Sweet sweet love between Jennefer and Alan. They celebrated their nuptial by having two ceremonies. A traditional outdoor ceremony along with a Lao ceremony also known as the Baci Ceremony. It was our first time covering a Lao Ceremony and we were very excited! We love learning new cultures and different ways of celebrating the unity of two people. Congratulations to Jennefer and Alan!
Thank you for sharing your day with us. We had so much fun documenting your day!
Jennefer and Alan started their day at the Oak Brook Hills Mariott Resort.
Jennefer actually wore three wedding dresses! A traditional Lao wedding dress along with two dresses by David’s Bridal.
Flowers by Phillips Flowers
Jennefer and Alan wanted to see each other prior to both ceremonies. Here’s the reveal…
Read more about the Lao Ceremony traditions here.
Once the officiant was finished with the prayers, Jennefer and Alan pay respect to the elderly. The elderlies then start the tradition of tying a white cotton thread around the bride and groom’s wrists. The food (hardboiled egg) and fruits symbolizes many different things in the Lao culture.
“In Laos, white is the color of peace, good fortune, honesty and warmth. The white cotton thread is a lasting symbol of continuity and brotherhood in the community and permanence. The baci threads should be worn for at least three days subsequently and should be untied rather than cut off. Usually it is preferred that they are kept until they fall off by themselves.” Pom Outama Khampradith, Bounheng Inversin, and Tiao Nithakhong Somsanith
Their cake topper was a bobblehead!