Cultural Display - Egypt meets the Dominican Republic at The Tobacco Warehouse

. 2008-08-15
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We had a totally glorious wedding not to long ago at the fabulous Tobacco Warehouse. I love when we have the opportunity to really feel a part of the wedding and with unique venues I seem to feel this so much more. Let me take this opportunity to say something about a-typical venues (i.e. non-catering facilities.) They truly allow for a very customized kind of flow. Catering facilities have their plus points as they take care of many specific details that truly can be worthwhile for many. But they have a pretty standard time line that is dictated by their serving patterns. With independent catering and a varied serving style, the vibe of the whole event can be customized to really center on what the bride and groom want to focus on. And this is a great example of it.

They started with a unique procession...

The Egyptian wedding procession is called Zeffa/Zaffa. During this the bride and groom are brought to the wedding party in the evening, led by a music band. For this procession a particular, rather slowly played rhythm is used: Dum tata tak tak dum tak tak. The drums playing this rhythm will tell you from far away, where a wedding is taking place. So from the entrance of the park to the tobacco warehouse the drummers drew the attention of guests and park goers alike. Upon arriving at the tobacco warehouse Rob mixed traditional music with the player and guests gathered to dance a welcome.

From there the party had a natural flow with cocktail hour continuing and photos taken throughout.

Guest were invited into the main tent. Dinner was served continuously family style throughout the night, a combination of cold platters and hot platters of delicious ethnic variety. Catering was provided by the amazing Roquette Catering headed by Monica who also owns Tini Wine Bar in Brooklyn and I cannot say enough of not only her wonderful food and staff! Dinner included watermelon, feta and olive salad, babab ganoush, mahummarrah, stuffed grape leaves, grilled lamb chops, chicken skewers, skirt steak bruschettta and more. Totally lip smacking delicious!

And Rob DJ'd a perfect balance of Arabic and Spanish music along with everything from 80's to funk to club. I will say that the vibe of the guests was so celebratory, the dance floor was continuous flow of activity.

And let me not fail to mention the amazing details thought up by Randy & Sherien. Everything was thought out so wonderfully. From the table cards, to the color scheme to , the belly dancer, the flamenco dance troupe and the Dominican Wedding Cake I will admit to having had 4 pieces of.


And now that I've shared my meager photos, let me share with you the link to the AMAZING professional photos taken by Angelica Glass. Note Rob and me in the last shot of the post. Randy & Sherien on Angelica Glass' Blog.