Dutchess Manor Wedding of Mary and Ken

12.5.09  Mary and Ken’s wedding at the Dutchess Manor in Beacon, NY was a winter wonderland celebration blending the Korean and American cultures of their guests.

I knew we were in for a non-stop dancing party when one of the groomsmen approached us before the reception.  “I’ve been appointed head silly dance guy,” he told us.  “We’ve named ourselves the Dazzle Squad.”

Dazzle they did.

The bridal party made their entrance to “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas and when the Dazzle Squad hit the dance floor with the ring bearer and flower girl, they gestured wildly to the crowd, urging everyone to dance until the floor was packed.

All this even before the couple’s first dance!

Ken and Mary shared the love letters they had written for each other, highlighting how they met at a Habitat For Humanity work site, their Red Sox vs. Yankees “rivalry,” and how they had each found what they were searching for in each other.

Ken took Mary in his arms and gently led her around the dance floor to “Fields of Gold” by Sting.  The two smiled, touching their heads together as they waltzed, Mary gorgeous with a white flower and red berries in her hair.

THE DETAILS:  The holiday season has arrived!  The Dutchess Manor was decked out with live trees decorated in silver and gold; large arrangements of red roses, greenery and holly berries; poinsettas; silver branches draped in white lights; and the Dutchess Manor’s famous red rose centerpieces on each table surrounded by ornaments and pine cones.  The bridesmaids wore merlot dresses, the groomsmen gray and black striped ties, everyone draped with Dazzle squad sashes.

The wedding cake was covered in beautiful icing snowflakes and pine cones, with cranberry ribbon tied around each tier; a tiny Bruce Lee stood beside it.  Guests were given favors of stockings filled with candy and a lottery ticket.

Guests rocked out to artists as diverse as Abba, Bee Gees, Lady Gaga and The Cult…with a modern line dance and even a tango thrown in for Ken’s parents…amazing dancers!

The night was filled with warmth, fun and enthusiasm from beginning to end.  The newlyweds are off to New York City for a few days before their honeymoon in Spain and Portugal after the holidays.

An amazing couple with an amazing love story.  Thanks for sharing, guys!

Dutchess Manor

Photos by Nick Carter

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