Michelle & Gaby’s Hall of Springs Wedding
There’s so much to love about this real wedding, photographed by Clark+Walker Studio. First off, the bride Michelle looked absolutely stunning! From the dress to the hair & makeup, everything was perfect. Michelle and Gaby also looked so happy throughout the entire day. Another beautiful feature of this wedding was their reception at Hall of Springs. Renaissance Floral Design did an incredible job and all of the centerpieces looked so unique. We’re sure that everything ran smoothly on their wedding day because Christine A. Wheat Special Events Firm was there for day-of coordination! We can also guarantee that all their guests had a fun time, because NY Players was in the house. Congrats to Michelle and Gaby!
Michelle’s dress was from Something Bleu Bridal in Saratoga! It looks like it was made for her.
Love how the bridesmaid dresses were different styles
Such a good looking bridal party!
The Hall of Springs designed by David Michael Schmidt of Renaissance Floral Design
Photobooth is becoming so popular at weddings. It’s a great place for guests (and the couple) to let loose and be silly!
Wedding Videography? I Really Thought Pictures Would Be Enough..
By: Bigler Productions
Danielle and Matt poured their heart and soul into planning their 2011 October wedding. Danielle was eager to celebrate and to embrace every beautiful detail about their once in a lifetime wedding day. It wasn’t until a conversation with her sister-in-law that Danielle realized she may have overlooked one vital detail, the wedding videographer.
Was Videography Something You Were Considering For Your Wedding?
“We were actually dead set on NOT having a videographer,” said Danielle. “It wasn’t until my sister-in-law explained to me that her only regret was not hiring someone to video her wedding. She explained that the day is such a whirlwind and it all becomes such a blur that I would never remember it all. I didn’t want any regrets. It was then, I began doing my research to find a videographer.”
What Was Your Perception Of Wedding Videography Prior To Hiring?
“I really thought pictures would be enough. The wedding was already so expensive and I wasn’t sure I wanted to increase the cost of the wedding. Our photographer (Clark+Walker) was awesome, but I can’t even begin to talk about how amazing our video is. I can’t believe I almost didn’t do it. At first, I really thought a video would be over-doing it a bit.”
Did You Have Concerns About Hiring A Wedding Videographer?
Danielle had said she really only had one concern about hiring a videographer and that was having a camera man who seemed to intrude on the day.”I had been to weddings of friends and family and these video guys were always in your face, they had these bright lights, they were so obvious in what they were doing. I didn’t like that, I didn’t want that.” As Danielle continued to talk with her potential wedding videographers she wanted to make sure they would be able to do the job without stealing the spotlight or making her guests uncomfortable.
Describe The Experience Of Having A Videographer At Your Wedding.
“Our videographers were very professional, punctual and they seemed just as excited about our wedding as we were.” Danielle said her guests and friends did not even know a wedding videographer was around the entire evening. ”They found the most precious moments and honestly, I was running on straight adrenaline and there were things they found and got on video that I never saw or just don’t remember. I honestly don’t really remember them even being there!”
What Was The Best Part Of Hiring A Videographer?
Danielle couldn’t count the number of meaningful moments the videographer caught throughout the entire day, but she melted when she saw the raw emotions of her parents during her first dance. “I was so engrossed in what I was doing I never saw what was going on with my parents.” However, because of her video she was able to step back and see the emotional response of her mother and father. ”You can just take and relive each moment.” Danielle explained another aspect she loved was the ability to watch the video and really digest the speeches that were given. Even though she heard them at her wedding, she was able to take the time to really listen to what her maid of honor had said, what their best man had spoken about and the words her father conveyed to her. ”I will never forget it all now, I didn’t realize how much I had missed until I went back and listened again.”
What Made The Video Worth The Investment?
“It’s tangible, you have memories that you will keep forever and ever and ever. I loved our photographs. Our photographer was amazing, but watching the video you catch the emotions. I can’t even explain it, but just to be able to see the live footage, there is just a difference.”
Are You Glad You Hired A Videographer?
“If any bride ever had questions about hiring a videographer, I say to give them my cell phone number and let’s talk,” Danielle laughed. “Seriously, I found the end product absolutely amazing… It is totally worth the investment. I can’t say that enough. You will regret not doing it.”
Any Tips For A Bride Who Is Shopping Around For A Videographer?
“I think you want someone enthusiastic, fun and professional . Someone who can work with your other vendors especially your photographer.” Danielle said her videographer had promised her video before Christmas and Christmas Eve her video was delivered. “That’s the kind of videographer you want to hire. The one who will make a Christmas Eve delivery.”
Watch Their Video by Bigler Productions:
Lauren & Nick’s Saratoga National Wedding
Another beautiful wedding at Saratoga National! Pictures by Clark+Walker Studio, Hair by Make Me Fabulous and Makeup by Flawless by Tina. The bride wore a gorgeous Oleg Cassinni gown and Bradley Mischka shoes. Love the long brown bridesmaid dresses and the couple’s pictures at Saratoga Race Track!
Stacey and Rich’s Otesaga wedding
Describe how you and Rich met: We met in college (Villanova). My roommate and I went to a friend’s birthday party in one of the dorms on campus and Rich was there. My roommate knew Rich so the three of us started chatting. Rich asked me to be his beer pong partner and the rest is history! haha.
What was the proposal like? The proposal was pretty amazing – I had found an article on the blog ScoutingNY talking about an “Abandoned Palace on Beekman Street” in downtown Manhattan, close to where we live. The building had a beautiful glass atrium ceiling and the article said it was being revamped as a hotel…I emailed Rich the link and said it looked really cool and that we should keep an eye out for when it was redone. Little did I know, he emailed the blogger and asked for contact info for people at the building. Apparently, within hours everyone had gotten back to him and he had the go ahead to propose there.
On a sweltering day in July (2010), Rich suggested we play tourist in downtown Manhattan to check out all the sites mentioned on ScoutingNY. Rich tells me he wants to walk to 5 Beekman to see if we can see the glass atrium from the street. When we get there, there is a man in the doorway of the building, and Rich (being Rich) starts talking to the man about how we live close by and love the neighborhood, saw the building on ScoutingNY…and asks if we could possibly get a peek inside. To my surprise, the man says yes. The man walks us to the elevator and says the view is best from the 6th floor and then gets out. This is when I start thinking this is weird…it was the lawyer in me, but I am thinking why on earth is this guy letting us walk around a vacant building that is basically a construction zone? What if we get hurt? When the elevator stops, there is trail of rose petals that leads up the stairs and over to a corner where there is a pile of rose petals. When we reached the end of the trail, Rich got down on one knee and proposed, I said yes, and we had champagne on the roof! The proposal was Rich’s idea and then he got some help in the execution from the folks at Michael C. Fina, where he bought my ring. It was cool because as soon as we finished our champagne on the roof, they had a town car ready to whisk us to the store in case the ring had to be sized or anything was wrong, but it was perfect so we just had more champagne!
Overall, how did your wedding planning go? I would say mostly smoothly. The thing is, I work 100 hours a week (literally) so wedding planning was something that was pretty stressfull to fit in – I addressed our save the dates one night at 3am after getting home from work. That said, there weren’t really any major hitches, so while it wasn’t really the dream experience, it was pretty smooth sailing.
What made you decide to have your wedding in winter? I love winter – it’s my favorite season. I’ve always wanted a winter wonderland, snowy wedding and Rich was happy to go along, especially when he found out how much cheaper things were in the off-season!
How did you decide on which vendors to use? I would almost say luck…when we first got engaged, we were pretty set on having a wedding in the city since its where we live, we were close to putting a deposit down, but while I was home for a friend’s wedding, my mom really encouraged me to look at the Otesaga. Melissa (Reinheimer) showed us around and we were really impressed with her responsiveness. Before we even got home she had emailed us to follow up on some questions we had raised at the meeting. This was extremely important to me because of how much I work – it sounds very high maintenance, but I only have a small window for wedding planning so I kinda need answers right away. That, coupled with that fact that everything was significantly less expensive than the places we were looking at in the city and the fact that we were guaranteed to have snow (or so I thought) in upstate NY, made us decide to go with the Otesaga. Soul Session was the band my cousin had used and they were amazing so that was a no-brainer. Christine was the only planner we ever really considered…to be honest, I dont remember how I heard about her. Same thing with Luke – I liked that he was in NYC often so we could do our engagement shoots here and we liked him as soon as we met. Christine referred us to David at Renaissance Floral after we didn’t hear back from another florist for months.
What made your wedding unique? The Otesaga is a seasonal resort so they were actually closed for the winter and opened just for our wedding. Its not often you get to have a gorgeous historic property all to yourself!
What is your most memorable moment of the day? Its hard to pick just one – probably my Dad’s toast – he’s not generally an emotional guy, so to see him so choked up and so happy to welcome Rich to the family was really special.
Is there anything you wish you had done differently? I wish we had ordered our thank you notes much much earlier so I could have written them as the gifts came in instead of leaving them all until the end (only 12 more to go!)
Do you have any advice to give to future brides? Once you are confident that your vendors understand what you want, get out of the way and let them do their jobs – I had no idea what any of our flowers or decor was going to look like until we walked into the room, and it was better than I could have ever imagined!
What’s next for you and your husband? We’re just looking forward to building our lives together as an official unit now. We’ve been together for 8 years and lived together for 2 so there were not huge changes after the wedding, but we’re definitely noticing small changes – now that we’re married, we’re sharing more and we’re more open with each other, theres not such an effort to split things down the middle the way there was before – it really feels like we’re a team now.