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Vows: The New York Times Wedding Column

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Over the last five years, "Vows," on the Sunday New York Times' wedding pages, has become one of the paper's most popular columns. Each week a new couple is profiled in the engaging, humorous, and heartwarming style of Lois Smith Brady, accompanied by the distinctive photography of award-winner Edward Keating. Brady's favorite columns are gathered here in this beautifully illustrated, magnificently designed celebration of love and marriage.

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Overview

Over the last five years, "Vows," on the Sunday New York Times' wedding pages, has become one of the paper's most popular columns. Each week a new couple is profiled in the engaging, humorous, and heartwarming style of Lois Smith Brady, accompanied by the distinctive photography of award-winner Edward Keating. Brady's favorite columns are gathered here in this beautifully illustrated, magnificently designed celebration of love and marriage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780688150525
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 9.24 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.84 (d)

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Christoper Clark, the thirty-six year old president of the Clark Construction Corporation in TriBeCa, is well known or the parties he gives at his old, shingled oceanfront house in East Hampton, Long Island.

Almost every weekend, the house fills up with friends (and friends of friends) who play touch football on the beach, go in line skating and surfing, organize big sit-down dinners and bang on an old piano that's painted the color of a lobster, creating an atmosphere that one regular house-guest described as "misspent youth over thirty."

Peter Moore, and architect in New York and a longtime friend of the bridegroom's said, "Chris's house parties have been famous for the last fifteen years. He's a great host because he really doesn't bother you too much. We just walk in, sit down and start partying. It's the same people year after year. They never lose the scent.

Two years ago, on the Fourth of July, Stephanie Mooney had no plans for the weekend and ended up accompanying a friend to Chris's house. Stephanie, whom some call "Moonlight," is a thirty-year old model who rides horses and is often described by friends as a cross between Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lucille Ball - a dark haired beauty with the zany vivaciousness of a stand up comedian.

Stephanie remembered her first visit to Chris's home this way: "It was a Big Chill weekend," she said. "It was a great, fun group of people. Probably the best moment was when we all went and sat in the sand and kidded around and had a drink and watched the sunset. I never wanted it to end, and it never has.

Last September, Chris proposed while they were vacationing in a seaside cottage lighted by kerosene lampson Tuckernuck, an island off Nantucket, Massachusettes. He had the ring in a manila working envelope from the city," Stephanie recalled. "It wasn't in a big, contrived box. That's very Chris: He's a bottom-line, business guy."

On June 18, in the early evening, they were married on the beach outside the house in East Hampton. About one hundred guests wandered down a path lined with wild beach roses, kicking off everything from Belgian loafers to Converse sneakers.

Once gathered on the sand, everyone watched the wedding procession make its way over the dunes. There were ten barefoot bridesmaids, most of them professional models, who wore short, sleeveless summer dresses in different colors, from seashell pink to the light green shade of dune grass. They were so stunningly beautiful that at least one guest wondered aloud whether the event was a fashion shoot or a wedding.

The bride arrived in a cream colored gown with spaghetti straps and a diaphanous chiffon stole that billowed and fluttered as she walked over the dunes. The civil ceremony was ephemeral as the bride's outfit: With the ocean roaring in the background, it seemed to be made up mostly of whispers, breezes and mist.

Every now and then, you heard a couple of words, such as "will you honor," and then the sound of the waves," said Annabelle Seldorf, a guest who is an architect in SoHo. "It was incredibly beautiful and romantic."

Everyone returned to the house for the reception, which was like a large version of the bridegroom's weekend parties, with one guest playing the red piano and others reminiscing about the old times.

"Chris has gone through many stages," said Caio Foneca, a painter and a longtime friend of the bridegroom. "He's been the rebel, the bohemian, the go-getting businessman; today, he became the mellow, loving husband we always hoped he would be."

Copyright ) 1997 by The New York Times Company

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