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This wedding was al fresco. Yes, at the beginning of December, a wedding held in the garden. But a huge marquee was erected where tables were laid out and the decorations were great.
This wedding was held in the garden of the house of the groom’s grandmother. A beautiful garden with a pool and a gazebo. The marquee was erected over half the garden and was three-sided. This ensured that there were no drafts. Still the weather was rather chilly, so large gas heaters were strategically placed to heat as much of the area under the marquee as would make it comfortable for the guests.
The marquee was white and the colour scheme of the flowers was orange and yellow with a great deal of greenery. The entrance passage leading to the garden was beautifully decorated with this colour scheme. To give it a lovely rustic touch, oranges and limes were also used in the decor.

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After going through the entrance we were directed to a signature board where guests could write their good wishes for the bride and groom and sign in different bright colours.

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Everything was bright and cheerful, it was a really happy wedding. The weather was great with the sun peeking out every once in a while, the music was soft and the grass, bushes, trees and even the pool were decorated in the same colours used everywhere.

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The bride was heralded in by a fanfare of loud music and she was walked by her father down the passage leading to the gazebo where the groom was waiting.

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Once she neared the gazebo, the groom eagerly strode out to meet them half way then her father handed her over and they both continued up to the gazebo. There under an arbour of beautiful flowers and surrounded by family and friends, they exchanged the rings symbolising their union.

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Then the couple was escorted to the dance floor surrounded by a band of musicians, all wearing white galabeyas, the short distance from the gazebo to the dance floor all the time playing very loud Egyptian music where the drum and the flute were predominant.

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The bride and groom, were followed by many bridesmaids, all wearing white garlands of flowers in their hair and each a different coloured dress to look like a beautiful bouquet of cheerful flowers.

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By then the sun was setting and the lights started turning on and the beauty of the decorations was given another dimension by the shimmering lights. The music continued playing softly and the army of waiters started serving dinner.
The layout of the tables was very original. These were sturdy white wooden tables, the place mats were large rectangular pieces of mirror on top of which was placed a large leaf as a sous plate, with an orange napkin carrying over the colour scheme used everywhere. The centrepiece was a long continuous arrangement of flowers, green leaves, woven baskets, oranges and limes. It was very tasteful and colourful.

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Assorted cheeses and fruits as well as a mixture of nuts were distributed all over the table. The effect was very pleasing.
Inside the marquee the lighting was great. High above in the center of the marquee were numerous headlights pointing in different directions, flooding the place with indirect light. Hanging down from the ceiling of the marquee were lovely bronze urns fully covered in flowers with candle-like bulbs lit all around them. They were quite eye catching especially against the white silk draping the inside and outside of the marquee. The total effect was one of breezy open air, happy, colourful rusticity.

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Dinner was served efficiently by the army of waiters and was made up of an entree and a main course. The food was hot and delicious, but as dinner started the music picked up in both beat and level. The noise was so great we could barely hear one another. But the young people were enjoying themselves cavorting all over the dance floor. On the other side of the pool a buffet was set up for the young generation to serve themselves.

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We left a few minutes later as from then on it was the young friends and family of the bride and groom who would take over the celebration.
It was a beautiful wedding, with a lovely bride and handsome groom, full of love and cheer.
4 December 2015

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