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KOWE Gift Guide: Groomsmen Edition

When KOWE couples ask us for some ideas on what gifts to give to their attendants, suggesting bridesmaids gifts is always a little bit easier than groomsmen. Ladies can get cute matching robes, sparkly jewelry or paying for their hair and makeup services on wedding day. Groomsmen on the other hand can be more challenging. I don’t think matching silk robes has the same effect for guys… 😉 .

Below is our KOWE Gift Guide: Groomsmen Edition

Hot Shaves: 
Whether you decide to do this the day before the wedding or the morning of, you could pay for everyone to get a fresh hot shave. A cool and unique experience for your guys.
One of our October 2015 grooms had The Outpost Barber come to his hotel suite and all the guys spent the morning together eating, drinking, and getting fresh shaves.


(Manly) Monogrammed Travel Bag & “Dollar Shave Club” Subscription:

While we are on the topic of facial hair you could get your guys a cool monogrammed travel toiletry bag and a subscription for the “Dollar Shave Club”. 


The Man Crate: 

If you haven’t heard about Man Crate yet, where have you been? They offer a bunch of different gift boxes for every hobby, passion or personality there is. From a pipe carving kit to a Disc Golf crate all the way to the Sriracha Crate (yes, a box dedicated to those who love Sriracha). Crate prices begin at $19.99. And don’t worry, if you give this to your groomsmen the day of the wedding, they each come with a mini crowbar to open.


Game/Concert Tickets:

Before the wedding you and your guys will be spending a lot of time together. Engagement party, bachelor party and of course the wedding weekend. Get your groomsmen tickets to a game or concert where you can all hang out again! Also something fun to look forward to after the wedding.


Wedding Day Attire/Details:


Everyone needs to wear socks on wedding day (unless you’re getting married on the beach in Cancun) why not get your guys socks that match their personality/hobbies/or style!



A cool watch that all the groomsmen can wear on wedding day and beyond!
Check this one out, they are made of wood! 


We also love Daniel Wellington watches for groomsmen. Simple, timeless, classic.



Nowadays, you can buy custom cufflinks for every personality! Sports guys, ‘Merica lover, Star Wars fan… make your friends and family feel like you really put thought into their gift by picking the perfect cufflink style.


Just remember, its truly the thought that counts and you’re lucky to have these men and women in your life stand with you at the altar.



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Katie O’ & Casey Get A Makeup Trial

Brides come to us everyday asking for our recommendations for local hair and makeup teams that are reliable, affordable, and going to make them feel beautiful on wedding day! Casey and I wanted to be able to provide “real life” experience to our

So last week we did just that. We wanted to be able to refer salons that we know 1st hand have talented staff and listen to what we wanted as “brides”!

Complexions Spa invited Casey and I to spend the morning getting glammed with their uber talented make up artist, Natalie (@dekedout_makeup).
She took time to explain how Complexions Spa takes care of each bride and their bridal party from the first call to placing her veil in on wedding day. Including pre-wedding skin care steps, bachelorette parties in the spa and trials to make sure that your hair and makeup is exactly how you want it!

KOWE Tip: Schedule your hair and makeup trial for the same the day as your engagement shoot! That way you have your hair and makeup done for those pictures. Don’t worry, your artist will change your look so that you don’t look super “bridal” for those e-shoot pics. 

There are two types of brides. The first being the bride that wants to feel beautiful but also themselves. And I quote….
“I don’t want to look like someone else when I walk down the aisle”
“I don’t wear a lot of makeup but I want to feel bridal!”
“I don’t want to feel like I have makeup on caked on!”

So Katie decided to be that bride and asked Natalie to do the “natural bride” look.

The second type of bride is the “glam bride”

And I quote….
“I LOVE makeup and wear a good amount of makeup everyday.”
“This is my wedding day I want to feel beautiful, sexy and special!”
“My wedding is an elegant black tie affair, I want to make sure my overall look matches that”

So Casey decided to be that bride and asked Natalie to do the “glam bride” look.


Katie says: “I loved how it didn’t feel heavy and I felt like a more beautiful version of myself. I didn’t feel like I walked out of the spa with a ton of makeup on. I was impressed with Natalie as I gave her little to no direction and she made me feel so confident.

Casey says: “I forgot I had makeup on thats how light and fresh it felt! I got SO many compliments all day saying how beautiful I looked. I did have to take off the Hollywood lashes after about 8 hours… doing office work with heavy lashes is not my thing but if I were going to an event or wedding I would 100% want the “glam bride” look. 


Thank you Complexions Spa and Natalie for making us feel beautiful!
Make sure to follow both of them on Instagram and Facebook!

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Integra Optics Airplane Hangar 202 Wedding: Moe & Mike
June 3rd, 2017. Albany Airport, NY. Moe & Mike

Moe & Mike’s wedding was full of laughter, the occasional f-bomb (Moe’s vocabulary is very colorful),  and lots of dancing! I never wanted their wedding day to end. Every step of the way for M&M throughout the planning process was about making their day unique, FUN and have touches of their personalities throughout the day.  This vision led them to finding Integra Optics’s Airplane Hangar as their perfect venue.  Aviation plays an important & sentimental role in their world.  Moe is a pilot and so was her father, this was a perfect spot to honor their love of planes and travel.
Throughout the wedding day from hair & make-up, decor, ceremony details, food and dancing everything was hand selected and represented their humor and love of adventures.


What Katie says:

“This was such a very special wedding for me.  When Moe & Mike came in for their first consultation I was immediately touched by their love story and fierce loyalty to family & friends.  I wanted them to hire me so much and was so excited when they did!  This planning process didn’t just create a beautiful ceremony and celebration for Moe & Mike, it created a long lasting friendship that I am so grateful to have.  Moe & Mike thank you for trusting me 100% to take your ideas and priorities and create this day for you both.  It was an honor and pleasure to share it with you and all of your amazing people!”

What Moe says: “Oh my goodness. I am not sure there is enough time to list all of the things that the KOWE team did for us on our wedding day. I think the biggest thing, if I just said one thing, was that we didn’t have to worry about any of the details. I have been to those weddings where the friends had to make sure the flowers had to go here and the favors had to go there and the Uncle had to be picked up at the airport. I have seen those brides that you could tell they weren’t totally enjoying the day because they were worried about all of those little details. I didn’t have to worry about any of those things. I woke up on June 3rd and I was getting married. I didn’t worry about ANYTHING. Not about what we were eating for lunch. Not about any parents not knowing where they had to be when. Katie and the team took care of EVERY detail. Details I didn’t know even existed. I enjoyed my day. I enjoyed hanging out with my best friends and my mom. That was the most beneficial thing the KOWE team did for me.” 


Let me just say that choosing a limited number of images for this blog from the gallery was ridiculously hard. The talented, Matt Gillis took amazing candid photos that captured the raw and real love between Moe & Mike and all their loved ones. Enjoy! 🙂

Stunning getting ready picture of Moe

What a sweet image of Moe’s mom <3

Just starting the wedding day with a causal and “innocent” game of “Cards Against Humanity”

And I have to include an iPhone pic of the actual card that was selected! I couldn’t have planned it better if I tried LOL!

Love his “first look” reaction!

Kids at a wedding can go either way but this ring bearer was sassy, cool and had a huge personality! This picture captures that perfectly.

We always get the question “I have a loved one who has passed away, how do I include them in my wedding?” Well Moe decided to save her dad a seat in the front row with his pilot jacket and flight log book.

Moe’s father had passed away and she wasn’t sure who was going to walk her down the aisle.  So she came up with this fantastic idea to walk down the aisle with people who have made a special difference in her “walk through life”.

What a backdrop! (I think her Dad had a little something to do with that plane passing by 💚)

To keep with the airplane hangar theme, Moe and Mike made mini paper airplanes as their guests escort cards

The hangar was unique and beautiful on its own, so the designers at Fleurtacious Designs created these simple but elegant pieces to add to the beauty of the space.

Pilot & Co-Pilot / “Bride & Groom” chair signs.

How freaking cute is this cake!?

I love love love this image. Moe and Mike were floating through the day.


The dance floor was packed all night long! You know its good when the Katie O’ joins you on the dance floor.

Thank you both again for trusting us with your day.

Sparkly Vendor Team:

Planning and Coordination: Katie O’ Weddings and Events 

Venue: Integra Optics Hangar 202

Photography: Matt Gillis Photography

Beauty: Strut Spalontique

Caterer: Mazzone Catering

Floral Design: Fleurtacious Designs

Music: DJ Mo McClary

Rentals: Total Events




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Hall of Springs Wedding: Marissa & John

On Thursday, October 29th, 2015 I had an initial consult in my studio with a mother of the bride, helping her daughter plan her dream wedding. We chatted about the couples love story, her and her husband’s own love story (27 years together at that point) and how she wanted the wedding planning process to be fun for everyone! I knew they were a KOWE couple/family and could not wait to meet Marissa and John.

Fast forward 1 year, 7 months, 12 days to Saturday, June 10th, 2017 – wedding day at the Hall of Springs. 

Katie O’ says:  “My heart is just SO full.  Working together with this family and an amazing team of vendors is a perfect example of planning through our #KOWEcorevalues.  We were able to share the love story, plan with passion, cultivate creativity and always keep family first.  Thank you to the Valletta/Seagrave families for trusting us with such a special celebration.  It was an honor to make your wedding day dream come true. 

Mother of the Bride, Patty says: “I will never forget the first time I stepped into your office and met you for the first time.  I knew right away with your personality and energy that you would be a perfect fit for us.  I picked up the phone as soon as I left and told Riss, “you’re going to love her” and she immediately agreed after your first phone call.  The entire year and a half is a blur but it led us to last week – starting from Thursday, things just went incredibly smooth from all of our meetings to the rehearsal and welcome party and of course the Big Day!  I really don’t know how to express to you my gratitude for truly making Riss and John’s wedding day a fairy tale dream come true.  It is evident that this is not a job for you – it certainly is your passion and the fact that you take every little or big decision so personally raises you above the cream of the crop.  I can still see your face when you had us walk in to see the Hall in all of its splendor and it was obvious you wanted us to love it as much as you did.  I can tell you that it far exceeded all of our dreams.
I know you are probably busy with your next wedding but you made us feel that we were your only clients (that is how present you were for us the entire weekend).  Your team Rocked! Please extend my thanks to all of them as well.  You have a great right-hand “man” in Casey and she is such an asset to you.
Please know that you will always hold a special place in our hearts and we will think of you often.”

Marissa & John say:  “We want to thank you so much for everything you’ve done for the past year and a half! Our day was beyond anything we could have dreamed of, and perfect in every way. From the smallest of details to the amazing “Marissa” couch, you went above and beyond to make John and I happy. I also want to acknowledge how incredible you and your team were the whole weekend. We were stress free the entire time and were able to enjoy everything from beginning to end. Needless to say out guests were blown away, and it was certainly the party of our lives. Thank you again for everything!”


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We started the morning at the beautiful Pavilion Grand Hotel – their suites are perfect for getting ready!

Seriously loved these ombre Jimmy Choo heels – also her “something blue”!

Stunning Bride and Mother of the Bride, Patty! That dress was made for Patty.

First look at Congress Park!

Love this bridesmaid dress color.

Classic Congress Park & Carousel pictures. So timeless.

Shout out to Jenny C Designs for all the custom design work. We worked closely with Jenny to create their save the dates, invitations and all the day of items. A good friend used their custom crest to create this wine barrel piece for their home!

The week of the wedding we were going back and forth on whether to put up this tent for ceremony to protect guests from rain. Well it ended up being a gorgeous day but still helped to protect guests from the sun!

“I do!”

LOVE THIS IMAGE! John holding Marissa’s hand makes my heart melt – he is such a gentleman.

Team KOWE bringing the muscle on wedding day to make our couple’s wedding day sparkle! #YepWeSchlep

Officially trademarked this couch the “Marissa” couch. When helping to create their wedding day vision I found a similar piece on Pinterest, shared it with Marissa and we HAD to something like it for their head table. We worked with Total Events  to source it just for Marissa & John’s wedding day! Total Events now owns it for future couples- just as them for the “Marissa” couch! ;). This was definitely the start and inspiration for the overall design. 

Marissa & John wanted something different for their design & decor and I was all in! We worked closely with On Thai from Surroundings Floral Studio & Melissa from Total Events to create the next big trend for the Hall of Springs. Insert colored chiffon draping hung to create an amazing space with depth and texture, chandeliers and rich romantic centerpieces.

This “room reveal” was everything to me. Their reaction to seeing the room first time all dressed up was what I was dreaming of for months!

Father of the bride, Len toasting with the B&G

Marissa & John got engaged at a vineyard and wanted to incorporate their love for wine on their wedding day. Well Cider Belly Doughnuts created a custom doughnut that incorporated the wine from the vineyard where they got engaged –  talk about full circle! #sharethelovestory

Time for sunset photos – how beautiful are these two love birds?

Dozens of planning meetings, numerous status calls, assembly of 100 welcome bags and handfuls of happy tears later, I am going to miss planning with these two families. Love to the Valletta-Seagrave families and happily ever after.
Keep sparkling,
Katie O’ 


Planning and Coordination: Katie O’ Weddings and Events 
Ceremony & Reception: Hall of Springs
Caterer: Mazzone 
Beauty: Make Me Fabulous
Ceremony Music: All Seasons Ensemble
Band: New York Players
Photography: Elario Photography 
Videography: NuVue Cinema 
Floral Design: Surroundings Floral Studio 
Rentals: Total Events
Stationery: Jenny C Design


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