What an amazing day. On July 6th I found myself in the gorgeous Lake George, specifically Burlap and Beams for Eileen and Eddie’s wedding day. I don’t often drive 5 hours for an event, but I can assure you, this one was worth it! I was a little nervous at first because for the entire drive the rain would start and stop, and I knew that the couple would be stressing. When I finally arrived though, I found them hanging out together, perhaps a little worried about rain, but mostly just enjoying every moment together. I think they realized they wouldn’t have control over the weather and just told me to pretty much run if it pours and don’t worry about those unity candles! Luckily, that didn’t happen and it ended up being a perfect evening. The venue was stunning. Everywhere you looked it was rustic and comfortable and I could tell that guests were gushing as much as I was. I was excited to start and I watched Eddie first and then Eileen make their way up, as a musician strummed the guitar and sang. It felt perfect. And of course Eileen looked beautiful so that didn’t hurt anything! They took hands and smiled and read such beautiful vows to each other. I was moved along with them, and even more so when they had their moms come up to light unity candles with them as they became one family. By the time they were kissing not only was there no rain, but they were now husband and wife! Congratulations Eddie and Eileen. You were meant for each other and I’m so happy you had such a beautiful day. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of it!
O’Brien’s Sleepy Hollow is one of my favorite wedding spots, so I was thrilled to be there on June 23rd, a gorgeous summer day, with two self-proclaimed Harry Potter loving nerds, just like myself! Adara and Matthew are an adorable couple and I was so happy to spend their wedding ceremony with them. The place looked amazing and everyone was so happy to be there. I checked in with Adara first, and let me tell you, she was literally glowing. She was so happy and excited and her energy was contagious! She made me feel completely jazzed to be there! When I found Matthew with his groomsmen, he was also excited, but had a little bit more nerves running through him. I knew that they were going to be adorable when they met at the alter, and I wasn’t disappointed. Matthew and I headed out and watched the wedding party walk down. He was smiling at friends and family, but things turned serious when Adara made her debut. She looked beautiful and Matthew had glassy, love filled eyes. Adara had tears in her eyes when she saw him and they nervously took hands and smiled at each other as I happily made my way through the ceremony. It was truly a joy filled moment and after their vows and ring exchange, they were super ready for that first and best kiss. Congratulations Matthew and Adara! It really was a true pleasure meeting both of you and thank you for letting me share in your beautiful day. Best wishes!
June 22nd was very exciting because I was in a new venue I had never seen before, and I was with the uber adorable Christine and Justin, who just make you happy when you’re around them! At 500 Seneca St., I gawked at the super cool space and checked in with a very cute and excited couple. They were peeking out at their space that they hadn’t seen put together, and joking around with their wedding party. I could tell they weren’t as nervous as some couples, but really just ready to get going. I made my way out with Justin and we were lucky enough to watch Christine make her beautiful entrance. Everyone in the audience seemed to be glowing along with her. They met each other and took hands, and stood side by side as their friends gave readings and they smiled at each other as they delivered their vows. It was such a perfect feeling moment it could have been a movie wedding. Not to mention after their huge kiss, they walked down the aisle to Sufjan Stevens, who is my favorite and it was such a beautiful moment! Congratulations Justin and Christine. You’re such a well-matched couple that I know you’ll have such a full and happy life ahead of you. Much love always!
Ok. I can’t talk about June 15th without talking about the rain. The light sprinkling that turned into terrential downpour! And at the Avanti Mansion, I could feel Leah’s nerves as she looked out the window at her outdoor ceremony and began to fret. At first we thought we could still do it outside. Maybe it would mist on people, so what! And then the sky opened and that was off the table. Luckily for Brendan and Leah, the reception was in an amazing tent, so moving the ceremony inside there was no sweat. And luckily, the rain ended up giving the entire wedding this crazy romantic vibe, as you could hear it on the tent, and we realized that this wasn’t such a terrible thing to happen.
After Leah felt better about everything, Brendan and I made our way to the front of the tent to watch the party walk out. Everyone still looked so happy to be a part of this moment, and Leah still looked just as beautiful as she made her way out. The couple held hands and occasionally would look out the clear sided tent at the downpour, and then look back and smile at each other. It was almost like their own inside joke at this point. They made it through their vows until the big kiss at the end, that moment you realize that getting married is the only thing that matters! Congratulations Brendan and Leah! It was truly a magical day and I’m glad I got to spend it with the two of you. Best wishes always!
On June 8th I was on my way to The Foundry for Lisa and Jillian’s wedding. I loved them immediately when I first met them. So adorably matched, I knew how much their relationship meant to them and how excited they were to become wives! I first found Jillian in the halls, kind of running around checking on things and greeting guests. Lisa was in their room getting the finishing touches put on, and she looked so happy and beautiful when I checked in with her. Both ladies were ready to get the show on the road. Their inside space looked amazing, but they were lucky enough to have such a beautiful day, they could have the ceremony in the courtyard. I headed out there and got to watch Jillian first and then Lisa make their way out. They were very emotional when they saw each other, but nothing could have prepared me for their vows. I mean, I need to start carrying tissues! It was like it was only the two of them there as they shared their deepest feelings, and you could really feel how much they meant to each other. Their friend came up to hand them their rings, and after that it lightened up as they knew they would be kissing before long. And so they did, joined forever in marriage and the crowd erupted! Congratulations Jill and Lisa! I’m so happy that I was a part of this beautiful moment and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!
I don’t pick favorite couples, but if I did, Pam & Dave are right at the top of the list. It doesn’t hurt that Dave and I bowl on the same nights, so we got some extra hang time before June 7th, a perfect wedding day. Well sort of a wedding day. Pam didn’t want to call it that. More of a, hey-let’s-hang-out-and-have-drinks-and-oh-i-got-married sort of thing. It was perfect for them and Big Ditch was a perfect spot. It really just felt like close friends and family hanging out and having a couple beers. It felt low key, intimate, and lovely. I could tell Pam was getting a little bit nervous, but she was mostly excited and she and Dave kept checking in with each other. After waiting for guests to arrive, it was time to get this non-wedding-party started. They immediately looked so happy standing there with me. I think I was beaming from ear to ear to get to be a part of this moment. Early in the ceremony they had a reading, and it was my favorite part. They had many different friends and family share one line from the reading, and it was great watching the microphone being passed around the room to different people, all saying a bit. The last two lines were for Pam and Dave, and it took Dave a beat or two to even get it out because he was so emotional. He was so moved when he finally did that he grabbed Pam and they shared a huge kiss! I was laughing and told them to hang on a minute, we weren’t even half way done! The rest of the ceremony was a dream and when it was time to kiss again, it was absolutely perfect. Probably because of that earlier practicing! Congratulations Dave and Pam! I’m really so happy that you found each other (more than once), because it’s clear that you’re meant to be. Let’s make sure we roll a game together in the future. Best wishes always!
June 2nd was a beautiful day and my 4th wedding for the weekend! How lucky am i?! And I was able to spend it at the Delaware Park Rose Garden & Marcy Casino with Catherine and Casey for their big day. Guests were gathering in the garden as Casey chatted with family and guests and Catherine hid downstairs. They both seemed a little nervous, but mostly ready to do this. The casino looked perfect for them and I knew it was going to be a great day. As their saxophonist jammed in the gazebo, guests greeted each other and kept looking back to the casino, excited for Casey and Catherine to make their entrance. Soon enough it was time, and I watched Casey make his way out with this parents, and then turn to watch his bride make her way down. They took hands and happily stared at each other as I began speaking. They had beautiful readings throughout and you could tell it meant a lot to them to have their family and friends be a part of this moment. Everything went beautifully and they laughed as they lightly stumbled through their vows. All in all it was a perfect moment and the crowd was on their feet for their first kiss as Mr. & Mrs.!!! Congratulations Casey and Catherine! You’re such a wonderful couple that I know there will be nothing but happiness in your future. Best wishes always!