It felt like we knew half the guests, and we certainly recognized many more from this Pleasant Valley/Poughkeepsie crowd.Â I’ll admit to feeling a touch of nervousness at the start, with so many of our friends among the guests…I was bound and determined to impress them…but it quickly passed as I was completely enveloped in the fun-loving spirit of the crowd.
Paula was just radiant, with a beautiful smile that lasted the whole night through.Â The couple’s first dance was “When You Say Nothing At All,” performed live by Brian’s talented daughter, Morgan.
Paula and Brian didn’t just want their wedding to be their day; they were dedicated to including everyone in each and every choice they made.Â Brian explained during his speech that they’d chosen a Time theme: the herb thyme and bookmarks Paula had made as favors, the photo booth to preserve their memories through time.Â “We want to thank you all for sharing your precious time here with us,” he explained.
FATHER’S DAY TRIBUTE:Â Paula’s friends pinned red carnations to the lapels of all the fathers at the wedding and then we dedicated, “You’ve Gota Friend” to all the dads.
Paula and Brian gave a shout out for all the birthdays, and even had a couple join in during their own first dance, knowing that they share the anniversary of their first date as well as the same wedding song.
INTERESTING TWIST ON THE CAKE, BOUQUET & GARTER:Â I told you Paula wanted to include everyone, right?Â Well, instead of cutting the cake with her new husband, she insisted that her friend Queenie (who was celebrating his 50th birthday) cut the cake, then the couple who caught the bouquet and garter had to feed it to each other.
There were far, far too many personal moments at the wedding for me to document here: dedications from Paula’s sons, Brian’s daughter, serenades to “Man, I Feel Like a Woman,” presentations by Brian’s make-believe By Eye Construction company, watching Brian get “party boy’ed” by the girls from Cutter’s Edge.
It was a vivacious, fun-loving, amazing wedding with Paula and Brian.Â Â Thanks, guys!
Photos by Steve Planck of Blue Sky Photography
Video by Jim & Kathy Culhane of Artistic Images