Monday, July 19, 2004
This is Bob's Weekend, Part III
Bob and Elizabeth before the wedding.
The wedding was a wonderful affair. The rain, prophecized by the media as nothing short of diluvian, did not materialize. And though it was overcast, the ceremony proceeded outside in a lovely meadow a small distance from the Conservatory. The Ketubah was signed inside while guests gathered in the meadow. A violinist played while the wedding party marched in. The rabbi, Susan Plotnick, married them and they both laughed and cried througout. It was funny and touching at the same time.
The Ketubah was signed inside while guests gathered in a beautiful field outside.
Josh and Abe escort their dad down the aisle.
The beautiful flower girl, Sydney (Elizabeth's niece).
Here comes the bride!
The ceremony under the Chuppah.
One of the great things about this wedding is that I got to see people who we hadn't seen for many years. I already mentioned Ricky Eisenberg at the bachelor party on Friday night. But now he came with his wife, Sara and his sister, Nora. There were our old friends, Laura and Mike Zagarell. Tony Knopp came with his wife, Helene Quinn and their kids, William and Tallulah.
Bob and Mike Zagarell.
Helen Quinn and daughter, Tallulah.
Stacey, with Mike and Laura Zagarell.
William Knopp with his father, Tony and sister, Tallulah.
Besides the great food (the most amazing shrimp which people descended upon each time they appeared on a tray carried by a waiter) and drink. Besides the warmth and spirit of the day. Besides the great music with a band whose violinist was said to be one of the founding members of the Klezmatics. Besides the fun of seeing old friends. Besides the beauty of the place, two things stand out in my memory. One was a beautiful rendition by Ricky and Nora of an old Yiddish ballad. It was done very simply - Ricky on his guitar and the two voices in a beautiful harmony.
Ricky and Nora singing an old Yiddish melody. Beautiful.
Hannah, Elizabeth's niece. Entranced by the music (or bored)?
The other outstanding moment of the day was the traditional Hora - the Israeli folk dance that's always performed by the guests. Most of the time, people are out of touch with their traditions and it's danced by rote without much enthusiasm or skill. Not so at Bob's wedding. The band was right on and the dancing was contagious and enthusiastic. You had to be there to appreciate it but maybe some of these photos can impart a feeling of how wondeful it was.
Bob swings his new bride in a Hora.
Whirling dervishes? No just guests having fun with great music and dance.
Elizabeth and her mom.
Did we have fun?
The band played. People danced their tooshes off!
Joyful, dizzy dancing.
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