A mere 15 days after the Bradshaw wedding, we were back at Mirbeau Inn and Spa. This time it was Sam Barbose and Deborah Yamrick’s turn to use the awesome facilities at Mirbeau for their big day. The settings were the same… ceremony on the bridge, reception on the deck under the tent, but no two weddings are the same, no matter how familiar the setting. So it’s always interesting and fun to take in the differences.
This time it was a rainy day in Skaneateles. 15 days prior, we had a scare that rain might delay the ceremony. On this day, the scare turned into a reality. Rain poured from the sky and Sam and Deborah could have moved the ceremony inside, but they kept the faith and held off. When things were looking at their most grim, a slight break in the rain showed up on the radar and we were able to have the ceremony outside, on the bridge, in Mirbeau’s courtyard. Sam and his groomsmen walked onto the bridge from under the covered overhang leading from Mirbeau’s main building. In the mean time, the bridesmaids began walking the entire perimeter of Mirbeau’s koi pond for the Processional (Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (Instrumental)). Deborah took a similar path for the Bridal Processional (From this Moment – Shania Twain), but she had a special escort. During the first half of her walk, Deborah was accompanied by her father, whereas for the second walk, she was escorted by her son. Everyone was glad that the weather held so that the outdoor ceremony could be completed and when it was over, Sam and Deborah walked away as Husband and Wife (Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder) and the party transitioned to the deck and the safety of the party tent.
Due to the 30-minute weather delay, the cocktail hour was shortened significantly. The guests settled in on the Monet Deck and soon after was the Grand Entrance (Best Day of My Life – American Authors) where the parents, wedding party, and Sam and Deborah were introduced. Directly after the intros, Sam and Deborah met on the dance floor for their First Dance (The Very Thought of You – Etta James) and were eventually joined on the dance floor. When the dances ended, but before dinner, the standard toasts were made by the Maid & Matron of Honor and the Best Man, but that was followed by and interesting blessing by the Brother of the Bride. His version of a blessing was playing an acoustic guitar version of Crazy On You – Heart, with rewritten lyrics dedicated to our bride and groom. The blessing was well received and served as a fun transition into dinner.
Family dances marked the end of dinner and the beginning of the dance portion of our evening. The family dances were done a little bit differently. For the Barbose wedding, both Sam and Deborah danced with their partners at the same time for two separate dances. The first tandem dance was the standard Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance (Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion), and that was followed by another tandem dance where Sam danced with his new Mother-In-Law and Deborah danced with her hew Father-In-Law (My Wish – Rascal Flatts).
Finally the dance floor opened and it was kept pretty full all night long. The guests were happy to dance to most of the tunes that were provided and somehow I ended up with the bride’s veil! Once the Cake Cutting (That’s Amore – Dean Martin) was over, a group called “Team Bride” was called to the dance floor to join our bride in a specific song (We Are Family – Sister Sledge). There were of course other memorable moments. I got a priest to join in dancing to Like a Prayer – Madonna, which I will always remember as something particularly awesome. Also at one point, there was a massive singalong to Young Forever – Jay-Z. In addition, a lucky couple who had been married for 52 years as of that day won the Generations Dance, headlined by Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler.
The end of the night didn’t have the paper lanterns that they did 15 days prior, but it was no less a good way to end the night. Sam and Deborah danced their Last Dance (I’ll Be Seeing You – Etta James) and their guests backed off the dance floor to allow them to enjoy the moment on their own. Sometimes the best way to end the night is the most intimate. The night ended and Sam and Deborah began their stay at Mirbeau as Husband and Wife before getting on the road to their homes a state away in Pennsylvania. It’s always great to have people from other states visiting Central New York and leaving their memories here.
Congratulations to Sam and Deborah. Thank you for choosing Salt City Sound Machine and we wish you the best of luck in the future!
- Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers (Instrumental) (Processional)
- From this Moment – Shania Twain (Bridal Processional)
- Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours – Stevie Wonder (Recessional)
- Best Day of My Life – American Authors (Grand Entrance)
- The Very Thought of You – Etta James (First Dance)
- Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion (Tandem Father/Daughter, Mother/Son Dance)
- My Wish – Rascal Flatts (In-Law Dance)
- That’s Amore – Dean Martin (Cake Cutting)
- Grow Old With You – Adam Sandler (Generations Dance)
- I’ll Be Seeing You – Etta James (Last Dance)