8.11.08 Onteora Mountain House Christine & Alex

We didn’t get to meet Christine and Alex until the day of their wedding, since they were planning from California and all our communication was via phone and email, but they were every bit as sweet as I imagined them.

Because live music is so important to them, Christine and Alex went back and forth between hiring a DJ and a band. I even helped them explore local band options. (I know, professional hazard.) In the end, they compromised by hiring a very talented mandolin folk duo for their ceremony and cocktail hour, and then had us for the reception.
Christine and Alex’s families got to experience the beauty of the Hudson Valley from Onteora Mountain House’s majestic views, despite the rainy weather. Instead of a Grand Entrance, the couple asked for a subtle announcement into their First Dance song, “I Will” by the Beatles.
Alex’s brother proposed his toast to “another white, athletic, Saab-driving, lab-owning couple” in California.

To indulge the couple’s love for live music, Jeff performed live acoustic guitar during dinner, which was a special treat for the kids. A little curly haired boy in a striped shirt and jacket, rolled trousers and sandals who looked like he had just stepped out of a Gap catalog, danced with a blonde toddler in a blue dress and ballet shoes, twirling and dancing as Jeff strummed. When he paused between songs, they stopped dancing and waited, staring at him until he began to play again so they could continue their interpretive dance. At the end of his performance, Jeff got a rousing round of applause!

Our Monday night wedding was awesome. We played some hip hop for the youngsters, rock and disco classics for the family, and even delved into the Cha Cha Slide and the Cupid Shuffle–new fangled line dances that taught the older generation a thing or two.
Toward the end of the night, we slipped in the old tune “Fascination” by Nat King Cole, in honor of a couple who had Christine’s father as their Best Man at their wedding 48 years ago.

Love, family, making memories, and tying it all together with music: Alex and Christine ended our long weekend on a most satisfying note.
Photos by Joe Wallace
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