, down to her waist. She carried a bouquet of plumeria blooms and seashells. So distinct and perfectly gorgeous!
Pete and Bopha had written their own heartfelt vows that were hand written on parchment paper and tied with raffia. After their own vows were read, they repeated traditional vows to each other. The wedding rings were held in a large scallop shell filled with a layer of beautiful plumeria blooms and were exchanged as a token of the power of their love. After a prayer to bless the marriage. Pete and Bopha were pronounced husband and wife and the marriage was sealed with a kiss! As they turned to face the guests, the exit music began with “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz and the guests all cheered!
Wasn’t that awesome? A small romantic beach wedding on a very special day! I love that!
“Every long lost dream
led me to where you are.
Others who broke my heart,
they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way,
into your loving arms.
This much I know is true,
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you.”
~ Rascal Flatts
Wedding Planner & Officiant – Carla Pryor www.stsimonselopements.com
Photographer – Jeannie Reeves, http://www.jreevesphotography.com