Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Dan Hantman and Brian Healy at their wedding reception (click on photos to enlarge)
I have known Brian Healy since he was five years old, when TD introduced me to friends and neighbors on Jane Street who have since became like family to me. The Healys are a busy and inspiring group – father Don climbed Mount Everest, cousin Nicole got married in New Hamsphire, and in September sister Mary wed her partner Karima. Recently Brian happily married his partner Dan here in New York City. You can read their wedding announcement in The New York Times here. And, yes, supportive and accepting Don and Joyce Healy win the Parents of the Year Award.
The marriage ceremony was held at our church, Judson Memorial Church, on Washington Square South, and officiated by our senior minister The Reverend Dr. Donna Schaper. During the service, Gershwin's "For You, For Me, For Evermore," was beautifully sung by opera singer Jonathan Tuzo – you may remember when we went to Jonathan's Glimmerglass Opera House recital in Cooperstown. After the ceremony, guests progressed on to the reception held at The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park.
The National Arts Club promotes fine arts and serves as a private club for artists, collectors, and supporters; one of its earliest members was Henry Frick. The club is housed in a mansion which was built in 1845. Inside, visitors today find one of New York City's great interior spaces where dark wood walls, antiques, and artwork seem untouched from the nineteenth century. It offers a gorgeous trip back in time.
Here is a view of the bar -
Over the bar is installed a stunning domed ceiling of stained glass which was designed by John La Farge who also created the colorful stained glass windows at Judson Church between 1892 and 1910.
We wended our way through the big crowd
as a piano player entertained.
We caught up with some friends - here we are with Brian along with Tom Meehan and his wife Carolyn Capstick. Tom is one of Broadway's most successful (and funniest) writers, having won Tonys for Annie, The Producers and Hairspray.
Lending some glamour: Nicole Parker King and Carrie Ashley Hill who sings and plays guitar in the Brooklyn indie rock band Desert Stars.
The late afternoon light was gently fading as dusk was falling which is my favorite time of day to be in an old-world room. During the violet hour, time seems to stop and everything becomes elegant and relaxed.
There was wonderful furniture
and art everywhere.
Soon it was time to move on to dinner.
And then dancing! Brian and Dan had a dance with their mothers
and later Brian and his sister Mary let loose.
TD and I enjoyed taking a spin on the dance floor ourselves.
There was a photo booth set up where guests could have their pictures snapped.
TD and I scrunching down to fit into the frame –
and me with Brian's mother Joyce.
Jolly good time. The day was a great and joyful celebration, and we were so happy to be there.
At the reception we dropped off a gift card for the boys which TD illustrated.
Inside the card, we wished them the very best for all the good things that are coming in their life together.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
|Mary and Karima after exchanging vows. How beautiful are these girls. (this photo by Robert Carreon; the rest are mine. Click on photos to enlarge.)|
I have known Mary Healy since before she was born; when I first met TD, Mary's mother Joyce was pregnant with Mary. It has been a pleasure to watch her and her brother Brian, who is marrying his partner Dan next April, grow into wonderful adults.
It's so fantastic now that everyone can get married. We have been happily invited to more weddings than ever before as our young friends and relatives tie the knot, and they are all joyful and all different. This wedding was a heart-felt celebration of two young women with a bright future ahead.
You may recall from Nicole's wedding that the Healys have a great Adirondack-style house called Lakefalls Lodge which is situated on a picturesque pond near Keene, New Hampshire. Nicole's wedding was on a summery Labor Day weekend, but this event was held at the end of September when the autumn leaves were changing colors so it felt like a completely different scene.
When guests arrived we were invited to have a drink and then walk up a grassy path to the site of the ceremony.
Karima and Mary sat down in a pair of Adirondack chairs for a photo op.
Brian and Mary strike a pose on the dance floor -
But first there were...yes...fireworks.
Friday, September 9, 2011
(click on photos to enlarge)
TD and I had the great pleasure of attending this past Sunday the wedding of our good friend Nicole Parker to her beau Chris King in the woods of New Hampshire. Well, we weren't exactly roughing it; the wedding was an exuberant celebration of style.
Nicole is a graphic designer and creative director and niece of our friend and neighbor Don Healy who climbed Mount Everest – you remember the Healys all. When a friend of Nicole's suggested she meet a mutual friend, Chris King, an Australian diplomat visiting New York, at Soho House, it was love at first sight. How could he resist Nicole's vivacious personality? They were soon a couple, traveling all over the world to meet. Now Chris is a diplomat with the Australian embassy in New Delhi, India, where the couple lives. And this past weekend they were officially married at the Healy compound in Stoddard, New Hampshire.
First, a spectacular invitation arrived in the mail. Seventy Australians were making the trip to the wedding in Stoddard which is just outside of Keene, so a map, a "boarding pass," and a "passport" were included.
TD and I drove up from Guilford, Connecticut, the day of the wedding and checked into the comfortable Lane Hotel in Keene. Then we headed up to the main event which was held at the Healys' Lakefalls Lodge. The lodge was conceived as a Great Camp in the Adirondack style, and its construction was begun by eccentric New York City divorcée Florence Brooks Aten in the 1920's until the Crash of '29 wiped out her wealth. Don Healy bought the property, which also includes a lake and smaller houses, in 1990.
We parked the car and walked up a gravel driveway. A wedding in New Hampshire should always begin with a gurgling brook and an old mill house, don't you think?
Up the road we passed the area where cocktails would be served after the ceremony. With its orange table clothes, it looked like a Christo installation.
The view from the lodge is out on to a lake and a hill opposite covered with trees. The fresh air was scented with pine and grass.
Rows of chairs were set up facing the lake and the hill beyond for a serene natural setting.
Hanging off the chairs were glass vases filled with orchids. So simple and so pretty. On each chair were red and orange streamers.
The ceremony started when the mother of the bride, Peggy Healy Parker, in a silky purple coat, came down the grassy aisle which had been strewn with red rose petals by three flower girls. Then eight bridesmaids and groomsmen emerged out of the lodge. The theme throughout was red as you can see from the vivid bridesmaids' dresses. Also in red was Andrea King, the celebrant and groom's mother.
And finally came Nicole on the arm of her uncle Don. Her dress was by Vera Wang and its skirt was layered with square silk organza petals with unfinished edges. That dress was beautiful from the front
and the back.
During the ceremony, Carrie Ashley Hill, the maid of honor, sang a poignant song to the couple.
And then they were husband and wife!
After cocktails on the lawn, we proceeded down the gravel road to a big white tent which was hung with buoyant red paper lanterns.
For dinner table assignments, guests were asked to pick up a post card which had their name and the name of a place which was important to the couple. We were seated at Santa Barbara.
The tables were decorated with a rich profusion of red roses.
As the night grew darker the tent glowed with red.
The paper lanterns created an exotic effect.
After dinner, a great rock and roll band from Boston took the stage. This crowd was really ready to party and the soon the joint was jumping. TD and I are not often in vicinity of a rock and roll band so we had fun dancing to one hit after another. Here are Nicole and Chris cutting up the dance floor –
When the reception ended, guests were invited to an after party back at the lodge. As we walked up the driveway we saw that the exterior rock walls of the lodge had been illuminated with red and orange lights. Small hamburgers were served and there was more music and dancing. Nicole arrived in her wedding dress, and I liked that she hadn't changed into a little frock for the after party. That Vera Wang wedding dress with its deconstructed edges was elaborate, but she looked very comfortable in it and made it her own which is a sign of style.
TD and I were ready to call it a night as the younger celebrants carried on. We walked down the driveway to the car and as I looked back over my shoulder past the colored stone walls through the tall French doors of the lodge I saw guests dancing wildly inside to Lady Gaga.