Poughkeepsie Wedding: Mary and Brian at the Grandview

11.20.10  Mary and Brian’s wedding at the Grandview in Poughkeepsie, NY, took advantage of a gorgeous, crisp autumn weather and showcased the

Orchid and Rose Wedding Cake

Photo by Steph

vibrant energy of the couple and their guests.

Mary’s dress and jacket were amazing!  A slip gown that flattered her petite form, with a high necked, ruffled jacket that reminded me of Victorian England.  Mary was classically beautiful with her auburn hair drawn over one shoulder and pinned with an orchid hairpiece.

The bridal party was introduced to, “Chapel of Love,” by Bette Midler.  Then Mary and Brian shared a first dance to the classic love song by Mel Carter, “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me.”  I loved watching Mary sing it to her new husband as they danced.

The Details

Submerged white orchids with floating candles graced the center of each table.  The bridesmaids wore merlot gowns in different styles.  The wedding cake was a classic tiered confection decorated with white ribbon and topped with fresh white orchids and pale yellow roses, along with Mary’s (great?) grandparents’ antique bride and groom cake topper.

Instead of favors, the newlyweds made donations to Hospice of Sullivan and Orange Counties.  Even so, they gave their guests cookies, candies and snack bags to take with them.

Mary was a fireball on the dance floor!  In particular, she sang and strutted to “Teenage Dream” performed by the cast of Glee and “IZZO” by Jay-Z.  The music selection was certainly diverse, with something for everyone.

I’ll tell you this: Mary knew her guests.  The songs she requested were spot on!  From Motown hits to old school rap, she nailed it.

One of the highlights of the night was the Grandview’s Ice Cream Sundae buffet.  The curtain rose as we played, “Candyman” by Sammy Davis Jr, to reveal the bride and groom (Mary playfully indicating the decadent display of ice cream and toppings with a flourish.)

Mary and Brian, it was your vivacious personality and the strong relationships you have with your family and friends that made this wedding so amazing.  We were honored to be a part of it.  Thank you!


Photos by Uplift Photography

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