Monsoon Wedding

This being the monsoon season, Sean and Archana’s wedding reception last night required a few last minute changes due to a prolonged rainstorm. They were forced to abandon their beautiful setup on the lawn in favor of an alternate beautiful setup in the bar area, which offered a bit more protection from the dampness. Archana looked amazing in a blue and gold saree that her mother had designed for the occasion, and Sean was looking dapper in a suit. We were treated to some excellent performances by S & A’s friends and family, as a sort of informal sangeet. We even threw something together ourselves, dubbed “Jai Hora”.

Sean and Archana at reception
Sean and Archana enjoying the sangeet

By this morning, the storm had passed, and the sun shone brightly for the wedding ceremony. Archana had spent months preparing the landscaping in the front garden of her parents’ house for the occasion. Today it was beautifully decorated with orange and white streamers, jasmine, and marigolds, and the grass was strewn with orange cushions for the guests.

Of course, many of us foreigners were a bit confused at various times during the ceremony, but the couple had compiled a comprehensive program that helped us follow along as best we could.

Sridhar taking photos
Sridhar playing photographer, which his daughter apparently found amusing

Bride and groom
Bride and groom

Father and groom
Father and groom

Puffed rice
Dropping puffed rice into the fire

Streamers

Kenny and Lauren

After the ceremony, we enjoyed a delicious and abundant vegetarian banana leaf feast in a tent that had been set up just across the street.

This may sound like it’s been an epic celebration already, but the festivities aren’t over yet! Tonight there will be a party for the “kids” at Jaaga, and then we all take off for a Jungle Retreat weekend early tomorrow morning.

Passage Back to India

We’re back in the Motherland. After five days touring around London and environs, and yet another red-eye, we’re in Delhi. We’ll be here for a couple of days playing tour guides for our good friend Gio, including a one-day stopover in Agra. Of course, Kenny insists that we will have a meal at the new and improved Khan Chacha. I just can’t wait to try Indian mangoes.

On Tuesday, we head down to Bangalore to join the fun for Sean and Archana’s wedding festivities. I can’t wait to see them and to revisit the neighborhood where we lived for two months this past fall. I’m also extremely excited to take all of the folks coming in from the US shopping for Indian wedding clothes. We already have ours, of course.

Ilene and Erik’s Wedding

This weekend my little sister pulled out all the stops for her wedding festivities on Long Island. For the main event, Lauren got to wear the dress we had made in Thailand, and courtesy of family courier services, my tuxedo and accouterments met me in New York. We had a great time, and I can’t believe it’s over already. As I write this, Ilene and Erik are en route to New Zealand for their honeymoon and Lauren and I get to babysit their apartment for the remaining few days of our stay in NY.

Congratulations Ilene and Erik!

Starting early on the champagne

Mom getting made up
Pre-wedding hair and makeup (and mimosas) in the bridal suite

My beautiful wife Me and grandma Rosie
Lauren in her Indian-Thai dress, me escorting Grandma Rosie down the aisle

Laura the maid of honor with two escorts
The maid of honor, my sister Laura, is so beautiful that she needed two best men as an escort

The married couple

You may kiss the bride
The happy couple

Father-daughter dance
Father-daughter dance

Rob and Jenna’s Wedding

My stepbrother got married this weekend at a gala affair on Miami Beach. The whole family was in attendance, including the newest arrival. This was the fourth wedding of the seven step-siblings, with the remaining three coming in rapid succession later this year.

Ketubah signing
The bride and groom showing off their freshly signed ketubah

Laura and Aaron
Aaron and Laura (sibling engagement #6)

Stu and Tiff
The doctors, Stuart and Tiffany (sibling wedding #2)

The Feiler ladies
The Feiler ladies gathering pre-ceremony

Kenny, Laura, Aaron, and Jadon at the rehearsal dinner
Hanging out with my siblings and new nephew at the rehearsal dinner

North Beach
The wedding was right next to the Eden Roc on Miami Beach