Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Wedding

This post is the continuation of Sunitha and Sridhar's wedding. After the mehindi party, next was the big day, the wedding. Like many Indian weddings, this wedding started off with a prayer to Lord Ganesha. Hindus pray to Lord Ganesha to remove all obstacles in life.




The entrance is all decorated to receive the groom for the wedding




Bride's entourage are all waiting for the groom's arrival


Meanwhile, the groom is arriving to the event site with his fanfare on a horse.


Groom's mother is rejoicing in the moment with all the relatives and friends


Stage is all set for the memorable day


Ceiling is decorated with flower chandeliers


Details of the backdrop






The stage




Guests are waiting for the groom and bride


Here comes the bride. Groomsmen carying the chariot of the princess/


Glowing bride arrives



The wedding



The exchange of garlands



Walking around the fire to take seven steps 


Now stay tuned for the reception details for more ooohs and ahhhhs, including a special guest appearance.

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

 
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Indian wedding: The Best Mehindi Party

This is the season  for weddings. We have been busy with attending our friends' children's weddings for the last three weekends. Of all the weddings I have attended this year, this one stood out with the decor, food and fashion.
The mehindi(henna) party is one of many festivities of the Indian wedding. Typically the bride's side of the family hosts the Mehindi party a day or two before the wedding. Traditionally, the bride gets her mehindi done first, followed by her mother and siblings and finally, the wedding party. It is a super fun event to attend. 
The mehindi party that I attended was fun, festive and not to mention a gorgeous setting at the St. Regis Monarch Beach and Resort at Dena Point, CA.

As you enter the site, there was a wall created with all the flowers that were used in the centerpieces. It was the perfect back drop for the picture-taking.

There were many small tents to give the feeling of a someone's living room with comfortable furniture with lots of flower arrangements, colored accents and candles. Wow! Simply stunning!



There was enough seating for all the guests comfortably linger and socialize.



Spectacular flowers - peach, pink and red roses, peonies and a touch of bougainvillaes with perfect lacy greens



Proud father and the bride


It looks like the bride's mom is dressed in the most beautiful saree to coordinate the flowers



Love the bead work on the dress


One spectacular dress! Isn't it?




I like the accent of purple in the arrangement. It was a pleasant surprise to see a well-known florist use bougainvilleas to bring the color purple into the arrangement. Many times I have been hesitant to use bougainvilleas in my arrangements because of their papery look


Glowing bride



The bride is all ready for the next day wedding with henna hands


Stars of the event, the bride and groom


More flowers



One of my favorite appetizers that were passed around during the event were stuffed portobello mushrooms coated and deep fried and served with tamarind sauce. Delicious..


Adorable


Elegantly dressed guests




The finale to the grand dinner was a whole fruit bar with falooda ice cream.



There will be more on the wedding and reception. You won't want to miss it!

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Garden tour II

I know this post is way overdue. Here is the continuation of the garden tour. The third garden we visited was the Renick garden. This is a small garden compared to other gardens on the tour but it is big on style. Canary yellow iron gates welcome you to a colorful tropical paradise.

As soon you enter the garden, you see this giant driftwood with butterflies.


A koi pond is nestled against the wall.


This garden is filled with rare and unique plants. The following tree is called Suryanam cherry. Those cherries tasted as good as they looked.


Spanish moss is hanging on the trunk. Spanish moss is an air plant. You can successfully grow Spanish moss by misting it with water now and then.

Bromilaids collection


Mango tree

Tree fern trunks are used as planters in this corner






Throughout the garden, walls are painted with canary yellow and brick red. Luscious tropical foliage stands out against these colored walls.



Garden No:4
As you walk through the side yard, there was a fruit orchard and a 12,000 gallon Koi pond.


A bronze statue of Judge Judy gazing at the rose garden


This is the sight as we were entering the backyard. We were literally gasping for breath looking at this train collection. A railroad models the rio grande narrow gauge 1.20 scale on over 1000 feet of tracks. A friend of the homeowner who works for Disney created the stone reliefs, and an artist painted the murals adoring the walls.


Sound effects and honkey tonk music complete the scene


I am sure Sheldon Cooper would not have moved an inch from this sight.






The train winds its way through the villages, bridges, businesses, and homes that meanders the length of the 1.5 acres lot and serves as a backdrop to the garden.


Tons of decomposed granite are filled to a perfect viewing height and form a variety of mountains, valleys and landscapes that set the scene for the trains to chug through.




Extraordinary scale and detail in every inch of this space.




Don't you think this bridge looks so real?


In the covered pergola, there is a train water fountain.



On the way out, I couldn't help but photograph this gigantic pomegranate tree in full bloom.


Hope you enjoyed the garden tour. 

For more memorable centerpieces, tablescapes, and recipes (including vegetarian, gluten free and vegan recipes),please check out my books, Entertaining From an Ethnic Indian Kitchen and Trader Joe's Simply Indian at my website komalinunna.com.

 
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