Wonderful Food, Singing, Dancing, and a Fire Show!

Trip Start Oct 15, 2009
Trip End Dec 15, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Rayong,
Sunday, November 22, 2009

The evening wedding party began! The seaside sunset setting at Ao Prao was elegant and beautiful.  The buffet dinner was plentiful and delicious. There were lots of Thai and Western food choices, spicy and not, vegetarian and seafood and meat.

There were beautiful floral decorations everywhere. The clever resort staff and actually re-arranged and re-used many of the flowers from the morning ceremonies. Noah and Sumalai had made gifts for each guest, and the pretty pink boxes greeted the guests.
After the guests arrived, Noah greeted his bride. Sumalai looked beautiful again, and this evening she wore a western style bridal gown of Thai design. Noah looked very handsome in his suit with a teal silk shirt.

Once again, the resort did a great job. the delicious buffet and Thai fruit and dessert table remained fresh and replenished for the entire evening! We had nice wines with dinner, and later, champagne for toasting the happy couple. Mark welcomed everyone and Aaron gave the first toast. Amy translated it into Thai. Aunt Lynn read a thoughtful toast that "favorite" Uncle Lenny sent, with Bea translating. Sumalai's mother and Aunt |"Nit" spoke also, and of course JB, and some of the couple's other friends did too.

The bridal couple cut the elegant wedding cake. It turned out to be chocolate and it was the best wedding cake I have ever eaten!

Time for dancing! There is live music nightly at Ao Prao. The lovely male- female duo sang and played well into the wee hours, I hear. Aunt Lynn had prepared them the day before with a list of Jewish music to learn. They played Havah Nagilah and Noah and Sumalai were feted on chairs. Our multi-cultural group all danced together. We were a sight to see!

On beaches in Thailand, fire dancing is a cultural thing. I have seen this in the south, the west, and here, east of Bangkok. But nowhere else in Thailand. As a surprise for Noah I had engaged a fire dance show. Noah and friends had seen some of this on the Vongduean beach the evening before the wedding. Our show, it was really good. Exotic and quite amazing.

After the show, the party was formally over. But the enthusiastic musicians were having a good time with our lively young crowd. They could dance! Yannik and Bea, Lawrence and Jeeb, Jun, Sophie, and others, oh how we enjoyed you! Noah and Sumalai's talented group of friends sing too. The live duo shared their mikes and quickly became a sextet or more!

Everyone at the resort commented on how genuinely warm and friendly our guests were with one another and how nice to the resort staff we all were. Noah and Sumalai, you have wonderful family and friends and your wedding is one that we will all remember fondly!

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