Jeff and I can now officially announce the arrival of our spring wedding season…opening with the magnificent wedding of Dina and Dan at the Grandview.
Dina, an orchestra teacher, had a string quartet as the fitting accompaniment for cocktail hour while guests sipped their signature Blue Hawaiian cocktails and stuffed themselves on the Grandview’s bounteous buffet.
But it was the love of Dina and Dan that took center stage that day.
The couple entered the reception arm in arm to Michael Buble’s “Everything.” While the couple held hands, each gazing into the brown eyes of their soul mate, I read the letters they had written for each other.
Dina’s spoke of how she knew in her heart that Dan was the man she would marry on their very second date. However hard she tried to push away those “crazy thoughts,” she knew it was true when he showed up at her door the next day, arms filled with a dozen roses, to confess that he loved her.
Dan’s letter was a poem, “an attempt to define” his love for her. His words revealed love in the details, “the curve of your lip when you smile,” “your small feet,” the many things that won his love.
Dan and Dina shared their First Dance together as husband and wife to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts, a choreographed dance. Despite their nervousness, Dan kept Dina laughing and smiling through the entire song.
When Dina’s sister and Maid of Honor proposed her toast, she told everyone of the time when three year old Dina, then an only child, complained of loneliness to her mother. “You have Daddy and I have no one. I want to get married, too!”
It was the happiness of having found that someone, and her two new step-daughters, that radiated from Dina on her wedding day…and causes me to wax romantic and sentimental even now as I remember it.
Now, for the details…Each of Dina’s bridemaids wore either a vintage blue or clover dress from J.Crew in a cut the cut that best suited her. And the cake! Grandview pastry chef, Casey, simply outdid herself with an elaborate five-tiered blue and white wedding cake that I have clumsily captured on video.
Huge thanks to Steve Planck, our bud (and the brother I never had) from Blue Sky Photography for sharing the playfulness and affection he captured in these photos.
Photos by Steve Planck of Blue Sky Photography