September 2016 Archive

My favorite event of the season

As a wedding and event planner I am lucky enough to work on so many amazing celebrations of love, milestones and special moments. While, I know it is not right to pick “favorites,” I can’t help but admit that the “Fashioned by Friendship Fashion Show” is always my favorite event of the season. If you have attended this event you know the ‘magic’ that happens, if you have not yet attended please don’t miss the opportunity to capture this ‘magic’ on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs, NY as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary… in style!


I have been co-chair of this amazing event to benefit the Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation for over 5 years now. This year is different. This year I am a Mom. This year I am feeling different feelings. This year my heart aches in a different way than it ever has for the loss my dear friends experienced. This year I am even more committed to raising more money than we ever have to be able to help families in need. Please consider joining our honorary committee to help us break records this year. If you are unable to join us at the honorary committee level you can purchase a table, an individual ticket or donate an item towards our awesome silent auction. Please take a moment, consider making a donation and help us make a difference.

We have a truly outstanding day planned featuring a fashion show with the latest trends from Lord & Taylor, one of the best silent auctions out there, a delicious menu created by Mazzone Hospitality, a creative boutique for shopping and a fabulous time shared with good friends (new & old!)


I have been involved with the Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation for over 10 years now and each year I am reminded how just how special this organization is.

More on the Cause:

The Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation was created in February 2006 to honor the legacy of one very special little man, Thomas Patrick Morrison. Tommy, as he was known to his family, was born on October 23, 2005, and passed into eternal rest on January 20, 2006, as a result of a mitochondrial disorder, mpv-17 deletion. Tommy’s condition was not diagnosed until approximately five months after his death. As a result, Tommy’s family, including his loving parents and my dear friends, Tim and Carmelina Morrison, experienced first-hand the emotional and physical turmoil associated with caring for a child with a rare or unknown condition. The family therefore committed themselves to helping others deal with rare diseases, disorders or conditions by establishing the Foundation in order to raise money to provide grants to children and families in need. The Foundation also seeks to raise awareness of mitochondrial disorders and other rare conditions through education and outreach. Through contributions and support from donors like you, Thomas’ love continues to shine on all of the children and families that we serve.


Join our honorary committee today:

If you would like to purchase a table or tickets we will be updating the EventBrite link once invitations are ready to print.

Thank you for sharing the sparkle!


Love Story Bridal, Troy, NY

A few years ago downtown Albany was permanently changed for the better with the arrival of Angela’s Bridal. I remember seeing the space for the first time and was completely enamored with their vision and execution of the new space. You may remember that I found my wedding dress there back in 2013!


Fast forward to now, Janet Cooper and her amazing team have come up with a brilliant idea that will, once again, change the bridal landscape of the Capital Region.  I have so many brides contact me looking for new locations and affordable options for finding their wedding gown and I am so excited for this new boutique.

Introducing, A Love Story…located in the heart of downtown Troy, A Love Story is a bridal consignment boutique that has gently worn dresses that are no more than three years old. Most of the dresses are samples or are from cancelled weddings and have never been worn for an actual event.


A Love Story also felt there was a unique opportunity for emerging designers to connect with brides looking for a modern or non-traditional aesthetic and offers special order and made-to-order dresses.

I’m really excited about A Love Story because everything in the store is priced around or under $2,500! For brides who are looking for a deal on a designer gown, A Love Story should be on their short list.

If you’re about to embark on your dress hunt, take some time and check out A Love Story located at 188 River St in downtown Troy (not far from KOWE headquarters)–they opened their doors this week! Congratulations and welcome to the neighborhood!  Be sure to follow them on Instagram too- click here!

Keep sparkling–


What To Consider Before Hosting Your Wedding at Home

In this day and age, there is no limit to where people will get married. From an elopement at City Hall to the Hall of Springs, or a wedding at home. Weddings come in all shapes and sizes (and we love them all)!

But the latter, weddings at home, require a little extra consideration. If you’re thinking about hosting a wedding at home, keep reading for some helpful tips to keep in mind as you plan.


Size Matters
They say home is where the heart is…but is it a good place to host your wedding? Depending on the size of your guest list, you may not have enough room in your home to host 150 people. Does your yard have enough space (that is level & flat) for a tent?

Is there a designated location to park cars on site? If not, perhaps a satellite location could be used for parking and a shuttle could run between the lot and the wedding location.

Most homes would be overwhelmed with a large volume of people using their facilities over an extended period of time. If your home is on a septic system, then you likely won’t have a choice. In most cases, we recommend renting bathroom facilities to have on site for the wedding day. And, believe it or not, there is a range of options for portable bathrooms-and they can get very fancy!

Electrical Considerations
Weddings take a lot of juice…energy, that is. From the needs of the caterer, to the DJ or band, not to mention and lighting needed for your tent. It’s not uncommon for weddings at home to need a generator on site to handle the electrical needs of the big day.

And if you’re renting a tent, it’s a good idea to call Dig Safe NY or your utility providers to make sure you’re in the clear before the tent goes up.


Tables, Chairs, etc.
When you host a wedding at an event space, they typically have all of the tables and chairs in house. But if you’re hosting at home, this is an additional expense to consider as everything needs to be brought in–even the dance floor.

You may want to consider spraying for bugs–the last thing you want on your wedding day is a swarm of gnats!

Does the homeowner want a wedding at their house?
This may seem like an obvious question, but sometimes in the excitement of the engagement this question can be overlooked. I had a couple 6 years ago who really wanted a wedding at their mother’s home–a gorgeous Victorian on 8 acres! There was a ton of space, character, and charm…but Mom didn’t want the added stress of hosting a wedding at her house.




A wedding at home can be amazing, personal, and unique. But before you make a final decision, be sure to think about everything mentioned here and make sure everyone is on the same page!

Keep sparkling–