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!
Kristina and Nick’s Canfield Casino Wedding
Describe how you and your husband met: We first met freshman year in college and were reunited 4 years later when we both moved to the Albany area. A few months later we began dating.
What was the proposal like? Nick proposed almost 4 years later on 10.10.10 in Saratoga Apple Orchard in Schuylerville NY (Fall is our favorite season!) While we were apple picking he had placed that Tiffany blue box in a tree and when I found it, he got down on one knee and proposed! After the proposal he surprised me even more by taking me to Dorset VT, where we celebrated at the Historic Dorset Inn.
How did you decide on which vendors to use? The first Vendor we selected was Clark + Walker, we had spotted their ad in an issue of Well Wed and after looking at their blog we knew instantly that they were who we wanted to capture our wedding day. Not long after, we were setting up our engagment shoot in early November with Alisha. When it came time to select our venue, it wasn’t easy. We had always wanted to get married in the Finger Lakes but soon realized in the beginning stages of the planning process it was going to be difficult to plan a somewhat destination wedding. So when we decided to have our wedding in Saratoga Springs, the choice was clear… When Nick and I first moved in together we lived right downtown in Saratoga. We spent a lot of time in Congress Park and often got to sneak a peak at the weddings and events at the Canfield Casino and knew that was where we were meant to have our wedding.
The caterer was another easy choice, we had been to a few weddings at the Hall of Springs and loved the food and service that was always provided by Mansion Catering. We also wanted to have a caterer that was very familiar with the space to eliminate any unknowns. Our stationary was all custom designed by Cora of PaperDolls in Saratoga Springs. We had wanted something very different from the typical wedding invitations we had seen and knew Cora was right for us at the start! And for our florist… we had seen Kris Ann’s (Fleurtacious Designs) work and how talented her and her team were and we were so excited that they were able to help create our special day. DJ Jeffrey Scott came highly recommended to us by Mike the Music Man and we are so happy with our choice and the great referral. I had met Katie O’Malley (Katie O’ Weddings and Events) at a bridal show at the Museum of Dance and after speaking with her a few times decided that day of coordination was something I had to have. Having Katie and her assistant there really did give me the peace of mind I needed to ensure the day was going to go as smoothly as possible, which it most certainly did! Hair and make-up were done by Make Me Fabulous. Due to a last minute change I had decided to switch vendors, and everyone at the salon made the last minute arrangements easy and they were all extremely accommodating, which isn’t easy 2 weeks before a wedding.
What was the most memorable moment of the day? We both said the same thing… our first look. When I stood at the landing of the stairs at the Batcheller Mansion and Nick turned around to see me and I could see the happiness in his face and how happy I was to finally be at that moment we had been waiting and preparing for. All of that made everything worth it.
What made your wedding unique? I would say our wedding ceremony. During one of our meetings Kris Ann had recommended we try a circular seating arrangement for the ceremony. It seemed perfect for our personal wedding ceremony. We wrote our vows together and spent a lot of time with our officiant making sure every part represented who we were as a couple. We even came up with a little twist on the unity ceremony. Over the last almost 5 years we have saved as many wine corks we could from wine we have shared with each other, friends and family. We had been saving the corks to later make a memento of them. And when we had heard that some couples had used stones during their unity ceremony we knew using our wine corks would add a special touch.
How did you come up with your theme/color scheme? We really wanted to capture the grandness of the Casino as well as the warm feeling of late fall. So the chocolate brown and gold with ivory accents fit the bill perfectly.
What made you decide to have your wedding in November? We love the fall but didn’t want our wedding during the very busy wedding season (September/October) so November was the right choice.
What was the most difficult part of the wedding planning process? Fine tuning all of the personal details and making sure they all fit together.
Do you have any advice for future brides? Enjoy it! Because like they always say, the day is over in the blink of an eye. And pick a great wedding team. Having the best professionals will give you exactly what you expect, the best wedding you can ask for.
What’s next for you as a couple? For now we plan on enjoying married life and our first Christmas and New Years as husband and wife. We are also looking forward to going on our honeymoon in early May to Antigua.
Bride’s dress: Lily~Saratoga
From Angela’s Bridal…
Thursday night we had the pleasure of not only attending but being part of a skilled group of vendors that showcased their talents at an event at the Schenectady Light Opera House. Brides Night Out presented by Northeastern Fine Jewelry was an event first of it’s kind and was a truly inspiring night. Northeastern Fine Jewelry invited some of their brides for an exclusive cocktail evening which would include a meet and greet and end with a dramatic fashion show. Upon arrival Luke and Alisha from Clark+Walker Studio crafted a red carpet atmosphere and brides were greeted with hor’derves and special cocktails provided by Mansion Catering. After being able to meet with some of the newly engaged brides, the fashion show began. Brides were taken into a whimsical world where Experience and Creative Design created and staged showpieces while Angela’s Bridal featured there couture gowns that left brides with wild inspirations for their special day. The models makeup provided by Amy Elizabeth and hair provided by A&Co Salon was refreshing and edgy. It was a pleasure to work with such professional and truly inspiring vendors. We can’t wait to do it again!
Laura & AJ’s Saratoga National Wedding
Describe how you and your husband met: AJ and I both went to Union College, where he was a hockey player and I was a swimmer. We used to cross paths twice a week during our teams’ morning workouts, however it ended up taking two years for us to meet. I was pretty adamant not to be associated with a “notorious hockey player” but after being worn down by a mutual friend I agreed to meet AJ. We of course hit it off right away and spent the entire summer break driving back and forth between our hometowns in CT and Long Island. After graduation we both stayed in the Capital Region to be together.
What was the proposal like? Most guys have a hard enough time picking out a ring and surprising their girlfriends with a proposal. AJ had an even tougher time because I work at Frank Adams Jewelers. Since I knew it was coming, AJ kept me guessing for weeks, trying to figure out the perfect way to surprise me. In the end he caught me completely off guard by keeping it simple and dropping to one knee while we were eating breakfast! I always tell that story to my bridal customers who are stressing about how to pop the question…there’s something to be said for truthful simplicity.
How did you decide on which vendors to choose for your wedding? We both felt it was important to choose vendors we liked, not just those whose work we admired. We were referred to Luke from Clark+Walker Studio and chose him not only for his talent, but because he also has this positive energy about him and a fun, laid-back personality. Leaving the reception to have pictures taken on the course at Saratoga National ended up being one of our favorite memories from the day because it was so fun and relaxing! Both AJ and I trusted Luke enough to have him refer us to other vendors in the area, one of whom was Rebecca from The Pink Orange. It was so much fun designing the invitations with Rebecca, she is an extremely creative person and was so patient throughout the design process.
The dress shopping experience was very important to me, and when I met Maureen from Lily Saratoga I knew I had to get my gown and the bridesmaids dresses from her. The store is beautiful and incredibly personal. My experience at Lily was so wonderful that we asked Maureen to coordinate things the day of the wedding. I also loved working with Louise from Lily (and Louise M. Jewelry), who designed some of the accessories that my bridesmaids and I wore. Choosing a florist was easy as I knew Kris Ann from Fleurtacious designs through Frank Adams Jewelers and had seen her work all over the Clark+Walker and Elario blogs. I literally went to her with dozens of magazine cutouts, and she was able to create the most beautiful floral motif that matched our vision perfectly. I was seriously obsessed with my bouquet and did not want to put it down!
Almost all of our vendors referred us to Alayne from Make Me Fabulous, so I knew I had to meet with her. After working with her I honestly think that every bride deserves to have someone like Alayne prepping her for her big day…. she has this truly unique ability to make you feel both completely relaxed and totally excited at the same time.
What do you think made your wedding unique? AJ and I wanted to make sure we incorporated Union College into our wedding since that was the place we met. We decided to have our ceremony at the Chapel on Union’s campus, despite being worried about the 40 minute commute to our reception in Saratoga. That’s one piece of advice I’d give to brides and grooms…it’s your day, make sure you do what’s best for you as a couple, not what other people think you should do.
I was also incredibly fortunate that the family of Frank Adams Jewelers allowed me to borrow a pair of gorgeous diamond drop earrings by designer John Apel. It was a nice little perk of the job, and made my day that much more special!
What was the most memorable moment of the wedding? I have two…the first is getting ready at the Batcheller Mansion Inn surrounded by my favorite people. Since I’m not from the area originally and didn’t have a special place to “prep” that day, I asked my family and bridesmaids to stay with me at the Batcheller Mansion Inn. I cannot say how wonderful it was having everyone all together, not to mention that the Batcheller Mansion is beautiful and made for some great pictures! Our other most memorable moment was going to take pictures with Luke. When AJ and I left the reception to take pictures it was the first opportunity we got to escape from the crowd, just be with each other and let the whole day sink in.
Is there anything you wish you had done differently? We wish that we had gone with the extended reception, since it felt way too short! And we also regret not doing a receiving line after the ceremony as it was stressful trying to make sure we got to every single guest at the reception. I also wish we had ordered our guest book from Clark+Walker Studio…they are gorgeous and such a great way to showcase your engagement pics!
Do you have any advice to give to future brides? Enjoy every second of the planning! The wedding day itself goes by quickly so it’s nice to relish in the anticipation that leads up to the big day. We also think it’s important to choose vendors that you relate to and get along well with. You want to be surrounded by people you like and you know will give you the outcome you’ve been hoping for. And trust your vendors to refer you to other professionals in the area. They know the local wedding industry best!