Hollow Brook Golf Club Wedding Kate and Dave

5.30.10  Kate and Dave’s Memorial Day wedding at the Hollow Brook Golf Club in Cortlandt Manor, NY combined Jewish traditions that included family and friends (and lots of kids!) Kate and Dave on the Greens

with an elegant blue and white theme.  The view from the deck and reception space featured the lovely rolling hills of the green, woods stretching into the distance.

Jeff played a beautiful Jewish song called “Erev Shel Shoshanim” on acoustic guitar for Kate’s walk down the aisle.  She was radiant in her gorgeous gown as she walked toward Dave, escorted by both her parents.  When they met, both bride and groom circled each other seven times according to the Jewish tradition, then stepped beneath a chuppah made from a white tablecloth with blue flower accents that had belonged to Dave’s grandparents.

The rabbi told the story of how it had taken Kate and Dave seven (and a half) years to come to their wedding day, tying it in to the mystical significance of the number 7.  At each part of the ceremony, she explained the Jewish symbolism, a thoughtful touch that included Kate’s non-Jewish family and added a rich depth of meaning.  As the rabbi expressed, “After seven and a half years of managing a long distance relationship while Kate and Dave went to colleges across the country, Yale, Harvard, John Hopkins, God said, ‘This is doable.'”

Under the Chuppah

Our new photographer friend Todd Matarazzo took gorgeous portraits of the newlyweds on the green, while guests enjoyed the relaxing view.  Afterward guests danced, sang and ate inside the rustic lodge…then gorged themselves on a tempting dessert pie buffet.

THE DETAILS:  The bridesmaids wore dark blue green gowns and carried wildflower style bouquets of roses and irises.  Floral arrangements of white roses with blue accents and blue Newlywed Kissnapkins graced each table.  The couple displayed their blue and white ketubah throughout the ceremony and gave guests vials of jellybeans as favors.

We snuck in a few ska songs for Dave and his buddies, who pinballed around the dance floor with their elbows tucked in, mosh-style.  One of my favorite moments was when Dave dedicated the song, “Bad Case of Lovin’ You” to Kate, in honor of her graduation from medical school, and called up all the guests to dance with her.

What a celebration!  They’d both earned it.  Thanks so much for having us, guys!

Hollow Brook Golf Club

Photos by Todd Matarazzo of TJM Photography *Photos in this blog post courtesy of Todd Matarazzo.

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