Independence Grove Forest Preserve Thai Wedding – Auratip + Francis

Bride and Groom in their traditional wedding outfits

Auratip and Francis got married at the beautiful Independence Grove Forest Preserve. The day started out with photos around the forest preserve, the bride wearing a simple, yet oh-so-elegant bridal gown. To stay close to the bride’s culture, the newly wedded couple participated in the traditional Thai water ceremony. This is especially important in a Thai wedding, as it is when the bride and groom officially become husband and wife. Placed atop their heads is a Mongkol, a traditional headpiece blessed by a monk. This headpiece is connected, signifying unity between the couple. With the bride and groom kneeling with hands in a prayer-like position, family and friends take turns pouring holy water over their hands using a conch shell and giving them marital advice. After the water ceremony, Auratip and Francis changed back into their American wedding attire for cocktail hour and a dinner reception. Seeing a different culture integrated into a traditional Western wedding is always such a fun, meaningful experience. With each step of the day, you could definitely tell the love and devotion these two have for each other. The bride was absolutely radiant!

Wedding at Independence Grove Forest Preserve  Gorgeous greenery backdrop adorns the stunning Bridal Details Inside the Forest Preserve, bride and groom having a moment alone.  Auratip is absolutely radiant. Husband and Wife stealing a kiss before the Thai water ceremony Libertyville has a Lake that makes for a beautiful backdrop for the bride and groom Independence Grove Forest Preserve bridge over the lake  Wedding rings with traditional Thai wedding details Thai Bride and Bermese Groom in traditional outfits ready for Thai Water Ceremony at Indepence Grove Forest Preserve

Thai bride and Burmese groom in their traditional outfits in front of the building where they are having the Thai water ceremony

Thai Water Ceremony Setup All guests were invited to bless the couple during the Thai Water Wedding Ceremony at Independence Grove Forest Preserve in Libertyville, IL All Guests drips water down the hands of the newly wed as a blessing during the Thai Water Ceremony After the ceremony, cocktail hour started.  Delicious hor d'oeuvres catered by Independence Grove in LIbertyville, IL Guests are encouraged to sign in on a sign-in tree that the newlyweds will treasure forever Dinner reception room at Indpendence Grove Forest Preserve Newlyweds cutting their beautifully decorated wedding cake Wedding guests toasts at dinner reception Bride and groom dancing for the first time as husband and wife Photo booth fun!  Guests are having a good time choosing their props and making memories

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