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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



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–