A Sweet Honeymoon in Thailand

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Today’s story is not a real wedding but a real honeymoon – in Thailand!  Kevin and Meredith wed in April and just days after their big day, they departed for a trip of a lifetime across the globe!  Meredith shared the story of their journey with us.  “We spent the first week in Chaing Mai, visiting temples, attending cooking class and riding elephants. Then we flew to Koh Samui where we relaxed on the beach!”  

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How did they select such an exotic location?  They looked at what they really wanted to get out of the experience.  Be honest with what you want your honeymoon to be. Kevin and I love to travel and explore new places but also like to relax and be lazy – so we planned a little of both! We took advantage of this special time in our life and planned a huge trip we’d been dreaming of. Lots of guests gladly pitched in (we registered at Wanderable.com) and we were able to have a fantastic time.” 

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And what about where they stayed?  “We relied fairly heavily on Lonely Planet’s Thailand guide and picked our hotels from their recommendations. Our guest house in Chaing Mai was called Minicost and was at a great location inside the old city walls. The woman that worked the front desk, Yosita, was wonderful and helped us plan nearly all of our excursions. In Koh Samui, we stayed at the Tango Beach Resort which was located right on the beach and had a great breakfast buffet in the morning. It was a little up the beach from all of the party resorts on Chaweng so it was a little bit more quiet but still accessible to some fun night life!”  

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One of our most favorite parts of the trip was getting to hang out with the elephants – It was awesome getting to ride them, but I think our favorite part of the day was feeding them! They would eat entire bunches of bananas, skins and all, right out of your hand! We also loved the cooking class we took in Chiang Mai & getting to relax on the beach in Koh Samui – book & coconut in hand!” 

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Neither Kevin nor I had been to Asia so we were amazed by the intricate temples in Thailand. They were so beautiful and you could just feel the history inside them. I also loved that it was pretty hot so it forced us to slow down, have a little afternoon nap or stop inside for a Chang and some air conditioning!” 

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Meredith just so happens to be a professional photographer, but if you can’t take one with you, consider booking an afternoon with a local photographer and get honeymoon memories in print as pretty as these!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Photographer: Meredith McKee Photography and Design

Hotels: Tango Beach Resort, Minicost  

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A Destination Wedding in Koh Samui, Thailand

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Joe and Brie met in high school, 14 years before they tied the knot in beautiful Thailand!  Brie shared with us lots of insights into their very personal big day.  “The wedding day was out of a dream for us.  I travel to Thailand every few years.  Learning the traditions of my father and his family.  I knew at a young age that I wanted to incorporate parts of my culture in my wedding.  Joseph’s family is originally from Vietnam.  They moved to Kansas City shortly after the war.  When we discussed possible locations we both agreed Thailand for the wedding and then Honeymoon in Vietnam so we could have aspects of both of our families.”

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“Planning was an easier thing for me because I had travelled to Thailand the year before with my family and a close friend.  We traveled to the island of Koh Samui and I knew instantly this place would be perfect for the wedding.  Since we were there I spoke to a few wedding planners just to get information and tour the local beaches for possible locations.  I found the wedding planning group that I knew would be able to execute on the big day and make sure it was everything he and I would want it to be.”

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“The flowers were Orchids and flown in the day of the wedding and prepared by our wedding planners starting at 6am.”

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“The ceremony included a sand ceremony which was a symbol of the joining of our families.  We also had western vows so that we could modernize the day.  After the ceremony ended we celebrated with a glass of champagne.”

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“Our friends and family were given flower petals in leaf wrapped cones to shower us with as we went down the aisle.”  

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“Make sure your wedding incorporates who you and your groom are.  It meant a lot to have family and friends there taking part in our families culture and history.”

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“Our guests’ placements were little elephants.  We thought it was a nice piece to include because elephants are big in both of our ancestors countries.”

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 “We had to have Thai Dancing of course.  Joe and his brother David even did a dance into the venue with the music and dancers.  We did the traditional Thai dance with long sticks which is a symbol of the types of combat typical in Thailand.”

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“The food was also prepared bbq style which is a local tradition.”    

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 “We also did the traditional wish lanterns with our guests.  It represents our dreams and wishes for a prosperous marriage.  We also included Thai music while guests enjoyed food like Thai curry to local fish from the area like squid and crabs.

From the Wish Lanterns to the Thai dancing it was just as I had imagined.  We were able to have family members from both Thailand and Vietnam attend and share in our special day which was an incredible thing for both of us.  It also touched us that our friends and family from all over the world attended the big event.  From Australia, Singapore, Scotland, and of course the US, our friends and family traveled across the world to celebrate with us.  I couldn’t have imagined it without them.  They were able to take in where our families were from and enjoy the food and customs of our culture.”  

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Khun Weerayut (Dtoa)

Wedding Vendors: Caterer + Wedding Location + Flowers + Cake: Faraway Weddings, Best Man/Groom Suit: Banana Republic, Bridesmaid Dress: Monique LhuillierHair Clip & Bracelet: Elizabeth Bower, Bridal Shoes: Via Spiga, Wedding Dress Designer: Ivy & Astor

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