Sunday, September 13, 2009

Vegas, Baby!

Our big vacation this year took us to Vegas to witness my sister and Suketu marrying in a Christian ceremony. We arrived a few days prior to get our fix of cuisine at Mesa Grill, Rao’s, and Red Square; our spa indulgence at Spa Mandalay; and our workouts at the hotel’s gym. We slept in late, road rollercoasters at New York, New York, and enjoyed picking up “trading cards” along the strip.

Four days into our trip, the happy couple arrived. A few hours after landing, they met us at the StripHouse at Planet Hollywood. Over a bottle of wine and fabulous cuisine, we caught up on summer events and plans for the Hindi wedding in India in April 2010. From there, we treated the couple to a night out at Ka, the Cirque du Soleil show about warfare. This amazing show featured live music, a monstrous and portable set, and remarkable, breathtaking acrobatics from the whole cast.

The following day, we met up with extended family to tour the other end of the strip: Stratosphere, Circus Circus, and the Venetian. After a long day in the sun, we retired early so that I could wake up and collect Dad at the airport on Saturday morning. With my father in tow, Brad and I set off to the Chapel of Flowers, where we witnessed an intimate, personal vow exchange between Jennifer and Suketu. Friends and family celebrated that evening at the Paris’ Eiffel Tower Restaurant. With the sun setting behind the Nevada mountains and the Bellagio Fountain entertaining our tables, their reception featured creative dishes for both the vegetarians and omnivores in the crowd. To see the happy couple as the center of attention was exactly what we traveled 22 hours to behold. To have formal pictures taken with my parents was icing on the cake.

The wedding party and guests at the Chapel of Flowers

Jennifer and Suketu at their reception.Our three tables at Paris Restaurant, which overlooks the Bellagio Fountains.

My goofballs unite!

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