Dana + Norman
September 2, 2018
Outdoor Garden Ceremony & Reception
September 2, 2018 4:30 PM
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Road, Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
Attire: Black Tie Preferred
For our Guests Staying at Tarrytown House Estates:
Welcome - Dessert & Drinks
September 1, 2018; 8:30 - 10:00 PM
King Mansion, Library
September 3, 2018; 8:30 - 10:30 AM
Biddle Mansion Breakfast Buffet
Where to Stay
We hope you can join us for the wedding weekend! A limited number of rooms have been reserved at a discount at Tarrytown House Estate, a beautiful location with indoor and outdoor pools, tennis & basketball courts, fitness center and family-friendly lawns overlooking the Hudson River. Reservations must be made no later than the Cut-Off Date of July 16th 2018 to secure the discounted rate.
The group discounted room block is only available if you reserve on-line using Group Code 2AQ8DI to book your room. ADA rooms are available, but you must call 914-591-3122 after making your reservation on-line.
Rates are based on single or double occupancy. Extra guests in the room including children will incur additional charges. (Suites and connecting rooms are not available at the group rate.)
Phone reservations may be also made under the group block by calling 914-591-3122, but will incur a $6.00 additional reservation fee per night.
Cortlandt Manor, NY - The location of the wedding and reception. Half an hour north of Tarrytown, buses will be available from the hotel to the wedding venue (Tarrytown House Estate to Monteverde at Oldstone).
Tarrytown, NY - The location of all other events for the weekend.
Westchester County Airport (HPN) is located 13 miles from Tarrytown in White Plains, NY.
Laguardia Airport, (LGA) is located 28 miles from Tarrytown in Queens, NY.
JFK Airport and Newark (EWR) Airports are also options, but further away.
If you are staying in Manhattan, you can catch the train at Grand Central to Tarrytown.
While You Are Here
As weekend events are located at the entry to the Catskills - you might consider spending the week playing in the area, and join us for Labor Day weekend at Tarrytown House Estate (reservation link under Where to Stay above) on one end or the other of your vacation.
An hour north of New York City on the banks of the Hudson River, Tarrytown has a charming downtown filled with boutiques, antiques shops, wonderful restaurants and art galleries - not to mention beautiful parks and trails. Nearby is Stone Barns at Blue Hill Farm , a leader in the sustainable farm to table movement. Easy walking trails and animals for the kids to enjoy!
There are many historic estates in the area, such as the home of Washington Irving (Rip Van Winkle, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow) and the Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit. Visit Historic Hudson Valley for a selection of historic sites and events in the area.
For hikers, the options are numerous. Visit Hike the Hudson Valley to choose a trail that fits your time and abilities. Bear Mountain State Park is on the west side of the Hudson River and a great option for hiking, biking, fishing, swimming and picnicking.
Bella's - Top breakfast spot located at the corner of Broadway and Main in Tarrytown. Serves lunch and dinner too.
Bistro 12 - Lunch or dinner on charming Main Street in Tarrytown. Italian, New American Bistro
Bridge View Tavern - Pub with rotating selection of the finest American craft beers + locally sourced food with vegetarian options.
Sunset Cove - Italian cuisine offering views of the Tappan Zee Bridge and Palisades behind.
The Twisted Oak - Italian influenced-New American cuisine on Main Street in Tarrytown.
It’s Spring semester 2011 when Dana walks in to Fundamentals of Business. Norman, there with his friend Luca, turns to him nudging him on the arm, saying something to the effect of ‘dibs’. Later on in that class the two would be placed in the same group.
Dana: “Hi I’m Dana”
Dana thinking: ‘Who is this Norman, he does not look like a Norman.’
Norman: “Hey I’m Norman, we really need to take our group project seriously – let’s focus on…”
Norman thinking: ‘You’re so pretty... I need to act smart.’
Norman proceeds to call an excessive number of team meetings, trying to take the reins of the group project to show off. It’s a little much, but he thinks it’s working.
Dana is not impressed.
The Turning Point
One night while at a pregame, Norman's friend (now Dana's bridesmaid) Claire, tells him Dana is joining her a cappella group and that she would be attending her first 'Octail' (an a capella cocktail party). Spotting his opportunity to spit some game - you know, that 5 year old 'Hey - go tell her to talk to me...' type of game - Norman asks Claire to suggest to Dana she might want to come to a frat party later. (At least he didn't walk over and kick her in the shin).
Much to Norman's surprise, Claire comes through, bringing Dana to the party he'd been at that evening. They spot each other from across the room; share a drunken kiss, and part ways. Romance in 2011 ladies and gentlemen.
They both go to sleep later that night thinking how awkward their next group meeting would be...
The First Date
After a few weeks of playing hard-to-get, Norman musters the courage to ask Dana on a real date at one of Carlisle’s finest eateries. As fate would have it though, the day before, Norman gets sick. Determined to see it through they go out anyway.
The date is going so well, chemistry is flying. “You have 3 sisters? You have 3 brothers? All older? How old?” …No chance you can count how many ‘me toos’ there are during the course of this meal, right down to being named after their grandfathers..
Aside from Dana thinking ‘Why hasn’t this weirdo taken a bite of his food’, it’s clear this thing could work.
He walks her home; they kiss, and part ways.
6 years, 3 cities, and too many memories to count later, it was time to propose.
About 2 months prior to Dana’s 25th birthday, Norman tells Dana he would throw her a birthday party and not to worry about anything.
The trap is set.
August 4th, 2017 - Dana arrives at the Library Hotel expecting to have a drink before her party starts. Pregame has advanced. Norman meets her downstairs to ensure all goes to plan. They get up to the rooftop where Norman has a spot reserved. They quickly look at the menu, Norman pops up and says “I’ll go get us something from the bar”.
When he comes back, the wait staff is following - one person with a camera - another with champagne – something’s up.
He proposes, she says yes! Norman then lets her know there will be no party and instead they are going away for the weekend straight from there. (In the weeks leading up to the engagement, Norman had been stealing Dana’s clothes in anticipation. First some socks, then a couple of t-shirts, each time getting a little bolder in what he would take. He almost got found out one Saturday morning when she was looking for her favorite pair of shorts. Norman, always charming, convinced her another pair looked better.)
Dana + Norman
September 2, 2018