Sunday, November 28, 2010

Friday night at the beach

I went to a wedding Friday night at the Waikoloa Marriott and this is how the sky looked as we walked from the ceremony to the reception.  The sunset was wonderful, even if there was no green flash, but the winds were really whipping everything around for a while.

The bride is from France although she moved with her family to Hawaii in her early teens. The groom's family is from Bangladesh although he was born and raised in the US.  The wedding was a combination Bangladesh/French/Hawaiian affair.  The bride and groom were dressed in traditional Bangladesh wedding attire which for the bride was a red sari with a hood and for the groom a long white fitted coat and a headpiece. Both the bride and groom's outfits were heavily beaded and they made a spectacular couple.  Later on they changed into traditional Hawaiian wear with maile lei's and an aloha shirt for the groom and a long white muumuu with train and a head lei for the bride.

If you look closely at the bride's hand you can see the henna designs and the beautiful bracelets that are all part of the wedding ritual for the Bangladesh bride.  I have some beautiful shots of the bride and groom but I don't want to post them until I get their permission. 

Food was a mix of French  (salad, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables and lamb chops) Hawaiian (fresh fruits, sushi, sashimi, and poke) and Indian (chicken marsala, a rice dish, naam and a few other things I think I forgot).

It was a wonderful setting made all the more special because many of the guests wore colorful sari's supplied by the bride and groom. No matter what their size or shape, everyone looked wonderful that night in their sari.

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