Jeffâ€™s biggest fans during his acoustic guitar performance for cocktail hour were the kids. Dozens of them raced around the dance floor in time with his music. Lori Oâ€™Toole captured one of those special moments in this photoâ€¦
Kelly and Eric each wrote Love Letters to each other that it was my pleasure to read before their First Dance. Kelly related the moment she knew Eric wanted to marry her, at a cafÃ© by a canal in Italy, and how she couldnâ€™t believe such a wonderful man wanted to marry her.
Eric told the story of how they met through internet datingâ€¦even though they had both grown up in New Paltz and attended the same high school! He listed all the many things Kelly is to him: personal travel agent, sounding board, spunky NYC girl and the most important, his wife. Eric ended his letter, â€œPsst, Kelly. Stop crying. I know you are.â€ And sure enough, she was dabbing the tears streaming down her face.
Kelly danced with her brother to â€œWild Roverâ€ by the Dubliners, in honor of her Irish heritage. Later on, she embraced the tough task of making a speech about her father who had passed away a few years earlier, shortly after she and Eric had met. â€œHe knew Eric was special, even then,â€ she said. â€œAnd I know heâ€™s smiling down on us today.â€
It was an emotional moment, but Kelly balanced her sadness at her fatherâ€™s absence with the joy and love she felt for all her had given her. The guests recovered quickly, and ended the right with enough dancing (and drinking) for three weddings.
Photos by Lori Oâ€™Toole