Onteora Mountain House Wedding: Amanda and Colin

5.29.11  Summer visited early for Amanda and Colin’s wedding at Onteora Mountain House in Boiceville, NY.  Hot tamales!

Fortunately, their out of town guests were treated to a gorgeous view of the valley and an evening breeze as the sun set.

Amanda was beautiful in her light babydoll gown, a whimsical Grecian ribbon in her hair and pink shoes just peeking out from beneath her gown.  I loved watching the newlyweds check in with each other after the cocktail hour, stealing a moment away from the excitement.

Amanda and Colin were introduced to “Praise You” by Fatboy Slim, then shared a rousing first dance to “Can’t Keep My Eyes Off You.”  (This crowd was full of enthusiastic cheerers!)

The Details

The tables were draped in gray linens, and pink napkins and assorted flowers in white, pink and maroon filled mason jars at the center.  Guests were given cookies from NYC’s famous Momofuku.  The table numbers were displayed on china plates, completing the look of country elegance.

The bridesmaids wore gray strapless gowns and carried pink, white and maroon floral bouquets, while the groomsmen wore classic bow ties.

It’s so fun for us to learn more about out couples during the wedding, especially from the toasts.  Though we knew Amanda and Colin both worked for magazines, Amanda for Ladies Home Journal and Colin for Field and Stream, the toasts were sources of entertainment: the squirrel Colin killed, keeping its tail as a bookmark.  There was also a nod to the “hell pad” Amanda uses to keep warm.

A night of non-stop energetic dancing followed dinner.  One of my favorite moments was when Amanda and Colin took the microphone after the cake cutting.  Amanda confessed that at a few points during their two years of wedding planning, they’d glanced longingly at the courthouse down the street and wondered if they should elope instead; they continued with the wedding production because it meant so much to them to have all their friends and loved ones in one place.

Then Colin took the microphone.  “I love you, Amanda.  And I am so happy to be your husband…Even if the magazine industry continues to go down the tubes, I know I’m okay because I married a woman who would make an amazing wedding planner.”

The beautiful couple created an amazing day and celebration for their family and friends.  Thank you so much for inviting us to be a part of it!

Onteora Mountain House

Photos by Aaron Almendral All photos in this blog post courtesy of Aaron Almendral.

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