After checking into the hotel, I wandered up to my room and set my stuff down. It felt good to put my feet on stable ground. I opened up the blinds and at that moment I knew that this would be the best end to the trip. Right outside of my window was a private beach and the Gulf of Thailand. It was unreal to say the least. As I looked out over the water, we watched them set up for the private wedding that we would be having on the private beach at sunset. I have to admit that for this trip, I didn’t do much of the planning and I didn’t pay as much attention to our plans as I probably should have. I wasn’t entirely sure what was going on. In fact, at one point, I was a terrible person and texted the bride to make sure I had a room at the hotel because I couldn’t remember if I had actually RSVP’ed to the wedding. I knew that I had sent a message to her months in advance to say that I had purchased an airplane ticket and that was all I had done. Luckily, she took that to mean that I would be attending the wedding.
So standing there staring out over the Gulf of Thailand, I was shocked at what I was seeing. I didn’t expect a private beach wedding and, in all reality, I didn’t know what to expect. I wasn’t even entirely sure that we were going to be there for a wedding because I thought that it was just the reception/party aspect that we would actually be attending. I was only half right. We wandered downstairs to meet up with everyone else because we were told that we had to be downstairs by 5PM. There we enjoyed some drinks and a view of the Gulf of Thailand with palm trees reflecting off of the infinity pool.
When it was time, we ventured out to the sand and took our seats to watch our friend get married. There’s something inherently heart warming and amazing about seeing two people so in love. It was great to see my friends during this ceremony because it was the perfect ceremony for them from the setting to the way the vows were expressed to the random commentary they would throw out. When the ceremony was over, it was time for some pictures followed by dinner.
When it was time to finally settle in for the meal, we were all starving by then and the food couldn’t have come at a better time. The spread was unbelievable to say the least. We had a buffet line with noodles, rice, vegetables and various other dishes. And then to the side we had a freshly made to order papaya salad complete with spices and all the toppings. I have to admit that this specific salad bested my tolerance of spicy foods and I struggled to finish it but regardless it was delicious. Just to the right of the papaya salad table was the freshly grilled fish and then just past that was the freshly roasted pork. We could have eaten all night long but my stomach can only handle so much food before the food coma set in.
After the food comas started to settle in, we moved onto our talent show. Yes, we had a talent show. It’s not often that you get to experience a talent show at a wedding but it happened. And the best part was that we had such a melting pot of talents. People sang in French, rapped in French, sang in Chinese, danced, did impressions/stand up, taught dances and sang in English. It was quite the talent show and one of the more entertaining things that I’ve seen in awhile. Afterwards, it was time for the dance party and the rest of the events of the evening to transpire…