Thursday, July 2, 2015

the florida vacation, a play in three acts

We took a great vacation mid-June. Ten days in Florida divided into three almost entirely different vacations... And here it is, presented in the form of a poorly-written three act play!

Act 1: The Wedding
Setting: Gaylord Palms Resort, Orlando
Cast of Characters:
CAITLIN, wedding guest in her late 20s
DAN, her husband
JOE, groom and coworker of Caitlin
ROSHNI, the beautiful bride
WEDDING GUESTS: KATHY, JASON, CARL, and BETH, other friends/coworkers and associated spouses also attending the wedding


Scene 1: The Sangeet, Friday Evening (Ballroom at the resort. CAITLIN, DAN, and other WEDDING GUESTS are attending their first Hindu wedding, including the Sangeet on Friday which involves lots of singing/musical performances from the bride and groom's family and friends.)

JOE: Hi everyone!
CAITLIN, DAN, KATHY, JASON, CARL, BETH: Hi Joe! Let's take a group picture!
(Group picture is taken)

cozy birdhouse | the sangeet before joe and roshni's wedding

DAN, JASON, CARL: Joe, your clothes looks so much more comfortable than our suits. We are jealous.
JOE: They are! You should be jealous! Did you see that there are artists here to decorate your hands with henna?
CAITLIN, KATHY: Oh? Is it only for Roshni and the bridesmaids?
JOE: No, it's for all the girls!
(Caitlin and Kathy exit. Food is served. Musical performances begin. Caitlin and Kathy re-enter holding their hands carefully so as to not smudge their henna.)

cozy birdhouse | henna for joe and roshni's wedding

CAITLIN, KATHY: Oh my gosh, look at all this delicious Indian food. They have our favorites: witch hats and maple balls.
(Other wedding guests roll their eyes at Caitlin and Kathy for not using the proper names for samosas and gulab jamun. Scene closes with wedding guests stuffing their faces with food.)


Scene 2: The Baraat, Saturday morning (Resort entrance. Wedding guests are waiting outside for Joe to arrive in a horse-drawn carriage. Up-beat Indian pop music blares from DJ booth.)

cozy birdhouse | joe arriving at his wedding (the baraat)

WEDDING GUESTS: There he is! This is so awesome and fun and silly!
(Joe exits carriage, dances awkwardly. Scene closes as wedding guests process with Joe to wedding venue in Resort atrium.)


Scene 3: The Hindu Wedding Ceremony, Saturday morning (Resort atrium)

WEDDING GUESTS: This set up is gorgeous. There are so many flowers... and fruits! Look at all the wedding guests watching the ceremony from their balconies. This is fun.
(Ceremony begins. Lots of Hindi chanting. Lots.)
WEDDING GUESTS: This has been going on a while. When does Roshni get to show up??
(ROSHNI enters, escorted by her maternal uncles)
WEDDING GUESTS: Oooooooh. She looks soooo pretty.
(Ceremony continues)

cozy birdhouse | joe and roshni's hindu wedding ceremony

WEDDING GUESTS: We are getting a little hungry. Oh look our programs have little baggies of trail mix in them!
(Ceremony continues)
WEDDING GUESTS: Ok, we are hungry again and we already ate all our trail mix... including the extras from the empty chair behind us. Wait, are the bridesmaids serving snacks? This is the best ceremony ever.
(Ceremony continues. Lots of "auspicious moments" occur. Joe and Roshni perform many symbolic actions. They see each other for the "first time" [not actually] when a screen separating them is dropped at the beginning of the ceremony. Joe holds Roshni's face and pretends to point out a star in the middle of the day. She pretends to see it. They play a game where they compete to pick up a ring from the floor first. Roshni wins. They pour rice on each others heads. Multiple times. Wedding guests giggle. Ceremony concludes and scene closes.)

cozy birdhouse | joe and roshni's hindu wedding ceremony

cozy birdhouse | joe and roshni's hindu wedding ceremony


Scene 4: The Catholic Wedding Ceremony, Saturday afternoon (Resort atrium, different location)

CAITLIN: Oh my gosh, Roshni is in a completely different, amazingly beautiful dress for this ceremony. And all the attendants are in tuxes and new dresses too!
(Indian man sitting behind Caitlin explains to his wife that for the Catholic ceremony, the wedding guests do not process in with the groom, but instead arrive early and wait in the chairs. Scene closes with Caitlin reflecting that this experience is introducing a lot of "firsts" for everyone involved!)


Scene 5: Cocktail Hour and Reception, Saturday evening (Resort ballroom)

CAITLIN, KATHY: If we don't see some Bollywood-style dancing at this reception, we are going to be very disappointed.
(Dinner is served. Speeches and toasts proceed as normal. Wedding attendants proceed to center of dance floor and perform elaborate Bollywood choreography.)

cozy birdhouse | bollywood-style dancing at joe and roshni's wedding reception

(Dance floor opens. Wedding guests dance and admire Roshni's third beautiful, elaborate dress. Fun is had by all. Scene closes.)


cozy birdhouse | me and dan at joe's wedding

Stay tuned for Act 2: The Trip to Universal Studios!!!

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