The bride was a bit anxious while getting ready, but for some reason bringing her a pair of sunglasses from the groom brought on the giggles and seemed to do the trick.
Vivienne and Michael honored absent loved ones with a ceremonial (environmentally responsible) balloon release. The leftover Sandy wind actually helped with that. It knotted the balloon bunch together prior to the release and then separated them beautifully as they soared through the air.
The bride and groom were attended by a best man, maid of honor and two beautiful flower girls. Vivienne's son escorted her down the aisle. What a handsome young man.
On a somewhat embarrassing note, Vivienne told me months ago she had ordered silk flowers online. It wasn't until after I had pinned on three bouttonieres, two corsages, and helped tie a ring to the bride's bouquet that I remembered the flowers weren't real. They were simply amazing.
Beverly Bennett did me the favor of taking the picture featured above. Keep in mind she was hampered by the limitations of my little point and shoot Panasonic. I just saw a portrait of Vivienne and Michael on her Facebook page and it's stunning.
May your joys be as bright as the morning,
your years of happiness as numerous
as the stars in the heavens
and your troubles but shadows
that fade in the sunlight of love.
Vivienne will know.