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Celebrating Our Friendors

If you’ve been following along the last few weeks you’ll know that we ran a giveaway to celebrate the amazing wedding and event vendors in the Capital Region. We asked couples to nominate their vendors for a chance to win a one night stay at June Farms. All of the nominated vendors were invited to attend a party at The Troy Beer Garden to celebrate the halfway mark of the 2021 wedding season and recognize all of their hardwork.

We are so grateful to Matt Baumgartner for hosting the party at The Troy Beer Garden and for giving away the stay at June Farms. We also want to thank all of the couples who took time to nominate their vendors and show their appreciation, it’s because of you that this event was a success!

To all of the nominated vendors – know that your hard work has not gone unnoticed. You were nominated because someone wanted to thank you and make it known how incredible you are. We hope the vendor appreciation party offered you an opportunity to take a break from work, relax, meet new friends, and recognize all of the work you’ve put into the season so far. You are amazing!

And finally, a big congratulations to Kiera Lemonis and her team for winning a stay at June Farms! We hope you have a fabulous, relaxing getaway.

Nominated Vendors

2 Shea Catering
Alexandria’s Beauty
A Lively Event
Al Woodard
Alex Gaertner
Alex Leibman – AJL Studio
Alexandra Wren
Amanda Pierce Makeup
Andrie Galia
Angela’s Bridal
Angela’s Bridal Alterations Studio
B-Rad’s Catering
Ben Carlson Photos
Blooms Floral (Suzanne and Nicole)
Blooms For Rooms
Boston and Burke Florals
Caitlin Miller
Casey Mackenzie Photography
Chris Johnston
Daisy & Lola Events
Danielle with Fleurtacious Designs
Dave Bigler
DJ Anthony B
DJ Trumastr
Dunham’s Bay Resort – Lynn Clausen wedding planner
Erin Goyer-Bink (The Face Space)
Erin Muller
Flowers by Pesha
Fyvie Films
Garren Porier
Heather Issler
Hitlin Photography
Holly Winnie Calligraphy
J Foley Photography
Jake Allen
Jess Dupuis
Jessalyn Meehan Films
Jessica Painter
Jessie Weatherwax
Kaitlyn Bray (Strut)
Katherine Wright – YTK Works
Katie O/Casey
Keira Lemonis Photography
Kim Trang Photography
Kozmo Photography
Lauren Elizabeth Salon
Leah Francesca Makeup
Leann Stanton
LeAnna Avila- The Inn at Erlowest
Life of the Party-Brittany Reo/Gross
Linda Conley
Lipstick n Lashes
Love ‘N Pixels
Marie Snyder Photography
Matt Whalen
Mazzone Catering
Megan Moriarty
Michael Conway Photography
Mike Emery with NY Players
Mike Garrasi
Milestone Media
Natalie Dekermendjian
Nicole Nero Studio
Nicole’s of Albany
On Thai & Team at Surroundings Floral
Party With Mia
Rich Ortiz
Rob Spring
Rocco from Funk Evolution
Romanello Studios
Samantha Nass Floral Design
Sarah Salvioli
Sean Wilcoxon
Shannon Anson – Wedding Planning Plus
The Accents
The Franklin Plaza
The Harris Co
The Sablewood at Highview Springs-Lisa
The Shop a Beauty & Grooming Parlor
Total Events Team
True Beauty Co -Lauren Trudeau
Twice Beloved
Walker Wedding Group
Whisky Business Bakery
Zeke & Nicole At Fear Less Studios
The Kenmore Ballroom Styled Shoot

We are so excited to share the first ever styled photo shoot at The Kenmore Ballroom.
It was so fun having all the vendors back together to create some magic in a venue that has yet to see the glam and sparkle that a wedding can bring.
The amazing models truly pulled off the vintage-modern look we were hoping to achieve.
Please enjoy the images below and check out all of the vendors for more!

Talented Friendors

photo & video: The Harris Co // insta: @hcophotocinema
venue: The Kenmore Ballroom // insta: @thekenmoreballroom
planning and coordination: Katie O’ Events // insta:@katieoevents
beauty: True Beauty Co. // insta: @true.beauty.co
dress: Something Bleu Bridal // insta: @somethingbleubridal
florals: Samantha Nass Floral Design // insta: @samanthanassfloraldesign
stationery: Ink Revival // insta: @inkrevival
cake: Gingersnap Cake Shop // insta: @thegingersnapcakeshop
models: instas: @viconieto @malaikaiyok
jewelry: Her-Rock Jewelry // insta: @her_rockjewelry 

1st Birthday Zoom Box

When KOWE Alumni, Christine and Derek call you to plan their twin’s first virtual party in under a month, you know you have to BRING IT! #BrowesAreNeverBasic

We used their theme idea of an Elephant and Giraffe to represent each baby. Charlotte the elephant and Jack the Giraffe. Knowing their parents, it had to be a cool elephant and giraffe – more of a mid-century modern vibe. Thanks to Life of the Party, Brittany, was able to bring the vision to life and we were able to use the design through the event!

Each guest of the Zoom party received in the mail a curated birthday box including some really fun items. Custom giraffe and elephant cookies from Buttercup Cookies that perfectly matched the theme.

Keep scrolling to see some of the fun stuff we incorporated into the boxes!

Giraffe and elephant ears to wear at the Zoom party!

Giraffe Ears // Elephant Ears

A Giraffe cupcake from Zachary’s Pastry Shoppe with an elephant di-cut liner. A colorful candle to blow out with the babies!

Cupcake Holders

Custom Cookies from Cindy at Buttercup Cookie

2020 Children’s (and adult) picture book that highlights the good things that came out of the year

Purchase Book Here!

Sparkling wine in the prettiest can by Bev (and water seltzer for the kids attending ☺️ ) 

Bev Sparkling White Wine//Seltzer

Mimosa and bellini sugar cubes by Teaspressa (for the sparkling wine and seltzer)

Luxe Mini Champagne Cubes

An elephant reusable straw and giraffe swizzle stick

Giraffe Straws//Elephant Straws

At Christine and Derek’s home (in Long Island), we had to create the perfect birthday backdrop for the Zoom! We called Hampton Balloons to create an organic balloon garland to frame the babies in their highchairs. And used the giraffe/elephant design as a banner behind the high chairs.

The Zoom celebration was so special and the boxes really made them feel as if they were all together.  Although this pandemic is causing us to spend more time apart there are still creative ways to make these moments memorable. 

Thank you to the amazing vendors that made it happen!

Sparkling wine: @drinkbev
Kid Seltzer: @Halsnewyork
Mimosa and Bellini Sugar Cubes: @teaspressa
Headbands: @amazon
Giraffe Swizzle Stick: @kegworks
Elephant straw: @whatonearthcatalog
Balloon Arch: @hamptonballoon
Introducing the Kenmore Ballroom!

Today we are introducing you to the new, beautiful Kenmore Ballroom!

We welcome this brand new classically modern event & wedding venue to Downtown Albany on North Pearl Street!  The transformational investment in Albany by Redburn Development Partners to create new residential and commercial spaces from historic properties was the perfect opportunity to reintroduce a glamorous event space that once was hosted by stars like Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman & the Dorsey Brothers! We are beyond excited to be a part of this restoration and can’t wait for you to see it for yourself.


Built between 1876 and 1878, The Kenmore was one of the finest hotels in Albany, NY. The Rain-Bo Room, where our ballroom is today, was a favorite spot of Babe Ruth and Legs Diamond and had some infamous legends enjoy its time!

There is nothing richer than being able to restore history, and the Kenmore Ballroom is just that!  This renovation was much more than a fresh coat of paint or a set of new furniture.  There’s a defined purpose behind every beam, chandelier, gold detail & fixture. Historic Kenmore’s modern design, combined with its rich, 100+ year history provides an authentic, yet contemporary canvas for your momentous wedding or intimate affair.


The new Kenmore Ballroom is a modern setting of remarkable luxury, warmth and elegance with architectural details that lean towards the 1920’s and 30’s in attitude and aesthetic. 

The Historic Kenmore Ballroom oversees Albany’s famous North Pearl Street, giving that city street curb appeal and elegant touch.  With over 15,000 square feet, there are so many unique photo opportunities such as the breathtaking grand staircase descending from a generously sized mezzanine level to a parquet covered ballroom fitted with natural colors and soft lighting. 

The beautiful staircase & chandelier are just one of our favorite areas that provide a one-of-a-kind backdrop for the reception of your dreams!  Take a look at some sneak peeks of this polished & one-of-a-kind venue!

The bridal suite features a gorgeous, floral wallpaper perfect for getting ready photos! The rooftop terrace overlooking downtown and the Hudson River is the ideal setting to share your first look, or a romantic toast after the ceremony with your loved one.

The lounge welcomes guests with an indoor fountain (be sure to make a wish!), a sophisticated 26-foot quartz and leather bar and ambient lighting . Additionally, there is a boardroom available for smaller private meetings. The kitchen is accessible via lift from street level on the Chapel Street side of the building.  The Kenmore Ballroom will be an “open-house” for preferred caterers vetted and approved by the management. Our current list includes: Mazzone Catering, 2Shea Catering, Nicole’s Catering & Old Daley Catering.  The capacity across the two main levels total 300 seated & 500 cocktail style. 

The Katie O’ team is available for planning and coordination services on-site at the Kenmore Ballroom for an additional fee. We are offering special “introductory” pricing for couples who book services at the Kenmore Ballroom for remaining 2020 dates and through 2021.

We are so excited to welcome back this historic venue to Downtown Albany and create memories that will last a lifetime in this new space! For more details on hosting your wedding or event at our venue, visit https://thekenmoreballroom.com