Jo weds Noi in a Classic Thai ceremony

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The head monk anoints the bride and groom’s foreheads with holy symbols.
The head monk anoints the bride and groom’s foreheads with holy symbols.

Jo Klemm, President of the Classic Car Friends Pattaya and International Marketing Manager of GO Property Thailand, wed Khanittha Thailakroi on Sunday the 25th of March 2018, in a private ceremony held at the Asia Hotel Pattaya.

The wedding was formal, but private, as attendees included only close friends and family members from both sides.

All concerned partook in traditional Thai ceremonies, when at 10 am, nine monks from Boonkanchanaram Temple initiated the ceremony by chanting prayers and giving blessings to the newlyweds.

The religious ceremony was followed by pouring lustral water into the hands of both the bride and groom by family and friends wishing them happiness and a long and healthy life together.

As per tradition, the groom presented a dowry to the bride’s mother, followed by the traditional exchanging of wedding bands.

At the end of the religious and traditional wedding ceremonies, friends and family joined to congratulate Jo & Khanittha. A sumptuous Thai lunch was served overlooking Pattaya Bay.

That evening under clear skies the wedding reception was held on the sprawling green lawns of the hotel. Honorary MCs for the evening were Peter Malhotra, MD of Pattaya Mail, and Jariya ‘Gigi’ Wuensche, a member of the Classic Car Friends Pattaya Club.

Jo and Noi receive blessings from Khun Mae Wang the bride’s mother.
Jo and Noi receive blessings from Khun Mae Wang the bride’s mother.

Margaret Grainger brought along a group of children from the Hand 2 Hand Foundation to entertain the guests with their brilliant performances of Thai and modern dancing.

The couple later took to the stage where they told friends and family of how they found each other and how their relationship developed from friendship into love.  They told the curious audience their secret of how they met for the very first time… “It was in a 10 Baht Taxi” they declared gleefully.

Jo and Noi look as happy as can be as they exchange wedding rings.
Jo and Noi look as happy as can be as they exchange wedding rings.
Khun Klisada Eineew and Khun Kanjana pour lustral water from conkshells over the hands of the bride and groom wishing them many years of marital bliss.
Khun Klisada Eineew and Khun Kanjana pour lustral water from conkshells over the hands of the bride and groom wishing them many years of marital bliss.
Jo and Noi cut the ‘Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte’ wedding cake during the reception.
Jo and Noi cut the ‘Schwarzwaelder Kirschtorte’ wedding cake during the reception.
Martin and Achara Koller acted as the couple’s ‘Best Man’ and ‘Maid of Honour’.
Martin and Achara Koller acted as the couple’s ‘Best Man’ and ‘Maid of Honour’.
The bride and groom are flanked by Gigi and Michael Wuensche.
The bride and groom are flanked by Gigi and Michael Wuensche.
Noi and Jo welcome Suthasinee Maneekul, Mae Mahaphaisan and Peter Malhotra to the evening festivities.
Noi and Jo welcome Suthasinee Maneekul, Mae Mahaphaisan and Peter Malhotra to the evening festivities.
Noi has taken over as Jo’s first love from his beloved Classic ‘1966 VW Bulli’.
Noi has taken over as Jo’s first love from his beloved Classic ‘1966 VW Bulli’.

Jo laid seize by Noi and her closest friends.

Classic Car friends came in force bearing good wishes for Jo and Noi.
Classic Car friends came in force bearing good wishes for Jo and Noi.
Family and friends gather for a group picture after the religious ceremonies.
Family and friends gather for a group picture after the religious ceremonies.