Monday, September 3, 2012

My daughter's wedding...

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I cried and cried, buckets really!!  Tears of absolute joy!!! 


I'm back ... with now 7 children, and I couldn't be happier!!  It was one of the most joyous times in my life, sans the births of my children. To be privy to this beautiful union of my daughter to this amazingly handsome young man, who by the way adores her... well, it's what every mother dreams and hopes will come true for their child!!

It was the most beautiful wedding ceremony, visit to the amazing park for pictures and we rocked the reception!!

The food was absolutely out of this world!!  We started off with an antipasti buffet and almost every type of seafood known to mankind!!  The absolute favorite was the tripe, hello... Greeks here!! ;-)
The first course was Penne w/ Vodka sauce.  Second course was the tastiest pork & cheese stuffed cannelloni in a creamy marinara sauce that I've ever had!!   Third course was filet mignon lightly drizzled with a sherry & peppercorn sauce, the filet was so tender, it literally could be cut with a butter knife!!  Also on the plate was, *yes, I know*, the moistest chicken breast in a light garlic & sherry sauce.  They were accompanied by roasted potatoes and an array of lightly steamed vegetables with a slice of lemon.  The rolls!!! OMG!!!  I should of stuffed some in my purse "don't ya know", but alas, I played mom of the bride and brought a small fancy number with me, darn it all!! ;-)  We were all so full it wasn't even funny, but alas there was more!!!
Fourth was the salad, but of course.  It being a "Greek wedding", it was chock full of feta cheese & olives - - YES!!
Final course was the dessert.  A beautiful plate of three desserts.  A chocolate dipped strawberry on a pillow of real whipped cream, an ice cream filled cannoli drizzled with chocolate sauce, also on a whipped cream pillow.  The piece de resistance was the ice cream ball dipped in quality dark cocoa powder and dusted lightly with confectioner's sugar also on a pillow of whipped cream.  They were sitting on a raspberry sauce drizzled plate.




Later when the cake was cut, they brought out the dessert table.  I honestly believe it was over 40ft long, I am not joking!  There was every imaginable sweet and delicacy on there. From Greek desserts including tortes, outstanding cheesecakes, silky smooth and light as a cloud souffles, more cookies than "cookie monster" can eat ... to the freshest of fruit.  Darn that small purse of mine!! ;-)

These pictures were some that were snapped and not the professional ones, but I couldn't wait to share with you!!
The banquet hall was so beautiful, and had multiple colored lights that changed the hue in the room gradually... it was so soft and romantic!!
Thank you all so very much for the well wishes, it meant more to me than you can imagine!!
On to the pictures yes?


At the hotel before the church.

The joining of the crowns.  Both crowns are connected, representing the two becoming one... I was balling at this point!!



The wedding ceremony dance with the "koumbaro" (best man) and his beautiful bride "koumbara".
Tom and Irene, "panta axie", you guys did a wonderful job and made my daughter and son-in-law proud!!




Their first kiss as husband and wife!!




At the park, isn't it gorgeous??  Such beautiful monuments and pillars!!
Look at the flower girl!!  She was the prettiest and most well behaved little girl, and that smile!!!  Hello Katerina, honey you are a doll!!!




Right after dinner... look at the banquet hall!!




The festivities have begun!!!  Let's dance, OPA!!




My gorgeous daughter belly dancing!!  My very handsome son-in-law cheering her on!!  I truly believe he wanted to snatch her away at this point!! ;-)


I cried, I laughed, I cheered and I danced the night away... it was truly a celebration my friends, a celebration of love!!


Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi

38 comments :

  1. Didi what a beautiful wedding!!! Thank you for sharing with us!!

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    1. Thank you DeeDee, thank you so much for your well wishes as well...
      I was crying and laughing and cheering...
      I just thank that "make up artist" as well. Noone's makeup moved at all... including the brides when she started crying to the father daughter dance when she was dancing with my husband.
      She was as fresh as she looked that morning...

      Think we should hire her permanently?? ;-)

      Thank you honey!! xoxoxoxo

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  2. Just Beautiful! Congratulations....I'm so happy for you. Looks like tons of fun. ♥ya sw☺

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    1. Thank you Sherri!!! We had tons and tons of fun, and memories to last a lifetime!!!
      Thank you baby girl!!

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  3. Didi, I cried when I saw these beautiful pictures. What a wonderful wedding. So happy that you now have a great son-in-law that you love. That has to have been the biggest and most beautiful wedding of all time (barring Princess Diana, LOL). But then it was a princess that got married on Saturday...your princess. Thanks for sharing your pictures!♥♥
    {{HUGS}} Rose

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    1. I literally just teared up when you said "my princess" Rose!!
      Thank you so much my friend... because all I could see was my daughter riding her tricycle and saying... "look at me mommy, look at me"!!!
      Then this handsome young man is now taking her hand...

      Oh my God, I'm still a mess!!!

      xoxoxo

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  4. Simply beautiful, Didi! Congratulations to all! And now I am 100% positive you are a true foodie (although I really never doubted it) - you took pictures of the food, too! Have a brilliant week!!

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    1. LOl, I'm crying in between tears from Rose above at the moment love...
      Thank you so much!! The food was absolutely out of this world delicious. I've been to tons of weddings in my life, as we all have. We all have mixed reviews...
      This banquet hall Stephanie, seriously, ROCKED!! Everything was so artistically displayed and just downright delicious!
      I hate the fact that half the sweet table was gone before I could snap the pictures, but hey... who can blame them!!! ;-)

      Thank you my friend, and thank you so much for you guest post and well wishes...
      I cannot wait to make this dessert!!!

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  5. Congratulations Didi! You are a wonderful mother-in-law!! Your daughter is just beautiful! Just like her momma! Congrats my friend! Thanks for including us in your celebration!

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  6. Thank you Theresa, I was a "hot mess" I gotta be honest!!
    My son-in-law kept giving me drinks... along with a few shots...
    Hangover city my friend!!! ;-)

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  7. That was so awesome. The church and the park were gorgeos as well as your daughter and new son-in-law. I pray for a long and happy union.

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    1. Thank you Cynthia for the blessings, it is truly and most whole heartedly accepted!!!

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  8. Absolutely beautiful, Didi, I'm crying along with you!! I love it, and wish the gorgeous couple every happiness both now and for the rest of their lives!!!! Missed you, God bless!! xoxo

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    1. MELISSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      I so wish you could of been there, we would of been dancing the night away my friend!!!

      Thank you so very, very much for the blessings!!!

      I've missed you and all my friends as well, I know I've missed tons!!! Ugh, back log!! ;-)

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  9. Gorgeous! The first time I took my husband to a Greek wedding, I had a lot of explaining to do. He couldn't get it. But then when it came to the food at the reception, he was just fine!

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    1. LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You just literally, honest to God made me laugh out loud!!!
      My 2nd husband (non Greek) was exactly the same way...
      He's like, "THEIR IS A SWEET TABLE"?? "Really, for real"???
      I could not for the life of me understand what he was talking about...

      Then I went to a few of his friends weddings...
      Yep I understood perfectly!!! LOL

      OPA my friend!!! I have exactly 22 bottles of ouzo and 7 bottles of very expensive Greek wine... wanna meet?? Contact me my friend!!!

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  10. Such a very beautiful wedding and the bride was so very beautiful! I loved the belly dancing too! Thank you for sharing Didi...you have gained a nice son in law! XOXOXO

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    1. Thank you, I have indeed gained a very nice son-in-law!!

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  11. OhMyGoodness DiDi......such a beautiful wedding for such a beautiful couple.
    I am so proud for them and you Mama.
    I still can't get this thing to let me just post.
    The only thing to select on that list for me to use is "anonymous"(as I do not have any of those other accounts).
    Blessings, CinStraw

    P.S. I am subscribed and get your newsletters...but don't reply often as I really don't like being anonymous =;(

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  12. LOL!!! Cin, your killing me!!! If you open a "google account", it will let you upload a photo and then you can pretty much post anywhere using that google name. It's free and private, trust me, I wouldn't steer you wrong!!

    As for the wedding, yes my friend... I was a mess, and loved every minute!!! Thank you so much for the blessings!!!
    xoxoxoxo

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  13. Simply GORGEOUS!!! Looks (and sounds) like quite the affair. Your daughter looks STUNNING!!! Much love my friend!!

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  14. Didi, I've got tears now too....such a beautiful couple, beautiful wedding and the descriptions/pics of the desserts are making my mouth water!!
    You are the sweetest Mom and Mom-in-Law, you're all going to have a lifetime of love and happiness!!
    All that booze yet??? lol, wish I lived closer too, would love to try the Ouzo and the wine...
    Be happy...hugs & kisses to you all!! ♥

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    1. Thank you Jan!! I'm just glad that the love and respect is there yes??

      I wish you lived closer as well my friend, we could share a glass or two...

      xoxoxo

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  15. Beautiful, Didi! Just lovely. Best wishes to the happy couple!

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    1. Thank you so much Ann!! I will take those wishes my friend!!!
      xoxoxo

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  16. O Didi. Absolutely lovely! The bride, the groom, everything. Well done Mom!

    Patti

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    1. Thank you so much Patti!!! I'm still tired and have to go to work this a.m., but your right the memories...

      P.S. "make up artist", the makeup never moved, lol!!

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  17. Can feel your joy! it looks like was loads of fun! The food sounds out of this world.A chocolate covered strawberry sitting on real whipped cream...gives me a rush just thinking of it. I love raspberry drizzle! I think I'll save this post so I can come back and pretend I am eating the food and pretend that i can belly dance!

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    1. LOL, "wonaday", you are too funny and welcome to my blog!!
      I would gladly make you chocolate covered strawberries with real whipped cream ;-)
      Come on over, I'll teach you to belly dance, such fun!!!

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  18. Best wishes to your duaghter and her new hubby. She is a beautiful girl. Congrats Mom! You have a new son!

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    1. Thank you Precious!! Indeed I do!!

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  19. STUNNING!! Wow...the pictures are beautiful...your daughter is just gorgeous, and I am so happy that everything turned out wonderfully! When you get around to it, please post a pic of you too!

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    1. Olga!!!!! Where have you been honey, I've been thinking of you!!!! xoxoxo

      I will post pics of me and my daughter when I get them for sure!! You know I will make it "comical", hello....
      Even though I was a mess!!!
      Thank you my friend!!!

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    2. I cannot wait to see the picture...I am sure you were glowing!!! We got back from Greece visiting my dad and then I had some computer problems...but I am back now! I just caught up on almost 2 months of posts that I missed!! Such a wonderful memory Didi...your daughter will never forget this most glorious day!

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    3. Greece? YES!!! I hope everything was okay, and your dad is good first and foremost!!

      I will share my friend, the moment I can get my hands on them. I did not bring my camera, no purse in that darn small purse of mine... should of carried my tote like I alway's do!! ;-)

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  20. Your daughter made one beautiful bride! The wedding sounds like it was heavenly!! I cried reading this post as if she were my little girl all grown up. I'm super emotional don't ya know?! :-) so happy for you and the new couple. I may need to crash your next family wedding to get in on some of the amazing food!!!

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    1. You don't have to "crash" my amazing friend, you will have an invite!!! This way you can experience the "Greek festivities" first hand!!!
      Thank you honey!!! xooxoxoxo

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