Kristen and Jeremy couldnâ€™t have ordered more perfect weather. It was 65 degrees, warmer in the sunlight, with a light breeze. Nothing but sun and blue sky.
They got married on the lawn of the Dutchess Manor overlooking the Hudson River. Jeff performed acoustic guitar for the prelude, and then I switched to a dark, romantic recording of the Love Theme from Romeo and Juliette as Kristen walked down the aisle, glancing shyly at her soon-to-be husband.
After Kristen and Jeremy were pronounced husband and wife, they kissed, and Kristenâ€™s cousin Catie sang â€œGrow Old With Me.â€
Red is the color of choice for autumn weddings. The bridesmaids were gorgeous in rich, red dresses that matched the roses in the floral arrangements on each table. (The Dutchess Manor is known for the gorgeous rose centerpieces included with each wedding.) Each of the four tiers of the wedding cake was displayed on a separate pedestal with roses on top, like a wedding cake sculpture.
FAVOR IDEA: Shotglasses with Kristen and Jeremyâ€™s name on them, along with wine bottle stopper. Useful and pretty on the tablesâ€¦though it does encourage the drinking theme. *wink*
There were familiar faces in the audience: a guest from Mary and Scottâ€™s wedding at the Grand last summer, old acquaintances from our IBM days. But the guests were so warm and welcoming, it felt like we knew the entire group.
Kristen presented a yellow rose to her grandparents who were unable to participate in the Anniversary Dance celebrating the married couples, as they have been married for 60 years!
My favorite moment was watching Kristenâ€™s 96 year old Aunt Kit, a tiny old woman, shakinâ€™ it on the dance floor to Bon Joviâ€™s â€œLivinâ€™ On A Prayer.â€ Earlier that evening, when I told her I’d be introducing her, she was so pleased that she gave me a warm kiss on the cheek.
Our friend Nick Carter was on his feet capturing images from start to finish, with barely a break. We swapped stories of growing up in western New York and the joys of working weddings in the Hudson Valley. I canâ€™t wait to see some of the crazy photos he snapped of the dance floor!
Photos by Nick Carter