After the gorgeous garden ceremony (which, very happily was not thwarted by rain nor cloud) Lisa and Howie’s 300 guests made their way into the Venetian Theatre. One of the most wonderful things about Caramoor is that is isn’t just a wonderful backdrop for weddings, it is actually a center for music and art and, for most of the summer the Venetian Theatre is the setting for a series of concerts. The sound and lighting are always beautifully handled by Warren of Go Production Services.
This was Always a Bridesmaid’s first time collaborating with Matthew Robbins. Lisa and Howie’s guests were from all areas of each of their lives. Classmates from college, family friends, law school friends, rabbinical school friends. When talking about it, we all loved the concept of bringing a series of “family trees” to life for the escort card display and Howie designed an oversize mural that we affixed envelopes with each guests’ calligraphed (by Laura Hooper) onto it. I often write about tiny details that can help make a large wedding seem more personal and while brainstorming one day Lisa decided that they would write EACH AND EVERY GUEST A NOTE that would thank them for coming and (of course) tell them what table they were seated at. It was a huge, huge, huge hit.
Great Performances provided the food and catering services which included a multi-course meal as well as series of adorable passed desserts that enabled us to keep the party going without anyone having to forgo their sweet indulgence. And of course, there was the amazing cake provided by Ron Ben Israel. At the end of the night the amazing staff at GP set up a flower wrapping station- Matthew constructed the centerpieces so that they were mini bouquets- and we were able to hand each female guest a bouquet as a favor.