Audrey’s Farmhouse Wedding of Amanda & Marc

9.19.09  The bridesmaids in olive green and bright persimmon dresses along with their groomsmen escorts gathered amanda-marc-ceremonyon the lawn of Audrey’s Farmhouse for Amanda and Marc’s wedding ceremony.  Potted plants adorned either side of the arbor framing our view of the Shawangunk Mountains.

Music was extremely important to Amanda and Marc, and they took care to create a musical expression of their personalities from beginning to end.  Parents joined the gathering to the musical accompaniment of “Handle With Care” by the Traveling Wilburys, the bridal party to “Ceremony” by New Order, and Amanda on her father’s arm to “You Can Have It All” by Yo La Tengo.

The Reverend Gail Berger led a sweet and funny ceremony interspersed with crowd-pleasing commentary from the enthusiastic bride.  She called the Seven Directions, asking guests to face East, North, West and South, then reflect on the directions Above, Below and Within, urging us to take in the beauty of our surroundings, the mountains in the distance, the brilliant wildflowers in the fields, the faces of our loved ones.amanda-marc-romance

Amanda and Marc drank from a wooden cup carved by a friend, a goblet with two rings on its stem to symbolizing the unending bond between them.

COOL CEREMONY READINGS:  An excerpt from “The Irrational Season” by Madeleine L’Engle and a modified excerpt from Dr. Seuss, “Oh! The Places You’ll Go,” sent the newlyweds off into the delightful adventure of marriage.

THE DETAILS:  Flowers were an autumnal mix complementing the earthy greens and bright orange of the bridal party.  The cake was decked out in autumn splendor, orange flower petals and chocolate browns, two owls perched like love birds on top.  One of Amanda’s favorite details were the fuschia, pale orange, soft yellow and cream colored Chinese lanterns strung up under the tent.

What can I say about this party?  It was an unforgettable, phenomenal experience incorporating Amanda and Marc’s diverse musical tastes.  80’s New Wave, Pop, garage rock both new and old, a touch of electronica and indie folk rock.  They had a finger on the pulse of this crowd who was game for pretty much anything, non-stop dancing all the way lovebird-owl-cakethrough two hours of overtime!

I watched this couple, so in love, sharing their bliss on the dance floor, surrounded by the unbelievable energy on the dance floor.  Marc jived inside a circle of his friends, eyes nearly closed and snapping his fingers, to “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” by the Rolling Stones, seemingly unaware that a guest had slipped a black top hat on his head.

I couldn’t help getting caught up myself, especially when I was invited to the dance floor for “I Drove All Night” by Cindy Lauper.  Guess you had to be a kid in the 80’s to understand.  Our photographer friend, Aaron Almendral, summed it up nicely between photographing the furious action on the dance floor.  “This is my kind of wedding!”

Love this couple.  Loved being a part of this day.amanda-marc-kissing

Audrey’s Farmhouse

Catering by Bridge Creek Caterers

Photos by Aaron Almendral

Flowers by Pandora Apuzzo

Lanterns by Magic Lanterns, Inc.

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