Saturday 5 July 2014

Congrats to Jen and Francis!

This evening Gord and I attended the wedding of Jen and Francis ... Jen and I worked together from 2004 - 07.

The ceremony and reception were held at a hotel in Richmond Hill.

The wedding started at 5pm.  Here is Jen's dad walking her down the aisle.

Here are Jen and Francis exchanging their vows.

Jen had the photographer take pictures of her and Francis with various groups like her family, his family, etc.  She even had him take pictures of her with her colleagues and former colleagues (including me!).

The reception began at 7pm.

They cut the cake right away.

For supper Gord and I sat at a table with my former colleagues and their spouses/dates.

This pic was taken by Don, Susan's husband

 The meal was a Chinese banquet meal and was served 'til 11pm.  Fussy people like me were given the option of having a "Western" meal, which is what I took ...

Butternut squash soup
Tossed salad
Fillet mignon, roasted potatoes and veggies

Gord went with the traditional meal and there were 13 courses (he passed on the shark fin soup with shredded chicken and bamboo pith, though) ...

Roasted suckling pig with jellyfish and seaweed -
Gord loved the seaweed and was surprised he liked he jellyfish
Deep fried crab claws with almond crust
Sauteed prawns and scallops with honey beans -
Gord really liked this one too
Braised stuffed melon marrow with
whole dried scallops and shitake mushrooms on vegetables
Wok fried twin lobsters with ginger and scallion
Roasted crispy chicken ... we both had this
Steamed twin fish with ginger and scallion in soya dressing
Steamed sticky rice in crystal bun with abalone sauce
Braised e-fu noodles with enoki mushrooms
Red bean soup with lily bulb and lotus seeds
Duo of fancy wedding pastries - lotus patries and glutinous roll with egg custard
Wedding cake - strawberry shortcake with strawberry coulis

I've never been to a traditional Chinese wedding before and it was different than what we're used to.  There was a lot of food and it was served over many hours.

Here are Jen and her maid of honour.  This was Jen's second dress of the night.

Jen changed her dress again later on.  Here are she and Francis thanking everyone.

Then they walked around and thanked everyone personally.

Everyone was given a bottle of honey as a gift to commemorate their day.

Congrats to Jen and Frances and thank you for including us on your special day!


Masshole Mommy said...

What a lovely couple and my god, look at how many layers that cake had!!!!

Way Out Wear said...

Wow that sounds like a great wedding. I haven't been to one for so long! The food looks all so delicious!

Teresa said...
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Teresa said...

Sounds like a lovely wedding.