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Commerce Club Greenville Rehearsal Dinner | Anne Cooper and Owen

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02 Nov 2010

Anne Cooper and Owen made the perfect decision in having their Rehearsal dinner at the beautiful Commerce Club on the 17th floor of 1 Liberty Square here in downtown Greenville, SC. Not only its it a beautiful club and close to everything, but the view out the windows is absolutely spectacular. They planned it at the right time too: just as the sun set over the blue ridge mountains. It was an awesome night filled with lots of awesome food, good wine, conversation, and chocolate covered strawberries. Check out some of these photos:


Commerce Club Greenville SC Dinner Photos
Just check out that view!

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Commerce Club Greenville SC Dinner Photos
The wedding compatibility test! Anne Cooper and Owen actually did better than I’ve seen anyone do before!

Commerce Club Greenville SC Dinner Photos

Commerce Club Greenville SC Dinner Photos
I’ll take a few…

Commerce Club Greenville SC Dinner Photos

Thanks again for having me guys!

To view a wedding I’ve photographed at the Commerece Club click here: Commerce Club Wedding Greenville SC

Speaking at the Upstate Photo School

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27 Oct 2010

Just a quick heads up if your local to Greenville, SC. I’ve been given the awesome privilege to speak on Wedding Photography at the Upstate Photo School here in Downtown Greenville. I’ll be speaking this Thursday evening (yes, the 28th!) starting at 6:30pm. It’s free and open to anyone so if you can’t find anything better to do on a Thursday night feel free to just show up!

Traditional Laos Wedding Photos | Vanida and Rick’s Laotian Ceremony

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21 Oct 2010

I love every once in awhile when a wedding comes along that gently nudges me (pushes me wildly) out of my comfort zone. Vanida and Rick’s traditional Lao wedding did just that. I’ve never been to an Asian style wedding, much less a Laos wedding. I knew photographing it would be a bit of a challenge and I must admit, I read quite a few articles and interviewed Vanida for a good hour on what all would take place. Even with all that, I was shocked by the pure joy and colorful celebration that takes place during a laotian wedding ceremony. From the playful entry to the tying of the knot, it was a sight to behold.

With a quick but intimate traditional American ceremony in the morning, my blood was racing for the laotian ceremony later. With lots of dancing, exotic traditional Laos food, a few shots of Hennessy, and some rockin’ traditional Laos music, I do have to say, it was an awesome (AWESOME) night. Even though I had been there over 13 hours I left exhilarated.

I know the photos will tell this all much better, so if you’ve read this far you definitely deserve to stretch out your scroll wheel finger and enjoy the beautiful celebration of Vanida and Rick’s Laotian wedding!

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The BEAUTIFUL paa khwan – The arrangements made up of flowers and white strings to be blessed during the ceremony

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Cleveland Park Wedding PhotosIn case you were wondering, yes Vanida looks beautiful in her traditional Lao wedding attire

Cleveland Park Wedding PhotosThe ceremony is traditionally held at the bride’s home and starts with the groom’s family singing songs on the way to the brides house (hae keuy)

Laos Wedding Photos

Laos Wedding PhotosThe sou khor – The Bride Price negotiation is a playful tradition in which the bride and grooms families negotiate on a price for the right to enter the bride’s home and marry her

Laos Wedding Entry Photos - sou khor

Laos Wedding Entry Photos - sou khor
Eventually a price is set and the chains are retracted

Laos Wedding Entry Photos - sou khorThe groom is then escorted to the bride where they sit in front of the paa khwan

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Laos Wedding PhotosThe mor phon runs the ceremony

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Laos Wedding PhotosThe family members all tie strings around the bride and groom’s wrists (this is where tying the knot comes from)

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Part of the somma in which the bride and groom give gifts and ask forgiveness from the parents and elders

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If I had to describe traditional Lao food I’d say its similar to Thai but has its own unique twist to it

Laos Drinking Wedding Photos
Another tradition is for the Bride and Groom to go around to every table and give shots of liquor to all the guests in exchange for money (I NEED to do this at my wedding!)

Laos Wedding Photos

Laos Wedding Photos
The traditional Lao dance is very unique and involves a lot of hand movement

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I had to get in for a quick photo with Vanida!

Laos Wedding Photos

Laos Wedding Photos

Thanks again for having me!! Click here for photos of their earlier American ceremony at cleveland park!

Cleveland Park Spartanburg Wedding | Vanida and Rick American Ceremony

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20 Oct 2010

I have to say, I’ve been looking forward to this wedding for a long time. Rick and Vanida held their wedding at the beautiful Cleveland Park in Spartanburg, SC. Not only did have a beautiful American wedding ceremony, they also had a traditional Lao ceremony later in the day.

The weather in Spartanburg was absolutely perfect. Low humidity, beautiful blue skies, and a gentle breeze. Perfect day for a wedding!

Vanida and Rick have such an awesome and unique love for each other and it was a pleasure to be apart of their wedding day. Just check out some of these photos!


Cleveland Park Wedding Photos
The day all started off at the Gazebo in Cleveland Park

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Vanida did an awesome job picking out the colors!

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The guys were lookin good too!

Cleveland Park Wedding Photos

Cleveland Park Wedding Photos
Love this one!

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Click here for the photos of their Traditional Laotian Wedding Ceremony

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