Marlinna and Josh’s Multicultural Sydney Wedding

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Marlinna and Josh

One of the things I love most about weddings, is when cultures meet and merge and melt together. Marlinna and Josh are both Latter Day Saints and Marlinna’s background is Cambodian. Both cultural elements played a big role in their beautiful wedding day.

Marlinna recalls how she met Josh. “It’s quite a funny story really. We are both members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints also known as Mormon’s. At that time we were apart of the Young single adult (YSA) program. Apparently Joshua and I have met a few times but didn’t really take notice of each other, until a LDS musical fireside where us members of the church get together as a congregation in a chapel to listen to a musical scriptural presentation. I was in Liverpool stake and was apart of this musical fireside. We were rehearsing for our musical fireside and choir. At every practice I would see Joshua there watching his cousin Andrew practice with us.

While taking time out from practicing my best friend notice him sitting at back, she turns around and whispers to me “ don’t you think he’s hot? Like different but hot?” I said “ umm yeah I guess so” I didn’t care to pay any attention. One night we had practice, Joshua didn’t turn up and that’s when I realised I was missing his presence and agreed that he was hot. After that, we would see each other at YSA dances and activities, started talking and texting each other and a couple of months later it was official.”

Photos today are by Alma Photography. I love the fun, relaxed nature of the photographs this afternoon.

For the ceremony, Marlinna wore a gown made by Josh’s mother (Sherri Simon) who also made the bridesmaid’s gowns. Sotheary Nget styled the girl’s hair while  Jenny Truong from Canvas Book styled the makeup.

Marlinna and Josh were married at The Church Of Latter Day Saints Sydney Temple in Carlingford by Adrian Hoesli. Marlinna says ” I was in tears at my ceremony in the LDS Sydney temple it was the most beautiful place to have started my day!”


Of their photographer, Marlinna explains “Alma photography is fabulous at what they do. I knew about them from an event we were both at in 2010. Since then I’ve had friends who were getting married referring me to them, I’ve never looked back they were a tremendous choice.”

 The groom and groomsmen wore suits from Indochino Italy.

Lusila Macgregor from Flowers By Arrangement styled the bouquets.

The day turned out to be a scorcher with tempratures breaking 48 degrees. Marlinna recalls “It was the best most, happiest, unforgettable HOT day of my life. I believe that day was the hottest day since years. Started at 35 degrees and by midday it reached to 48 degrees. It felt like we were standing in a sauna and just couldn’t escape the heat no matter where we stood. We kept our bodies hydrated with water and loads of slurpees’.  We had the best bridal party who just ignored the heat and just had fun. It was definitely a day to remember.”

Marlinna sums up the day as “A very hot, hyperactive, magical and colourful day.”

Marlinna and Josh held their reception at Golden Star Palace at the Sunnybrook Hotel. Marlinna remarks “We ended with a lot of dancing and food at the Chinese Golden Palace.”

The couple dressed in traditional Cambodian costume for a traditional Cambodian ceremony.

When asked about her favourite parts of the day, Marlinna remarks “My husband of course, my family, our bridal party, family and friends having fun on the dance floor and dancing with my husband.”

The reception venue provided the cake, catering and transport.

For reception entertainment, Marlinna explains “My father hired a Cambodian band from Cambodia and famous Cambodian singers”.

For their first dance, Marlinna recalls ” It was very overwhelming, I’m quite a shy person and don’t really like being in the spotlight. Unfortunately I didn’t know what the song was because tt was sung in Cambodian, all I know is that it was about never-ending love.”

Marlinna says “I totally think the photos taken by Alma Photography illustrates the day of my wedding very very well. Colourful, original, funky happiness and FUN!”

Thank you Marlinna & Josh for sharing your wedding day with us and also to Alma Photography for sharing today’s photographs!


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  • Bride's Dress
  • Handmade
  • Bridesmaid Dresses
  • Handmade
  • Hairstylist
  • Sotheary Nget
  • Flowers & Decor
  • Lusila Macgregor from Flowers By Arrangement
  • Reception Venue
  • Chinese Golden Palace Sunny Brook
  • Plum Pretty Sugar Loungerie says:
    January 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Love, love her dress!


  • Ann says:
    January 19, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Cool really cool, i am contacting from Italy! 🙂

  • Thea says:
    August 14, 2012 at 4:59 pm


    Marlinna looks absolutely stunning in her Cambodian costume dress! I’m Cambodian as well and is getting married in January also looking for a Cambodian dresser, therefore is anyone able to provide me the contract number of Marlinna’s Cambodian dresser?


  • Bi says:
    August 28, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Hi, Love her khmer wedding dress. Do you have the details of the ‘Phnong” ?
    I would love to have similar for my wedding end of this year

  • Groom Style Multicultural Sydney Wedding | Polka Dot Bride says:
    June 21, 2013 at 4:23 pm

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