Thursday, August 21, 2008
Completely Over the Top
...that's what the wedding was! I thought I'd been to some fancy weddings in the past but this one was definitely "It."
The entire event--ceremony, reception, and dinner took place at a country club on Long Island. Transportation was provided for the guests from the hotels to the club. Good thing--we never would have found it on our own!
The color palette was definitely minimalist. The flowers were all white: primarily roses and lilies. Lots of them, too. The bridesmaids wore champagne gowns and carried white roses. The bride wore cream Vera Wang. Black tuxedos for all the gentlemen in the wedding. Much black in the audience, too. Yep, this was a Manhattanite wedding. Music was provided by a small chamber ensemble.
After the ceremony, a reception with copious amounts of food, most of which was prepared to order. Shrimp as big as my fist, lamb chops, ravioli, sushi, escabeche, Chinese duck, lobster tails. And a complete open bar. The band at this stage was a jazz combo.
After all of that, the doors opened to the dinner dance, with your choice of filet mignon, Chilean sea bass, or chicken breast as your entree. A large cover band at this stage. This picture shows the bride, groom, the cake (chocolate), and the band:
There was a cigar lounge following the dinner with a guy custom-making the cigars. No, I'm not kidding!
We were sent home with a bags of bagels, cream cheese and Sunday's New York Post, which I found amusing. I always figured the bride as a New York Times kind of girl.
There was also a post-wedding brunch on Sunday. We didn't attend but I imagine it was also incredible. I'll have to ask my sister. Here we are at the big event:
The wedding had around 275 guests, including former NBA stars Dikembe Mutumbo and Patrick Ewing. Here they are with DF:
BTW, the flower arrangement that opens this post is the same one that appears behind Dikembe's head in this picture. There was one of those at each table.
All in all, quite the experience. That's probably the last wedding I'll attend of that magnitude, as I'm all out of wealthy relatives unless DF's niece and nephews marry into money.