We were thrilled to attend our first Thai wedding on a recent Saturday. Two ZOE staffers were getting married! Since both English and Thai speaking guests would attend, a translator would be in constant use. As the wedding music began, we eagerly watched and waited for the beautiful bride and her company. Leading the way for the bride were 4 adorable, smiling ZOE kids serving as flower girls and ring bearers. The bride, Duengsiwon or “Milk” as everyone calls her, sparkled in a traditional white bridal gown and Wittaya or “Witt”, the groom, wore a nervous smile as the ceremony proceeded. ZOE leader Mike Hart officiated the ceremony which took about 70 minutes because of the translating.
After posing with the newlyweds for a picture, we enjoyed a reception featuring hearty spaghetti (with very spicy sauce!) along with several traditional Thai dishes. The bride and groom warmly greeted all, thanking each guest with a traditional wai. The wedding was touching and the ceremony interesting to see a mix of Western and Thai traditions. On the way home we asked one of the missionaries if Thai newlyweds go on honeymoons. He said in a matter-of-fact tone, “Oh, we scheduled them for a child rescue trip to one of the hill tribes on Monday.” Wow! We sure felt sorry for them until we realized he was pulling our leg (who knew missionaries have a sense of humor?). May God bless Witt and Milk’s life together and may they be fruitful in Him! — Elli