Brotherhood Winery Wedding: Debbie and Mike

6.25.11  After a week of rain, the sun came out just in time for Debbie and Mike’s wedding at the Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville, NY.  What a gorgeous day!

The ceremony and cocktail hour were held in the wine cellar by faux candlelight, amidst vintage bottles of wine (Brotherhood Winery is America’s oldest winery dating back to 1839!) and antique grape presses.  Debbie and Mike had taken a wine tour there and knew it would be the perfect spot for their wedding.

Debbie was absolutely gorgeous, with her naturally beautiful long hair wore down and accented with a diamond headband.  She was the most adorable bride, so full of energy that made me smile just watching her excitement.  Mike was still minding the details even as the ceremony was about to start so that Debbie didn’t have to worry about anything.  So sweet! Karin from Cinderella 4 a Day and her assistants did an amazing job transforming the wine cellar for the ceremony.

The Details

The dining area was set up beneath a tent over the stone courtyard and it was absolutely charming.  A stone fountain with a surrounding garden was the focal point, and white Chinese lanterns hung from the ceiling.

The tables draped in pale green linen and accented with small vases of white flowers; this brought out the green in the bottles of olive oil guests were given as favors in addition to the Jordan almonds.

The beautiful cake had white polka dots and huge sugar flowers on it.  The bridesmaids wore black dresses and carried white floral bouquets.

Adorable Table Number Idea

Each table number had a photograph of Mike and Debbie at the age corresponding to its number, from age 1-15.  What a great way to add a personal touch!

The Food

The couple planned a Greek theme for their wedding, starting with the appetizers.  The buffet by Pamela’s Traveling Feast was amazing, and prepared using recipes from Mike’s mother (how amazing is that?)!  It featured Greek salad, moussaka and a gyro station.  Yes, Jeff was drooling…

The Music

These guests hopped to the dance floor.  The couple had arranged for some Greek dance lessons at the rehearsal dinner, so everyone joined in a set of traditional Greek music ending in a rousing zorba.

After the cake was cut, guests enjoyed homemade Greek pastries courtesy of Mike’s mother and aunt.  One groomsman somehow ended up dancing with powered sugar handprints on his the back of his black pants.  (I don’t want to know how that happened!)

It was a beautiful day with Mike and Debbie as our gracious, enchanting hosts.  Debbie father said it well, “You two are the perfect double play.”

Thank you so much for having us!

Brotherhood Winery

Catering Pamela’s Traveling Feast

Photos by Elissa Davidson All photos in this post courtesy of Elissa Davidson.

Wedding Planning by Cinderella 4 a Day

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