Dutchess Manor Wedding Shannon and Dan

9.11.10  It takes a very special couple to choose such a notorious date for their wedding, and Shannon and Dan are just that kind of couple.  Their wedding at the Dutchess Manor in

White Roses at the Dutchess Manor

Photo by Steph

Beacon, NY was an undeniable celebration of life and love.

The couple added Scottish touches to the day to honor Shannon’s heritage: a bag piper at the ceremony and a metallic heather theme.

CEREMONY NOTE:  I’m always encouraging couples to share their story at the wedding and there are so many ways to do it.  Shannon and Dan included their story on their ceremony programs.  They met and dated in junior high school, then went their separate ways for 15 years until they were reintroduced at a wedding; the attraction was instant and impossible to ignore, and their fate was set.  I love this unobtrusive way they drew guests into their story!

The bridal party was introduced to “Drum Trip,” by Rusted Root, a tribal beat that set the tone of anticipation.  Then, the fanfare of “Conquest” by the White Stripes as Shannon and Dan ran into the room.  Perfect!

Their first dance song was beautiful, chosen by Dan, “Have a Little Faith” by Michael Franti & Spearhead.  This one was new to me and I’ll definitely be adding it to my personal playlist.

THE DETAILS:  The bridesmaids wore knee length metallic heather gowns and matching pearl necklaces, carrying bouquets of white roses and greenery that matched the elegant, tall arrangements on the tables.

Shannon absolutely rocked her wedding dress, a v-neck halter top suggesting a flipped up collar.  She wore dangling earrings and had her hair drawn up into a knot and secured with flowers and a short veil, the image of beautiful, funky cool.

At the end of dinner, the two adorable flower girls danced to “Tiny Dancer,” posing and spinning for the photographer.  We delved into old school: “Poison” by Bel Biv Davoe, “Jump Around” and “It’s Tricky.”

It was an honor to witness the journey of two people who were so obviously destined to be together.  Thanks for having us, Shannon and Dan!

Dutchess Manor

Photos by Hudson Valley Photo

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