Sunday, 6 June 2010

Matt & Tess wedding, New York....

....Matt has finally made an honest woman of Tess. You'll know from a previous post documenting Matt's stag do, that this wedding was due - well, now it has happened. Over the Bank Holiday weekend just passed, guests arrived at Tarrytown House on the Friday evening, before sprucing up to go for drinks in nearby Sleepy Hollow.


Matt and his 'Warwick Boys'.

Crowded bar.

It was a great warm up to the following day, which allowed us to fully utilise what the wonderful Tarrytown House had to offer.

So, following a big breakfast, Kelly and I had a hit at tennis and swam in the outdoor pool.

Oh, and we rolled down a hill!

But, far importantly, there was a wedding. It was the first Greek Orthodox wedding I had ever attended, so it was both fascinating and enjoyable. Held in a beautiful church in nearby Rye, NY, the weather held out for a perfect afternoon.

The Greek Orthodox Church of Our Saviour.

Groomed and ready.

Tess is led down the isle by her father, Petros.

I was asked by Matt to do a reading, which luckily for me was at the beginning of the ceremony, so I rid myself of nerves, (and a dry mouth), early on!

The action unfolding

Following the ceremony, we were whisked by bus to the reception, at the fantastic Kittle House, in Chapaqqua, NY. Awaiting us was a string quartet, canapes and drinks in the lush gardens. And of course, the entrance of the new Mr & Mrs Smith.

Once seated at the themed tables, (I was delighted to be with Kelly at 'Whitley Bay'), the speeches began, with food intermittently served. Phil, the best man provided a fantastic speech, as did the groom himself, but all were trumped by the casual, no-notes approach of Graham, Matt's dad. It was all very fitting and soon the food had vanished and everyone took to the floor for a mix of traditional and plain old embarrassing dancing.

At around midnight, before we all turned in to pumpkins, we returned to Tarrytown on coach and to bed, with only memories of a great, special day.

Raise your glasses, to Mr & Mrs Smith - Matt & Tess.

(Full reel of photos here):

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