Wisconsin Cultural Wedding in Wausau, Wisconsin | Coua and Dustin


Coua and Dustin have met during their Freshman and Junior years of college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while attending Hmong American Student Association annual social event.

During the event, Dustin spoke as part of an informal panel about tips for success for the incoming freshman class and his voice caught Coua’s ears. To this day, she says that Dustin’s voice was the first thing that attracted her attention. Dustin also has noticed Coua as well.

As it turns out, a week or two later, Dustin was assigned to be her mentor. At first, they kept things very friendly and went for small ice cream meals to talk and catch up. As time went by, they started to like each other more and things started looking more serious. With every meeting, Dustin was taken by Coua’s strong sense of herself. He greatly admired her confidence and determination. Not to mention Coua’s natural beauty.

On the day before Thanksgiving break, Dustin asked Coua to sit down for a chat. It was then that he professed to Coua how much he liked her and how I wanted to take things more seriously with her and their relationship. Coua admitted that she also felt the same way and they decided to see where a serious relationship would take them.

6 years later, on windy summer day, Wisconsin cultural wedding ceremony happened in Saint Anne Parish in Wausau, WI.

To observe fusion of two people is always an exciting event. And bride and groom at this Hmong wedding did it just perfectly. By simply just being themselves, enjoying their families at its fullest and allowing me unobtrusively document it all.

That weekend two big Hmong families and friends (almost 400 wedding guests), while mostly from Wisconsin, traveled from all over the United States. All to celebrate two people together, their love, and life in general.

Evening at the Wausau Elks Lodge #248 was filled with cultural Hmong wedding traditions. Cultural blessings, Hmong songs and dancing. And of course other activities that contribute to wedding celebration at its fullest- beer chugging, shots at the bar and endless toasts!

Txhais – kev zoo siab to Coua and Dustin!

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Thanks for reading Coua’s and Dustin’s love story and checking out their Hmong wedding images!

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Ceremony: Saint Anne Parish
Reception: Wausau Elks Lodge #248
Wedding Date: 8.22.2015

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