This past weekend, our dear friends got married in New York. We drove up on Friday morning so Raj could be there for the rehearsal at 1:30. We got there just in time, I checked us into the hotel while Raj jetted off. After that, we met at Dos Cominos for some delish guacamole and ceviche. (I didn’t love the ceviche but Raj seemed to really enjoy it.) We had a fantastic spot in the bar – perfect for people watching. We lingered as long as we could before we had to head back to the hotel to get dressed for dinner. (Yes – Raj and I are known to embrace back-to-back meals while on vacation.)
Back at the hotel with less than 2 hours before dinner, we discovered – to our horror – that we forgot Raj’s suit. Panic set in and the very helpful folks at the front desk directed us to a Men’s Warehouse about 7 blocks away. They were fantastic – alterations were done on the spot – and Raj was re-suited in no time. I don’t know if Raj has ever shopped there before, but I can tell you he was very happy with them that day!
Here’s a picture Raj took with his iPhone with Dana A. Jenkins-Wardrobe Consultant – Men’s Wearhouse (350 Fifth Avenue).
Dana took us under his wing and had us laughing at our predicament in no time. He really saved the day for us and brought a smile to a harried moment! He told us that it’s not what happens to you that defines your moment, but how you handle it. (I’m paraphrasing, Dana, so sorry if I ruined your quote.) Dana, thanks for handling us so calmly and taking great care of us.
The rehearsal dinner was held atop the Gramercy Park Hotel on their enclosed rooftop. A lovely night with beautiful views of the city. The food and drinks were delicious, the company amazing and the space very cool. Most importantly, the bride and groom-to-be were relaxed and enjoying themselves.
The next day – after the flurry of waking up late, working out and eating some more, we left for the ceremony which was a beautiful blend of Unitarian and Hindu religious traditions. After the ceremony, the bride and groom departed for the reception in a vintage taxi and the lucky guests were transported in double-decker buses. It was so fantastic to see the city from the top level of a bus!
The cherry blossom branches in the entry at the Ukrainian Institute were a reflection of the beautiful white pear tree blossoms at the ceremony and lining the long tables in the dining room. Truly stunning!!
Here is a pic Raj took of the dining room with his iPhone – a little blurry but you get the idea.
The food was incredible. The hor’dourves were delicate and delicious where the creative couple infused somewhat traditional items, such as crab cakes, with subtle Indian spices. The appetizer and meal at dinner were equally delicious. Wish I would have taken a picture! Check out their incredible cake:
The bride and groom were glowing and beautiful. There was great music and wonderful friends. We were so happy to be a part of their celebration.
Here’s a pic of Raj and I at the reception…
Between the cake and end of the night, there was more dancing, a pub and a trip to Kati Roll for some late night snacks. On their website, a Kati Roll is described as a “spicy mixture of meat and vegetables rolled in Indian flat-bread”. I can attest that it was quite yummy. Again, thanks to Raj for his iPhone photography skills.
And us the following day having a veeeeery late breakfast:
I want to thank the beautiful bride and her hubby for such a wonderful time. The wedding could not have been more beautiful and seeing them together more heart-warming. Great memories for them and for us all!