Nothing beats having to share once-in-a-lifetime moments with treasured cultural heritage!
Andrea Thoma Gustin, known as LA Thoma, tied the knot with ‘The Flash’ star, Grant Gustin last year.
Recently, LA Thoma took to Instagram to gush about her new chapter in life as well as officiating the wedding in Kadazan style!
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—As I enter another lap around the sun, I can’t help but reminisce on all the amazing life changes that have happened over the last couple years. I am so honored to share an incredible experience Grant and I had in our marriage journey. We were able to honor my Kadazan tribal ancestors through a traditional wedding ceremony called Miohon Pinisi. It was such a gift to be able to celebrate and connect to my mothers cultural heritage that welcomed Grant with open arms. We recognize how lucky we are to be part of this ancestral line, and it is so important to us to keep these traditions as part of our life and to continue to pass it down to future generations. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ —Thank you to my Nenek (grandma) and Datuk (grandpa, may he Rest In Peace) for always opening their home to anyone and everyone who has ever needed a roof over their head. Thank you to the Majalap’s and crew for always knowing how to throw a good party and working tirelessly to make this ceremony happen. Thank you to the Bobohizan (shaman) and crew who performed this beautiful ceremony.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And finally thank you to my husband, who stepped wayyy out of his comfort zone, into a new country and my small army of a family, and opened his heart to becoming part of our tribe. Sharing that experience with you was a priceless gift I will forever be thankful for. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📷@the_kvar 🎥@bryankoujustudio
In the post, LA Thoma, who is part Kadazan, talked about how they underwent the traditional Kadazan wedding ceremony called Miohon Pinisi:
It was such a gift to be able to celebrate and connect to my mothers cultural heritage that welcomed Grant with open arms.
Let’s not forget, Thoma’s family that were participating witnesses to the lovely event of cultures coming together:
For those of you who are unaware, Miohon Pinisi is a traditional Kadazan wedding ceremony involving both couples stepping on a stone that’s been blessed by a traditional shaman. As well as exchanging rice and wine whilst reciting their vows.
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Header image credits: Yusuf Ahmad