A Shore Thing
October 15, 2011
It was a clear and sunwashed April day in Paris. Young New Yorkers Jared and Amanda meandered down cobbled streets, sipping wine at sidewalk cafes and enjoying the promise of romance and intrigue that lies around every corner of this great city. That evening, at their rented flat, Jared serenaded Amanda with a song he had composed just for her. His lyrics ended on a high note: “Will you marry me?” Moved to tears, Amanda said yes; and the two dashed out for a twilight champagne toast.
They married in an historic wood-shingled chapel on a small, lush island off the eastern shore of New York, close to relatives and friends who lived along the East Coast. “We wanted something simple: a party at the beach that celebrated our friends and family,” Amanda recalls.
Amanda and Jared’s wedding was inspired by their passion for music and theater. So they enlisted the help of some very talented friends. “I was talking to a friend who comes from a long line of New Orleans jazz musicians,” Jared says, “and we decided to end the ceremony with a surprise performance by his second line band.” It turned out to be the highlight of the day. The band hid in the church balcony during the ceremony, bursting into song after the couple said “I do” and leading guests in a high-spirited parade from the chapel to Shelter Island Yacht Club for the reception.
Amanda and Jared also had another trick up their sleeves. Instead of a traditional first dance, they choreographed a 1930s-inspired number in which Jared flaunted Fred Astaire-worthy tap-dancing skills even his closest friends didn’t know he had. The couple also incorporated several elements of Amanda’s Jewish faith into their day, including the traditional hora dance.
When the reception ended, the celebration didn’t. Amanda, Jared and nearly all of the wedding guests hopped on a ferry to continue the party in a town across the water. Jared’s sister had placed a bubble machine on the boat, and as the ferry made its way across the bay, shimmering, translucent orbs trailed it through the moonlit October night—a magical ending to an unforgettable day.