Wedding Night

It seems like the longest wedding ever. After a beautiful traditional morning ceremony we boarded the boat for the hour long trip up the river.

Women guests were dressed in floaty dress and the men – on the whole in shorts. It was warm. Too warm for the lovely jacket Elena had planned for Peter.


We arrived to cheering and Nick , Peter’s friend and MC ( or the ‘Party Planner ‘ as Rob called him) , pulled the boat to shore.


Elena was still circling in her boat waiting for the groom to arrive before we could start. Finally the groom was ready and she landed along with her mother and brother-  to loud cheers.

She looked beautiful in her third wedding outfit! Brisbane, Cambodian dress and today a lace dress. What a stunning Bride. She glowed.

The ceremony began on the little beach. Rob, Pete’s younger brother was the celebrant. He made it clear he wasn’t qualified for the job but as they had already been officially married in Brisbane three weeks ago he was leading a symbolic ceremony.

He proved to be a  wonderful celebrant. I think he’s missed his calling. He was funny, sincere and had researched aspects of a Russian wedding we didn’t know existed. Elena certainly did though and it was lovely.

Vows were exchanged. Then the Russian tradition of biting into bread. The one who takes the biggest bit will be the one who wears the pants in the marriage.

I leave you to guess.

With the official part of the wedding over it was time for the party to begin.

So up to the deck, the champagne corks popped, the food appeared , the conversation flowed and we all relaxed and enjoyed the Cambodian wedding.

During the night MC Nick introduced the speakers. First up was Svetlana Elena’s beautiful mum. She speaks Russian and Italian but very little English. Yet she had prepared a speech in English! Wonderful. She is such a lovely lady and we are happy to welcome her to our family.

Steve followed later with a speech partly in Russian. What a feat!

Finally Pete who spoke from the heart. He was beaming but got quite emotional as he thanked everyone for their love and support.


4 thoughts on “Wedding Night

  1. Congratulations to you all. What an incredible series of weddings. Your family certainly knows how to celebrate and pull everyone together for this very happy occasion.


  2. Glad you’ve had wonderful celebrations this week. The smiles on everyone’s faces tells it all. My son and daughter in law also had three weddings. It’s the modern way to celebrate with all the different groups. They had a Swiss civil wedding, then French and Chinese symbolic weddings. A lot of fun and dressing up.
    Wishing Pete and Elena a life together of continued love.


  3. So much celebrating . A time to put aside the recent past
    and concentrate on their love for each other. May they have a lifetime of happiness and good fortune. Merry Christmas Fran to you and your family. 🎄


  4. Looks like everyone had a terrific time- you all looked glam and happy – life in Brisbane is going to seem rather pedestrian 🇨🇦🍷😎🍾🍾🍾


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s