Chansouda and Phalakone, a wonderful French couple, grew up and met in Paris, then moved together to Montreal. They then returned to their roots for their Luang Prabang wedding in Laos.
Their wedding was at the gorgeous Villa Ban Khoy, a French-Lao house between the Mekong and the Nam Dong Rivers. The wedding ceremony in this picturesque setting is one of the most memorable weddings I have ever photographed.
Water Pouring Ceremony
During sunrise, there was a golden glow over the ancient temples and quiet streets of Luang Prabang. This created a dream-like environment for wedding photography. A procession of orange-robed monks strolled through the town, collecting alms.
After making their humble offering, they joined the traditional Yam Nam water-pouring ceremony. They listened to the rhythmic sound of drums and chanting as they poured water over the sacred statues. Being part of this blessing was a true privilege and an experience I will never forget.
After the ceremony, we walked along the riverside where the Mekong and Nam Khan Rivers meet. Luang Prabang provided a stunning backdrop for the couple’s photoshoot.
Like all Laos weddings, the festivities began with the Baci ceremony. The wedding guests gathered at the enchanting Sunset Villa, awaiting the groom’s arrival. Accompanied by his groomsmen, he performed the lively Hae Keuy Human Block ceremony. This then set the stage for the captivating Baci ceremony that followed.
As night fell, the celebration continued with a Western-style Luang Prabang wedding. This was at the breathtaking Villa Bankhoy, set on the magnificent Mekong River. The couple exchanged their vows with a perfect combination of traditional Lao and Western customs.
Luang Prabang Wedding Photography
Luang Prabang, in Northern Laos, is a picturesque destination that has become popular for weddings in Southeast Asia. Its tranquil setting and rich cultural heritage make it the perfect place for a one-of-a-kind and memorable wedding.
The stunning natural beauty provides a perfect backdrop for wedding photos. The lush green forests, rolling hills, and sparkling rivers offer natural beauty and cultural charm. Luang Prabang is also famous for its Buddhist temples. They add a touch of spirituality to the wedding ceremony, providing a beautiful and serene setting for couples to say their vows.
Luang Prabang offers a range of unique cultural experiences that add an element of local charm to the wedding festivities. The night markets offer a variety of traditional Lao crafts and local cuisine. This provides an opportunity for guests to immerse themselves in Lao culture.
Luang Prabang Wedding Venues
One of the most popular venues for a Luang Prabang wedding is the Belmond La Résidence Phou Vao. This is a luxurious and elegant hotel that boasts stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The well-maintained gardens and the accommodating staff make it an ideal location for a wedding ceremony.
Another popular venue for a Luang Prabang wedding is the Satri House. This is a beautiful boutique hotel with a rich history dating back to the 19th century. The hotel’s lovely gardens and striking architecture make it the perfect option for an intimate wedding.
At Pullman Luang Prabang, enchanting venues are abundant within its 40 acres. Landscaped pathways wind through Lush greenery and terraced rice fields. The first Pullman establishment in Laos is more like a tranquil village than a 5-star resort.
Sofitel Luang Prabang has lovely villas for wedding guests. Situated at the heart of the Old Town peninsula, the mighty Mekong River lies to the north. Worldwide, Sofitel is renowned for its perfect blend of style, comfort, and convenience.
Conveniently located in the Town Center, Avani Luang Prabang offers easy access to local attractions. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the famous Kuang Si Falls. The Avani+ Luang Prabang Hotel is boutique chic within a central yet peaceful setting.
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Celebrating 10 years as a destination wedding photographer I wanted to share my 10 most extraordinary destination weddings. Not neccessarily the best or my favourites, but weddings that were just a little bit different.