September 19, 2015

CANVAZ road trip day 11: Vegas wedding

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Today's the day.  There was only one item on the agenda today, and that's my cousin's wedding.  The reason my parents and I flew across the Pacific.  We were the sole representatives from our side of the family bearing the groom's last name.

Lunch was a casual affair at the godparents'.  Ganma made some flied lice while I polished off the leftover General Tso's chicken and the beef and broccoli from the other night. Yum Yum.

Late afternoon found ourselves at the Siena Golf Club for the ceremonies.  I had kinda complained to my aunt and uncle at the choice of venue, as I've been to outdoor weddings in tropical climates where the whole party was roasted under the sun and sweating like pigs... but I guess it wasn't their choice.

The ceremony started at 5pm, and sure enough, the sun was torching everyone.  Shades were provided for everyone, and there was even sunblock available upon request.  I, of course, had already put my sunblock on before we left the godparents'...

But by far the most prepared person was mom, who was looking pretty stylish with matching hat and shades!  And yes, that's dad next to mom shielding his face from the sun with the wedding program...

After the ceremony, most of the crowd retired to the patio next to the function room for drinks while the wedding party took pictures on the lawn.  Dad being the big uncle of the groom meant we were privileged to take a few pics with the wedding couple...  We also took time to take a few pics with relatives from the other side.

Meanwhile, I noticed someone was running around the club grounds looking for a way to crash this wedding...

I entered the function room to find it lit with a fuschia hue.  I know it's a very pretty color and that girls love this color, but what's with the trend of doing wedding banquets with this shade?  Don't wedding venues, planners, and wedding couples know that it casts a fuschia hue over EVERYTHING?!  All your photos and videos will end up being shaded in this color, including everyone's faces and that pretty white wedding dress...  Le Sigh...

Dinner was a simple affair, which I was very thankful for... after being on the road for 10 days.

Tuscan baby greens - with diced pears, Gorgonzola, candied walnuts, and chardonnay vinaigrette.  Gotta say that the walnut chunks were pretty huge... especially when a few walnuts kernels stuck together.

Risotto with grilled vegetables - I chose this vegetarian option because I know that sometimes meat proteins can be overcooked at wedding banquets and become chewy and inedible... which was what happened with my uncle's fire grilled sirloin steak.  When you overcook risotto - which they also did - at least it just turns mushy and you can still swallow it.  I have to say... this was probably right on par with the one I had at Les Deux Margots in Paris in terms of being the soggiest and mushiest I've ever had.  The mushrooms and pearl onions were marinated in vinegar, and together with the sundried tomatoes they made for a very acidic dish.  Not my cup of tea...

The wedding cake was rather elegant and pretty...

...with a pair of very cute figurines that I could definitely see as my cousin and his bride...

...and were the tastiest bites I ate all night.

The dancing part of the wedding started with the happy couple leading the first dance, then the groom paired up with his mother while the bride paired up with her father.  All of a sudden, we found ourselves with loud and upbeat music, as the four of them started in a routine with moves that resemble whatever the Power Rangers do...

A very happy evening.  It was good to see everyone, and I'm so glad I flew out to witness my baby cousin (one of them, anyway...) getting hitched.  This also marked the end of a pretty long road trip, and it was time to get home...

1 comment:

Constantine said...

They have a list of approved caterers and valet parkers which you are required to choose from. The event coordinator at Chicago wedding venues were very professional and cool enough to let us come in and tour on a Saturday while another wedding was setting up.

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