It's been really fascinating to see the changes in downtown Albany over the past ten years…and the changes just keep coming! I was downtown a week or so ago and as I headed down State Street past Angela's Bridal (where I purchased my gown), the State Room, 90 State Street, and 60 State Place, the Hilton, and 74 State, I was sort of amazed how all of these places relate to one another–in wedding terms, at least!

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As I was about to cross State towards N Pearl, I realized that I was close to Taste–a wedding and event venue I've worked at a number of times, that makes for stunning photos! And just off State Street is the City Beer Hall and the Speakeasy–two great bars that would be perfect for an afterparty or post-rehearsal dinner drinks spot.

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On the corner of N. Pearl and State is a Starbucks–coffee is an absolute necessity for the bridal party the morning of the big day! Further down N. Pearl, just before Maiden Lane, is the newly opened Cider Belly Doughnuts–these sweet treats could be a great complement to a dessert table (their flavors are incredible–they run the gamut from classic cinnamon sugar to banana split).

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Looking up Pine St from N. Pearl is the classic, historic St. Mary's Church–a grand ceremony location, for sure! Further up Pine St. is City Hall. A place every couple looking to get married should check out for their marriage license!

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As I continued down N. Pearl I glanced down Columbia Street and noticed two shops with lovely window boxes and flowers overflowing. My interest piqued, I ventured down Columbia and spotted The Enchanted Florist and the Fifth Tier Baking Studio (which is not yet open, but will be soon)!

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And there are so many restaurants–I'm partial to DP and Yono's, of course! But the Merry Monk, 677 Prime, and the Hollow are all great restaurants / bars that would be great for either rehearsal dinners or places for guests to dine when they're in town!

Below, an amazing image from Kat and Dan's 2013 NYS Museum wedding (KOWE alumni)NYS Museum Wedding Photos 30

Not only is downtown Albany becoming an ideal wedding destination, it's ridiculously photogenic. Whether you choose the Empire State Plaza as your backdrop; the Capitol; or just the unique architecture of downtown, your photos are going to pop!

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Wow, looking good, Albany! Have you been to any of these downtown Albany destinations? Let me know in the comments!

Keep sparking–