Wednesday, May 14, 2008


We've enjoyed a fantastic week at my parents' house. We came up for my youngest sister's wedding, and now we're recuperating from all of the preparation and festivities.

True to the way my family works, we did practically everything ourselves. My sister designed and sewed her own wedding outfit (except for the jacket), as well as the bridesmaid's skirts, which were made from saris she ordered from India. My mom planned and cooked a huge informal family dinner the night before the wedding, a formal lunch the day of the wedding, and the reception food. My older sister made the wedding cake, including the sugar gum paste flowers that took an insane number of hours. My other younger sister did the flower arrangements. We also decorated the historic house we rented for the wedding lunch and reception. My BIL took the pictures. A true do-it-yourself wedding!

My little brother was not able to attend, since he is serving a two-year mission in Russia. Right now he's on Sakhalin Island, off the east coast of Russia. Basically he's about as far away as possible from where we are on the globe. Recent adventures include being mugged by a drunk Russian man.

Luncheon Menu
Greek Salad with feta cheese, olives, red onions, and bell peppers
Tomato and Basil Soup
Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Coconut Lime Thai Soup
Curried Chicken Salad
Asparagus spears in Hollandaise Sauce
Fruit kebabs
Tropical Lime Torte with Mango Compote
Raspberry Lemonade

Gorgonzola Tarts
Stuffed Mushrooms
Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Hummus with Pita Chips
Fresh Pineapple, Cantaloupe, Strawberries & Watermelon
Cheese platter: Brie, Gouda, & Boursin
Chocolate Velvet Cake
Chocolate Turtle Cheesecake
Citrus Cheesecake
Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Sauce
Sparkling Fruit Punch

Now some pictures!

First, Zari and I in our sari skirts.
My little sister has a very vibrant personality, and these pictures reflect that quite well.
The dress she designed, and sewed, herself. The skirt is made of white silk dupioni and lined with blue silk. She had a brief moment of misgiving because she didn't have a Cinderella dress. But then she said to herself, "I'm not 19 years old. I don't need to look like a princess."
The cake.
The groom and his four brothers. He also has one sister.
My sister and her husband love to joke about their rings--whose was cheaper, in particular. Hers is a cushion cut yellow tourmaline. His is made of tungsten. He especially likes that his ring is scratch proof and virtually indestructible.
In front of the St. Paul Temple, where they were married.


  1. Beautiful pictures - looks like a fun time :) Love the sari skirts and all the little colorful touches on the bride, the cake, the ties, etc. Can I have another wedding (same man) and have you throw it? LOL

  2. I agree, I'd love to have another wedding with you as my coordinator (and yes to the same awesome hubby!) Beautiful wedding. I am going to Florida this weekend to take photos myself. . . lots of fun.

  3. Wow your family is amazing. Everyone and everything is so beautiful. Congratulations to your sister, and eternal happiness!! Yay!

  4. what a beautiful wedding. I love that your sister made her dress; it's really lovely and suits her so well.

    The lunch sounds delicious and you and Zari look too cute in your matching sari skirts.

    And the cake -- I LOVE the cake!

    Your entire family is very talented.

  5. Okay, I love that cake! And Britney looks so much like your mom in these pictures! I like her dress, too. I think an advantage of getting married when you're older (although, let's face it, 26 is still very young!) is that you know what you want. My own wedding reception was the first one I went to . . . I really didn't have preferences on anything. Now I do!

  6. You guys definitely do things in style. Your sister looked beautiful. I love the skirts and the cake and... well, just tack on everything everybody else said. :) Please tell her congratulations from me.

  7. Oh, and I LOVE your earrings. Where did you get them? Did they come from India, too? Gorgeous!

  8. Wow, beautiful wedding. Also sorry you didn't get your "perfect house" but hopefully it will end up being your perfect house. :)

  9. beautiful wedding! and i do think your sister looked like a princess... a very elegant one!

  10. Oh, my very own post! Thanks to everyone who loved the dress and the sari skirts. I just love how well they worked out. The earrings I actually got at Forever 21 for $4(I have also seen the exact ones at H&M).

    And don't forget the matching cufflinks that I made for Ben (the same blue as my sash). Eric was very jealous....well, mainly of making your own cufflinks.

  11. What gorgeous weather for a wonderful wedding. I'm so happy the food worked out!


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