Grand Hotel Wedding Nora and RJ

6.26.10  Nora and RJ warned us that their families were crazy…they didn’t disappoint!  Their Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel absolutely rocked, from the non-stop dancing to Nora’s amazing Nora and RJDIY wedding style.

Jeff and I first met Nora and RJ a few years back when we were DJ’ing a wedding and Nora was the photographer.  We hit it off with these sweet, fun loving high school sweethearts and kept in touch when we proceeding to work the weddings for their group of friends.

When it came time for Nora and RJ to get hitched, we were flattered and completely psyched that they choose US to do the music for their big day.

Nora & RJ by Stone

This whole wedding was about HEART; their 240 or so guests were mostly family and the love was overwhelming.  Nora and RJ took it to a new level.  Usually when couples write “love letters” to each other, I read it for them.  But Nora and RJ read their own, bringing down the house with gentle teasing (RJ’s passionate affair with Excel spreadsheets) and the gratitude they have for each other.

THE DETAILS:  Nora designed her invitations, menus, CD favors and came up with her rustic woodlands theme.  The centerpieces were wheat grass and the cake matched, perched on a slice of a wooden log.  Nora made the adorable bird cake topper, using the lace from her mother’s wedding gown in the lady bird’s veil.

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel Wedding Details

Penguin Cake Topper

Nora couldn’t have been more lovely.  If only I could describe wedding gowns better…she had shed her bird cage veil by reception time, but the feather in her hairpiece added a playful touch.

Could these guys dance!  Nora told me that she and her father were the family’s “crazy dancers.”  They led everyone in an enthusiastic Armenian dance, Tarantella and on into the night.  Newlyweds in the StreetI didn’t want it to end.

Nora and RJ had just about the best crew I could think of, with the Grand staff doing an excellent job of service and presentation, plus our wedding buds Lori O’Toole and Jen Cassaro of Masterpiece Video.  It was a slam dunk!

We are so pleased and honored to have been a part of such an incredible day in your lives.  Nora and RJ, you ROCK.  Thank you!

Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

Photos by Lori O’Toole *Photos in this blog post courtesy of Lori O’Toole.

Video by Masterpiece Video Productions

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