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The Wedding Weekend – The Final MOB Blog

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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.

REHEARSAL DINNER

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 .

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WEDDING PREP

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.

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Beautiful!

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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.

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Then off to the Club, where we had a light lunch awaiting.

High Tea 

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.

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Meanwhile, the groom and party were at the hotel getting ready.

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Final touches.

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Flowers were delivered to the Club.

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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.

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Claire and I helped Margot dress.
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Isn’t she lovely?

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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.

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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

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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.

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Wedding Program

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It was an eclectic ceremony, bringing in elements and traditions from both families.

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The wedding party proceeded down the steps of the clubhouse and across the lawn to the Chuppah.

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My adorable son-in-law, Andy! We’re so pleased and proud to have him as a member or our family.

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My good friend Bobby walked me down the aisle.

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Here comes the bride!

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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!

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Watch the ceremony here:

Video by Bryan McKay.
THE PARTY

We then moved on to the celebration – greeting our guests during the cocktail hour

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The wedding party moved to the clubhouse for dancing and dinner.

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The traditional father-daughter dance.

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And the mother-son dance.

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Thoughtful and memorable speeches by the maid-of-honor, Claire.MOB Blog

Andy and Margot’s reaction.

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Best man, Jason.

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Andy and Margot enjoying the commentary!

And, of course, Vicky and Ashley added their two cents!

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Did they smush cake on each other’s face? You needn’t ask, it was a given.

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Of course, the evening would not be complete with the shy and retiring Eric singing – and sing he did!

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Eric and Andy also entertained us; these two were BFFs before the wedding!

Lots more dancing….

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Guests picked up a coffee mug and locally roasted coffee beans as a parting gift.

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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.

POOL PARTY

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

The Personal Touch

The personal touch

Those Borchin/Crosbie girls are so talented. Jane, mother-of-the-groom and Susan, her sister, have added a wonderful personal touch to our upcoming wedding!

We’ve already experienced Susan’s delicious cookies on our wedding dress shopping trip. If you haven’t seen them, click here!

They made more cookies for the shower, in the signature lips and mustache theme the kids are using for their invitation. And the beautiful towel cake! Check those out here!

Crafty Wedding Touches

For the wedding, these two put their heads together once again and come up with more of that personal touch! They found a birdcage, decorated it and it will be used for the gift cards at the wedding. Beautiful and practical.

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Aunt Susan lined a white basket and added purple bows for Aubree’s rose petals.

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And, she made these gorgeous ring pillows for our two ring bearers, Rowan and Scarlett.

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Jane and Susan have also volunteered to make toiletry baskets for both the Men’s and Ladies’ rooms. Our guests are sure to have everything they could possibly need at their fingertips!

We’re very lucky to be marrying into such a talented and thoughtful family. Thank you Jane and Susan!

Change of Venue

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The last thing you want when planning a wedding is a last minute change of venue! It sounds like a recipe for disaster.

We had quite the shock when we got the tent estimate. The cost represented three-quarters of our wedding budget, which I can assure you is quite generous. I sent the proposal to the kids and Andy’s response was a simple “I just died.” I felt his pain. Margot, to her credit, was weepy and agitated when she called, but she held it together. I told her to let Daddy and I talk and I would get back to her.

With what I had no idea. Yes, we could always add money to the budget, but that didn’t solve the problem of spending so much money on tents for a few hours. I went online to search for wedding venues in our area and started sending requests for availability on September 16, 2017. I sent about a dozen emails.

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Unbelievably, about an hour later, the wonderful, amazing Erika Catering Director from a country club in Fairfield County, called and said she might be able to help; she said “sit tight and I’ll get back to you.” At 3pm she called, said it was a go and could we come and look at the site. My husband and I arrived at the club by 4pm.

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The venue is beautiful! There is a gorgeous lawn overlooking the golf course for an outdoor ceremony, weather permitting.

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Garden along the lawn.

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Rooms for both the bride and groom and their attendants to prepare.

We were treated to a cocktail and a nosh before leaving, delicious! Erika was so accommodating and helpful.

We got home and called the kids and told them about our tour and I sent them the photos I took with my iPhone and scanned the menus and other info Erica had provided. They agreed to come up the following Saturday for a lunch and tour.

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Thankfully they were as delighted with the venue as we were. The setting and clubhouse are charming. We were treated to a lunch, again delicious food. I had an amazing saffron mussel soup, chock full or mussels.

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After working out the details, we signed the contract the next Saturday. Our change of venue is confirmed. Do I need to tell you how relieved I was!!!!

Everyone is telling me how much easier it will be with the change of venue; I think they may be right!

 

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Welcome to my new blog series Mother-of-the-Bride, aka “The MOB Blog”. Our daughter Margot and her beau Andy got engaged on February 7, 2017. We couldn’t be more thrilled; Andy is already like a son to us! The big surprise is that they want to get married here at home AND the date is September 16, 2017, yes only six months away. (I’ve either lost my mind or am about to!)

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“The Ring!”

The Mother-of-the-Bride Journey

Great progress has been made to date. We’ve secured the caterer, Fabulous Feasts, who we’ve used for a couple of years now, and they truly are fabulous feasts. I also secured a 10-toilet portable restroom trailer from Royal Restrooms; our septic tank could never handle this large a crowd. The guest list is a little over 200 — they have lots of friends!!

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Andy and Margot

I moved on to get as much info for the budgeting process as I could by either calling companies or using the net to get pricing for tents (flaps, fans and heaters, just in case of inclement weather) linens, tableware, flatware, tables, chairs, huppah and shuttle buses, etc. I must admit in less than three weeks, I was a little proud of myself for being so efficient. Then I made a phone call….

Do We Really Know What We’re Doing????

We have a neighbor from our previous home who is a wedding planner and mother to my older daughter Claire’s best friends – twins – Eric and Kristina. I called Audrey to pick her brain. Then I called Margot and told her what I learned. We quickly realized that our lack of experience in putting together such an event was a road to disaster and we hired Audrey from Audrey Pierot Events! Immediately, the stress level went down and my daughter and I know we’ll have a magnificent event with expert assistance.

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Andy (our new son-in-law), Margot, Eric,
Trish and Roxie Rae, Jane, Roger (Margot’s new parents-in-laws and our new family!)
(left to right)

Audrey was supposed to come up today with Stamford Tent & Event Services to look over the grounds, measure for the tent(s) and meet the caterer. We had a few inches of snow last week and had to postpone. The tent people need to have full access and visibility of the property. We rescheduled for 3/28.

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Middle yard where the ceremony takes place.

 

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Side yard for the tent, dinner and dancing.

Now, it looks like we may have to postpone again. We’re expecting a BIG storm tonight and the prediction is 12- to 18-inches!!! It always happens in March that one last storm. However, the weather predictions following the storm are for continued cold weather, not good for melting the snow and with the higher elevation where we live, the temps stay colder here than the surrounding areas.

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Pool house for reception.

 

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Pool area for reception

So, this planning portion is on hold pending better weather…. In the meantime, as Mother-0f-the-Bride, I’ll be posting a new entry in our wedding planning adventure every Monday. Still to come, a save-the-date card mishap and bride and bridal party dress shopping!