Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rinnie and Jay - September 10, 2016


Rinnie and Jay were married on the top of Gore Mountain on September 10, 2016. Jay’s family has a camp in the Adirondacks and the couple has spent many winter days skiing at Gore Mountain.

Rinnie and Jay both grew up on the East coast but their jobs and life's opportunities had landed them both in California. Rinnie and Jay initially reached out and hired me for day of coordination. They had chosen a venue in the Adirondacks and knew that wrapping up the final details would best be done with someone local to the venue. A few short months later, jobs were changing for the couple, as well as their place of residence. To relieve some of the stress they asked me to step on board to help with some of the planning as well. Unforeseen events led to the couple's search for a new venue just a few short months before their wedding was to be held.  As I’m sure you can imagine trying to find a venue from the other side of the country is not easy. I scoured the Adirondacks to find venues available for the couples selected date. After a few short weeks the decision to host the wedding at Gore Mountain was made. I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason and as frustrating as the venue change was, I am so happy the decision was made for the couple to be married at Gore Mountain. Rinnie and Jay are both lovers of adventure and the outdoors. A mountain top ceremony was meant to be.

Rinnie along with her two sisters and friends spent the morning getting ready in their Adirondack ski home. The ladies from Blush 518 were there to enhance the natural beauty of the bride and her bridesmaids. Rinnie selected bridesmaid dresses that perfectly complimented the gorgeous Adirondack foliage. The gentlemen spent the morning relaxing and doing what boys do best! Have I mentioned this bridal party was a blast!! Be sure to check out their dance moves in the photos below!

Throughout the morning the staff of Gore Mountain was in close contact as a storm was rolling in and could ruin the mountain top ceremony. This adventurous couple said they wanted to take their chances and I am thrilled they did. As guests and the bridal party arrived to the top of the mountain via gondola a beautiful fog rolled in and music floated from the Lark Strings trio creating the most romantic mountaintop atmosphere. The ladies of YTK Photography captured a very personalized ceremony officiated by the groom's cousin beneath Poppy Tree Floral’s gorgeous birch arbor. Once the couple's vows were sealed with a kiss the wedding guests descended the mountain and the real party began.

Rinnie worked closely with Melissa from Poppy Tree Floral to transform the large tent at the mountain’s base. Peach, pink, and ivory flowers were among birch and drift wood vessels on candlelit tables. Family members crafted so many unique items displayed at the reception, a favorite being a sign made by the groom's mother noting all of the places guests traveled from to celebrate the couple's marriage. The evening was filled with toasts causing laughter to explode from the tent, dance moves beyond your wildest dreams and an extraordinary donut display.

By the time we reached the wedding date I was honored to call Rinnie and Jay my friends. It was an absolute pleasure to help them plan their big day as well as work with the amazing team of vendors who all brought incredible energy and fun to the wedding day.

Xoxo , Aissa

Venue: Gore Mountain
Transportation: Trailways LLC
Hair and MakeUp: Blush 518
Photography: YTK Photography- Kim Clune
Ceremony Music: Lark Strings
Reception Music: Conway Entertainment- Nate Miller
Cider Donuts: Cider Belly Doughnuts
Florals: Poppy Tree Floral Designs
Wedding Cake: J&S Watkins
Rentals: Belmonte Tents

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Krista and Jeff - September 24, 2016

I was honored to coordinate Krista and Jeff’s stunning Fall wedding on September 24, 2016. Krista and Jeff were married like many couples in their families at St. Anthony’s Church in Schenectady. Their reception followed at The Hall of Springs in Saratoga.

Krista and Jeff began the morning at The Pavilion Grand Hotel where they relaxed, laughed and enjoyed the company of family and friends as they prepared for the big day. The ladies relaxed in robes customized by the bride's mother as they had their hair and makeup done. Krista selected gorgeous blush dresses for her bridesmaids each in a slightly different style to enhance the natural beauty of her bridesmaids. The groom selected a very handsome blue suit to stand out from his groomsmen. The couple had their first look under the sun on the hotel rooftop as their bridal party looked on.

The bridal party traveled to St. Anthony’s Church where Father Carlino performed a beautiful ceremony. Following the ceremony the bridal party and immediate family took photos on nearby Union College Campus. This campus that holds many happy memories for Krista, Jeff and their families. Krista and Jeff along with the talent of Latimer Studios were able to recreate a wedding photo the groom's parents had taken on their wedding day in the very same place on the Union College Campus. I am always so touched by special moments such as this that truly make a bride and grooms' wedding day so special. We then traveled to the Hall of Springs to continue taking advantage of the gorgeous summer like weather with more bride and groom portraits.

Guests enjoyed a wonderful outdoor cocktail hour and were ushered into a stunning ballroom as the sun began to set. The head table was draped in ivory flowers, greenery and illuminated by candlelight. The guests tables were just as jaw dropping. I love to see a Bride’s vision come to life and Renaissance floral never ceases to amaze me. The New York Players started the party and packed the dance floor all evening. One of my favorite moments of each wedding night is too look out on the dance floor and spot the bride and groom grinning from ear to ear in a sea of friends and family.  I caught that look from Krista and Jeff many times that night.

Krista and Jeff traveled to Saratoga from Boston to celebrate their big day. Their vendors were a wonderful mix from each of these great cities. Hair and makeup was done by Make me Fabulous and Roffi Salon and Spa. Transportation was provided by Advantage Transportation and Upstate Transit of Saratoga.  Florals designed and arranged by Renaissance Floral Design. The evening's music was performed by The New York Players.  And the day was documented by LatimerStudios videography and photography teams.

Thank you Krista and Jeff for allowing me to be a part of your most important day. I was truly honored and I wish you much love and happiness.


For more be sure to check out their wedding video by Latimer Studios 

Krista + Jeff // Saratoga Hall of Springs Wedding // Classy Upstate New York Wedding from Latimer Studios on Vimeo.