Saturday, June 8, 2013

Jon and Becky's 5th Wedding Anniversary 2013

Happy 5th Anniversary to Jon and Becky! They had one of the loveliest weddings we've attended. The location in Upstate New York was beautiful, Becky looked stunning, and Jon looked incredibly happy.

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The lovely views of the Tarrytown House

They planned to be married outside under a chuppah, but it rained. Even so, the indoor ceremony location was beautiful with large windows overlooking the gardens, and an unusual T-shape arrangement for the chairs that allowed everyone a closer and more varied view of the ceremony. We sat near the front so that Kevin could bring Jon the ring.

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Becky walking down the aisle with her father

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Kevin with yarmulke bringing Jon the ring.

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Breaking the glass- Mazel tov!

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Married!

If it were a competition, Jon and Becky would win a lot of awards in the best of weddings. For example, they had one of the best photographers I have seen. In fact, I loved their wedding photos so much that I tried to hire them for our wedding even though it would have involved them traveling from New York to Cape Cod, but their photographers were actually an engaged couple and they got married on the same weekend we were married, so they were understandably unavailable. But look at how amazing this photo is- it's not just wedding photography, it's pure art.

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Swan princess

Jon knows Kevin from high school so we had a wonderful time at the cocktail hour and at the reception with Kevin's friends from his youth. Sadly, Eric is missing from this photo. Since Kevin and Jon were so close as children, Kevin's mom was also invited to the wedding, and she's also missing from this picture, possibly because she took it.

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Victoria, Casey, Becky, Jon, me, Kevin, Sunny, and Trey

Another place where they might easily scoop up a hypothetical wedding award was the first dance. It was really great! I did take video of it, but the video actually fails to capture the real experience of the dance as well as the photos do. It's strange, but again, that'sprobably due to the amazing photographers. Their song was Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You," and they started out dancing slowly and romantically with dips and spins, but when Otis got to the part where he begs, "Please don't make me stop now!" Jon surprised Becky by dropping to his knees and begging her. It was hilarious, entertaining, and romantic all at the same time. Then he scooped her up and twirled her lightly like they were professional dancers on Dancing with the Stars.

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Jon sings Otis to Becky

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End of their first dance

Of course, since they had a Jewish wedding there were all sorts of celebratory Jewish dances including the Horah. This was followed a delicious dinner, and more fun dancing. They even had a fun little after-party in the bar of the Tarrytown House.

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Dancing the Horah

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Jon gets some serious air

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Kevin dancing with his mom

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Sunny and Trey dancing

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Sadly, this was the last time we saw Erik 

Jon and Becky met in college, almost 15 years ago. I met them for the first time only a few months after Kevin and I started dating. Kevin whisked me to Brooklyn from Charlottesville so I could meet his good friend Jon and his pretty girlfriend "Megabecks." When we moved to New York for my job 5 years ago, he strategically chose a location to be close to them. Even though we've since moved away, we still see them often. They had a beautiful son Ben in December, and we've been to see him about 5-6 times already though I'm starting to lose count. And Becky even recently got her MBA from NYU! I would say the last 5 years have been a great success!

Visiting Ben 2012
Jon, Ben, and Becky

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