and so by the way, has Summer.
Finally, we have what I have longed for, hot sunny days and evenings so lovely that you can sit out doors comfortably without a sweater.
Of course this late summer heat has had its drawbacks too with the power outage that affected large parts of San Diego, Orange and Riverside counties. That's millions and millions of people without air conditioning in temperatures in the high 90s and low 100s. But as one blog commenter wrote, the power outage was taken in true laid back Southern California style. Instead of riots in the streets, neighbors came together for barbecues and beers.
Well anyhoo, getting back on topic, I had the pleasure to attend a full on Persian wedding last weekend. It was amazing and kudos to Mariam, the mother of the bride, who organized this lovely event. Layla, the bride, a school friend of my daughter, was lovely.
Obviously, the wedding was very different than a traditional Catholic or Protestant wedding that I am used to so I wanted to share some photos, but do forgive my lousy photos from my iphone. So instead of the bride and groom standing before and alter they are seated next to a dressed up table with the traditional Persian sofreh which holds specific symbolic items.
The wedding ceremony was conducted in Farsi and I have no idea what was actually said. An interesting element was when the female relatives held a lace cloth over the bride and groom and did this thing with large cones of sugar which was meant to sweeten the marriage.
The table was decorated with lots of frippery and frou frou
So here are the contents of the sofreh.
After the wedding there was a hour long reception with hors d'oeuvres served and then the guests moved into the dining room. The tables were set simply except for the elaborate flower arrangements.
After about another half an hour, the bride and groom entered and did some kind of Persian-ish dance thing and then they had their traditional first dance. And so commenced a few hours of dancing to both Persian and American music. (FYI, I love Persian music and dancing. It's so sexy.)
I loved her emerald and diamond necklace and earrings.
(Did I mention that not only is Layla lovely, she is super smart too and just took her medical boards)
What can I say, we are joiners.
My daughter wore a long bronzy-gold gown with a jewel toned silk shawl.
and I hate to say it but even my sapphire and diamond jewelry was understated.
Next time I will know to pull out all the stops when it comes dressing up for a Persian wedding.
And speaking of dressing up...I sashayed around Rodeo Drive a bit on Thursday night for Fashion's Night Out. Bvlgari, Breguet, Cristofle and Etro hosted special receptions for the Beverly Hills Women's Club and I managed to make it to the Bvlgari party, then it was off to dinner at Mortons. Every once in a while, it's great to go to dinner at some place traditional like Mortons....don't you agree?
Personally, I think that the whole Fashion's Night Out concept is a little lame. What do you think?
Tonight, I'm off to the gala dinner for the 100th anniversary of the Virgina Robinson estate and gardens in Beverly Hills.
Tomorrow will be a quiet day at home, god willing, with plenty of down time for remembrance of those we lost a decade ago.
What are you up to this weekend?