It was the third splendid autumn day in a row for Nicole and Danâ€™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 â€œOver the Rainbowâ€ by Israel Kamakawoâ€™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.
Nicole beamed as she stepped delicately down the aisle to the romantic piano of â€œEverytime We Touchâ€ 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 wifeâ€™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 â€œNicole and Dan after one year of marriage,â€ 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 Danâ€™s First Dance topped it all. They started out dancing to Keith Urbanâ€™s â€œMaking Memories of Us.â€ 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 Jacksonâ€™s â€œBillie Jeanâ€ began. As if they were possessed, Nicole and Dan began a choreographed dance through the decades including â€œThriller,â€ â€œBaby Got Back,â€ â€œWalk Like an Egyptian,â€ and â€œThe Twist.â€ 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 couldnâ€™t go wrong. It was a crazy dance party, complete with Nicole leading the Cha Cha Slide and Cupid Shuffle, not to mention working â€œParadise By the Dashboard Lightâ€ with the microphone, egging on the men and women to sing their parts.
Talk about ending the weekend with a bang!
Photos by Lori O’Toole
Video by Artistic Images