February 2017 Archive

Private Estate Wedding: Sharon & Leo

We love when photographers share wedding photos of our couples in the middle of the “slow season” so we are able to relive the wedding day just as much as the couple does! Back in October 2016, we went down to the Hudson Valley and spent the weekend with Sharon and Leo. <3
S&L have a very interesting love story. They met while she was living in NYC and he was visiting from South America. Seven years later they were planning their wedding for Upstate New York from thousands of miles away in Uruguay! We thought it was difficult for couples to plan a wedding from a different state, but imagine planning from a different time zone/continent/hemisphere?! We loved getting to know the Uruguayan traditions, customs and a little Portuguese. Let me just say thank goodness they had a translator onsite for the weekend! It made communication much easier- hand gestures only go so far).

Senior Coordinator, Casey says:  This wedding is special to me in so many ways! They were the first “Full Service” couple that Katie trusted me to plan from start to finish (with her guidance step by step, of course) . From finding vendors, monthly status calls, attending meetings, working on design, and full weekend coordination. With that much communication over 8 months of planning, Sharon, Leo, her mom, Susan, and I became friends. I was no longer planning a “clients” wedding- I was planning my friends Sharon & Leo’s wedding. Katie said that was going to happen! 😉 On my “recap” call with MOB, Susan, a week after the wedding she told me  “whenever you get married – I hope you invite us!”. My eyes still water every time I think of that. This job is just not about creating memorable wedding days, its about creating lasting relationships with people who allow you to participate in a very special day of their lives.

Sharon & Leo say: We had the best experience with KOWE. From our first planning meeting to our wedding day, Katie and Casey provided the best vendor advice and the most meticulous attention to every detail. Casey was awesome running our very customized weekend at a private home. She was poised, in charge and let us enjoy this most amazing day without a moment of stress. We could not have done this without her and we are so grateful for her smile, her “sparkle” and her amazing skill. We are so happy we signed on for the full service planning and coordination from KOWE. Stellar service!

Check out the day below and for more images check out their photo gallery: http://www.coupleofdudes.com/sharonleo/


Sharon & Leo rented this gorgeous 1800’s farmhouse for the week. The interior was just as charming and stunning as the outside!

Our beautiful bride, Sharon!

Our groom, Leo and KOWE team member, Lauren. Pinning the boutonniere.

Sharon, just before saying “I Do!” the aisle with SeCo, Casey.


Sara with Floral Fantasies, did a magical job decorating their ceremony arbor. The couple also brought colorful ornaments to decorate the large arbor.


Shout out to Sara from Floral Fantasies again. A day before the wedding the mother of the bride wanted to have something for guests to “throw” as the couple walk down the aisle as “Mr & Mrs”. Sara said “Of course! We will create cones and provide petals!”  Team KOWE assembled them on the day – and everyone was happy. (Reason #54,289 to hire a coordinator)

I love this image of Sharon and her parents walking down the aisle – so excited and full of love.

You may now “kiss the bride!”

Martin Dodge Designs, Floral Fantasies and Cantele Tents really blew it out of the water. The tent was stunning.

Mazzone Catering is amazing. They custom built this grill to replicate a traditional Uruguayan grill to create the couples’s wedding menu.

The aroma and “live action” cooking was a show during cocktail hour for guests.

It was all love and constant dancing all night long…

Thank you for sharing your day with us!

Sharon & Leo’s Sparkly Vendor Team:

Ceremony and Reception: Private Estate in Rhinebeck, NY
Photographer: Couple of Dudes
Ceremony Music: Hudson Pro Musica
DJ: DJ David Medina
Caterer: Mazzone Hospitality
Florist: Floral Fantasies by Sara
Designer: Martin Dodge Designs
Rentals: Cantele Tent Rentals 
Hair & Makeup: La Tua Bella Beauty Bar
Photo Booth: Broadway Photo Booth 

Sixty State Place Bridal Show

This time of year there are so many bridal shows for couples to attend and there is no shortage in this region. I know a lot of professionals are wary of their effectiveness and relevance today–especially in this internet age. But I think bridal shows are a really great way for engaged couples to connect with vendors in person and really get a sense of their personality and whether or not they’ll be a good fit for their wedding.

Which is why I’m excited to announce that one of our favorite downtown Albany venues is hosting a bridal show on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from noon to 3pm! Sixty State Place will be opening their doors to the Capital Region’s top wedding professionals and you’re invited!

Click here for tickets! 

Getting tired of scheduling appointment after appointment? Eager to dive into the planning process immediately? The Sixty State Place Bridal Show can put an ease to all your wedding day worries and provide you with an afternoon of one-stop shopping. So grab a friend or two and enjoy the luxurious ambiance that is Sixty State Place!

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This Sunday you’ll be able to meet and mingle with a wide-range of the area’s permiere wedding professionals including:

  • Floral Designers
  • Makeup and Beauty
  • Bakeries / Patisseries
  • Event Designers / Planners
  • DJs / Entertainment
  • Photobooth
  • Photographers
  • Venue
  • Wedding Attire

As you know, Sixty State Place holds a special place in my heart as that’s where I had my bridal portraits done. It’s a grand, gorgeous, and elegant venue and I’m sure this will be a great and helpful event for anyone planning a wedding in the Albany area!

Keep sparkling–

Happy New Year: 2017!


(Our New Year card, featuring me & Casey! Thank you Jenny C Designs for this super fun illustration of us.)

Yes, we are technically two months into 2017 already and I am proud to be writing my “New Year” blog. It may be nearly 5 weeks late but I am learning to practice what I preach, “Grace not Perfection”.

Although this time of the year is named “the slow season” to wedding vendors, we have been nothing but busy. #Grateful. January was full of client site visits, revolving head colds, baby teeth, and exciting promotional events from the Capital Region wedding world. We just wanted to share what we have been up to and exciting things to look forward to in 2017!

Meet Marci, our Spring 2017 Intern!

Hi, I’m Marci! I’m a senior at the College of Saint Rose. I applied to intern at Katie O’ Wedding and Events in the fall, hoping to land this dream internship. Here I am today, sitting with Katie and Casey, working on their social media accounts and learning everything I can about weddings and events! I am ecstatic and honored to be their intern, and can’t wait to see what’s in store over the next four months!

Mazzone Hospitality is giving away an entire wedding to one lucky couple and #teamKOWE will be planning & coordinating the celebration.  We are so excited to meet the couple and work with them throughout the entire planning process!  Want to learn more? Want to win this amazing prize? (valued at over $100,000.00) 

Check out our blog post for moredetails.https://www.katieoevents.com/blog/2017/02/02/capital-regions-couple-of-the-year/

Site visits throughout the Northeast! Team KOWE has been out to the Berkshires, down to Long Island, throughout the Hudson Valley and up to Burlington VT visiting sites with new couples and meeting vendors with clients. Make sure you’re following Katie O Events on Instagram for live videos of our trips (as well as embarrassing car karaoke & soda taste tests 🙂 ).

Sparkle Talk – Make sure to keep an eye on our Instagram Story for a new interactive segment called “Sparkle Talk” where I will be answering your wedding and event planning questions! From vendors, etiquette, to cute favor ideas.

More news, events and special collaborations are being planned for 2017 and we will be sure to share them with you as soon as we can.  Thank you for all your love, support and sparkle you provide us.  We are beyond excited for the new year and can’t wait to share the sparkle with you!

Capital Region’s Couple of the Year

We love free stuff – samples at the grocery store, pens from local businesses or BOGO anything. But this is bigger than walking through Sam’s Club and having free samples as your lunch – Mazzone Hospitality is giving away a whole wedding.

One grand prize winner will win the “Wedding Works” as the Capital Region’s Couple of the Year! Mazzone will host a wedding for 150 guests. The grand prize winners will also win the services of the following vendors  – photo, video, DJ, florist, ceremony music, officiant, rentals, designer, hair and makeup, ice sculpture, tuxedos, bridal gown, bridesmaids dresses, photobooth, accommodations, and of course planning and coordination by yours truly! 😉 Mazzone will also host your rehearsal dinner, engagement party, bridal shower, and the bachelorette party! Yes. ALL OF IT.

Couples can enter by uploading a submission video to youtube and sharing the link here OR can fill out a text submission writing the story of why they deserve to be the Mazzone Hospitality’s Capital Region Couple of the Year! Entries will be judged on level of engagement and the entrant deemed “most deserving” of this prize.

Tell your friends, family, 3rd cousins, random couples passing you on the street! EVERYBODY AND ANYBODY! Entries will conclude on March 4th at 11:59pm!

Also keep checking back to our blog for the winner as well as our planning adventure with the lucky couple!


Here is the list of INCREDIBLE vendors you will win:

  • Planning and Coordination – Katie O Weddings & Events
  • Videographer – Harris Company
  • Photographer – Harris Company
  • DJ – DJ Vinny Vin
  • Florist – Anthology Studios
  • Ceremony Music – Spa City Duo
  • Officiant – Victoria O. Milne
  • Décor Rentals – Rain or Shine
  • Linens and Déor – Total Events
  • Designer – Styled by Melissa
  • Makeup and Hair – Make me Fabulous
  • Ice Sculpture – “The Ice Man” Customized Sculptures
  • Tuxedos – Tuxego
  • Bridal Gown – Ferri Formals
  • Bridal Dresses – Ferri Formals
  • Photobooth – Smile Lounge
  • Bridal Suite Accommodations – Pavillion Grand Hotel
  • Bachelorette Accommodations – Pavillion Grand Hotel
  • Wedding – Mazzone Hospitality
  • Rehearsal Dinner – Mazzone Hospitality
  • Engagement Party – Mazzone Hospitality
  • Bridal Shower – Mazzone Hospitality
  • Bachelorette Party – Mazzone Hospitality