October 2013 Archive

Throwback Thursday: Elisabeth and Jon's Lake George Wedding

Hey, friends! I have a cool post to share with you today–we're throwing it back to 2010 to talk about Elisabeth and Jon's wedding day at the Inn at Erlowest in Lake George! I first met up with Elisabeth in early 2010; she was recently engaged and she and Jon had made some major wedding decisions already, but was looking for some help with the day-of the wedding. At that time, KOWE was still in its infancy and I didn't offer any day-of coordination. Elisabeth and I immediately hit it off and I was really hoping that she and her fiance would hire KOWE!

Alas, Elisabeth and Jon didn't need full service planning. Fast forward to July of 2010 and I was still thinking about my conversation with Elisabeth; I reassessed my business model and thought, “Maybe I SHOULD offer a day-of coordination package!” So I called Elisabeth and Jon and pitched the idea to them and they said yes! Hence, the “One Special Day” package was born.

Elisabeth and Jon were married October 16, 2010 (yay, 3 years yesterday!) at the Diamond Point Community Church with their reception at the Inn at Erlowest. They had one of my most favorite ceremonies to date, too–it was very personal and very moving; not a dry eye in the house!

How amazing is the Diamond Point Community Church? It dates back to the 19th century! I LOVED the wreath on the church door by Renaissance Floral Design.

Elisabethjon 0619 Edit Back at Erlowest, this image shows how chaotic the bridal suite can be! The Elarios are good at concealing the craziness! Below, me and my wedding planner bag-o-tricks!

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Elisabeth Jon 0052Some details…the ring bearer bowl was engraved with a lyric from the song that played during their ceremony. It read, “the only truth I know is you.”

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230117 10150169298237414 1948476 NAnd Jon and the fellas…one of the taller groups of groomsmen we've ever had (one of Elisabeth's brothers is 6'7″!).

216302 10150169298927414 7332308 NReady for our first look! Here she comes, Jon!

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Elisabethjon 0672 EditThe inside of the Diamond Point Community Church–so quaint.

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You know me and forehead kisses…Elisabeth's beautful gown was by Cymbeline from Something Bleu Bridal.

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Elisabethjon 1073Getting ready to be introduced for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Draper and walking in to the theme from the show “Mad Men.” Awesome.

Elisabethjon 1144Fun fact, this was the first wedding that senior coordinator, Megan, worked with me on back when she was my intern! Love you, Megan!

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I know I say this a lot, but it's so awesome to look back and relive these days! I'm also starting to get ideas for my own wedding, too! Hope you enjoyed this Throwback Thursday anniversary edition! What was your favorite wedding planning memory? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparkling–

Katie O' Gets Married: The Date and the Venue

It seems as if the moment anyone gets engaged the question that immediately follows is, “Have you set a date?!” I admit, well before I was in the wedding industry, I may have made this mistake, too. I suppose, given my job, a lot of people may have assumed I had my own wedding planned out in my head well before I was engaged–but, I really didn't! I'm always gathering ideas for clients, of course, and sometimes I would mentally file little things away here and there, but I did not have my wedding planned. I needed a groom to help me! LOL! 

In my last wedding planning post I spoke about accepting that the vision in your head may not become a reality and why that's OK. Today, I want to talk about where we ended up.

First and foremost, we needed to figure out a date for our wedding. As you know, the summer and fall are VERY popular times to get married and, as a result, are also very busy for Katie O' Weddings and Events. So as much as Nate and I LOVE those seasons, we knew they wouldn't work. Nate and I also knew we didn't want a really long, drawn out engagement–a shorter time frame was best for our needs. So that pretty much left us with late winter and early spring. This time of year would also allow for all the other events–showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties–to occur during my “slow” season. Looking at the calendar, we picked a few dates–some in March and some in April–and we started looking at venues.

Knowing that the Canfield Casino wouldn't comfortably fit our wedding, we started to look at larger wedding venues. Nate grew up in the Albany area and I have called it “home” for most of my adult life.   We have family scattered throughout the northeast so we wanted a location that was close by and had hotels, amenities, and things to do. Naturally, we shifted our focus from the Casino, south down Broadway and into Saratoga Spa State Park to the Hall of Springs. The Hall of Springs is certainly large enough to accomodate our guest list, is in a gorgeous setting, is beautful in and of itself, and is managed by the Mazzone team who are known for their impeccable reputation and service. As a planner, I know how awesome the Mazzone team is–I've worked with them extensively and I have complete and total faith in their abilities. Plus, their food is delicious. Nate and I found our wedding venue! 

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When we sat down with the staff from Mazzone to discuss dates, not surprisingly, there weren't many to choose from. Ultimately, Nate and I felt that March would be the better month (and closer to our dating anniversary) and we decided on March 14, 2014 (or 03.14.14 as my planning folder says)!!! And just so you know, despite our Irish heritage, we did NOT choose the date because of St. Patrick's Day! Haha.

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Once we had a date and venue, we needed to figure out where our ceremony would be held. Nate and I are both Catholic and we both attended Siena College. We considered having the ceremony at the church we attend, but we wanted something with more meaning. Many members of Nate's family have been married at St. Mary's Church in Waterford and when we visited together it just felt right–the space is gorgeous! We've also asked the priest at our chruch, Father Walsh, and Father Kevin from Siena College to preside over the mass. Nate contacted St. Mary's and they had 03.14.14 available–it was official! 

So there you have it, faithful blog readers! You're all caught up on the details of our wedding! Did you have a tough time figuring out a venue and a date for your wedding? Did you choose anything for sentimental reasons? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparkling–

Vendor Spotlight: Make Me Fabulous

Happy Friday, friends! I have a FABULOUS vendor spotlight for you today. The vendor spotlight posts are a fun way for me to share the love (and, of course, the sparkle) with my fellow wedding vendors who I work alongside with. It's also a great way for you, my blog readers, to learn about vendors that you may want to consider for your wedding or event.

Today we're talking about salon and boutique Make Me Fabulous! Located in the heart of downtown Ballston Spa, Make Me Fabulous is owned by Alayne Curtiss and she and her crew of talented and fabulous employees are so incredibly awesome at what they do. There are so many great and talented hair and makeup artists in the Capital Region–what I love about Make Me Fabulous is their ability to go above and beyond for clients. It also helps that Alayne is genuinely one of the nicest people on Earth. For reals. Whether you're looking for a cut and color, a facial, products from bliss, philosophy, bare minerals, moroccanoil, Bumble and bumble, and more, or for someone to help create your perfect bridal look, Make Me Fabulous is the place. Even better, should you hire the team from MMF for your wedding or event, they will travel to your location the day of the event! Check out these photos of Make Me Fabulous on the scene from (mostly Katie O' wedding and event brides!)

Just to show how awesome she is, check out Alayne's reaction to seeing KOWE bride, Rachael dressed and with her veil! Sparkling!

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From back in 2010, here's Alayne helping KOWE bride, Elisabeth, get ready. I secretly love the intense looks Alayne gives while she's working her magic.

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This photo (a non-KOWE bride) demonstrates Alayne's dedication to her clients. This wedding took place the day Tropical Storm Irene rolled into town and the power was out at Glen Sanders Mansion. Bride, Laura, still looked fabulous! 

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I love this shot of Alayne with another KOWE bride also named Elizabeth. How awesome is Elizabeth's robe, too?

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Tabitha's hair and makeup from her April 2013 wedding was absoulutely stunning. As always, Make Me Fabulous brings their A game! 

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The Make Me Fabulous team showed up to support the Dining Out For Life event –they looked fabulous, of course!

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I LOVE this photo from Melissa's 2012 wedding! So cute.

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And from 2013, here's Alayne and Katie O' bride, Megan. How awesome is the final product?! 

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So there you have it! Some Friday fabulousness from the ladies at Make Me Fabulous! Have you considered having a professional do your hair and makeup for your wedding or event? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparkling–

Katie O's Fall Hall of Fame

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” L.M. Montgomery, Ann of Green Gables


People keep telling me October is the new June. So I felt it was only appropriate to start a blog post totally dedicated to the beauty of autumn from one of my favorite quotes from Ann of Green Gables. This was a fun one to put together–not only does it showcase the natural beauty of the northeast, but I had a chance to look back through the years of past Katie O' Weddings and Events couples. I have a unique job in so many ways, but what I love most is getting to know my couples and their families–I get to experience one of the best days of their lives and I have my very own set of memories and experiences. I'm very blessed. So, without further ado, I present (some) of my favorite fall images from the past four years!

Taking it back to November 2009, Dominick and Carolyn were the inaugural Katie O' Weddings and Events couple!

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Jon and Elisabeth tied the knot in Lake George in 2010–talk about peak colors!

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 Marika and Paul had a perfect fall day in Saratoga!

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Natalia and Carlos are lovely in the leaves.

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Another Adirondack autumn day was the backdrop for Briana and Tom's wedding day.

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Jaime and Jim had a gorgeous fall sky for their big day in Saratoga.

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Columbia County set the scene for Holly and Dan's September wedding.

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How amazing are these images?! Now I want cider doughnuts and apple cider! What are your favorite fall activities?

Keep sparkling–