Cambodian and Scottish wedding at the Boston Public Library


Kurt and Kettya have the sweetest story of how they met not to mention, phenomenal style! The mix of cultural attire they incorporate into their Cambodian and Scottish wedding is a great model of how people from two backgrounds can come together and make a wedding ceremony their own. Plus, we love the wardrobe changes they made throughout the day!




From the photographer, Lovely Valentine Photography: Kurt and Kettya’s wedding day was nothing less than spectacular. From the intricate detail planning to their custom made outfits, they made sure to make their wedding a day to remember. They originally met in Cambodia when Kurt was looking for an apartment to rent. Kettya came strongly recommended as a local real estate agent. They searched for the perfect apartment for Kurt and started dating shortly after. The rest is history!

We were lucky enough to have had a few hours earlier in the week to take some creative portraits of just the grooms. We made sure to stop at all the historical favorites of the city, including Commonwealth Avenue, The Boston Public Garden, The Massachusetts State House, Beacon Hill and the Seaport district.

Kurt and Kettya started off their wedding day by getting ready on the top floor suite of the Westin Copley Place Boston. The view from the top of the Westin is absolutely breath taking. Both grooms were being assisted by family members, as they showcased their traditional Cambodian and Scottish outfits, as well as their custom Cambodian outfits for their ceremony. The gold and crimson jackets were custom made by a local tailor in Cambodia that took four months to make. The wedding outfit was hand embroidered by a group of women artists who make outfits for the King of Cambodia. After putting on the final touches of their ceremony outfit, it was time to pop a bottle of champagne!We then journeyed down to the Old South Meeting House to witness the beautiful ceremony between the two grooms. The Old South Meeting House has a strong historical significance to Kurt, as Reverend Thomas Thatcher was an ancestor of his. Thatcher was the church’s first minister.

Kurt and Kettya started off their ceremony with a traditional Blessing of the Ancestors, following a creative and beautiful reading from the officiant about their love story. From there, the grooms exchanged rings, signed their marriage certificate, and sealed their devotion to a lifetime together with a kiss. After taking a few moments to say hello to their guests, everyone boarded onto the trolley to take them to the chic, historic Boston Public Library. The BPL and The Catered Affair did a fantastic job setting up all the details for the reception.


We started off taking a few quick family photos at the steps of the McKim Lobby. From there, after a quick wardrobe change in their traditional Scottish kilt and Cambodian outfit, the grooms’ had their grand entrance into the cocktail hour in the Courtyard. After a few drinks with their guests and a wardrobe change, everyone headed to the Abbey Room for dinner and dancing. After everyone was seated and started with their first course, the night kicked off with two traditional Cambodian dances from the Angkor Dance Troupe. Then, Kurt and Kettya gave a warm welcoming speech to their guests and dinner was served.After another quick wardrobe change, it was time to cut the cake! From there, the two shared their first dance, surrounded by all their friends and loved ones. Afterwards, you guessed it! It was time for their final wardrobe change to signify the opening of the dance floor. Everyone, and we mean everyone, gathered on the floor and boogied the night away.

LGBTQ-friendly wedding vendors

Photographer:  Lovely Valentine Photography
Enterainment: Angkor Dance Troupe
Floral Designer: Blooms of Hope
Reception Venue: Boston Public Library
DJ: C-Zone Entertainment
Officiant: Debbie Block
Apparel: Nicolson Kiltmakers
Ceremony Location: Old South Meeting House
Caterer: The Catered Affair at The Boston Public Library

Submitted via Two Bright Lights
equality-minded LGBTQ-friendly wedding vendors