10 costume changes as Dan marries Vichet in Cambodia

By by Jackie Turley jackie.turley@iomtoday.co.im Twitter:@iomJackie in West

A Manx contingent travelled to Cambodia to celebrate the marriage of Peel man Daniel Dickinson and Vichet Samrith.

The wedding ceremony took place in the country’s capital, Phnom Penh, over a weekend in January.

It comprised of numerous Buddhist ceremonies which involved Buddhist monks, traditional songs, dancers, multiple costume changes for the bride and groom, and amazing food.

Daniel’s dad, Paul, and his aunt, Helen Dickinson, spent a week in the country, where they enjoyed being a central part of all the ceremonies.

Daniel’s mum, Helen Lowey, was unfortunately unable to attend.

His aunt, who was there in place of his mum, explained: ’It was absolutely amazing. Paul and I thought we were just going to take photos and watch the proceedings.

’Just as the first ceremony started, we were asked to sit on the floor, and we were fully part of all of the ceremonies as so much of it is about honouring the parents.

’That made it all the more special.’

In total the bride and groom underwent 10 costume changes, one for each ceremony, ending with Daniel in a tuxedo and Vichet wearing a traditional Western white dress.

Daniel met Vichet in 2012 when he was travelling in Cambodia.

He had reached Siem Reap to visit Angkor Wat when he met Vichet, who works at the university there and gives guided tours of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

After continuing with his travels, Daniel eventually moved to Cambodia to live.

The couple honeymooned in Bali, Singapore and Langkawi and are now back home in Siem Reap.

Helen said that Daniel clearly loves his life in Cambodia - apart from the climate. When she was there the temperature was 32C coupled with high humidity.

But she admitted that after the constantly busy environment in Phnom Penh it was nice to be back home in ’sleepy Peel’.

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