Guests were offered cotton handkerchiefs “for happy tears” and warm apple cider as they made their way out to the brick pavilion for the ceremony. The aisle was strewn with cream colored rose petals and beyond the chuppah, the Hudson River and the splendid autumn foliage beyond.
The bridesmaids wore dark purple dresses with a blush sash tied at the waist and carried purple, white and green bouquets. Ross beamed as his parents walked him down the aisle. Three flower girls in matching purple with white sweaters giggled and tossed rose petals.
A hushed silence fell over the group as Bekah arrived, beautiful in her 50’s style strapless dress with a diamond brooch at the waist tied into a bow at the back and a ballet length veil. She walked down the aisle to Ross and circled him with a small smile, dress in hand.
Throughout the day, toasters made reference to the role J Date had in their union, and how Bekah and Ross’ long distance romance had blossomed while he was deployed in Afghanistan. The photo montage the couple shared with their guests at the close of dinner aroused laughter and tears.
Dancing! Celebration. Connection. An energetic hora lifting the newlyweds onto chairs…the women doing the Hand Jive to the Black Eyed Peas, “I Gotta Feeling.” (That was new to me!) It was an amazing experience to watch the beginning of Ross and Bekah’s journey as husband and wife.
Thanks so much for having us, guys!
Photos by Michael Polito
Video by Double G Productions