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  • Once Upon A Vow

Kanha and Jilson's Intercultural Harbor Wedding

Photography + Videography: Kapsule Co. • Event Planning: Two Kindred Event Planners

Venue: Vanderbilt Museum • Florals: Petals and Roots • Officiant: Once Upon A Vow

Catering: Caribbean Pearl • Cake: Little Sugar Shop • Calligraphy: Amanda Jo

Hair and Makeup: Munia Akter • Wedding Dress: Pronovias • Groom's Suit: Indochino

Kanha and Jilson are proud of their Cambodian and Dominican roots and wanted to make sure that their summer wedding day at the Vanderbilt Museum in Long Island embodied a fun blending of their cultures. For them, tradition for the sake of tradition wouldn't work so they prioritized the things that mattered most to them: their love of music, family, travel, and each other.

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Every detail of their wedding exemplified their personalities! From their tropical glamour wedding style with florals by Petals and Roots and catering by Carribean Pearl. To their love of music highlighted with the unique idea of having their guests sign an acoustic guitar and Jilson playing a melody of songs right before their first look.

Kanha and Jilson chose to have their ceremony take place at the Salt Water Pool location overlooking the sailboats on the Northport Harbor. They provided their guests with umbrellas to protect them from the summer heat and had a friend play the piano during their processional and recessional.

For their ceremony, they wanted to keep it sweet and simple. They chose to have a friend read a passage from the Corinthians and chose to give themselves a future gift by participating in a wine box unity ceremony.

Essentially the wine box unity ceremony is a sort of time capsule, where you enclose love letters to one another in the box along with a delicious bottle of wine. The idea is to open it on your five-year anniversary or if you've hit a rough patch and need a reminder of why you've chosen each other to build a future with.

Excerpt from Jilson and Kanha's Ceremony:

"Anyone​ ​here​ ​who​ ​has​ ​been​ ​married​ ​or​ ​is​ ​married​ ​knows​ ​that​ ​marriage can​ ​be​ ​a​ ​breathtaking,​ ​heart-racing,​ ​sometimes​ ​gut-wrenching rollercoaster​ ​ride.​ ​You’ll​ ​face​ ​a​ ​great​ ​many​ ​things​ ​along​ ​the​ ​way.​ ​There will​ ​be​ ​highs​ ​and​ ​lows,​ ​wins​ ​and​ ​challenges,​ ​sunshine​ ​and​ ​storms. Sometimes​ ​you’ll​ ​drive​ ​each​ ​other​ ​crazy.​ ​Sometimes​ ​you’ll​ ​wonder why​ ​things​ ​feels​ ​off​ ​or​ ​not​ ​like​ ​they​ ​used​ ​to.

There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​days​ ​where​ ​the​ ​lows​ ​and​ ​the​ ​challenges​ ​and​ ​the​ ​storms seem​ ​to​ ​outweigh​ ​the​ ​highs​ ​and​ ​the​ ​wins​ ​and​ ​the​ ​sunshine.​ ​So​ ​if there’s​ ​ever a​ ​day,​ ​before​ ​your​ ​5-year​ ​anniversary,​ ​that​ ​you​ ​both​ ​feel​ ​like you’re​ ​in​ ​a​ ​rut​ ​-​ ​open​ ​this​ ​box,​ ​pour​ ​yourselves​ ​a​ ​glass​ ​of​ ​wine,​ ​and read​ ​the​ ​letters​ ​you​ ​wrote​ ​to​ ​each​ ​other.

This​ ​gift​ ​you’re​ ​giving​ ​your​ ​future​ ​selves​ ​will​ ​remind​ ​you​ ​that​ ​together you​ ​can​ ​weather​ ​the​ ​storms,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​overcome​ ​the​ ​challenges,​ ​and​ ​if you​ ​work​ ​together,​ ​the​ ​rough​ ​times​ ​won’t​ ​overshadow​ ​the​ ​great​ ​ones."

After they walked down the aisle as husband and wife, they honored Kanha's roots with a Cambodian knot-tying ceremony. Their loved ones were invited to share their best wishes for their marriage by tying red strings blessed with good fortune for them.

Needless to say, they looked like royalty and I bet, felt like it too as they danced the night away and enjoyed the company of their beautiful blended family.


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