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Posted March 17, 2009 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Events & Festivals
 
 

Nora and Yaz’s Bangladesh-style wedding feast

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The Bengali wedding consists of a series of sophisticated celebrations, including the bride’s holud ceremony (sort of like the bridal shower), which I had attended 2 weeks ago. The wedding reception of course was even bigger and better.
Over 200 guests, consisting mainly of the bride and groom’s relatives and family friends, were invited to this cultural extravaganza at Conca D’oro, in Riverwood.
Following custom, Yaz and his mates had to bribe their way through a barricade of Nora’s family and friends. I witnessed a hilarious episode of banter about different currency accepted for admission. Dressed in an amazing costume and headpiece and after some pushing and shoving, he eventually made his way in and sat alone on the swing, waiting for his bride to arrive.
The bride’s entrance was more grande. Suspense was built up with clouds of heavenly mist and guests oohed and ahhed as she was hoisted in a classic sedan-chair down the red carpet. Her sari was a stunning red and green ensemble with gold trimmings. Beautiful gold ornaments were studded in her hair and her arms were patterned with henna. It was tradition for the groom’s family to present the bridal sari on the day so lucky Nora didn’t have to stress about finding the perfect wedding dress!
In between speeches, starters were served on a 3-tiered stand which had been decorated with luscious lilies and roses. The batter on the cauliflower pakhora was thick and absorbed the natural fresh flavours of the vegetable but the other items were delicious. There were fish cocktails, Indian potato scallops, and lamb seekh kebab which were cooked on a charcoal BBQ. I usually don’t eat lamb but these were so tasty and surprisingly didn’t have the stench I often dread.
The main meal was a feast of plain pulao, which is rice cooked with a mix of Indian spices. This was fragrant with its garnish of fried glazed onion. There was also lamb korma, garden salad, roast chicken, a vegetable curry of mushrooms, shami kebab (lamb with grounded chickpeas), really salty but delectable pickles (achar), raita and naan bread. We had enough leftovers to feed another table of 8!
Dessert consisted of traditional Indian sweets – gulab jamun (donuts in sweet syrup) and rasgolla (milk balls in sweet syrup), followed by espressos and dark chocolate and hazelnut truffles.
The evening ended with a bit of dancing and lots of queuing for personal portraits with the newlyweds.
A huge congratulations to my gorgeous friends Nora & Yaz. xoxo
And also special thanks to Chanderika for dressing me :) )

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - groom pushing through barricade of bride's family and friends
Groom pushing through barricade of bride’s family and friends

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - bride hoisted on sedan chair through red carpet
Bride hoisted on sedan chair

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - the swing
The very pretty swing

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - Nora's family
Nora’s lovely family

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - the newlyweds
The newlyweds

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - performance of 'Thank God I Found You'
Performance of Thank God I Found You, with Nora’s sister on the piano

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - wedding cake
Wedding cake

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - menu
The menu

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - chandelier
Chandelier

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - Jennifer Lam in a sari
Me in a saree (sari)

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - Zen and Daniel
Zen and Daniel (Eugenia’s hubby)

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - floral arrangement
Floral arrangement

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - starters on 3 tiered display
Starters on 3 tiered stand

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - entree of seekh kebab, indian potato scallops and cauliflower pakhora and fish cocktails
Entree of seekh kebab, Indian potato scallops and cauliflower pakhora and fish cocktails

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - plain pulao, rice cooked with a mix of Indian spices and garnished with glazed onions
Plain pulao, rice cooked with a mix of Indian spices and garnished with glazed onions

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - naan bread
Naan bread

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - mixed garden salad, mushroom delight and shami kebab -lamb with ground chickpea flower, herbs and spices
Garden salad, mushroom curry and shami kebab (lamb with grounded chickpeas)

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - raita, yoghurt, cucumber and mix of spices blended together in natural yoghurt
Raita (yoghurt, cucumber, mints and mix of spices blended together in natural yoghurt

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - achar, mixed pickles
Achar (mixled pickles)

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - lamb korma, diced lamb slow cooked in a marinade made of onions, tomatoes and mix of Indian spices
Lamb korma, diced lamb slow cooked in a marinade made of onions, tomatoes and mix of Indian spices

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - quarter chicken pieces marinated overnight and then lightly fried and covered in thick gravy made from blend of spices
Roasted chicken quarters

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - main meal feast
My big feast

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - Indian sweets, Gulab Jamun (donuts in sweet syrup) and Rasgolla
Indian sweets, gulab jamun (donuts in sweet syrup) and rasgolla

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - espresso
Espresso coffee

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - white and dark chocolate mud cake
White and dark chocolate mud cake

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - with the bride
Zen & I with the bride

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - girlfriends wearing sarees
Me and my (uni-classmates) girlfriends dressed in saris [L - R] Me, Sarah, Olivia, Laurachel, Rennae, Jenny, Eugenia, Jodie

Nora and Yaz's Bengali wedding at Conca D'oro Events Centre - guests on the dance floor
Guests hit the dance floor

Zen Huang and Jennifer Lam, take 1, smiles
Zen & me smiling

Zen Huang and Jennifer Lam - take 2, growling
Me growling :)

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Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Having grown up in a family where food was always at the centre of all celebrations, family events and milestones, Jen is obsessed with capturing irresistible flavours and stories from myriad cultures. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering people to have good food and invigorating adventures - because life is too short for mediocre meals or dull travel. Her hobbies are breakfast, lunch and dinner. She's globally curious, passionate about female entrepreneurship, is a soy chai latte fanatic, and loves vintage, dressmaking and photography.