I’m home! After a 36 hour whirlwind of travel with 1 hour of sleep, I wanted to kiss the floor of my house when I walked inside. However, I saved most of my kisses for Dan and Ina. It feels so good to be back in the arms of my little family again. I sure missed them.
The reason I made the trip to Argentina was to attend my friends Noelia and Sebastian’s wedding, and let me tell you, this event was worth the trip.
This wedding was so different from the typical American wedding, so I am going to break it down for you timeline style.
- The night before: instead of a rehearsal dinner, Noelia and Sebastian invited the out of town guests to an asado, which would be similar to a backyard BBQ, but taken to the next level.
Look at all of that meat! I couldn’t begin to correctly explain how the meat was cooked, but I do know it is different than how we grill meat, which was proved by the absolutely amazing taste. I told Dan I am sending him down to Argentina for training.
-7:30: when the invitation told us to arrive. Apparently this was pretty early for an Argentine wedding, and they typically start at 9 or 10 PM! The wedding was at a sport’s club that was beautifully decorated.
The theme was the 1920’s and everything was decorated so cute.
We walked around, took pictures, had some drinks, and chatted with the wedding guests. I really enjoyed getting to know all of their friends and family over the past week.
8:30: the ceremony started with Noelia and her dad driving up in an old car (so cool!) and then him walking her down the aisle.
The ceremony was short (less than 15 minutes) and completely in Spanish, but from what I could tell, seemed similar to what we do in the US - exchanging of rings, kissing the bride, etc.
8:50: tables of appetizers were brought outside and waiters also served us little bites to eat
(selfie with a stray dog that was hanging around the food)
9:30: we slowly made our way inside and sat at our tables, which were labelled by location. I would like to point out that I am almost always asleep by 9:30.
10:15: the family waltz, which starts with the bride and groom, and then the bridge/father and groom/mother, and then other close family members and friends.
10:40: the first dance session when everyone dances
11:10: dinner is served
11:30 more dancing
12:45: dessert #1 served at the tables
1:05: the bride and groom gave a speech / toasts
1:20: more dancing
2:15: second dessert, which may be one of the most beautiful things i have seen in my life. Tables and tables and tables of treats. Picking just one was a very hard decision.
3: cotillion - which from what I could understand meant dancing with costumes
3:30 - I have to sit at the table, my American body doesn’t know how to dance for this long
3:50: pizza is served to us at our tables
4:15: I threw in the towel and got a taxi back to our hotel, but would like to point out that the celebration was still going strong when I left with babies and elderly still dancing.
My goal was to make it to 3 am, so I was super proud of myself. Ha!
What a night / morning. I am so glad that I was able to go on this little adventure. Happy day before Thanksgiving!