Our first wedding reception of 2010 couldn't have been more fun. On January 23rd, Midnight Hour headed out west ... well, fine, not very far west, but it was west nonetheless. We headed out to Lancaster, PA to the beautiful Riverdale Manor
First off, you have to see this facility some time. It's really beautiful – for me, it was the perfect mix of country charm and modern amenities. I arrived and met the owner, Maureen Raezer, who showed me around and told me about the property. Maureen knows a thing or two about top-notch catering – she used to be the Catering Director at The Smithsonian in Washington, DC. She and her husband / co-owner John Raezer opened Riverdale Manor just about four years ago to accommodate the growth of their catering business. They recently expanded it to include a beautiful room called The Pavillion, and it was in that new room that our bride and groom had their ceremony.
Which brings me to our bride and groom, Loren and Jennifer -- what a great couple they are. As always, we worked with Loren and Jennifer in advance to review their tastes and to select music they wanted for their reception. They chose some great songs. Their first dance was James Taylor's "Whenever I See Your Smiling Face", which we performed for them ... and as they danced for the first time as husband and wife, their guests all clapped and watched. Later, for Jennifer and her father we performed Billy Joel's "Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)", which we had learned at Jennifer's request. My hat is off once again to our talented keyboardist, Vincent Dimento, for a flawless performance of that song. Loren and his mother danced to "In My Life" by The Beatles, one of our favorites.
We ended the night with another special request – Pat Benatar's "We Belong", and as the song was ending the guests formed a "tunnel of love" through which Loren and Jennifer left the room to wild applause. The guests then headed out to the parking lot for a chilly but wonderful sparkler send-off.
Each wedding has its special moments, and for us, we'll always remember Loren and Jennifer walking hand in hand through that tunnel of arms that was built by their family and friends, as we sang their last song:
We belong to the light; we belong to the thunder,
We belong to the sound of the words we've both fallen under,
Whatever we deny or embrace, for worse or for better,
We belong, we belong, we belong together.