Outdoor weddings…

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are risky business. Tashkent is unforgettable for its ability to be have warm fuzzy morning, and piercing cold evenings in Autumn. However, the first week of September was warm and pleasant, we settled on the outdoors, which were still tented in case of rain. The area was surrounded by groomed trees, flowers and bushes. Hence, the idea of a white and green wedding occurred naturally. I was never a big fan of the colour green, and seeing that it was September, yellow and orange tones would have gone so much better-but for some reason green seemed perfect then and there. We decided not to over do it with the bright green colours, and just have a few accents here and there. We ended up having white,green, and olive baloons around the area,green napkins on the tables, a lot of floral greenery, and green ribbons on the tables. Our cake was also three stories tall, and was decorated with beautiful white roses, and green petals.Everything else was classical white, there was no other theme in the wedding, and guests were not asked to dress any specific way, simply because they were of such different ages and classes.

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Finding the perfect place

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About a month away from “the day” we have finally stopped fantasizing about finding a decent restaurant, where the cuisine,decor and AC availability would all blend into a magical location. Since Septembers were quite warm in Tashkent, we began considering having an outside wedding. As soon as that occured to us we realized we could have it all, the pool, the floating candles and the barefoot dancing. Two places were available which comprised a perfect blend of everything I wanted, and everything we could afford. The Dedeman Hotel and the Sheraton Hotel. Both places were located in the city center, and were reputable locations for weddings and other celebrations. We visited both, studied the menues, questioned the waiters, asked for photographs of previous weddings done there. At the end we decided to opt for Sheraton, it had a slightly better location than Dedeman, so that all the guest would be seated under a covered tent and not far from each other. Whereas Dedeman had a very spacious garden area that was not covered in case of rain. I went to check out Sheraton, at lunchtime, and called Alex straightaway gasping “I found it, its perfect”. He must have gotten very tired of all the wedding chaos by then, because he didnt even ask how much it cost, he said “if you love it, lets take it”. I wish he said that a month sooner when all the other places that “i loved” were found, that would have saved a lot of trouble. A few hours later both our moms (and a bag of cash) were on their way to Sheraton, to book it for the 19th of September. I could not believe we had finally found a place! That was definetly the hardest part of all, because precisely on the place depended the decor, and the music, and the whole these itself! And there we had it, a spaciou, open air, tented place that we could mold into perfection-exactly as we wanted it.