West Point that is! I had the delightful mission of officiating for a cool, funny couple at the Thayer Hotel on Saturday, and boy did we have a good time! I had never been to this historic landmark, and it was a exciting and gracious experience from beginning to end.
The Thayer, on the grounds of West Point, was originally built as an accomodation for the U. S. Military Academy personnel and their guests, in 1926. To this day, it remains the only full service hotel on the Hudson River until you travel past Albany. It is at once majestic and warm, offering the most sweeping and dramatic views of the river.
Shari and Harry’s funny and personal service included three off beat readings by their friends, music provided by even MORE friends, and a sand ceremony with an unusual twist. They called on their moms to pour the initial layer of white sand; a color that represents protection, love and patience. Then the couple added their own colors; green for renewal, yellow for communication, and the ritual was complete.
Our Saturday was a little cool and a little grey. But the atmosphere added a note of subtle smoky ambiance to the photo backdrops as our bridal party posed on the grand riverfront patio while their guests enjoyed both the view and the cocktail hour. The Thayer’s super professional staff, including our liason, Danielle and our wonderful Maitre’ D, Joe, kept every detail in place and made the ceremony and reception smooth and seemingly effortless. We could not have been in better or more caring hands.