The Wedding of ...
Christine O’Sullivan & Thomas Walsh
Ceremony: St. Catherine of Siena
Reception: Glen Island Harbour Club,
Photographer: The Markows Photography
Cinematographer: Dmart Films
Makeup: FabFaces by Dominque,
Hair: Rua Hair Salon
Florist: Carolyn Dempsey Design
Cake: Glen Island Harbour Club
Band: ETA Music
Invitations: Love Pretty Inc.
Panoramic Waterfront Views
My college roommate, Kristen, dated Tom’s college roommate, Cameron. Coincidentally, we all went to the same college, but they did not introduce us until a few years after graduation, when we were living in New York City. After hanging out in group settings for a couple of weekends, Tom asked me on our first official date to a pub across the street from what later became our first apartment.
When our parents met a few years later, we were surprised and delighted to learn that Tom’s grandfather was actually the best man in my grandfather’s wedding in 1948! The two grew up together in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Shortly after, Tom took me to Rockefeller Center for our annual tradition of seeing the Christmas Tree and then having dinner in Little Italy. Despite heavy rain that night, Tom got down on one knee, soaking wet, umbrella-in-hand, and asked me to marry him! A limo took us to dinner after, where our families were waiting to celebrate. The celebrations continued with our closest friends at a bar later that night.
We were married at my family’s parish in Riverside, Connecticut. Our priest, who married both of Tom’s sisters and his parents, traveled from Ireland to officiate our ceremony!
The incredible spread of food and the saxophone and piano duet at our cocktail hour set the tone for a night of fun and celebration. We had several passed hors d’oeuvres, including baby lamb chops, coconut shrimp, Maryland crab cakes, and more. We also had stations featuring specialties from around the world, including an Imperial Banquet station with classic Chinese dishes, an Oktoberfest station with flights of German beer, a Mediterranean seafood station, and a rotisserie carving station. Our signature cocktails were a patriotic red, white, and blueberry mojito and a midtown Manhattan.
Our ballroom offered beautiful views of the water at sunset. The tables were decorated with high and low fluted vases filled with ivory and blush pink roses and orchids, surrounded by rose petals. As a tribute to our Irish heritage, we had bagpipers perform traditional Irish music during dinner. Later, our band played everything from Van Morrison to Bruno Mars, and Tom even sang “Don’t Stop Believing!”
We began dinner with a warm brie en crouite served with organic field greens and an intermezzo of lemon sorbet. Then guests had an entrée option of char-roasted sliced chateaubriand, chicken mignon wrapped in prosciutto, or black-sesame glazed filet of salmon. For dessert, we offered a trio of a chocolate brownie soufflé, an apple tart, and New York cheesecake, plus our traditional wedding cake.
We are so grateful to all our vendors for truly understanding our vision. Rocco and the staff at Glen Island exceeded our wildest expectations! Thank you to our guests for filling our day with love and happiness, and most of all, thank you to our families.