It’s been a long time coming, but here is the final MOB Blog. First, let me say that the wedding weekend was spectacular. We couldn’t have asked for more when it came to fun with family and friends or better weather.
Friday night we kicked off with a “non” rehearsal (no practice, just fun, food and cocktails) at Craft Restaurant kindly hosted by FOG and MOG, Roger and Jane Borchin.
We had about 40 guests, wedding party and early arrivals staying at friends at the Hilton Garden Inn .
Here’s a picture of the bridal party wearing one of their gifts – changing robes.
Saturday morning Dennis and Joe put up the Chuppah and Claudia oversaw the draping of the Chuppah cloth.
The name Borchin was embroidered on one side and Lobenfeld on the other side of the canopy.
The bridal party was up early as well. Hair appointments started at 8am and the girls were staggered throughout the morning finishing up at around noon.
Then off to the Club, where we had a light lunch awaiting.
Roast Tenderloin of Beef with Horseradish Cream on Miniature Onion Roll
Smoked Turkey with Brie and Lingonberry on Seven Grain Bread
Chicken Salad with Apple and Endive on Seven Grain Bread
Thinly Sliced Cucumber on Buttered White Bread
Assorted Miniature Scones, French Pastries and Fruit Tarts
served with Strawberry Preserves and Devonshire Crème Fraiche
Assorted Fancy Cookies and Chocolate Mints
Coffee and International Tea Service
Makeup applications accompanied by champagne and multiple photos followed.
Meanwhile, the groom and party were at the hotel getting ready.
Flowers were delivered to the Club.
The entire immediate family, groom and party arrived at the hotel by 3pm for photos; however, the ladies were running late and they had to entertain themselves. Cards and champagne helped pass the time.
Claire and I helped Margot dress.
Isn’t she lovely?
Finally, the reveal to a proud and emotional Dad.
A private reveal of the bride and her dress to the groom! Very touching and sweet.
Group photo sessions followed. Every permutation of the bride and groom, and everyone else either alone, with someone or in groups – long and tedious, but necessary. We are enjoying these pictures as great keepsakes of a very memorable day.
The Lobenfeld Clan
The Borchin Clan
This photo shows you the fun side of my new son!
THE WEDDING CEREMONY
Thanks to Audrey, from Audrey Pierot Events, we started on time.
The wedding party.
It was an eclectic ceremony, bringing in elements and traditions from both families.
The wedding party proceeded down the steps of the clubhouse and across the lawn to the Chuppah.
My adorable son-in-law, Andy! We’re so pleased and proud to have him as a member or our family.
My good friend Bobby walked me down the aisle.
Here comes the bride!
The ceremony was short and sweet. The pastor, Scott, is a friend of my son-in-law, Andy, and it makes such a difference when there is a personal connection between the bride and groom and the officiant. There was humor and laughter ending with a lovely kiss and a very happily married couple!
Watch the ceremony here:
Video by Bryan McKay.
We then moved on to the celebration – greeting our guests during the cocktail hour
The wedding party moved to the clubhouse for dancing and dinner.
The traditional father-daughter dance.
And the mother-son dance.
Thoughtful and memorable speeches by the maid-of-honor, Claire.
Andy and Margot’s reaction.
Best man, Jason.
Andy and Margot enjoying the commentary!
And, of course, Vicky and Ashley added their two cents!
Did they smush cake on each other’s face? You needn’t ask, it was a given.
Of course, the evening would not be complete with the shy and retiring Eric singing – and sing he did!
Eric and Andy also entertained us; these two were BFFs before the wedding!
Lots more dancing….
Guests picked up a coffee mug and locally roasted coffee beans as a parting gift.
We returned home around midnight and slept well, because Sunday 80 or so guests came for a pizza and ice cream pool party at 11am. Lots of coffee for the early arrivals, although I must say everyone looked pretty good considering a big night of partying.
Skinny Pines arrived with its wood-burning pizza oven truck and cranked out innumerable pizzas. So many varieties of pizza, thin crust, slightly charred from the oven using all local ingredients from the area’s farmers markets.
Meanwhile, every kid headed for the pool the minute they arrived and didn’t get out unless they had to eat or, well you know, until they were dragged out by their parents. Grownups had fun, too .
My son-in-law, the genius he is, ordered and inexpensive guitar from Amazon and used it as a guest book. So clever!
Later we had the Wilton College Creamery ice cream truck serving what you would call “Good Humor” type treats. Ice cream on a stick, King Kones, etc. My daughter, Claire, was thrilled to get a Hello Kitty Pop, something she loved as a kid. Over 100 treats were ordered – so everyone was pleased.
This was a lovely, relaxing way to wind down the wedding weekend. By 4:30ish, everyone was gone, except our friends Dennis, Claudia and James. We ordered Chinese and continued chilling by the pool savoring the last of a spectacular wedding weekend.
Thanks for reading our story. It’s been lots of fun to write and to keep the memories fresh for us over the coming years.