Nix the cable, screens and intestinal issues for a minute...I'm sure all will return in due time...but the wedding of two of my co-workers was interesting affair.
First, the bridal party...for the ladies consisted of food, more food, chocolate, more chocolate and henna ones' hands. I met many members of her (Gunay) family, she's in the red print Asian dress in the doorway and also members of the groom's family (Taleh)...both are co-workers. It was quite an event...you could tell the special couple were quite happy but also exhaustive and the families thrilled...
The wedding..was held at a Wedding Palace (that's what the call them here)...big, elaborate production (the norm) I'd say 350 people who for six hours:
1) eat ...tons and tons of food, vodak, you name it they served it
2) master of ceremonies (comes with the palace) speaks/screams
3) wedding singer
4) dance...tradtional hand dances
5) entertainment (singers, musicians, traditional music, and traditional instruments)
6) bride and groom dance
7) repeat this order for six hours
8) oh, yeah, throughout the evening you can take photos with couple (2 manats or $3.25 USD--you get photo at end of evening, entire wedding is live-video broadcast on oversized screens throughout building, and to my surprise and chagrin...the camera guys thought I should be highlighted...so what else is new)
Check out the photos..the picture of the special couples parents...Gunay's mom and dad are on the left and Taleh's on the right...remember it's hard to get the older generations to smile, esp. the men..leftover psyche stuff from the Soviet days..