It felt so good to be back out at a wedding again; this was a long stretch since our last wedding in August 2020. What a way to start at the Greek Peak Mountain Resort for a beautiful Cortland, NY wedding!
Guests arrived inside the Main Lodge and gathered before making their way just outside under the overhang at the entryway to acoustic covers of modern love songs. Leading the wedding party were Tom and his groomsmen, followed by parents, the bridesmaids, and Rachael walking with her father to a “Beauty and the Beast” instrumental. Tom and Rachael read each other their vows, exchanged rings and made it official with a kiss and walked out to “Higher and Higher” by Howard Huntsberry which is recognizable from the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack.
Cocktail hour immediately proceeded the ceremony in the glass tented area next to the lodge. When walking in the banquet area, immediately noticeable were the beautiful floral arrangements by Arnold’s Flower Shop of Dryden, NY. The floral design was the perfect match to accompany the blush/pink and navy-blue colors of the room décor. The room looked amazing, and I can’t wait to eventually see all the pictures from Ray Alvarez Wedding Photography! Ray’s work is always spectacular, and my couples just love to work with him as much as I always do.
After wrapping up with the cocktail hour, I lined up the bridal party and brought them in for the grand introductions. Rachael and Tom were greeted with a huge standing ovation from all their family and friends as they made their way to the center of the dance floor dancing to “Can’t Fight this Feeling” by REO Speedwagon. A second wave of ovations and applause carried us from the couple’s first dance right into the evening’s toasts and dinner. We all dined to music of a lot of classic love songs around the 50’s era right up until parent dances and the cake cutting.
Rachael and her father lead off with the father-daughter dance and danced to “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” by Elton John, and Tom danced to “Days Like This” by Van Morrison with his mother. Soon as the parent dances were completed, we immediately transitioned into the cutting of the cake and open dance floor for the rest of the night where I opened it up with the classic “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees and plenty of 2000s pop tracks with the occasional 70s & 80s throwbacks and occasional sing along.
After a hard night of dancing, Tom and Rachael were surrounded by their family and friends on the dance floor with a couple of closing songs. First song was the timeless classic “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and the very last song ending the night with everyone wanting more was “Last Dance” by Donna Summer. How great it was to get back out and celebrate Rachael & Tom’s marriage!