Kurt and I met while we were undergraduates at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We played music together in our college orchestra, and as a result, we met a great group of mutual friends who brought us together. We enjoyed spending time together, talking and playing games after our classes and rehearsals had finished for the day. Aside from a shared appreciation for music performance, we had very different interests, but this is what made us a great team. Our friendship eventually developed into a romantic relationship, and we took turns visiting each other over the summers.
In 2016, we moved to Upstate New York together to be close to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where Kurt decided to pursue his graduate course of study. In September 2017, Kurt proposed to me during a weekend getaway to Stowe, Vermont. When we checked into our hotel that afternoon, our room was covered in rose petals, which set the stage for a lovely proposal. We knew that we wanted to get married in Upstate New York, close to our new home.
Not long after our engagement, we were on a day cruise on Lake George when we saw the majestic Sagamore Resort from the boat. We exchanged glances and knew that this would be our venue for our October 2018 wedding. Shortly thereafter, we attended a beautiful luncheon at the Sagamore, which further confirmed our decision.
With our excellent team of vendors and the Sagamore Resort as an elegant backdrop, our vision for our wedding day became reality. Kurt and I feel so fortunate to have had such an amazing wedding day, and we are looking forward to reliving the memories for years to come.
wedding date: October 20, 2018
location: The Bayview at the Sagamore Resort
photographer: Susan Blackburn Photography
videographer: Dale Himelrick (Memories in the Making Video Productions)
stationery suite: PaperDolls of Saratoga
wedding gown: Simone's Unlimited
bridesmaids' dresses: Lily Saratoga
groom & groomsmens' clothing: Mark Thomas Men's Apparel
rings: Mayfair Jewelers
hair & makeup: The Sagamore Salon (part of the Sagamore Resort)
flowers: Fleurtacious Designs
Cake / caterer: The Sagamore Resort
band/ DJ: Lark Strings (string trio) & DJ Andy Pratt (Stephanie)
first dance: 'Can't Take My Eyes off of You' by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons
honeymoon destination: We chose not to take a traditional honeymoon immediately following our wedding, but we would like to take a celebratory vacation later this year to Bologna and Florence, Italy.
officiant: Reverend Joy Burke
special touches: Although it is an honored tradition and an important aspect of the wedding reception for many brides, I opted not to do a bouquet toss, but instead to present the bouquet to my grandmother in honor of her 62 years of marriage. Rather than drawing attention to my friends and family who have not yet had the good fortune to find their partner in life, I wanted to celebrate a lifelong partnership by recognizing my grandparents' marital longevity.
advice to pass along... Do whatever brings you peace and relaxation the day before your wedding to ensure you wake up feeling re-energized and renewed the next day. Go to bed early, stay hydrated, and eat well. Take a bubble bath, get a massage, or meditate. Read a book or go for a walk. Your wedding day is a marathon event, and your body and mind will thank you if you make taking care of yourself the first priority the day before.
Gathering family and friends, getting ready, getting married, and relaxing at your reception… all in one place? …Yes, at the Saratoga Hilton!
Feel the freedom of customizable wedding packages at a flexible venue that offers amenity-rich accommodations and a bounty of banquet options.
“We are a full-service property in the heart of downtown Saratoga. We have everything onsite that a guest would need,” said The Saratoga Hilton’s Director of Sales & Marketing Joanna Fairs.
Simply Seamless: From the Site Visit to the Cake Cutting
Nothing gets lost in translation when all the event communications go to the same person in the same place.
“Our team walks them through the entire event to make it really seamless for them,” said Joanna Fairs, Director of Sales and Marketing at The Saratoga Hilton.
Whatever question arises, brides have one point of contact, said Joanna.
A personalized URL gives brides the ability to freely monitor guest bookings, as well.
The hotel has six light-filled luxury corner suites with ample in-room parlors where the bride and her glam squad can comfortably get ready. Put the groom and his party on another floor, and you’ll save yourself the worry of pre-wedding peeking being a possibility.
Optimal Areas and Special Spaces
Located in a separate wing of the hotel, booking a ceremony and reception for up to 350 guests in the Saratoga Ballroom offers both privacy and easy accessibility. Section off a special area for your ceremony, meet in the foyer for cocktails after, then return to the transformed ballroom for dinner and dancing.
“To make it unique to each bride and groom, we work closely with Total Events party planners and can suggest a number of other vendors. There are definitely a lot of different options to make the room the way they want it,” said Joanna.
The Broadway Ballroom is also available if you want a completely separate ceremony space or are planning on a smaller wedding of no more than 75 guests.
Customizable catering menus and drink services let you enjoy mouthwatering, artfully-crafted appetizers, and your choice of plated, buffet, or stationed dining before the cake cutting.
Keep the Party Going
Arriving early or staying late is never a problem when everyone is in the same place.
Why not enjoy coffee in the café or some leisure time in the hotel lounge? Fit in a workout in the fitness room. An indoor pool lets you rest easy that the weather will not keep you, or the kids, from getting in a swim.
534 Bistro, the onsite restaurant, has a welcoming bar and American cuisine served in a relaxed contemporary setting with a large double-sided indoor fireplace and an outdoor patio.
The Saratoga Hilton’s divine downtown location means that within walking distance you and your guests can easily add-in some shopping, a picnic in the park, unforgettable entertainment and awesome attractions.
Venue: Saratoga Hilton
Clothing: Danielle’s Bridal Boutique (and Tux Shop!)
Robes: Chic Underneath
Hair and Make Up: Lipstick N Lashes, Beauty Bar and Boutique
Event Decorator: Total Events
Florals: JoleneK Floral Design
Officiant: Reverend Joy Burke
Photographer: Susan Blackburn Photography
“I wasn’t in Stylist mode on my wedding day. I was relaxed, trying to enjoy the morning. Then the nerves set in! When I am working on a wedding, I am always in-the-zone, ready to make everything perfect for my bride.
I will do anything to make her stress free. For me, my maid and matron of honor made that possible.
It didn't set in that I was the bride and it was my wedding day until the photographer showed up. Then it got very real - getting in the dress was when I got emotional!"
“In terms of how I am now with my brides at work, it made me so different! It made me more sensitive to my bride's needs and their anxiety levels. I will listen to her concerns and insecurities a little more carefully. I know now it is more about their jitters and not my ability as an artist. It’s the over thinking... from family drama, to wrinkles in the dress, to things not going 100% as planned.
But hopefully as an artist and recent bride, I can give my advice and care to make her look and feel perfect on her special day!
“It's the little things that I realized mattered on your wedding day. Like having a personal touch up kit with extra things you may need.
I now appreciate those special touches we provide to our brides that make the day go that much easier.
I've always been a timely person and I realized how much it matters for our team to always run a little early. It keeps the vibe of the morning so much more calm, relaxed and stress free!
“On my wedding day, we luckily were running a little early, so when my bridal party dressed me for the day, I felt so relaxed and happy! I was so excited for my first look, which every bride should do and couldn’t wait to show my mom and dad my beautiful self!”
Vendors for Angela and John’s Wedding:
Venue: Saratoga Lake Golf Course
Church: Christ Episcopal in Ballston Spa
Hair & Makeup Artist: True Beauty Company
Dress: Sue Small
Desserts: Two Birds
Entertainment: Mark Hersh
Flowers: Dehn’s Flowers
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