We attended a wedding on the weekend. A friend and co-worker, who is asian, had this huge wedding. It was held on the grounds of one of the local ritzy restaurants. The grounds are beautiful and the restaurant is on the shores of a small lake. The weather cooperated by being sunny but only pleasantly warm, rather than scorching hot. The bride was beautiful, her gown lovely and the whole afternoon was perfect. We were able to visit with some old friends and enjoy the company and ambiance. There was an opportunity to dance and enjoy good conversation so a good time was had by all.
There was a second reception in the evening at the Kiron Seafood Restaurant in Richmond. This reception was quite different as it was all about the food which was wonderful. We had a 12 course meal, predominantly seafood! This was a first for me as I'm not much into seafood unless it is lobster or crab. I enjoyed shark fin soup and several other delicacies.
The bride changed three times during the reception - once into an absolutely stunning traditional gown which she bought in China last year. The groom wore a tux and it was nice to see them actually enjoying their own reception. So often it is so stressful for the couple that they can't enjoy their own day. That didn't seem to be the case here though.
My husband and I had booked ourselves into a room at the Hilton as it was a long drive home after a long day. We were both so glad that we did that. The day was exciting - it had started with the ceremony at 11 am - and it went on until almost midnight. We were both too tired to have driven any distance, especially after all the wine we drank. We finished our evening up at the lounge in the hotel for a night cap, or two, prior to retiring for the evening.
I have to say that I've been to many weddings, but I think this was the classiest by far. It was well organized without being stuffy or too regimented. I won't forget it for a long time.