Grandview Wedding of Courtney and Neil

5.24.10 Courtney and Neil’s wedding reception under the Grandview tent in Poughkeepsie, NY exceeded my wildest expectations. From Courtney’s amazing diy wedding touches to the unbelievable energy on the dance floor, it rocked!

Not every couple can pull off a mid-week wedding, on a non-holiday MONDAY, no less…but for these guys it was a piece of cake. Coming off a weekend of celebrating Neil’s graduation from West Point, their guests partied as hard as any Saturday night wedding.

The first to be introduced, Courtney’s mom and brother sauntered in to “Eye of the Tiger,” wearing Rocky gear: he even had a bandage taped over one eye! Not to be outdone, the bridal party made a spirited entrance to “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C&C Music Factory, bridesmaid and groomsmen running in from opposite sides of the tent, high fiving, doing the fish and generally entertaining everyone.

The Lieutenant and his new Mrs. stole the show with a romantic dance to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, the song he proposed to on the ice rink at Rockefeller Center in NYC.

THE DETAILS: Courtney’s vision and do it yourself skill transformed the Grandview tent with Tuscan elegance. Hand-sewn dark purple table runners, maroon napkins, Tuscan gold, grapes, flowers and moss in wrought iron centerpieces draped in purple and gold jewels. The bridesmaids wore deep purple gowns and the groomsmen drew together accenting colors of maroon red with their ties. The bouquets pulled in those same reds, purples and gold.

Check out the cake topper! Courtney made it herself: Neil in his Army uniform and Courtney as a cheerleader. The cake tiers were decorated in dark purple rhinestone encrusted ribbon.

As beautiful as the bride was, it was her effervescent personality that lit up the night. There is nothing these two can’t do together. Enjoy your Sweet Home Alabama, Courtney and Neil!


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