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The Little Black Box Makes The Perfect Gift!

We all have that person in our life who is so difficult to shop for. They have very specific tastes or they “have it all,” going shopping is a painful journey through the mall which typically ends with a gift card. Well #teamkowe has found the “easy button”! “Little Black Box” created by our talented friendor Keira Lemonis ( has made it easy to send a unique and stylish gift directly to your person.

Each black box sent is beautifully assembled with luxurious, local and always chic items that will make even the hardest person to shop for excited! Feel better about gifting this unique box of beauty knowing that a portion from every sale is donated to either international arts in education programs or the Global Fund for Women! This is so special to us since one of our KOWE Core Values is to “Give Back and Support Local” so giving this box is a win-win!

*** Little Black Box is giving away a “Walkin’ After Midnight” box (pictured above) to a lucky KOWE sparkler. Comment below with your name – we will be picking a winner on Monday 4/17. The winner will be announced via our Instagram page (@katieoevents)***


They have a wide selection of pre-curated boxes but they are always available to put together the perfect wedding / bridal box for wedding parties, wedding welcome boxes and more as well as fun, corporate gifts.

Head over to their website ( and check out their selection of fun boxes! Perfect for your friend’s birthday, Mother’s Day (May 14th!) or even a surprise pick-me-up for your long distance BFF.

Make sure to follow them for new box releases and fun updates:
Instagram: shoplittleblackbox_
Facebook: @lovelittleblackbox



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Junior League of Albany: Always a Bridesmaid Fundraiser

On April 6th 2017, join the Junior League of Albany at Angela’s Bridal for their “Always a Bridesmaid” event! Grab some girlfriends, wear your favorite (or not so favorite) bridesmaid dress and get ready to have a night full of sparkle! There will be appetizers and drinks, music supplied by one of our favorite DJs – DJ Trumastr, a Photo Booth to capture your gorgeous looks, and a raffle opportunity to wear a wedding dress of your choice from the fabulous selection of Angela’s Bridal.

This event will be raising awareness and funding for the Junior League of Albany. The Junior League’s mission is to empower and educate women leaders, train effective volunteers and fundraise for local charities throughout the Capital District.

For more information about the Junior League of Albany and any questions you may have, please check out their website:

Tickets are available pre-sale for $35 here:
**Get your tickets before it sells out!

For updates of the event check out their Facebook page: (

WHEN: Thursday, April 6th, 2017

WHERE: Angela’s Bridal, 126 State St, Albany, NY 12207

TIME: 6:30pm – 9:00pm

PARKING INFORMATION: Street Parking Available

SUGGESTED ATTIRE: Grab one of your favorite (or not so favorite) bridesmaid dresses you wore!

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Private Estate Wedding: Sharon & Leo

We love when photographers share wedding photos of our couples in the middle of the “slow season” so we are able to relive the wedding day just as much as the couple does! Back in October 2016, we went down to the Hudson Valley and spent the weekend with Sharon and Leo. <3
S&L have a very interesting love story. They met while she was living in NYC and he was visiting from South America. Seven years later they were planning their wedding for Upstate New York from thousands of miles away in Uruguay! We thought it was difficult for couples to plan a wedding from a different state, but imagine planning from a different time zone/continent/hemisphere?! We loved getting to know the Uruguayan traditions, customs and a little Portuguese. Let me just say thank goodness they had a translator onsite for the weekend! It made communication much easier- hand gestures only go so far).

Senior Coordinator, Casey says:  This wedding is special to me in so many ways! They were the first “Full Service” couple that Katie trusted me to plan from start to finish (with her guidance step by step, of course) . From finding vendors, monthly status calls, attending meetings, working on design, and full weekend coordination. With that much communication over 8 months of planning, Sharon, Leo, her mom, Susan, and I became friends. I was no longer planning a “clients” wedding- I was planning my friends Sharon & Leo’s wedding. Katie said that was going to happen! 😉 On my “recap” call with MOB, Susan, a week after the wedding she told me  “whenever you get married – I hope you invite us!”. My eyes still water every time I think of that. This job is just not about creating memorable wedding days, its about creating lasting relationships with people who allow you to participate in a very special day of their lives.

Sharon & Leo say: We had the best experience with KOWE. From our first planning meeting to our wedding day, Katie and Casey provided the best vendor advice and the most meticulous attention to every detail. Casey was awesome running our very customized weekend at a private home. She was poised, in charge and let us enjoy this most amazing day without a moment of stress. We could not have done this without her and we are so grateful for her smile, her “sparkle” and her amazing skill. We are so happy we signed on for the full service planning and coordination from KOWE. Stellar service!

Check out the day below and for more images check out their photo gallery:


Sharon & Leo rented this gorgeous 1800’s farmhouse for the week. The interior was just as charming and stunning as the outside!

Our beautiful bride, Sharon!

Our groom, Leo and KOWE team member, Lauren. Pinning the boutonniere.

Sharon, just before saying “I Do!” the aisle with SeCo, Casey.


Sara with Floral Fantasies, did a magical job decorating their ceremony arbor. The couple also brought colorful ornaments to decorate the large arbor.


Shout out to Sara from Floral Fantasies again. A day before the wedding the mother of the bride wanted to have something for guests to “throw” as the couple walk down the aisle as “Mr & Mrs”. Sara said “Of course! We will create cones and provide petals!”  Team KOWE assembled them on the day – and everyone was happy. (Reason #54,289 to hire a coordinator)

I love this image of Sharon and her parents walking down the aisle – so excited and full of love.

You may now “kiss the bride!”

Martin Dodge Designs, Floral Fantasies and Cantele Tents really blew it out of the water. The tent was stunning.

Mazzone Catering is amazing. They custom built this grill to replicate a traditional Uruguayan grill to create the couples’s wedding menu.

The aroma and “live action” cooking was a show during cocktail hour for guests.

It was all love and constant dancing all night long…

Thank you for sharing your day with us!

Sharon & Leo’s Sparkly Vendor Team:

Ceremony and Reception: Private Estate in Rhinebeck, NY
Photographer: Couple of Dudes
Ceremony Music: Hudson Pro Musica
DJ: DJ David Medina
Caterer: Mazzone Hospitality
Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara
Designer: Martin Dodge Designs
Rentals: Cantele Tent Rentals 
Hair & Makeup: La Tua Bella Beauty Bar
Photo Booth: Broadway Photo Booth 

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Sixty State Place Bridal Show

This time of year there are so many bridal shows for couples to attend and there is no shortage in this region. I know a lot of professionals are wary of their effectiveness and relevance today–especially in this internet age. But I think bridal shows are a really great way for engaged couples to connect with vendors in person and really get a sense of their personality and whether or not they’ll be a good fit for their wedding.

Which is why I’m excited to announce that one of our favorite downtown Albany venues is hosting a bridal show on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from noon to 3pm! Sixty State Place will be opening their doors to the Capital Region’s top wedding professionals and you’re invited!

Click here for tickets! 

Getting tired of scheduling appointment after appointment? Eager to dive into the planning process immediately? The Sixty State Place Bridal Show can put an ease to all your wedding day worries and provide you with an afternoon of one-stop shopping. So grab a friend or two and enjoy the luxurious ambiance that is Sixty State Place!

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This Sunday you’ll be able to meet and mingle with a wide-range of the area’s permiere wedding professionals including:

  • Floral Designers
  • Makeup and Beauty
  • Bakeries / Patisseries
  • Event Designers / Planners
  • DJs / Entertainment
  • Photobooth
  • Photographers
  • Venue
  • Wedding Attire

As you know, Sixty State Place holds a special place in my heart as that’s where I had my bridal portraits done. It’s a grand, gorgeous, and elegant venue and I’m sure this will be a great and helpful event for anyone planning a wedding in the Albany area!

Keep sparkling–

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