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Family Wedding Report

Family Wedding

It was a fairy tale affair, held an old estate overlooking the Hudson river, about an hour north of NYC. The weather and the entire day-into-evening flowed like a dream.

Darn! Never got a good photo of my outfit (as I was behind the camera most of the time), but cropped this out to give the idea and I felt good in it.

The morning of the wedding Katherine and I gathered with the bride and her entourage. There was a bit of sewing to be done. Katherine made alterations on the junior bridesmaid dresses.


Niece Madeline made the junior bridesmaid dress without ever seeing the girls who were wearing them, so they needed a nip and tuck at the last minute, but the length was perfect and they loved them. Here, Katherine helps with the dresses and ribbon sashes.


Madeline, a fashion design student at FIT, not only sewed the junior bridesmaid dresses, and hand stitched rhinestone trim to satin ribbon for 9 bridesmaids, but whipped up 10 flowered robes for the bridesmaids and mother of the bride, sewing right up until the night before the wedding.


Ritual photo of the bride, Marissa Tilton and her 9 bridesmaids who included her sisters Jessica and Madeline, Nick's sisters and college friends.


The dress is a knockout, and no, I did not make it!


Alex gave all the dresses and bridal veil a final touch up steaming.


It was an honor to officiate at the ceremony. (& I nearly forgot the ring part.....). Marissa and Nick wrote their own vows, invited friends to do readings and their dog Kane was part of the bridal party. It was precious, tender, touching, evoked tears.



The next generation of Tilton sisters!

Hard to put all this into words, it was over all too quickly, but the core feeling of love and connection continues, and we are so happy to have this new extended family with Nick (the son my brother Bill always wanted) and all the fabulous Dugger clan.


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