Introducing the Kenmore Ballroom!

Today we are introducing you to the new, beautiful Kenmore Ballroom!

We welcome this brand new classically modern event & wedding venue to Downtown Albany on North Pearl Street!  The transformational investment in Albany by Redburn Development Partners to create new residential and commercial spaces from historic properties was the perfect opportunity to reintroduce a glamorous event space that once was hosted by stars like Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman & the Dorsey Brothers! We are beyond excited to be a part of this restoration and can’t wait for you to see it for yourself.

THEN…

Built between 1876 and 1878, The Kenmore was one of the finest hotels in Albany, NY. The Rain-Bo Room, where our ballroom is today, was a favorite spot of Babe Ruth and Legs Diamond and had some infamous legends enjoy its time!

There is nothing richer than being able to restore history, and the Kenmore Ballroom is just that!  This renovation was much more than a fresh coat of paint or a set of new furniture.  There’s a defined purpose behind every beam, chandelier, gold detail & fixture. Historic Kenmore’s modern design, combined with its rich, 100+ year history provides an authentic, yet contemporary canvas for your momentous wedding or intimate affair.

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The new Kenmore Ballroom is a modern setting of remarkable luxury, warmth and elegance with architectural details that lean towards the 1920’s and 30’s in attitude and aesthetic. 

The Historic Kenmore Ballroom oversees Albany’s famous North Pearl Street, giving that city street curb appeal and elegant touch.  With over 15,000 square feet, there are so many unique photo opportunities such as the breathtaking grand staircase descending from a generously sized mezzanine level to a parquet covered ballroom fitted with natural colors and soft lighting. 

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The beautiful staircase & chandelier are just one of our favorite areas that provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for the reception of your dreams!  Take a look at some sneak peeks of this polished & one-of-a-kind venue!

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The bridal suite features a gorgeous, floral wallpaper perfect for getting ready photos! The rooftop terrace overlooking downtown and the Hudson River is the ideal setting to share your first look, or a romantic toast after the ceremony with your loved one.

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The lounge welcomes guests with an indoor fountain (be sure to make a wish!), a sophisticated 26-foot quartz and leather bar and ambient lighting . Additionally, there is a boardroom available for smaller private meetings. The kitchen is accessible via lift from street level on the Chapel Street side of the building.  The Kenmore Ballroom will be an “open-house” for preferred caterers vetted and approved by the management. Our current list includes: Mazzone Catering, 2Shea Catering, Nicole’s Catering & Old Daley Catering.  The capacity across the two main levels total 300 seated & 500 cocktail style. 

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We are so excited to welcome back this historic venue to Downtown Albany and create memories that will last a lifetime in this new space! For more details on hosting your wedding or event at our venue, visit https://thekenmoreballroom.com

The Katie O’ team is available for planning and coordination services on-site at the Kenmore Ballroom for an additional fee. We are offering special “introductory” pricing for couples who book services at the Kenmore Ballroom for remaining 2020 dates and through 2021.

5 Takeaways from our First COVID-19 Wedding

If you missed our last blog post, we recently shared our first 2020 wedding  since COVID-19.  When Heather & Nate  began planning their 2020 wedding with 150 guests, they couldn’t have known that a global pandemic would change their plans.  Yet after over 7 years together (and a 2 year engagement!), these newlyweds were determined to make their love official on their planned wedding date, despite the circumstances. They decided to make the best of their situation by pivoting to an intimate ceremony at June Farms, where they would share a dreamworthy day they will forever remember. Talk about one wedding story for the books.

How we made the sparkle happen:

  1. We first scouted a new location where we could create a magical, compliant environment for the couple and their guests. We were so lucky to work with June Farms and their dreamy, secluded, outdoor vibe felt like the perfect spot for Heather & Nate to share their special day. All of the vendors we worked with were so accommodating, and June Farms was able to ensure safety measures with hand sanitizer all over the grounds, plenty of outdoor space to accommodate guests and tables spaced out appropriately to make everyone feel safe.  
  1. Their original guest list had over 150 guests which we were unable to accommodate based on COVID-19 guidelines.  With the new number of allowed guests being 25 per NY state, we cut the list to immediate family and close friends and advised the other guests that we were downsizing.  The couple’s friends and family that couldn’t join us were extremely understanding and even provided sweet video messages for the couple to enjoy on the eve of their wedding. Although Heather & Nate would have loved to see ALL of their guests there, the intimacy of the day was just perfection.  Our awesome photographer and friend JP Elario took more than enough fabulous and beautiful shots (and sent them extremely fast) that Heather & Nate can now share with all of their loved ones who weren’t able to join.
  1. Don’t forget about the details!  With COVID-19 in mind, you have to think about all the intricate details to protect your guests. Staff will most likely be in masks so be prepared for things to look a little different.  Talk to your vendors if you don’t have a planner and try to think outside the box & get creative. For food alterations, we recommend handing out passed hors d’oeuvres to safely share food to your guests during cocktail hour. Placing them in small containers or individual plates/forks is a great way to keep your guests safe and make it easy for everyone to grab.  Remember, things are changing daily so check with your venue or caterer for tips on how to execute everything safely. 
  1. Due to maintaining safety guidelines, there is no dancing allowed at weddings at this time in NYS. Fortunately, Heather & Nate had the Silver Arrow Band to entertain their guests which made an interactive experience for their guests.  It almost felt like we were at a concert, and the band did a killer job!  You could always set up a “touch free” games station near a secluded area on a couch or table for those who want another option.

KOWE TIP: If dancing is not allowed during your wedding, you might consider adjusting your dinner menu and adding a course or shortening the overall timeline by one hour.  Check with your venue to see if this is possible as it may save you money and make the night a little sweeter if timed appropriately.

  1. We know this may not be the day you planned but try not to sweat the small stuff and let it all sink in that you’re getting married to the love of your life. Enjoy the day the best you can and take in every beautiful moment.  As a married couple, you’ll have to learn to navigate through all the ups and downs in life and this is just one story you’ll be able to cherish forever!

Want to learn more about how to navigate your wedding during COVID-19? Head over to our Q&A!

The details: 

Venue / June Farms

Photographer / JP Elario

Florals / Fleurtacious Designs

Hair + MU / True Beauty 

Wedding Gown / Something Blue Bridal

Music / Silver Arrow Band

Caterer / Mazzone

Cake / Cake Street Sweets

Heather & Nate’s June Farms Elopement

When you get married, you have to learn to navigate through all the ups and downs in life…and on July 11th, 2020 Heather & Nate proved that their LOVE was not CANCELLED!  Faced with the same decision as thousands of other couples in the world, we helped our KOWE couple plan an intimate, Covid-19 compliant, sparkly wedding. We are over the moon excited for them and couldn’t have asked for a better couple (and vendors) to work with.

This gorgeous couple started planning their wedding over 2 years ago and didn’t let a little (OKAY…BIG) pandemic get in the way of their original wedding date–the loved the “luck” that “7-11” would bring.  In just over one month, we helped Heather & Nate shift their plans, downsize their guest list from 150 to 30 guests and move their original wedding location to one of our favorite local spots…June Farms.  

Covid-19 isn’t just a bump in the road and for many, it can seem like a mountain. However, for this KOWE couple, there wasn’t anything that could keep them for celebrating their big day! Once they learned about the recent changes with COVID-19, they reached out for help to “reimagine” their wedding plan. Heather & Nate had to have some really tough conversations & make some decisions that altered their original plans, but they were extremely positive about everything and truly made the best of it.

Check out a few of our favorite shots from their special day!

KOWE TIP: Want to remind your guests about your Hashtag? Put your unique # in a frame!

Our team is beyond flattered to be able to share their love story with you and be a part of their day.  Our hearts are bursting out of our chests over how wonderful their personalized elopement turned out.

Heather + Nate, we can’t thank you enough for having us be a part of your day. Congratulations sparkly friends!

Check out what Heather had to say about her special day! 

“Katie & Casey worked their tails off for us and were always available for us whether it was for a pep talk or a debrief phone call or email.  Honestly, I believe that things happen for a reason and we ended up needing each other at just the right time.  No regrets here that our plan A didn’t come to fruition because plan C was nothing short of magically perfect.  We worked with a team of total professionals who rocked it. “

–Heather, KOWE Bride 2020

The details: 

Venue / June Farms

Photographer / JP Elario

Florals / Fleurtacious Designs

Hair + MU / True Beauty 

Wedding Gown / Something Blue Bridal

Music / Silver Arrow Band

Caterer / Mazzone

Cake / Cake Street Sweets

Bridal Q&A: Moe & Mike

The Katie O team has worked on countless weddings, but one that stands out to us is the wedding of Moe and Mike! The couple got married on June 3rd, 2017 at the Integra Optics Airplane Hangar 202 in Albany, New York. Right from the start, Moe and Mike trusted the Katie O’ team 100%. As a result, we were able to create the most beautiful and detail-oriented wedding that was sparkly and totally them!

Moe is a full time Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with a hobby of flying! Her dad also shared a passion for flying, and since the couple loved to travel, the location held extra importance to her and her now husband! From their cake to the escort cards, there were little nods to aviation throughout the day that made their wedding personal to them and their love of adventure! 

We had so much fun on their big day that we wanted to catch up with Moe to relive some of the magic. Moe – thank you so much for taking the time to tell us about your wedding and how the Katie O’ team made it special!

Q: Tell us a little bit about your special day!

A: A “little” bit- I could go on and on. We got married at a hanger at Albany International on a beautiful June day.

Q: Why did you hire Katie O’Events?

A: I needed help with all the little details I didn’t know I needed help with.

Q: What was the best moment of your wedding day?

A: Our first look!

Q: What are two things you couldn’t live without (vendors, decor, it could be anything!)

A: Katie O. And Mazzone’s…. and DJ MoStyles

Q: What are 1-2 things you COULD live without on your wedding day?

A: Good question! The wedding ceremony program!

Q: How did Katie O’ Events help you plan your special day?

A: She helped 100% with contracts. Arranging meetings with all kinds of vendors, suggesting vendors, what you need and don’t need for the wedding, dealing with a misguided stepmother in law with an ugly outfit on…. just to name a few. Oh and the point person at the venue site- who couldn’t find the contract- I didn’t have to stress much because Katie was the go-between.

Q: What are some things you loved about having Katie O/Casey and her team by your side?

A: Their personal approach to dealing with us and our family.

Q: If you could give one couple a piece of advice, what would it be?

A: Hire Katie O for the complete package!

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