1.3.09 Dutchess Manor Christina & Jeff


Our first wedding of the New Year with our friends at the Dutchess Manor—we couldn’t have asked for a better start to our 2009 wedding season!

The Dutchess Manor was still decked out in its holiday glory, all white lights and Christmas trees. Guests arriving for cocktail hour were greeted by Jeff’s inviting guitar melodies and the enticing odor of steamed mussels, pesto and marinara pasta, and beef sate hors d’ouevres.

Christina and Jeff chose the Dutchess Manor’s signature red roses with white flowers and delicate fern for their centerpieces. A red neon sign in the shape of a pair of lips was a fitting tribute to the couple (married name LIPP) on their gift table.


CAKE SAVINGS IDEA: Instead of a cake, Christina and Jeff treated their guests to individual cupcakes with red or white icing. The couple actually cut a small white cake decorated with red flowers before the cake feeding; then guests helped themselves to cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, cappuccino and espresso. Not only are cupcakes a cute option for guests, it’s a great way to save! (I predict we’ll see more wedding cupcakes in 2009.)

Jeff and I couldn’t keep these partiers off the dance floor. The kids ruled the night with requests for “Apache” by the Sugarhill Gang, Britney Spears, and Beyonce’s new anthem for the ladies, “Single Girls (Put a Ring On It.)” A packed dance floor is certainly my favorite way to ring in the New Year!


Christina asked us to play the Hokey Pokey, so I knew we’d have to get creative or risk offending Jeff’s sense of coolness. Instead of announcing, “Folks, it’s time to do the Hokey Pokey!” (so that the bulk of the guests could slink out of the room while a few enthusiasts ran to the dance floor) we pulled our favorite “fake out.” I invited all the guests to share a “special moment” with the newlyweds by forming a big circle on the floor and coaxed everyone up…then we sprang the Hokey Pokey on them. BINGO! Instant participation, with everyone laughing at themselves.


It was our pleasure to work with photographers Vicki and Allan in the very same room where they got married last June. Two of the hardest working photographers we know, the couple kept constant coverage on the dance floor…with that husband-wife team warmth we’re suckers for. John from Best of Times Video was capturing the action with his unobtrusive presence right along with them.

Dutchess Manor

Photos by Allan Levine Photography

Video by Best of Times Video

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