Wedding on a Thai Island

There are some INCREDIBLY beautiful islands in Thailand! 

Son Erik and his wife Ray chose one of the best for their wedding celebration. 

Koh Munnork. Tiny. Private. Beautiful. 

It sounds pretty wild to say, 
"We had the entire island to ourselves for the wedding," 
but - it's a VERY small island. 

One resort. 22 villas. 
You can walk around the whole island in no time.

We had it for the entire weekend. 
And we filled it with some GREAT times!

Kilian, Erik & Mikey tuning up dance moves.

Ray's family comes from the east of Thailand. 
We hadn't met them before. 

And a few friends from Bangkok.

The rest of the family - ours - came from New Mexico, Germany, France. 

All of us came across together on a cool old wooden ex-fishing boat...

Erik joins Wolfgang, Carlene and Monica

- and began exploring the island, where wild peacocks roam between the villas. 

We find kayaks and snorkels and paddleboards.

The Thai family are a great bunch. 
(Actually, everyone there was fun!)

In fact, the whole wedding was more fun than I expect most weddings are. 
It was casual, but - there were definite traditional steps. 

During the ceremony, the 4 parents sit behind the couple. 
The table is covered with fruits and flowers.

There were "challenges" for Erik:
 - including doing 10 pushups - 

- and showing that he can dance - and sing - 
- and do the limbo.

Calling to Ray in Essarn, the language of her region in Thailand. 

Lots of laughing -  and hugs. 

There was a lot of string-typing - each string representing a good wish. 

Very relaxed and fun - with lots of picture-taking - 

- and of course dancing and singing later.

- and excellent Thai seafood. 

Homemade liquor from upcountry, 
plenty of Thai beer - 

Grandson Noah gets daring with a sparkler.

Sparklers - games - pool playing - speeches - 

(Some were not expecting to give a speech, 
but gave it their best -)

Kilian and Mikey give speeches

I hear the party continued until sometime after 3 am.

(Not that either Stan or I made it up that late-)

The tables were covered in white silk, courtesy of one of the guests, whose family's silk business had an extra bolt of the fabric around-! 

Everyone helped out, which was fun. 

Even wrapped a few trees in Thai silk. 

I'm 68 years old. 
This is the second of my 3 sons to get married. 
All 3 are with women I like.

That's pretty cool.

Mikey and Iris

Kilian and Aidan

It's awfully easy to get emotional about it all.
They're so young - 

"Hak Lai Der"
- I love you - 

Dawn on Koh Munnork