Monday, May 3

Details from an Iranian Wedding


This couple had an American-style ceremony outside and then came inside the country club for an Iranian-style ceremony, for which the bride would change out of her traditional white wedding gown and don a red gown for the second ceremony and reception. Their friends and relatives prepared sweets and favorite foods, which you see here. The only things I recognized were nuts and strawberries, but they were all displayed beautifully on beaded and gilt-embroidered table runners.



Some of the nuts were silvered.










Flower garnishes, carved of radish, carrot, onion and turnip(?), with herbs for greenery.











These hard-boiled eggs had been rolled in silver glitter. The photo is out of focus - sorry.









This looked like popcorn growing on stems like grapes; I have NO idea what it is.








The cake utensils were very ornate and jewel-encrusted. Click to enlarge.
The knife was engraved with the couple's names and the server said " Served with love."









One of the goblets - also ornate and jewel-encrusted.











Strawberries, and what looks like small cucumbers. They were served in a lovely silver dish on a very ornate silver filagree pedestal.







Some of these nuts were gilded and the small, dark ones were dipped in something that looked like caramel or a mixture of caramel and chocolate.
I really wanted to steal some! lol







No idea what these are, but it looked good.









These were wonderfully ornate cookies (I presume) and all of them were perfect. I wonder how many rejects there were before she got this perfect batch!



After the Iranian ceremony and cocktail hour, the wedding party and guests adjourned to the ballroom, where 28 tables of 11 people each awaited them for a seated dinner. I wish I had found out the menu. It smelled divine in there.

Flower photos coming soon.

22 comments:

Gilly said...

You wouldn't put those cake servers and goblets in the dishwasher, would you?? LOL

What a fantastic wedding! And those cookies(?) Must be a very intricate cutter, or maybe one you pushed cookie dough through - and then dipped the cooked cookies in icing or something - possibly powdered silver or diamonds? ;)

Pat said...

It's the custom apparently to serve tea and sweets to guests. They look very munchable.

Tabor said...

11 people at each table? That is the odd thing that got me. It wasn't 11 tables with 28 people?

amarkonmywall said...

Really interesting! I love the photos and can't wait to see the flowers. I wonder who one hires in this country to carve all those vegetables and cater such specialty items? A long day for the bride and groom, yes?

Arkansas Patti said...

How fortunate that you got to witness such an interesting wedding. I would probably have passed on the munchables thinking they were ornaments.

Granny Annie said...

This is the first time I have realized the amazing treats that must often face you as you prepare the flowers. How do you keep from sneaking a bite? I must admit that I would be out of control looking for an opportunity to slip just one bite that would not be missed.

tiff said...

That's a whole LOT of wedding. :)

Olga said...

I love beautiful presentations of food almost as much as eating.

Joy Des Jardins said...

Wow...there were some very different and beautiful things at this wedding. I just love the servers and goblets...so lovely. Some of that food was really interesting..but those cookies looked delicious. I thought it was especially interesting that the bride changed her wedding dress, but I guess that makes sense...different culture, different dress. You get to see some very unusual and fascinating things Judy. ~Joy

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I would have to say "I think I left an arrangement in the kitchen." LOL. So fun!

Mar said...

What lovely and interesting details!!

LL Cool Joe said...

Wow, what beautiful looking food. The "white grapes" look interesting and the cookies.

I love the presentation of everything.

sage said...

Two wedding dresses? I feel sorry fort he dad.

Linda said...

I once worked for a professor who's son married a wealthy Iranian's daughter. Oh my goodness, it was an unbelievable wedding. They spared no expense.

JeanMac said...

Yum! Food looks special and your pics are great.

Anonymous said...

If these cookies are what I think the are, then they are easy to make (even though we are not Persian, but we used to do it in Russia). My mom has the form for it: the batter is runny (almost like pancakes) and you dip the metal form (the form is on a metal stick) into it and then dip into the hot oil and fry it. It comes easily off at the very beginning and then you just fish it out with a fork. Then sprinkle with icing sugar.

Star said...

How beautiful. You only get one wedding day (one hopes) so you might as well do it up right!

Dorothy said...

It's so great to hear about different traditions and see some of their food. I loved seeing these pictures.

Dorothy from grammology
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Looking to the Stars said...

Wow!
I'm with you, I would've liked to sample the chocolate (I wish I had spell check on this, chocolate doesn't look right but you know what I mean)

Looks like a beautiful wedding :)

srp said...

The flowers are all so gorgeous.
I did my morning walk around and it is amazing what a difference four days makes. The roses in the front of the house are all heavy with large blooms, my astilbe have gone nuts... they are four times the size they were last year. All the columbine are loaded and opened in purple and white and the ferns are huge. Even the hollyhocks that I planted as seeds are up and begging to be thinned out again. They have to wait until the weekend though... another trip day after tomorrow.

Blond Girl said...

The cookies reminded me of pizzelles... I wonder if they were made that way? Although I would love to honor the traditions of my country, two weddings in one day sounds exhausting! Did you do flowers for both ceremonies?

BTW, I know you're familiar with my my old blog, Rants, Raves and Revelations of the Blond Girl.

I had to close that blog out (hacker got us), but I've started a new one, Highlights of the Blond Girl. If you feel like it, please drop by. I'm at http://highlightsofblondgirl.blogspot.com/

Hope you're doing well! I'll be visiting again. It's time to get back on the horse.

rosemary said...

i attended an Iranian wedding decades ago and the food was most memorable.