On May 9, 2004, Tommy and Emily celebrated their union with a swinging daytime wedding brimming with music, joy and fun.
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.
The wedding took place at the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase, a few miles from Washington, D.C.
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.
And this mouth-watering spread packed with fruits and vegetables, inspected by young chef Isaac
Emily’s aunt Polly hit the dance floor right away, joined by Arnold Taylor, the swing-dancing officiant.
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.
Then they made a real entrance
Everyone got their own box of cracker jacks, the ultimate vintage snack.
After lunch Emily and Tommy were married with a short, sweet ceremony they wrote themselves with Arnold’s guidance.
Who could ask for a more hip bunch of bubble girls?
Or two cuter ring bearers?
The best man and the maid of honor
The ceremony ended with the Jewish tradition of breaking the glass.
And a valid marriage license, signed by their friend Arnold Taylor.
Band leader Tom Cunningham got the ceremony started and led the toast from the bandstand.
Following a quick wardrobe adjustment, Emily and Tommy had a first dance to remember
Then the crowd hit the floor.