Sean waited in front of a birch arbor decorated with fuschia and white gerber daisies for Tanya to arrive. The bridesmaids walked down the aisle to the Canon in D remix by Ronald Jenkees and a smiling bride arrived on her father’s arm to the theme from Lost.
Tanya and Sean are incredibly thoughtful and fun loving, so it was no surprise that they brought as much care to their day as they do to everything else. They were introduced into the East Dining room and I read their love letters describing how they met at work, became friends and gradually fell in love amidst baklava eating, ziti baking and Lady Gaga concerts.
The newlyweds began a first dance to “Can’t Help Falling In Love,” by Elvis. Then, after about 30 seconds… “Ra ra ah ha ha ha…Bad Romance.”
The newlyweds did the Bad Romance dance for their guests, complete with claw hands and shoulder shrugs, before inviting everyone to join in the fun. What an awesome way to start a party!
THE DETAILS: Bridesmaids in coral dresses carrying white daisies. Sweet Tanya looked amazing in her gown with a long train and fingertip veil. The guys wore classic tuxes with bow ties. The wedding cake was covered with fuschia sugar flowers and a bride and groom penguin cake topper. Each guest received a gift bag filled with chopsticks, California wine and Kazakhstan chocolate. (I know because the newlyweds were kind enough to give us one, too!)
The night included some Russian songs, including my favorite Gogol Bordello, in honor of Tanya and her family from Kazakhstan. Also a tradition in her country, she asked us to play some games, “when everyone is drunk.” These guests were up for anything, so it was so much fun.
Mohonk is the perfect retreat for guests who’ve never seen the Hudson Valley, and its beauty and laid back vibe were the perfect environment for Sean and Tanya’s wedding.
You are amazing hosts. Thanks for having us!
Photos by Ricky Cheung *Photos in this blog post courtesy of Ricky.