Grandview Wedding: Erica and Evan

5.28.11  Erica and Evan’s wedding at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY was a mix of quirky fun that totally fit their personalities and highlighted their love of music.  On the most gorgeous of days, it was amazing!

The day began with a ceremony performed by Reverend Stu on the patio overlooking the Hudson River.  We enjoyed the sun over the water as we watched the sailboats pass the marina below.

Jeff did a masterful job (if I do say so myself!) creating a version of Howie Day’s “Collide” and Pearl Jam’s “Yellow Ledbetter” on acoustic guitar for the processional.  Erica couldn’t have looked more beautiful or more happy as she walked down the aisle to Evan.

The Reverend Stu, in his infamous black porkpie hat, began the ceremony.  “How you doin’?” he asked the soon-to-be-weds.  “You ready to get married?”

The Details

The bridesmaids wore dark purple gowns and carried lavender, pale green and white floral bouquets.  The flower girls were simply adorable in white gowns with dark purple hair ribbons and sash, wearing purple Keds.  The cake was topped with purple and white flowers.

The Music

Erica and Evan were introduced to “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti.  Their first dance song was a stand out, a special live performance of “You Are the Rose of My Heart” (originally covered by Johnny Cash) played by the groom’s brother on guitar and sung by the lead singer of the Jukebox Romantics.

The second dance song was almost as cool, “Such Great Heights” by the Postal Service.  I loved watching an older couple merenge (or was it fox trot?) to the odd rhythm.  It’s not every group who would dare a dance to an electronica love song, but these guys were in!

Later on Erica and Evan stole a moment to dance together to “Dracula’s Lament,” a song from their first date movie, ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’.

These guys were incurable romantics, so super sweet with each other that is was contagious, and they smiled from start to finish.  Thanks for inviting us, guys!


Ceremony officiated by Reverend Stuart Chernoff

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

Video by Best of Times

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