You may have noticed that our regular e-newsletter did not arrive last month. That’s because we were caught up in all of the last minute arrangements for my first daughter’s wedding…very exciting! Rest assured that we will now be getting back on track with our regular newsletters and blog articles. And, I am very happy to report that the wedding was a huge success as I’ll share with you now!
Our family began gathering at my home on the Friday before Labor Day. It was wonderful to have the entire group together for this event. They came from Arizona, Delaware, South Carolina, Scotland and even Australia! Talk about multi-national! We all then loaded up and moved to a hotel in Williamsburg Brooklyn on Saturday for the rehearsal and rehearsal dinner. I don’t know if you are familiar with Williamsburg, but it’s quite the interesting, developing and hip place to be if you are among the sub-40 demographic.
The wedding took place on Sunday, September 1 and I had the pleasure of joining all the ladies including Liz and both of my daughters as they had their hair and makeup done in their swanky wedding apartment. We had the chance to take a bunch of pre-wedding photos, and then all climbed into a stretch limousine to be taken to the bride’s eagerly awaiting groom for the “reveal” before ending at the park overlooking Manhattan where our photographs were taken.
A major highlight for me followed with a “second line parade” from the riverside park through Williamsburg to the wedding venue. There was a brass band which led our three-quarter mile procession through Brooklyn. It was amazing to watch all the by bystanders observe our procession with kids looking absolutely amazed and adults smiling, clapping and offering congratulatory applause. There was even a city bus driver who stopped traffic for us while he stood up behind his seat and danced to the brass band music! Wow!
Then came the wedding ceremony which, for me, rates up to there with watching the birth of my children. What a beautiful and emotional event! Adding even more significance was the officiating by the same Rabbi who married Elizabeth and me some ten years ago.
Following this ceremony was a reception which was filled with special little moments. There was a choreographed dance performed by the new bride and groom which was over the top. There were musical tributes sung by the groom and his brother–who have performed in various musical performances– to the Irish and Russian contingents. There was absolutely no drama, and all in attendance seemed to genuinely enjoy the evening.
So, this was no usual wedding, and I am very proud of my daughter Meredith, a former event planner, and her new husband David who arranged the entire day. It is my sincere wish that each of you may enjoy such wonderful family times in the years ahead. All the best to you and your families for a wonderful fall season!