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Alysa & Danny: M&D Farm

Alysa & Danny

These high school sweethearts met in a photo class when she was a sophomore and he was a junior. Alysa, sweet and kind – Danny, funny and charming they started out as friends that blossomed into something much more. Fast froward 10 years and they are married!

Senior Coordinator Casey says: SO MUCH FUN! Those are the first three words that come to mind when I think of Alysa and Danny’s wedding day. Even getting to know Alysa during the planning process I knew that her top priorities of the wedding were of course to marry the love of her life but to have a good time! Good food, good music and good friends, the perfect priorities.

Alysa & Danny say: “The KOWE team is truly amazing. Casey Benson was the senior coordinator for our wedding. She truly put our minds at ease. From the moment we hired KOWE, Casey was supportive, quick to answer questions, and all around extremely pleasant to work with! Having Casey and the KOWE team at our wedding allowed me, my family and my bridal party to enjoy every moment of the wedding without having any worries or added stress. KOWE was professional and helpful from the start of wedding planning to the very end of the wedding! Casey even mailed me the lip gloss I accidentally left with her from the wedding night! If you are looking for wedding coordinators that go above and beyond to make your wedding go perfectly, KOWE is the way to go! We are SO happy we did.”

We spent the day at the magical M&D Farm with Kevin & Ben from Kevin Demassio Photography. This dynamic duo are so much fun to work with and always have a way of making each couple feel so comfortable in front of the camera. You will obviously be able to tell that by the stunning images below:

We started the morning at Alysa’s parents home for hair and makeup with the talented ladies at Alexandria’s Salon.

I’m so obsessed with this image of Alysa with her parents! MOB (or MOM 😉 ). Cheryl was super involved in the planning process so we were able to really get to know the family before wedding day.

Their first look was nothing but happy tears, excitement and LOVE!

Alysa was so consumed by seeing Danny for the first time she forgot we were even there!

You can’t see it in this image but in order to keep Alysa’s dress clean – she sat on SeCo Casey’s cardigan! We make sure you stay flawless!

Lip touch up before bridal party pictures!

These ladies were not only beautiful but SO FUN!

Same with the gents – love a good blue suit.

Because the weather was a little iffy that day, we hosted the ceremony in the barn. A perfect plan B/rain plan.

First kiss as “Mr. & Mrs.”

Danny and his mom shared one of the BEST Mother-Son dances we have seen!

We wish you both a life full of amazing travels, wild dance parties and endless laughter.

Sparkly Vendor Team:

Coordination: Katie O’ Events

Caterer: 2Shea Catering 

Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent Co

Venue: M&D Farm 

Photography: Kevin DeMassio Photography 

Music: DJ Mike Reilly

Hair and Makeup: Alexandria’s Salon 

Flowers: Flowers by Pesha 

Transportation: Premiere Limo

Little White Workshop


When creative minds collide with a touch of sparkle…a dream team comes together. Angela’s Bridal and team KOWE wanted to create something that was useful, creative, intimate and helpful for local couples planning their wedding celebration.  So we put our thinking caps on and created something extraordinary. The “Little White Workshop,” is a series of interactive wedding workshops to help educate, inspire and motivate couples to dream big before saying “I do”.

If you have not yet been into Angela’s Bridal you are missing out!  This gem of a bridal salon was historically once a bank, nestled in downtown Albany, on what has become known as “wedding row”. Located near many hotels, wedding venues and the gorgeous Capitol building, Angela’s has become the premiere location for that moment we all dream of, and saying “yes to the dress”.  With each gown and designer hand selected, and a staff that is educated and full of sparkle, it truly is a special experience like no other!


We wanted to kick off our Little White Workshop Series with the best tips, tricks and insider knowledge to help make your wedding planning & day run smoothly.  To make this happen, we teamed up with photographer and dear friend JP Elario.  JP has over 25 years of experience and has been involved in the wedding industry for almost 20 years. He has established himself, his photography, and his business as one of the best in the Capital District. His style, personality and approach to photography is organic and fun. With his easy going personality, attention to detail, and an eye for capturing the best moments you will feel at ease having him on your team.

With a room full of eager brides (and grooms), JP and I set out on a mission to educate them on how to get through the “I do” process with a little more fun and less stress. From creating timelines, when to book your photographer, how far in advance to schedule engagement photos, book hair & makeup trials, the do’s and don’ts with social media and how to approach the “first look” option.  We covered a lot of ground and had so much fun sharing with our guests!


The first workshop was a BIG success! With time to mingle prior, champagne flowing, boomerang booth booming, music that made us want to dance, beautiful dresses on display to swoon over, lovely sweets & treats, time for Q&A during and after our presentations, plus giveaways and prizes! It was simply a beautiful night from start to finish.

If you missed the first workshop, don’t you worry we have more to come!  Save the Date:

July 11th :How to Prepare Your Skin for Your Big Day: Mini Facial Workshop! With Alexandria’s Beauty Salon


Follow along:
Instagram: little_white_workshop

NEW VENUE ALERT: Senate Garage

Last week we stopped in Kingston, NY (approx 1 hour south of Albany) for a site visit to the intriguing, Senate Garage ( We love visiting new venues, especially ones we have been ogling over on instagram for over a year!

We were welcomed by Judy (owner) and April (event manager) who had so much sparkle for their venue it was hard not to immediately fall in love with the space. The venue was originally a garage where chauffeur-driven cars were parked in the bustling town of Kingston. Fast forward almost 100 years and it is now transformed into the venue of your dreams!

If I had to explain the esthetic of the Senate Garage, I would describe it as “elevated industrial with touches of glam and charm.” Plenty of unique details throughout the space make it one of a kind!

Ceremony Inside and Outside Options:

Senate Garage offers more than 3 outside ceremony set up options. The Senate Garage opens to the Senate House State Park, a 17th century garden.

Outside Cocktail Hour Space:

(YES – those strung bistro lights are provided by the venue!)

The Reception Space:

The space offers flexibility with layout options. Whether you want round, banquet, farm or square tables – the space allows you to mix and play with space however you want!

The venue includes:

  • Capacity up to 275 seated guests (450 cocktail style) *but also can feel intimate if your group is smaller
  • Private bridal suite with restroom
  • Projector for video presentations
  • A/C and heat for year round events
  • Facility manager
  • Gorgeous built in bar
  • Outside ceremony and cocktail hour options
  • Room for a tent outside (if desired)


Ashley & Clare: Roxbury Barn

Ashley & Clare

Ashley & Clare met while studying theatre at NYU. She walked up to him at the end of class and said “you know, I think we’re supposed to be friends”. Over the next few months Ashley and Clare became best of friends. Eventually their friendship turned into love and four years later these two got married.

What Katie O’ says:  Ashley & Clare were so lovely right from the start. On our initial call I immediately felt, not only the love they shared for one another but also all of their “people.” They made a point to share just how much they wanted to “celebrate” all of their family & friends.  Getting to know Ashley and Clare during the planning process was a delight. Together they make a great team even with all the challenges they faced during the process. While planning their wedding, they both finished grad school. got new jobs and moved across the country! So it was great to be able to handle the “wedding business” for them while they were busy handling their new lives.

What Ashley says: Clare and I “interviewed” over 10 different wedding planners before we (very easily) chose to work with Katie and Casey to plan our big day! After only moments of chatting with them we knew we were in amazing hands and they were a great fit for us. Their warm energy, organization and attention to detail stole our type-a planning hearts! And, we were absolutely thrilled with them. We worked together for about fourteen months, before the wedding, during which Clare and I also moved across the country, finished grad school and started new jobs. As you can imagine, we were extremely overwhelmed and through it all Katie and Casey kept us feeling supported and on track for the wedding. In addition to their amazing skills for planning and organization — they made us feel loved and heard. Katie and Casey’s joy and appreciation for family, community and love is so apparent. And, watching them work with our other vendors only solidified that feeling! As mentioned, Clare and I are both a type-a planners and have a very strong attention to detail. We had big dreams for our big day and Katie and Casey made all of them come true. The day was absolutely seamless and even my friends and family commented on how impressed they were with Katie and her team. I truly can’t imagine a wedding planner!

Below are images by Lauren Scotti. To say this woman is incredibly talented would be an understatement. Not only are her images jaw dropping but she was amazing to work with on wedding day. It was VERY hard to slim her gallery down to 20 images but make sure to follow her on instagram (laurenscotti) and Facebook to watch what she is up to.

Ashley and Clare worked closely with Jenny C Design in creating their stationery suite. As you see later in this blog, the design was carried into the wedding in multiple ways.

Adorable first look in the pine grove.

Jenny’s invitation design was turned into Clare’s pocket square! HOW COOL!

Couples come from all over to have the ‘Pine Grove’ experience… can you blame them?

A little ‘behind the scenes’ wedding shot 😉

Guests were welcomed into the Pine Grove for a unique and beautiful ceremony

“I do!”

One of my favorite images. First kiss down the aisle as Mr. & Mrs.

Such a fun bunch!

First dance, surrounded by friends and family before heading inside the barn for toasts and dinner.

A little party never killed nobody!

A special sparkler exit for this sparkly duo.


Sparkly Vendor Team: 

Planning and Coordination: Katie O’ Weddings and Events 

Venue: Roxbury Barn

Caterer: Ate O Ate Catering 

Photographer: Lauren Scotti Photographer 

Videographer: Magic Flute Videos

Hair: Strut Spalontique

Makeup: Beauty with Julie

Music: The Brain Cloud

DJ: Julie at Different Spins

Florist: Catskill Flower Shop

Rentals: Events Unlimited

Stationery: Jenny C Designs