September 18, 2007

Risa & Michael, September 15; The Westchester Country Club

Tiger Woods has had his moments at the Westchester Country Club over the years, but one thing he will never experience there is the amazing experience of having a wedding on the lush grounds nestled in bucolic Harrison, New York.

Risa and Michael were lucky enough to have this experience on Saturday with weather that was near perfect and good times that were non-stop.

Risa hired two separate photographers- Jared Charney and Bruce Plotkin- to ensure all aspects of the day were covered and to enjoy the unique creativity and photojournalistic eye each possesses. The three of us entered the bridal suite at the same time and captured the excitement of Risa and her bridesmaids as the ceremony approached. Risa was busy getting her hair and make-up done and even admitted out loud a couple of times that she was getting very nervous.

Michael and the groomsmen were relaxing outside and also did a quick rehearsal to make sure all locations were set. Her parents escorted the beautiful bride down the aisle and Risa's tears flowed soon after as she exchanged vows with Michael.

Photos on the lawn of the country club followed the ceremony with cocktail hour in the Country Club. Banquet manager Richard Smith guided guests into the main room for the reception. When the bride and groom were announced, a raucous standing ovation welcomed them into the room.

After the first dance, Risa's father provided a touching and humorous toast. He was followed by Michael's two best men who each toasted the couple with a special emphasis on roasting Michael.

The band from Synergy Entertainment played a nice mix of Motown, contemporary favorites as well as traditional wedding songs to keep the dance floor packed most of the night. The excited crowd did not want things to end when the lights went up at 11:30 so a spirited chant of 'one more song' took shape. Unfortunately, like all good things, the night had to end but the memories will last forever....

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