Monday, September 20, 2010

The fabulous 2 week wedding blur.....!

Ok my lovelies (am borrowing this word from Patty :-)...I am back, physically that is! I am happy, tired, exhausted and a mother-in-law! My mental state is still shrouded in a jet lag cloud...so am not thinking very clearly let alone blogging, but thought I should let you all know that I am back from a wonderful whirlwind vacation! It was one party after another....DC, then Seattle, then San Jose...non stop fun, food and frolic! We are still waiting for the official wedding photographer's pics, but I think I have enough here to give you all a sneak peek of what happened the 1st thru the 14th of September!

We arrived at JFK on the 1st, and spent a couple of days with my bro-in-law at Princeton. I was in a fog so all I remember of those 2 days was imbibing large quantities of food and wine and staying up late talking....! We took the train to DC on the 3rd, and while my husband slept all day with my son's dog curled up beside him, my son Gautam and I ran around madly finishing details for the wedding on the 5th.

4th Sept: Family bowling party at the White House Bowling Alley, yes, it helps to have a son working at the Pentagon! Waiting to get inside.....serious security clearance and all that!
The same place where Obama goes bowling...in fact his bowling shoes were there too!
5th Sept: Wedding at the Newseum. My son Gautam is to the left of the pic, his partner Andy to the right and their friend Parag, who was emcee, in the middle. You can see a wee bit of my orange sari to the right.....!
My fav pic

Yes, their beagle dog Penny was the ring bearer! She trotted in with a pink ribbon around her collar with the rings attached to them after the incredibly moving ceremony...at which point I was crying buckets and buckets!

Bangle centerpieces which became.....

take away goodies for the gals.....
9th September: Trip to Pike Place Market in Seattle...for old times sake!


September 10th: Reception in Seattle at my friend Krupa's house, going for the Mediterranean cabana look to gel with the food....it was Lebanese food...baba ghanouj, pita bread, cous cous, hummus, baklava.....
View of Lake Sammamish and the mountains

The caterers....and moi!

Drinks and dessert table

11th September: Party at cousin's place in Los Altos
My son, my cousin's wife, my son-in-law's mom Nancy, and me..I have no idea what I was gazing up at!

September 12th: Reception at my brother's place....whats a party without wine???
My fabulous son-in-law andy and his mom...all decked out Indian style!
All in all it was such a memorable trip...if I have one regret it is that I never got to meet Anu of My Dream Canvas, Priya of OUATT like I had planned, and I forgot to call Patty of Colors Dekor form Dubai airport....the duty free shopping completely engrossed me! I will have more detailed pictures and descriptions to follow soon! Its so good to be back in blogland!

18 comments:

Rekha said...

Welcome back...Looks like you had a great time!

GB said...

Looks like a fabulous party! Congrats once again, both the boys look incredibly handsome...and the mama in laws are definitely the show stealers!

I'm just glad you're back...this is what was missing from my mornings. :)

PreeOccupied said...

Thanks for sharing these photographs. You have a lovely family and you K are the prettiest mom-in-law I have seen in a long time. All the best to the young men for their lives ahead. Weddings though happy moments always bring tears of joy in my eyes. The photos are awesome.

Sayantani said...

Welcome back Kamini. loved the pictures especially the one with your son and his partner holding hands brought a tiny drop of tear in my eyes. big moments like these always make me nostalgic. very beautifully arranged wedding and parties. planned to buy the gicha sarees but seeing them on you makes me feel like going and buying it right now. you made them look so good on you. thanks for sharing.

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

Congratulations, Kamini! You look gorgeous. Wish we could have met (didn't get the message until later, so couldnt call before you left either). All the best to the newly-weds!

Kamini said...

Thank you all so much! Priya....I forsee many more trips to the US and one of these days we will meet! One of these days I'll post the video of the 30 minute wedding ceremony....for those who want to see it! It was so lovely....sigh!

Anu@My Dream Canvas said...

Kamini, congratulations. What a lovely wedding. You guys sure are a good lookig family :-) I feel really awful about not meeting you. Hopefully next time or in Delhi.

Patricia Torres said...

Kamini... I have banned your blog.. and do not plan on visiting you in blog world.. on in India.. I dont beleive.. you choose shopping over ME :-(

I'm only here for Gautum & Andy... and they look awesome together... Also.. both you MILs are far too beautiful.. and dont really deserve MIL status... (as in.. too young to be MILs)..

I'll have to send you a long long email about those pictures.. I love so many things in there... from the bangle centerpeice.. to the market... to the gorgeous setups for the receptions.. wow!! and the food.. yumm yumm!!

And your orange sarree.. Keep it safe.. I'll borrow it for Simones wedding.. (if I'm invited)

Congrats Kamini... I'm still shocked about you being MIL.. Loads of love coming your way.. to survive the jetlag.. :-)

Emreen said...

Wow ! Kamini its gud to have u back ! Waitin for more and more lovely posts from you...
Must I say, that you look gorgeous, lovely and too young in the snaps...

Beautiful snaps, The dessert table luks soo nice... !!

Uma said...

HI kamini
finally visited your blog and saw all your pics too
Amazing ...
Andy and Gautam make such a nice couple as well

Kamini said...

Anu...I will be in Delhi the last week in Nov, when are you there?
Patty - sorry....but you know what duty free shopping is like at Dubai airport, my eyes were literally glazing over with greed!!! Next time, I promise I will call even if I land there in the middle of the night :-)
Emreen - the dessert was even more fabulous, baklava with vanilla ice cream and rose syrup!! Yum! Thanks for the compliment :-)
Uma - thanks but you have to clarify which Uma! Uma in Kolkata? or San Jose? or Hyderabad?

purplehomes said...

What a beautiful wedding Kamini! The boys look so handsome!! And I must add you look gorgeous! I can see you had a lot of fun planning & executing it all...can't wait to see more wedding pics! Love the bangle centerpieces & the decor. Lots of wishes for a lovely loved filled married life for the couple.

eve's lungs said...

All the best to the to.And what an elegant young mom in law you are !

Anpu said...

Lovely wedding, Lovly photographs, lovely ceremony, and the newly weds are sooo handsome!
verything was so well put together...and Kamini, you looked gorgeous in your sarees! Wish i had known you in '07 during my trip to hyderabad.
I just loved the way your friends and family just opened their homes for the receptions/parties etc...You are a lovely person and are indeed very much loved by your family and friends...
God bless and welcome back. Dying to see more and more of your lovely posts...

indian yarn said...

everything is so beautiful. congragulations to the couple.

Komali Nunna said...

Beautiful wedding, Kamini. Congratulation to Gautam and Andy.

Sreelu said...

Kamini,
Though a little late congratulations and good luck to the boys. Must say you look way to young to be a mom-in-law, you look lovely. Glad you had fun.

Travel Bug said...

Wow, you certainly dont look like someone with a grown up handsome son.
What a lovely ceremony!!
came here via another blog and was smitten by the pics and stories.
Wish gautam and Andy a Wonderful and loving future ahead.
Cheers
Ariana