My little brother got married this weekend. We’re a big Chinese family and she has a big Indian family, so it was no small affair. It was the first family wedding I’ve attended where we were outnumbered. It started Thursday night with a Mehendi, where the ladies have henna applied by an artist.
My mother getting her hands done.
Friday my aunt and uncle had a big party at their house, where we put children in boxes.
Saturday we had a Chinese tea ceremony (of which I have no photos). Then Sunday we had an Indian wedding. Here’s the mother of the bride tying a headpiece on my brother.
There was a lot going on.
Here the sisters-in-law (and Juan) are discussing whether the groom should be wearing socks with his paper shoes. (No.)
The brides’s father invites our family to the ceremony.
Our older brothers cover the groom with a sheet so that the couple does not see each other until prayers have been said.
My dad got a little distracted during the ceremony. He’s a photographer and somehow smuggled his iPhone onto the stage.
Me and my dear friend from high school, who introduced the couple. He’s her cousin! So now we’re actually family. WILD.
My older brother following in our father’s footsteps.
I didn’t take a lot of photos. But there are a few more here.
My younger brother had his engagement party this past weekend, which initiated with an Indian ceremony led by a priest. The ceremony involved water and spices and sweets and chanting and culminated with the giving of many gifts to the groom’s family (us!). I came home with so much food and clothes and flowers and felt like I was the one getting married.
Family expansion is the best!
This is one of my favorite photos ever! That’s my dad with the gigantic camera and my mom lying on the elephant’s head, whispering sweet nothings into her gigantic ears.
It was a big week for the Limpire!
Sunday was filled with a day of lounging in preparation for a new baby and an upcoming wedding.
Eating and making food makes the Limpire very happy.
I hope I look as good as my mom in thirty years…and have as much energy! Happy Birthday, Mom!
We are addicted to playing Settlers of Catan.
Thanksgiving is the one family event that is non-negotiable, more so than Christmas. It’s kind of funny, though, because in our family, every day is like Thanksgiving. We loves to eat! This is on New Year’s Day, 2009, in Malaysia.