10.12.08 Grandview Nicole & Dan

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It was the third splendid autumn day in a row for Nicole and Dan’s Grandview wedding.

Guests gathered for the ceremony on the patio overlooking the Hudson River, lulled by the sounds of Jeff on acoustic guitar. I switched into “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawo’oole for the bridesmaids processional, a perfectly timed walk. All the bridesmaids were dressed in red-brown gowns with sand sashes, except for the Matron of Honor who stood out in a sand gown and red-brown sash.

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Nicole beamed as she stepped delicately down the aisle to the romantic piano of “Everytime We Touch” by Cascada, the Candlelight mix. Dan fought tears during the ceremony as the Blessing of the Hands was read first by one of their female friends, then by a male, as he held his new wife’s hands in his own.

The bridal party planned a surprise for Nicole and Dan during the introduction. As each couple was introduced, they had me announce them as “Nicole and Dan after one year of marriage,” then after two years, after three years, etc., a succession of VERY pregnant Nicoles and VERY worn out Dans, some of them staggering with drink in hand.

But Nicole and Dan’s First Dance topped it all. They started out dancing to Keith Urban’s “Making Memories of Us.” Then, a minute into the song, the record scratched and the couple turned to us in mock confusion and anger, until the beat of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” began. As if they were possessed, Nicole and Dan began a choreographed dance through the decades including “Thriller,” “Baby Got Back,” “Walk Like an Egyptian,” and “The Twist.” The crowd laughed and cheered each dance number as Dan and Nicole hammed it up. (I laughed so hard myself that my face hurt!)

With the start of a party like that, it couldn’t go wrong. It was a crazy dance party, complete with Nicole leading the Cha Cha Slide and Cupid Shuffle, not to mention working “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” with the microphone, egging on the men and women to sing their parts.

Talk about ending the weekend with a bang!

Our friends Jim and Cathy Culhane of Artistic Images were there to capture the action on video. Check out their video blog for a peek at Nicole and Dan’s romantic, rockin’ day.

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Photos by Lori O’Toole

Video by Artistic Images

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