"In 2014, we met at the same company after Kay relocated from Taiwan to Bangkok for work. The first day we met, I took her out for dinner, but we had to rush through it as there was a curfew due to the military coup. It was a hectic night, but I found Kay charming and elegant.
After getting to know her for a few months, I knew she was the one. We dated for two years, and had a long-distance relationship for another year after Kay returned to Taiwan.
We decided to get married after I made the commitment to move to Taiwan so that we could be together.
As for our wedding, we chose to have it in Thailand, as we wanted it to be an occasion that our guests from the US and Taiwan could make a holiday of.
On a previous trip, Kay and I had fallen in love with Sibsan Resort & Spa Maetaeng in Chiang Mai, Thailand – it was serene and elegant, and we liked the city’s cooling year-end climate as well."
"Kay is Taiwanese-American, while I’m Thai-Chinese. We wanted to include both our cultures in our wedding so that our guests could enjoy the richness of our heritage.
We had five events on the same day: In the morning, we received blessings from Thai Buddhist monks, followed by the Chinese tea ceremony, and the Rod Nahm Sang ceremony – a Thai water ceremony where guests pour water onto the hands of the bride and groom while offering their blessings."
“Our guests really enjoyed the different traditional wedding ceremonies.”
"We also had the Western solemnisation and vow exchange ceremony in the afternoon. When night fell, we ended our celebration with a poolside dinner reception and after-party.
Since it was an all-you-can-drink destination wedding, we knew it would get wild – and it did!
Our wedding favours included a hangover kit with painkillers, mint tea, honey, and even a peppermint-scented nasal stick.
Having so many events in a day was tricky, but Kay said she was assured to know that she could rely on me. During the tea ceremony, I actually broke down in tears after making a vow to her parents to always take care of her."
“Kay looked stunning in every outfit she had on. I felt like the luckiest man in the world.”
"Having an after-party was a great idea – it was one of the highlights of our wedding.
Everyone ended up in the pool, and we had a DJ playing through the night. I even got thrown in – along with my phone!"
"We really appreciated how everyone travelled a long way to witness our union.
If we could do it again, instead of taking care of everyone’s transport and travel arrangements ourselves, we would hire a travel agency to do it on our behalf – this would mean more time for us to mingle with our guests.
It’s also important to remember that hiccups are bound to happen! So just let those small details go, and enjoy your big day."
The Wedding of Kay Shen & Pipat Leekasem Danny
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Sibsan Resort & Spa Maetaeng, Chiang Mai
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