We were actually twice: first, Titus proposed the American way, and a few days later we had a traditional Khmer ceremony. He proposed on Sunday the 26th in Siem Reap. We drove 2 hours with our 2 best friends to a resort where there was a big waterfall. We spent the morning with them, and then just Titus and I went swimming in the water below the falls. He proposed while we were sitting on a rock in the middle of the pool, the water rushing at our feet, the falls a few meters in front of us, and dragon flies dancing around us.
Then, on Tuesday the 28th, we had a formal engagement ceremony. I expected a small and simple gathering, and was very impressed by how formal and fancy it was. It was held in Greg and Resie's home (our friends, missionaries) and the professional decorators did a beautiful job transforming a simple space. There were pink and yellow fabrics hanging on the walls, royal red carpets laying across the tile floors, colorful fruits on gold and silver platters lining the front, and a beautiful backdrop with a large glittering heart, rings, and our names printed in gold. Forty-nine our closest friends came, and two pastors led the ceremony. We sang khmer hymns, Pastor Greg gave a sort of pre-marital message, and he and his 5-yr-old daughter, Aleeyah, sang a beautiful song, "From Here to Eternity." Friends and American missionaries, Tim and Tiffany sat beside me as my parents.
The following day, we had traditional Cambodian pictures taken professionally. It took almost two hours to do my hair and makeup, and another 30 minutes to get me dressed.
I have been overwhelmed by the love of many people during my short time here. They have given much time, money, and energy into ensuring that this experience is memorable.
Look forward to more pictures when I return!