President Nguyen Van Thieu's only daughter was married in Saigon on Friday in two glittering ceremonies - one traditional Vietnamese and one Catholic.
Exterior Thieu's villa
Thieu and wife wait to receive guests
Guests bring in gifts
Gifts being opened
U.S. Ambassador Bunker's car arrives at cathedral
Thieu and daughter arrive
Cutaway of Cathedral spire
Bride and groom leave cathedral
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Background: President Nguyen Van Thieu's only daughter was married in Saigon on Friday in two glittering ceremonies - one traditional Vietnamese and one Catholic.
The 19-year-old bride, Nguyen Thi Tuan Anh, who married Nguyen Tan Trieh, second son of Air Vietnam's director, wore a silver-sprayed white ao-dai, the traditional slim-fitting Vietnamese tunic, over while silk pyjamas and a 15-foot veil. The bespectacled 22-year-old groom wore morning dress.
In the morning, the couple acted out the traditional Vietnamese ruoc dau ceremony, in which the groom and his family, bringing gifts of tea, wine, and fruit, descended on the bride's family to take the bride away to her new home. About a hundred of President Thieu's close friends and relatives - the family members dressed in customary sea-blue ao-dais over white satin pyjamas - gathered at the President's luxurious villa in the compound of the joint chiefs of staff to witness the ceremony.
President Thieu and his wife, who have only one daughter and a 13-year-old son, formally received the gifts beneath the traditional altar of temple dragons and brass candle sticks filled with flower-encircled candles.
Afterwards, more than a thousand guests, including the entire diplomatic corps, among whom was Elsworth Bunker, United States Ambassador to South Vietnam, attended the Catholic ceremony in Saigon's French-built red-brick cathedral. Thousands of Saigon's citizen's also gathered around the cathedral, to watch the arrivals for the ceremony from afar.
After the second ceremony, the couple set off for a week's honeymoon in Dalat, South Vietnam's highland resort.