This past Saturday, Nora got married!!!! (And I could talk about the fact that Shaun got married too, but let’s face it, this recap is all about the blushing bride!) And I would be lying if I said she looked anything but “bridal” long before she walked down the aisle. Her family hosted guests at her home before the ceremony, pulling out all the stops with a catered feast of Armenian goodies and hugs and smiles galore.
Nora’s colors were divine: green and purple! But not the ordinary pale versions of the colors… but the bright bold ones instead. Here are the bridal party’s bouquets… with the MOH’s in the center.
And then there was Nora’s delicious combination of flowers… the orchids and lilies were to die for!
When it was finally time for Nora to get her dress on, there was no shortage of helpers around for the festivities.
Now tell me she didn’t practice this smile in the mirror for days?!? :) Nope… just naturally gorgeous Nora!
It’s definitely a family trait… as Nora’s mom and sister have the same beautiful glowing grins!
Then…before everyone headed to the church, it was time to head outside for photos in their beautiful backyard overlooking west Los Angeles. Despite a bit of an inversion layer (aka. beautiful smog), it was a gorgeous 74 degree day without a cloud in the sky!
And then… it was time to get down to business! You know, that whole “marriage” thing!
And with all of the pomp and circumstance of both an Armenian and Catholic ceremony, Nora became Mrs. G. It was a beautiful ceremony, and I shed more than a few tears of happiness, which prevented any further photo ops. Sometimes that happens when you’re sitting there enjoying a moment :)
From the ceremony, we rounded & loaded up the flowers and headed off to the reception venue for cocktail hour.
(Ta da! Here’s the dress!)
Cocktail hour was on the patio near the golf course, and the reception was inside an enormous ballroom! We had the chance to mingle with friends, and even see some high school pals from 10 years back! There were lovely speeches, acknowledgments of those who had traveled from afar (from about 17 other states and 5 other countries!), great food, and then the dancing began! I’m not sure if I did any of the Armenian line dances properly, but at least you get to have lots of fun trying them out! And I got to boogie with my buddies… especially Gayle! :) Man, I miss those old dancing days in the south bay… sigh!
So needless to say, I got sweaty, somehow got Mardi Gras beads (I think from Shaun’s relatives??), and had a blast at Nora & Shaun’s wedding! :) Congratulations to the new “G” family and I wish you all the best!!!