The newly renovated room at the Dutchess Manor was all beautiful Victorian elegance, golden drapes, autumn wreathes on hung from windows overlooking the Hudson River. Arrangements of cream roses and white daisies graced the tables.
The bridal party danced into their introduction song, â€œSoul Bossa Novaâ€ better known as the Austin Powers movie theme. Yeah, baby!
As the music of Styxâ€™s â€œMr. Robotoâ€ began, Katie waltzed into the ballroom first, a smile on her lips. Matt danced in behind her with his best â€œrobotâ€ moves, arms swinging at the hinge of his elbows.
Katieâ€™s Maid of Honor proposed a toast. â€œThose of you who know Katie know that she is not a gusher.â€ Many of the guests nodded their heads in agreement and Katie blushed. â€œBut after she met Matt, Katie gushed. She described Mattâ€”and these are her exact wordsâ€”as a cross between Harry Potter and Tom Cruise.â€
The dance floor saw a lot of unusual action that night, starting with Mattâ€™s robot and including one of the groomsmen pantomiming and lip-synching the words to Madonnaâ€™s â€œLike a Prayer,â€ waving his fingers over his eyes and gazing to the sky.
Matt and his friends sang their hearts out to a cover of â€œFields of Athenryeâ€ by Scynthian, and we ended the night with Don McLeanâ€™s â€œAmerican Pie,â€ as each guest joined arm and arm in a circle, swaying and singing along.
Photos by Billy Joe Hoyle