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The Big Day

On May 9, 2004, Tommy and Emily celebrated their union with a swinging daytime wedding brimming with music, joy and fun.


Tommy and EmilyTommy and Emily


 Many “hep” guests came decked out in happening attire. The Tom Cunningham Orchestra, Blue Sky 5 and jam sessions that drew many friends and family provided the nonstop swinging beat of jazz music. Family and friends had a ball and made this the hip vintage wedding of Emily and Tommy’s dreams.


Dance floor w/TCO


 The wedding took place at the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase, a few miles from Washington, D.C.


Women's Club of Chevy Chase


The big event began at noon, with a jam session featuring Emily’s uncle Bob on clarinet, her cousin Noah on piano, neighbor Hank Dearden on drums, and friend Jean Finnstead on bass.


Jam Session


And this mouth-watering spread packed with fruits and vegetables, inspected by young chef Isaac


Isaac and Ponders Devouring the Banquet


Emily’s aunt Polly hit the dance floor right away, joined by Arnold Taylor, the swing-dancing officiant.


Arnold and Polly


While their guests mingled, danced ate and wondered when the ceremony was supposed to happen, Emily and Tommy took a ride in this 1940s Buick Eight limo.


Buick 8 Limo

Buick 8 Limo

Kissing in the Buick 8 Limo


Then they made a real entrance


Tommy and Emily's Grand Entrance


Everyone got their own box of cracker jacks, the ultimate vintage snack.


Cracker Jacks


After lunch Emily and Tommy were married with a short, sweet ceremony they wrote themselves with Arnold’s guidance.


Wedding Ceremony


Who could ask for a more hip bunch of bubble girls?


Bubble Girls Flower Girls
Bubble Girls  


Or two cuter ring bearers?


Philip and Adam


The best man and the maid of honor


Pepi, Tommy, Emily, and Carol


The ceremony ended with the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass.


Breaking of the Glass


And a valid marriage license, signed by their friend Arnold Taylor.


Emily, Tommy, and Arnold


Band leader Tom Cunningham got the ceremony started and led the toast from the bandstand.


Tom Cunningham


Following a quick wardrobe adjustment, Emily and Tommy had a first dance to remember


Tommy and Emily Dancing 1 Tommy and Emily Dancing 3
Tommy and Emily Dancing 2  


Then the crowd hit the floor.


Dancing 1 Dancing 2



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