It had an international flavor... the bride and groom met several years ago in Oman, where they both travelled to teach English. They will be returning there after their honeymoon!
I had the honor of sitting at the piano, so there are no pictures of the ceremony. But following are some reception pics to share. The bride's mother (my incredibly gifted cousin) catered the event...a crazy idea, but it was her gift to her daughter and new son-in-law!
The bride's gown was stunning. Cream and gold.
Holy cow, those people in the kitchen worked so hard!! This was the assembly line for crostini with strawberry topping. I wish you could have seen the energy.
You know me, I can never resist shiny things. =)
There was an abundance of food, only some of which I was able to capture with my camera. Lighting was an issue and people were digging in...and I was hungry, so I had to hurry! (There is a reason I was not the wedding photographer.) =)
The fruit and vegetable trays were gorgeous.
And of course, there had to be some kind of honorable mention to the humble camels, who are everywhere in Oman!
A family friend did the flowers, using lots of Northwest flowers, plants, and grasses. They were very different and absolutely lovely.
There was something for everyone, and age did not define choices. Brownies, lemon bars, and another amazing creation that involved pistachios, rose water, mascarpone cheese, and phyllo dough were all highly popular!
All of this was a delicious and memorable way to celebrate a wonderful marriage. There was so much love that more than one of us had to wipe away a tear or two.
To my sweet cousin: You did an stunning job this weekend - it could not have been more perfect. And you raised one beautiful daughter. Now put your feet up, pour yourself a good cup of coffee, and revel in your blessings. =)