This past long weekend I attended a Beautiful Beach Wedding, on the New Jersey shore! New Jersey is a popular beach destination to many, with it's more than 150 miles of shore line of the Atlantic Ocean! Tourists visiting the beaches have to rent the beach homes much in advance to avoid disappointment, it gets real busy during the season.
As for the wedding, the guests stayed at the Beach Resort & Spa and the nearby hotels to attend the various functions like Mehendi(henna), Bonfire, Dandiya(a dance with it's origin in Gujarat), the wedding & the reception.
Draped in beautiful & colorful sarees and salwar kameez, the women strutted down the ramp from the Beach Resort & Spa, onto the beach, and towards the traditionally decorated 'Mandap' in gold! With sand getting in their 5" heeled shoes, it was a wonderful way to get into sand and water to start the summer season :)
After the wedding rituals the bride and the groom went for a stroll on the beach, bare feet, aww! that was romantic ;) Such a sensual way to start a new life together, amidst nature, in sand, with the expanse of water staring at you, after just becoming man & wife, loved it!
Here are some pictures to charm your visual senses.
The reception was in the Ballroom of the Beach Resort & Spa in the evening. Lots of dancing and mingling with folks ensued. After a delightful dinner people were ready for yet another round of dancing. I did not take any pictures of the food, figured you have seen enough buffets :)
The way dessert is served these days is pretty dramatic, after dinner the lights are dimmed and amidst loud music tables upon tables laden with innumerable dessert are ushered in, sparklers burning on each of the tables. There were about two dozen desserts including various types of cakes, pastries, torte & cheese cakes, halwas, many types of sandesh, few varieties of chocolate covered cookies, numerous flavors of ice cream and a few other traditional desi sweets ;) I ate just the sandesh, was smooth & tasty. All in all we had a good time.
Hope you enjoyed the colorful pictures :)
Let me sign off by giving you the recipe for this quick Date Pops!
Saute finely chopped dates in a tbsp of ghee till the mass comes together, add cardamom powder. Roll into balls and pierce a toothpick into each one of them, makes a lovely dessert and everyone enjoys the Date Pops. I make these with mejdool dates because they are very soft and just right for this preparation.