Friday, June 9, 2017

New 5 Star Review For Aissa!

Courtney and Salil were married at The Roundhouse in Beacon on April 29th and Aissa coordinated their wedding day.  The happy couple just posted this review praising Aissa for a job well done!

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"Aissa was a dream to work with! Aissa kept us on track with coordinating the month leading up to the wedding. She helped calm our nerves by laying out a helpful game plan and responding to our ad hoc questions promptly and patiently. Getting ready for the wedding Aissa was like Mary Poppins providing solutions to everyone's last min request (bride needed last min floss and deo!). All of our vendors commented on how amazing Aissa was too. For example, Aissa thought ahead to request a large table for the bridal suite to allow our hair and make-up artists a space to set up. Aissa was helpful and sweet beyond belief!"

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Leah and Swag - September 24, 2016

Leah and Swag were married in not one, but two ceremonies at The Inn at Erlowest on September 24, 2016.  I had the pleasure of helping them plan and coordinate their Hindu-Jewish blended celebration.

I have planned many blended weddings over the years but putting the details together for Leah and Swag's day was one that was so much fun for me.  They chose the patio ceremony space at Erlowest as the location for their Hindu and their Jewish ceremonies, both of which were celebrated on a brightly decorated stage which functioned as a mandap (Hindu) and as a chuppah (Jewish).  The logistics of this kind of wedding were quite delicate - the two ceremonies were separated by an hour of time to change wardrobes and altar details and they were flanked by two cocktail hours to ensure the whole event flowed as smoothly for the couple as it did for their guests.  It all moved very fast but it was all so very exciting!

The girls' morning started with hair and makeup on the second floor landing in the Inn before Leah was dressed in the most beautiful fabrics and jewels to get ready for ceremony #1.  After a quick first look she and Swag waited in the wings as Swag's sisters and family members gathered everyone around to begin the Hindu ceremony.  Leah was carried in by the groomsmen on a wooden platform with leaves covering her eyes from seeing Swag.  As is traditional with Hindu ceremonies there were prayers, flower garlands were exchanged, and kind words were shared between the couple in front of a small fire.  It was a beautiful ceremony that everyone just loved watching, and as soon as it ended the couple recessed out to the sounds of a traditional Klezmer band and everyone knew that the Jewish ceremony was up next!

Luckily for us there are elements of Hindu and Jewish ceremonies that are similar so the stage (mandap) that was set for ceremony #1 was easily flipped to get ready for ceremony #2 (chuppah).  Leah had a makeup redo and a dress change, Swag changed into his tuxedo, and after the guests enjoyed cocktail hour we were ready for the second ceremony!

Ceremony #2 was a civil ceremony with nods to Leah's Jewish heritage.  There was a second processional, second set of vows, a second kiss, and the Klezmer band played to recess everyone back out again.  After that it was on to cocktail hour #2!

After two ceremonies, two wardrobe changes (ok well three for Swag), two cocktail hours, two officiants, two sets of vows, and two kisses - we were all ready for the reception!  Leah and Swag and their families had such a nice time enjoying their wonderful meal, listening to toasts from the bridal party and families, and dancing the night away.  The whole day was such a joyous time for everyone and it was so fun to see everyone embrace all of their families' traditions.  

Above everything else - the multiple ceremonies, outfits, vendors, and all the moving parts - though, was the overwhelming love that was felt between Leah and Swag.  Looking at these photos it is easy to see how in love with each other these two are.  There is nothing greater for anyone who witnesses a wedding ceremony - let alone TWO wedding ceremonies - to truly feel the couple is connected and is in love and is meant to be.  Their wedding was a beautiful thing.

Joining me on this wedding was a wonderful set of wedding professionals who rocked out their day!  First I have to mention Alexis at The Inn at Erlowest who did an amazing job managing all of the moving parts of their day.  Katie at Clark + Walker was their photographer and she captured the real moments and their joy so beautifully.  DJ Scott Hemming kept everyone on their feet throughout their reception.  Evan from Anthology Studio not only made all of the beautiful bouquets and centerpieces but he constructed the amazing mandap/chuppah structure and fabrics which stood as their altar for both ceremonies.  The officiant for their Hindu wedding was Uday Banerjee and the officiant for their civil/Jewish ceremony was David Riley.  The recessional and cocktail hour(s) music was by Der Kliner Klezmer Band.  And hair and makeup (including makeup redo) was done by the team at True Grace.

Congrats to you, Leah and Swag.  You guys are incredible people.  Thank you both so much for including me in your beautiful day!




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Heartfelt Review For Tommie

Elaine and Tommy were married in Albany on May 13th and WPP Planner Tommie Burch coordinated their day.  Elaine had a great experience working with Tommie and just posted her this heartfelt review.  :)

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"I had met Tomasina (Tommie) while handling other aspects of my wedding and she mentioned she had worked for Wedding Planning Plus if I was interested in day of coordination. I honestly didn't know if I needed it and thought maybe that was one of the expenses I could cut out. NO!!! This is a must if you're planning a pretty large, traditional wedding. I had sat on the card for a couple weeks and then had a bad dream one night everything at my wedding went wrong and I immediatley called Shannon to discuss. What value! Shannon and Tommie were so nice and Tommie was just out of this world. She handled so many things for me: dealing with vendors, coordinating my whole time line with everybody, brought the lunch to the hotel for us while getting ready, brought things I needed to and from the ceremony and reception sites, dropped all our gifts and things to our hotel room at the end of the night... I can go on. And she thought of so many things that I didn't think of like reserving the gazebo where I wanted to take photos and do first look. I really don't know how we would have done it all without her. It was amazing having her be a part of our day and made it all run so smooth even when there was little hiccups like missing bouquets and missing wedding cake lol. (Not her fault at all, but got it handled)"

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