Black Tie Burmese Mountain Wedding

Ever wonder what happens when “sophisticated New York City meets classic Burmese culture with a modern edge?”  Well, thanks to Michelle and Maung, we now know it’s downright magical.  Think vibrant blooms, gorgeous cultural stylings, and a stunning bride and groom who know a thing or two about throwing a perfect party.


Michelle and Maung’s wedding was a day filled with shades of blush, plum and magenta, and stunning mountain views. The couple had an elegant ceremony held outdoors, as they are greatly inspired by nature, but they also wanted timeless sophistication. The groom and groomsmen wore tuxes, and the bridesmaids each wore their favorite black dress. The couple walked down the aisle to classical guitarist James Davis’s tear-jerking versions of The Beatles’ “In My Life” as well as “Hallelujah”. The groom’s aunt and uncle, who had traveled all the way from Burma, performed the couple’s traditional Burmese water ceremony to honor Maung’s family and culture.


Details the Bride Loved:

  • The couple wanted to honor the groom’s culture and history, and one of the most special parts of the ceremony was the incorporation of a Burmese water ceremony. In Burma, the marriage is confirmed by a ceremony called Su Lyar Yit Pat. In this ceremony, the bride and groom’s hands are tied together with cloth and water is poured over them by the elders. The new unity in their lives is reflected by the cohesion of one drop of water with another. Clad in traditional Burmese attire, the groom’s aunt and uncle brought a sterling silver bowl and teapot especially for the ceremony and performed this ritual for the couple.
  • They then followed the water ceremony with a brief aspen ceremony, as they were inspired by the symbolism of the aspen tree:  “In marriage you commit to nurturing the growth of both yourself and your partner. Symbolic of this symbiosis is the Aspen tree. Renowned for their golden autumn foliage, Aspen are not only beautiful but also fascinating and inspiring. A single Aspen tree growing alone may live only 100 years. However, when two or more Aspen trees are planted together, their root systems intertwine and a great colony grows and thrives from those roots. When growing in this way, supported by a strong interconnected root system, a grove of Aspen is actually a single living organism which can reach a thousand years in age. Even fire damage will not kill a grove of Aspen Trees if the roots remain alive. Today Michelle and Maung will plant two aspen saplings together. Like the Aspen, Michelle and Maung’s roots will entwine as they share a life, nourishing one another and making each other stronger, helping each other weather the storms that life will bring.”
  • One of my Maung’s Burmese cousins brought a very special gift to the wedding: a portrait of the couple made by a Burmese artisan, entirely done in gemstone dust.
  • The reception tables were decorated with beautiful, unique Turkish bowls, which were filled with water and floating candles. In addition to the centerpieces, the couple placed personalized sandalwood fans for each guest.

This is a wedding that is all about the love.  The love between one seriously adorable duo, and the love that adorable duo has for their amazing friends and family. Where every moment was one that was rich with meaning. Congratulations Michelle and Maung and thank you for sharing your sweet beginning!

Artessa Photography