Belvedere Mansion Wedding Sarah and Dan

10.3.09  The skies cleared just in time for Sarah and Dan’s wedding at the Belvedere Mansion in kissing-lightRhinebeck.  Guests gathered in the gardens for the ceremony as Jeff began to perform acoustic guitar…

“Any Other World” by Mika, a hauntingly beautiful version, as the parents and bridesmaids wearing black lace gowns and carrying gorgeous bouquets of cream roses came down the aisle.  Then an acoustic version of “The Promise” by When In Rome as Dan was escorted half way down the aisle where he paused and waited for his parents to continue to their seats before proceeding to the end.

Sarah appeared in her beautiful gown on the arms of her parents.  Dazzling smile, flowers tucked into her dark hair, she walked half way down the aisle on the arms of her parents, then waited for them to find their seats before her eyes met Dan’s and he came proudly down the aisle to escort her the rest of the way.

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After a sweet, swift ceremony, Sarah and Dan kissed, high-fived and nearly sprinted down the aisle.

The Belvedere’s most decadent cocktail hour followed: a raw seafood bar, lobster, oysters, squid sarah-dan-bouquetand gourmet cheeses.  By reception time everyone was thoroughly in a celebratory mood.

Dinner under the tent was softly lit by candles and white lights twined around the test.  Even in such elegant surroundings the guests radiated Sarah and Dan’s contagious ENERGY.

The couple swayed to their first dance, “Sara Smile” by Hall and Oates, for a few moments before their twenty of their friends joined them for the choreographed dance to “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire.  They pumped their fists and gyrated, astounding the guests with their enthusiasm.

That energy barely paused for dinner.  Then Sarah and her father swing danced to “In the Mood” and we invited the guests to join the newlyweds for a “sentimental” moment with the couple…a little something we like to call the Chicken Surprise.  And then…

THE COOLEST HORA EVER!  We moved right from that Chicken Dance into a techno version of Hava Nagila by Alex M. that resulted in the absolute coolest, most frantic and exciting hora I’ve ever seen.

Later on, the Italian side danced to Italian polkas and sang along with “Che La Luna.” belvedere-key

From beginning to end, Sarah and Dan drew their friends and family close in an unbelievable experience they will remember forever.  I know I will!

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Photos by Michael Polito *All photos in this blog courtesy of Michael Polito Photography

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