After being Pretty in Pink and dazling at our daytime wedding, our nearest and dearest gathered once again to bid us farewell at the Doli & Dinner. This was a small gathering of family and friends back at the house the evening of the wedding. Most reminants of the previous night’s pinkness were gone, and the event turned into a casual affair in our backyard.
The New Indian Bride was not casually dressed at the Doli & Dinner. Instead of jeans and a sweatshirt (which was what I really wanted to wear after eight hours in my lengha), I dressed in a red sari and gold jewels, both hand picked by My Leading Man. My Leading Man wore a navy blue Hugo Boss suit with a white shirt, open collar. This might have been my favorite look of the entire wedding. Studly in all his casualness!
I wanted the Doli & Dinner to take on the look and feel of an American style rehersal dinner. I wanted it to be light hearted, relaxing and fun. To acheive this feeling, we played a few games in front of our guests. For one of the games, My Leading Man was blind folded and presented five hands to shake. He had to guess which hand was mine. Among the hands to select from were my 70 year old Bhuji, my 17 year old neice and my 40 something Masi. My Leading Man detected my hand right away although he did hesitate with my Masi’s hand, understandably so since our hands are very similar!
After enjoying Italian food from Antonino’s www.antoninosrestaurant.net (a refreshing change after two days of curries and masalas) and after My Leading Man presented my sister with her diamond and ruby kalichiri (which she loved!) it was time for My Leading Man and I to depart.
My mother-in-law draped me with a red duppatta. I threw rice over my shoulders as I left my family’s home so it would always be full and prosperous. The path from our front door to the Groom’s car was lined with our friends and family holding sparklers.
It was a simple and fun touch to our simple, elegant and personable wedding day.
Here are a few pictures our sparkling departure.