Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Sak and Peng Attend a Wedding

This past Friday, Sak and I had the honor of attending the wedding of our college friends, S & J. Both electrical engineers and conventioneers themselves, I've always loved this couple, so getting to see them tie the knot was really quite exciting.
Plus, the wedding-atmosphere totally got us in the mood for our own nuptials, now only a month away! Eep!

I'm not going to try and explain everything that happened, because I'm not too knowledgeable on all the various customs and rituals, but I will share the details, since I know we fellow brides and grooms can appreciate the hard work and thought that goes into executing such an event. Plus, I really like the macro setting on my camera.

They had a little guestbook, in which someone painstakingly hand wrote each page of prompts, over and over again. And yes, even after all this blogging and commenting, I'm still terrible at writing heartfelt and meaningful messages on the spot. *sigh*

Shiny elephants! Which later doubled as escort card holders!

Sak does his duty at the card box.

Now, the ceremony was beautiful, right next to an indoor stream. Their wedding was at the Decathlon Club in Santa Clara, which worked out just perfectly for their wedding of ~150 people.

Since I haven't asked my friends how they feel about having their faces plastered to the web, I will stick to details only! But trust me when I say that they were a beautiful bride and groom.
Now, the ceremony was longer than your typical American "I do"-and-let's-get-out-of-here, but we were still super surprised when this guy walked by:Ice cream! During the ceremony! Sak was in awe, and promptly whispered to me, "Can we pleaaasee have some at our wedding too?" But, given the length of our typical-American-vows, it wouldn't be very practical.It was good - rose flavor with basil seeds. The ice cream was definitely the highlight of Sak's night.

While the family and bridal party took pictures, it was cocktail hour. We ran around taking pictures and eating the to-die-for appetizers.
How I love you, samosa!

The tablescapes were so fancy!

She had a wish tree, too. Another chance for my horribly un-inspiring scribbles.
And the cake! The cake was huge!

Now, my personal favorite part of the night was when the bride and groom arrived at the reception. They walked in to the Zelda theme, and I about died from the awesomeness. And then nearly flipped at some other guest who asked, "What is this, Star Wars music?" Pshhhaww.

The food was so awesome that I totally forgot to take a picture of it. My bad. And they served chai! Chai is amazing.

There were about 50 single ladies up during the bouquet toss, and I've never seen a better one. They were all excited and jumping at the chance to catch the pretty flowers. Like a smug-faced engaged lady, I just stood in the back and let them at it.Teeming with anticipation!

Energetic dancing followed all night, and it was a lot of fun. Though they had an open beer and wine bar the whole time, we didn't drink since we had some early morning plans that required a clear head. That didn't stop us from pretending to be on the tipsy-side with everyone else though.
Overall, it was a beautiful wedding, and I'm very happy for my friends, now honeymooning on a cruise in the Mexican Riviera. Even though I'm sure not everything went perfectly smooth for them (realistically, does it ever?), I couldn't tell. And that's really encouraging. Their happiness, love and joyful smiles really set the tone for the evening, and I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time.

Have you ever been inspired by someone's wedding?


  1. That looks like an amazing wedding and I want to eat that food now. Ice cream during the ceremony is absolutely genius. I agree with Sak - if I were there it would totally be the highlight of the night!

  2. What a gorgeous wedding! I love that kulfi (ice cream) too, and it comes in tons of other yummy flavors like mango, but the rose is my favorite. The colors are beautiful and vibrant, and I love the bride's henna.

    We're having chai at our wedding, too, and I'm so excited about it :)

  3. hahah. the months before the wedding, you definitely notice ALL the details (or lack thereof) at other people's weddings. :oP DUDE ice cream during the ceremony is awesome! maybe even more awesome than my cotton candy machine idea (that didn't pan out). :oP

    and those centerpieces! oh my! looked like hot pot... in gold. :-P

  4. @ppg - ooh, mango sounds like a good flavor too! and YAY for chai at your wedding! everyone will love it, i promise!

    @alvina - haha poor cotton candy machine :( and it kinda does look like a gold hot pot! hehe

  5. wow that looks like an AMAZING wedding! The food looks like it was good! Also I LOVE the ice cream idea- wow!

  6. The ice cream does sound pretty cool.

    I was actually thinking about my ceremony today (/everyday) and it sounded like this in my head: "Those water bottle labels turned out pretty good, I am so ahead of the game. But water bottles are such an environmental no no, maybe I should have glasses instead. And why does it have to be water? Guests should have what they like. Although taking drink orders would just over-complicate things...got to keep it simple. And come to think of it, shouldn't they get some hydration before sitting in the sun? Yeah, maybe just stick to water..."

    I'll miss the wedding related voices in my head once I'm married.