The Bridal Blog


Amy and Jay’s Wedding at The State Room

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Amy and Jay got married on June 1st and had a beautiful cocktail style wedding at The State Room! Once again, Tiffany Wayne Photography captured the day perfectly. A few more vendors that helped make the couple’s day perfect are Make Me Fabulous, Lily~Saratoga, Fleurtactious Designs and DJ Paul Malo. The entire bridal party looked stunning, especially the bride, and it looks like everyone had the best time. Congrats to the happy couple!


Laura and Pat’s Wedding Film by CASL Productions

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Happy Monday! Let’s start your week off right with a nice wedding video by CASL Productions. Two other NYWB members that are featured in this film are DJ Paul Malo and Salon Onaj. Laura and Pat got married in April and had their reception at Albany Marriott. As you can see at the end of the video, the guests had a great time on the dance floor!


Meg and Mike’s December Wedding

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Meg and Mike got married in December – but you wouldn’t know if by looking at their outdoor pictures! Tiffany Wayne captured their day perfectly and you can really see the emotions in the photos. I really love the bride’s dress, which she got at our very own Lily~Saratoga! The Hall of Springs is always a great venue choice, and the place looked beautiful with the winter touches. Looking forward to seeing the video by CASL Productions!

More Vendors:
Hair/Makeup: Lipstick and Lashes
Music: Paul Malo
Place Cards/Ornaments/Guest Signing Tree: Christina Norris Designs
Flowers: Central Market


Chris and Jamie’s Wedding at Glen Sanders Mansion

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Describe how you and Chris met: Chris and I met back in 2002 when we both began working at the American Eagle in Clifton Park Center. One night all of the associates planned to go out for ice cream after work – somehow it ended up being just Chris and I. The next day at work Chris came in and said “Hey, I had fun last night, we should do it again.” So that night, we went for ice cream again and we started dating shortly after.

What was the proposal like? I kind of had a feeling that Chris was going to propose to me soon – our 8 year anniversary was approaching and being that I had been buying wedding magazines for about two years, stalking blogs and constantly talking about wanting to get married – it was just a matter of time. On May 3rd, 2010 (our 8 years) Chris planned a day trip to Bennington, VT to do some sight seeing of the covered bridges. It started raining as we were driving out there – I could tell Chris was getting frustrated with the rain. We stopped off for lunch and headed to the Covered Bridge Museum to kill some time before the rain stopped. We begin the tour of the Covered Bridges and I could tell something was up – we first stopped at the Silk Road Bridge and then on to the Paper Mill Bridge – where we got out of the car and walked down near the water – Chris asked what I wanted to do and I thought we could go and check out the town and then have dinner. As we walked back to the car, Chris said he had a card for me – he gave me the card and as I was reading the last line which Chris has wrote similar things in several cards before – “Happy 8 Years Babe – I hope there are many more to come.” I looked up and he was down on one knee. Needless to say – we didn’t go into town – we hurried home to tell our family. The sun shined the whole way home; it was simply perfect!

Overall, how did your wedding planning go? I would have to say that our wedding planning went very smoothly – there were a few stressful moments, but overall I knew what I wanted, so it just all fell in place. I just loved everything!

How did you decide on which vendors to choose for your wedding? One of my favorite magazines, even before Chris and I were living together was WellWed New York. I loved the idea of getting married someday, so I had done a lot of research into the different vendors that are featured in that magazine even prior to our engagement. I then became a “Blog Stalker” of Joe Elario Photography. One of the many reasons why I love their blog so much is because they give a lot of credit to other vendors on their blog that their brides and grooms had chosen. This way we could see some of the work from other vendors which made of decisions a lot easier of who we went with for our vendors. I have to say that ALL of our vendors truly are about their Bride and Groom and making their day as special as they possibly can.

What made you decide to have your wedding in March? I think what initially sold us on a March Wedding date was the Winter White Reception Package from Glen Sanders Mansion. The package starts you with a base menu and price per person and you can add-on from there with your own personal choices.

How did you come up with those unique cake toppers? I had done some homework online in regards to cake toppers and finally found ours on ETSY.COM by MilkTea. It was my first purchase on ETSY – so I was a little unsure, however the seller was wonderful to work with. I emailed her pictures of Chris and I; as well as pictures of my dress and head piece; described my bouquet and what Chris’s tux would look like. She paid a lot of attention to detail and truly customized the cake topper to resemble us. It was awesome! When it came in the mail I was so excited to show Chris and then remembered how custom it was, I made him wait until the reception to see it.

What was the most memorable moment of the wedding? As much as I wanted to do a “First Look” – Chris was really traditional in not wanting to see me until the ceremony. Now that I look back on it, I’m glad we did the traditional “First Look.” I think for Chris and I our most memorable moment of the day was when we first saw each other at the church. When I began walking down the aisle our eyes locked on each other; we were both overwhelmed with love and happiness – it was as if it was just the two of us and no one else was there.

Is there anything you wish you had done differently? I can honestly say no. It was everything we dreamed of.

Do you have any advice to give to future brides? Two things: First, to me, the ceremony was the most important part of the day and I wanted it to be as perfect as it could be. If you don’t have a wedding planner – make sure you ask someone who will pay close attention to detail at the church and to assist with any needs that may arise. By putting certain details in the hands of someone you trust – you know you have no worries. Second, enjoy every minute – it’s once in a lifetime!

What’s next for you as a couple? Besides writing a lot of Thank Yous, buying a house and eventually starting a family. I can’t wait!

Check out their sneak peak video by Al Woodard!

Photography – Joe Elario Photography
Venue – Glen Sanders Mansion
Florist – Fleurtacious Designs
Music – Paul Malo
Hair/Makeup – Make Me Fabulous
Video – Al Woodard Films