The elephant leads the way with the groom and best man on board

On Monday October 10 2016 a wonderful wedding took place in the village of Ban Buathong just outside of Buriram. Our good friends David and Oraya decided to tie the knot in some style and invited a large number of friends and relatives, many of whom had travelled from Australia, to celebrate the wonderful occasion.

The early morning start at around 7:30 am was at a temple in the village as David and his best man waited to mount the ceremonial elephant for the one kilometre parade through the village.

The elephant led the way with David on board followed by the groom’s family,friends and of course the locals.

Along the way we were entertained by a very lively band and some very loud music so that the bride would know we were on the way.

At the house, Oraya our beautiful bride was waiting with her family and most of the village for the wedding ceremony to begin.

Groom and his assistants wait patiently

The groom and his assistants waited patiently for some traditional rituals to be carried out first before moving up to the attractively decorated altar to commence the official proceedings.


At the altar


And they are married.

When the impressive ceremony was completed, a Thai-style breakfast was laid on for all the guests with plenty of beer also available for those brave enough to start that early in the day.

Wedding breakfast


Happy guests


The celebrations went on throughout the morning. For some of us more seasoned party goers, we slipped away as we knew we would want a little break before the evening party at 6:30 at Paddy’s Irish Bar and Outback Grill.

Dave and Oraya with the family in the evening.


A very happy Dave with his family.

At the designated time we turned up to find half the street in front of Paddy’s taken up by a marquee and decked out very tastefully. The band was tuning up and it was party time all over again.


The band in full swing.


A very special day and the “Buriram Times” wish David and Oraya a very happy and successful future together.

Leave a Reply