My second wedding of the season was for two very dear friends, Megan & Ed. I was very anxious for this celebration after seeing the save the date and formal invitation as well as for the reunion of friends.
The ceremony was held a mere 50 minutes from NYC in the quaint village of Cold Spring at The Chapel Restoration. The chapel, which has no religious affiliations, was rebuilt in the Greek revival style in the 1970's. The views of the Hudson River from this historic landmark, were breathtaking and serene. We were escorted to an enclosed pew by the groomsmen and handed programs emblazoned with Megan and Ed's signature monogram. The room was lit by a beautiful candle candelabra.
Fashionably late the bridal party began their walk down one of the two aisles accompanied by a pianist. Each bridesmaid wore a different flowing cocktail dress of soft pale pink. They all carried hand-tied bouquets of cream, pink and green. The double doors were opened once more as the bride made her debut. Megan looked absolutely stunning in a whimsical tulle ballgown by David Fielden. She donned gold sparkle heels and a fingertip length veil and the men were traditional dressed in black tuxes.
The ceremony was short, sweet and full of laughter. My favorite part was while Megan was placing the ring on Ed's finger, she exclaimed "he has big knuckles". The room broke out in chuckles as she finally pushed the ring home. As they were pronounced husband and wife, this fun couple sealed the deal with a perfect peck. We all adjourned outside to congratulate the happy couple and take advantage of the beautiful weather for photos.
We travelled a short way to the reception space at Hollow Brook Golf Club. Cocktail hour was held by a fireplace filled with candles and a bar made from wine casks. The guests were greeted with mason jars of brandy iced tea and scrumptious eats, yum! A little later we were invited into the dining room. We were seated at oval tables of white with gold numbers. At each place setting was a menu adorned with a gold stag and doe as well as a hand planted succulent favor. The centerpieces of driftwood and roses emitted a subtle sweet scent while the cavernous room basked in the glow of candle light. The couple took the floor for their first dance to The Beatle's, "Baby I'm Amazed" and then the 90's dance party started. We finished the night off with a slice of the carrot wedding cake. We parted from friends with the promise of another reunion and waved goodbye as they departed on the party bus. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. McMillan your love story has just begun!