May has long been a traditional month for weddings. But
being able to find your soul mate and having the chance to celebrate the
most important day of your life on a date which reads 20-05-2005 is a
‘once in a lifetime’ chance. This chance happened at the wedding of
Amari Rincome General Manager Wim Fagel and his bride, the former Pinkaew
God has brought together, let no man put asunder! Rev. Pakdee
Wattanachantaragul explaining the vows.
At least 150 guests of different nationalities and faiths
settled down on the church pews waiting for Pinkaew and Wim Fagel. When they
arrived, the bridal party was escorted down the aisle by small bridesmaids
and page-boys who lit the candles on the altar.
The always smiling bride looked stunning in her long
white wedding dress, complete with gloves, and the groom in his tuxedo was
Rev. Pakdee Wattanachantaragul led the bilingual marriage
service that included the symbols of love. Exchange of rings, a prayer of
dedication, the romantic lighting of the Unity candle, the Thai way of
paying respect to the parents, it represented the best of both cultures, and
for family and friends who had traveled from abroad to witness the wedding,
it was like a ‘guide’ to Thai and foreign cultures.
Saranak (left), TAT director in Chiang Mai and his wife (right) were amongst
After the service, the staff of the Amari Rincome had
prepared a ‘big’ surprise for the couple in the strikingly decorated
Payom room where a huge wedding cake awaited.
The evening reception was held at the Four Seasons Resort
in Mae Rim, and the happy couple, surrounded by family, friends and
well-wishers, really tried to spend some time with each guest.
raining blossoms when the couple walked through the aisle of the church.
Daeng Fantastic and friends played evergreens to
entertain, the food at the Four Seasons was outstanding as always, and MC of
the evening, Michael Vogt, called on the speakers and kept the party
M. L. Surawut Thongtham, representing the Amari head
office, delivered greetings from everybody and wished the newlyweds a
lifetime of love and happiness. Wim Fagels’ sister Marian spoke on behalf
of the entire Fagel family - parents, friends and nephews from the
Netherlands, to welcome the new ‘daughter’, ‘sister’ and
‘friend’ in their midst. Finally she asked the guests to join her in a
traditional Dutch song which prompted more singing and dancing until very
The happy couple left on their honeymoon to Katmandu the next morning and
everyone wishes them a happy return and may all their married time be as
alive, as exciting and as much fun as their wedding day.
Fagel, the groom’s older sister, welcomed Pinkaew into the Fagel family,
very relieved that her ‘little brother’ found a wife. (From left) MC
Michael Vogt, Chiangmai Mail; Marian Fagel, Wim and Pinkaew Fagel.
Wongwitayakarn (Fai Ngam) from Soi Nimmanhaeminda and friends at the
reception at the Four Seasons Resort. Rudy van den Berg, MD Horeca, sitting
on the right.
of love and a beautiful custom is lighting the Unity candle together.
surprise awaited GM Wim Fagel and his new wife back at the Amari, where his
staff had prepared a huge wedding cake which was cut in front of the
official photos began outside the First Church of Chiang Mai, with the
bride’s and the groom’s parents.
left) Manuel Reymondin, EAM Sheraton Chiang Mai; Major Roy Hudson and
Eleanor Hardy, GM of ‘The Chedi’ Chiang Mai.
left) Andrew Harrison, GM Fours Seasons Resort; M. L. Suravut Thongtham, VP
Sales Amari Resorts; Basil McCall, Eleanor Hardy and David Thomas from Wanna
As every good party ends in the kitchen, everybody joined the ‘Dang
Fantastic and Friends’ band and danced at the Four Seasons Cooking School.
Wedding guests (from left)
Daisy and Michael Vogt,
Dot Delaney and Vaipanya Kongkwanyuen