Greetings everyone,

This weekend I’ve been in Yangon, Myanmar again to attend the wedding my dear friends Sandy and Zarni.  They were a part of my team when I worked there and we have remained good friends, meeting often and sometimes travelling to different places in Myanmar together. They are both mentioned frequently in my book “Two Eggs and a Lemon” and Sandy also proof-read the manuscript to make sure my facts were correct. What an absolute pleasure it is to know that two of my favourite people in Myanmar are now married and making their life together.  Their marriage ceremony was at the 9 Mile Shan Temple with friends and relatives sharing their day and in the evening there was a more relaxed family dinner to which I was delighted to be invited. I wish all the very best to Sandy and Zarni for their future happiness. Here are just a few photos of them on their day.


The 9 Mile Shan Temple in Yangon where the ceremony was held. The Buddha image is made of bamboo & coated in gold leaf


Sandy and Zarni and close family at the Temple


The bridal couple before the monks at the Temple


Zarni & Sandy with Zarni’s Parents and Sandy’s Mother and Aunts 


The couple pouring water as a symbolic gesture to share all their blessings of this day with everyone


The couple offering robes, food and donations to the monks in thanks and to honour this day


A sweet smile from Sandy 


A detail of the painting on a Temple pillar


The happy couple – Zarni and Sandy


Smiling for the photographer


Zar Ni Kyaw Soe & Akayi Thant, husband and wife


Time for family photos – the couple with Sandy’s family


I am so happy to be with Zarni and Sandy on their special day 


Sandy and Zarni looking relaxed and happy as they mingle with friends and family at the reception


A nice tradition – before they can leave they must ‘buy’ back their car key from their friends


Enjoying the fun, but anxious to get away, Zarni hands over the Kyat notes


And so Zarni can now unlock the door and escort his bride into the car


Sandy, laughs with everyone as she escapes into the passenger seat, and can leave with Zarni

Thank you Sandy and Zarni for inviting me to share your special day with you. It was such a pleasure to see you take another great step in your lives and I wish you every happiness in your future together and supporting each other in continuing your career paths and personal plans.