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A Difficult Time For 2020 Couples

As wedding planners we see a lot. We see months of planning, securing dream venues, confirming vendors, booking hotel blocks, arranging transportation and creating the timeline to build the dream day. Honestly, right now it is difficult to see straight and we wanted to let you all know that we see you and we are here for you.

We see…

The bride who put her heart, soul and endless hours into planning her dream wedding.

The groom who was anxiously awaiting the chance to watch his bride walk down the aisle.

The mother of the bride or groom who is staying strong for her daughter or son but inside feels stress and sadness for their “baby.”

The bride / groom who waited years for their marriage to be legal who now has to wait even longer to marry their partner.

The parents of the flower girl who need to explain to her why she doesn’t get to wear the pretty dress and drop the flowers.

The photographer who shared a memorable engagement shoot with their couple and couldn’t wait to get them in front of the camera again.

The band leader who knew that their client’s wedding was going to be an amazing dance party.

The hair & make-up artists who provided an amazing trial for their bride and made her feel “perfect & ready for her big day.”

The sales / venue manager who toured a couple and their parents through the venue of their dreams and couldn’t wait for the day to arrive.

The chef & catering team who created one of the most amazing, delicious and creative menus for a couple who was willing to take the culinary risk.

The videographer who is maybe grateful to have more time to catch up on editing but would much rather be shooting a new celebration.

The florist who was prepared to locate the perfect blooms to create their clients’ dream bouquet.

The rental company owner who is juggling inventory trying to keep everyone happy and still make their client’s dream come true.

The officiant who listened and learned the love story of their couple and spent time writing the perfect ceremony to reflect this. 

The stationery designer who created the most perfect and personalized invitation suite that is currently “waiting” in the box to be mailed.

The wedding planner and her team who have been there through it all. You have felt all of the feelings, not only for yourself, your team and your family…but for your couples. Your instinct is to fix it, move it and plan to make it better. You are faced with a level of uncertainty that drives you mad. You can’t guarantee anything right now and it is frustrating. But, we can guarantee love. We will see their love stories come to life on another day, possibly another year…but it will happen. You will make it happen. That’s what you do…you make dreams come true…no matter the obstacles that might be in your way. 

Stay strong…we see you and we are here for you.

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day that is special to me for SO many reasons. There are many uplifting & outstanding women doing things in every corner of society that it’s incredibly important we take the time to lift them up, today AND EVERY DAY!  Growing up and becoming a female business owner, wife & mother; there have always been women that have made an impact on my life for the better. So what better way to celebrate this day than by sharing some of them with you?! (who run the world, GIRLS!)  I hope if you do not know these women, you will have the chance to cross paths with them at some point in your life to inspire you to become an even better version of yourself, the same way so many of them did mine!

Check out 10 inspiring and influential ladies in my life and what it is they do that makes them SPARKLE! 

Ginni O’Malley- Mom and “GiGi”

When the idea of IWD came about the first woman I thought of was the first woman I ever met. As a mom my mother has always been there for me and my siblings. She always taught me to do my best and follow my dreams. My mother cares for my children every day and is the absolute best role model and “GG” to Grace and Charlie.  She is supportive, accommodating with my crazy schedule and loves her grandchildren more than anything. Her overly caring heart and love for family is something I strive for EVERY single day in my life and what has helped mold me into not only the mother I am today, but also as a business professional!

Janet Cooper- Angela’s Bridal

What girl doesn’t grow up and think of her dream wedding gown?! Janet with Angela’s Bridal makes those dreams come true for so many women every single day by providing the best bridal experience a girl could want for her special day (including me when I was a bride!). As a fellow #momboss, she has become a trusted friend and advisor for both motherhood and running a business. At Angela’s Bridal, you can rest assured that you are going to get exceptional service, attention to detail, and expertise in fit and design.  I work with a lot of different brides and many different types of women and Janet always touches everyone’s heart with the way she puts herself into her work to find their dream dress!

Liz Halvorsen- Mess to Bliss

Everyone needs a lady like Liz in your life (I am lucky to have had her since birth–she is my “sister cousin”) Not only is she a wife and mom of 3 which is probably how she understands where the word “Mess”can sometimes show up in your life, but she started her business as a professional organizer so that she could help others! Everyone deserves a little bliss whether it’s in their own home, office, or even their car!   Liz is someone who is able to listen to your organization and productivity needs and turn them around to be able to deliver a custom space for you, while giving you peace and clarity that you never knew you needed. She brings so much bliss to my life and I am grateful for her!

Nicki Pezzulo- Vice President of Philanthropy at the YMCA

If you were looking for a driven woman who not only excels in her lane but who strives to bring other women up with her then you have found her! Nicki is not only an amazing business woman but is a big reason for who I have become today with Katie O Events and is sure to celebrate my sparkle-versary every year with me and how far we have come. Her passion for leadership and inspiring others not only shows through her work as the Vice President of Philanthropy at the YMCA (I mean how much better of a title can you get?!) but you can also see it through her friends and colleagues she stands by on the way to completing their own journeys. She is an amazing mom, daughter, sister, christ follower, mental and physical health warrior and a leader that is dedicated to making the world a better place by pouring herself into people.  

Randi & Nicole- Haute Messes in Dresses

This dynamic duo is exactly what they say they are; Haute Messes in Dresses! But aren’t we all?! We all need that support in life that shows it’s not all perfect, and we love that they are so authentically real about that!  Haute Messes in Dresses was created by Randi & Nicole, who are fashion obsessed, personal styling magicians! They spent their entire friendship exchanging fashion inspo, style advice and killer sales and now they are sharing it with the world! We were recently styled by Randi and Nicole and it was incredible how much an outfit made us feel inside and out! Do yourself a favor and get to know these boss babes!  We promise you’ll thank us later-and stylishly at that! 

Genika Blandshaw – Juice Factory

A boss momma of some fierce daughters of her own and owner of the Juice Factory in Troy, Genika is a lady of so many talents & passions and unlike so many others she finds a way to tap into those talents and incorporate it into her everyday life through her work! I don’t think I have seen her turn down a single project due to intimidation or for the fear of failing.   Genika has now outgrown her first location, and opened up a larger homefront where she serves healthy juice, smoothies, juices, bowls, and lunch options.  Her vision is absolute GOALS AND she is showing every other female out there that as a woman you can conquer anything you want and not feel like you’ve worked a day in your life which is something EVERYONE should strive for!  Also, I am a HUGE fan of her “Pink Health Nut” smoothie- try it- trust me! 

Elizabeth Jojo – Redburn Development

This female Vice President of Redburn Development is blazing her way in the “property-world” and is well known and respected for the differences she has been able to make in her line of work. We have been lucky enough to get to know her more as we work together to bring the historic Kenmore Ballroom back to life.  Under her design direction, unparalleled passion and energy we have witnessed an amazing transformation and can not wait to share it with the world! Another strong #momboss who was back to work 3 days after having her third beautiful child. Her love for revitalizing downtowns is the same as her love for her family; she knows the potential and knows how she can motivate others to create a difference.

Megan Fahy – Megan Fahy Calligraphy

Megan is a true beauty inside and out and is one of those people you meet that you will immediately want to be friends with.  Her humor, knowledge of random pop references and 90’s music is hard to match. Megan is a wife and mom of two (strong, smart and beautiful “little women”) offering a wide variety of hand-lettering services to clients around the country including place cards, seating charts, signs-you name it.  She has been featured in Bridal magazines, People, US Weekly, Vogue and the list goes on-talk about a sparkly girl boss! 

Nora Matthews- Her Strength Studio

Nora is what we call an up-lifter to ALL women! Through her love and passion for fitness, she is able to help women by instilling a healthy lifestyle and building up confidence during some of life’s most challenging moments. I am so lucky to have met Nora, and to have benefitted from one of her programs while I was pregnant with my first child and signed up for her pregna-fit class.  Since the first day, I knew she was special. She cares deeply for her clients and the community – something I’ve been very fortunate to witness through the years as I continue to watch her business grow. Like many others, Nora has inspired me to be the best version of myself, and I couldn’t feel more blessed to be a cheerleader, advisor and friend to her as she is to me!

Nicole Bradley & Danielle Palermo
-Superfecta Management 

The girl-bosses at Superfecta Management are new to our lives, but we are so glad to have met them and been able to work together!  Starting with a passion for Social Media and helping local businesses thrive, this team of ladies have made a name for themselves in the industry and are taking social media, website management and business consulting to a whole new level!  We have been excited to work with them on this International Women’s day collaboration and we have had a blast working together thus far!  

New Venue Alert: The BARN at Liberty Farms

The BARN at Liberty Farms

Last week we were able to take a little planning break and visit this amazing new barn in Hudson, NY! We met with Blanche who was so knowledgeable, a team player and sparkly (our kind of gal). This venue has everything you need and more right onsite.

Below are some images as well as more information about the very unique characteristics of the Barn!

As you enter the main entrance of the barn, you are surrounded by beautiful wood work (original to the barn). There is a bridal suite, a groom’s suite as well as you guests’ restrooms.

The bridal suite is spacious with a lot of light! Perfect for all your getting ready needs.

The groom’s suite is very cool – we love it when the venue pays attention to the fellas too!

If you decide to get married onsite, it is an easy walk from the barn to the paddock where most their ceremonies happen. The barn provides you with ceremony chairs (always a plus!).

After ceremony, guests mix and mingle outside of the barn on the rolling hills of the farm. If weather is not so great, both your ceremony and cocktails could happen inside. Or you can get a ceremony/cocktail tent and still utilize the beautiful grounds.

Guests then find their seats inside of the main barn,  seating up to 180 comfortably. Tables and chairs are provided by the venue (more savings on rentals!).

The barn includes these AMAZING stalls that can be transformed into lounges, photobooths, kid/babysitting areas and your bar! Creates cozy, unique spaces within your reception space!

There are no accommodations onsite BUT the barn is associated with a Farm House that can sleep 10 guests. The Farm House is only a 5 minute drive and super quaint! The house has full amenities and perfect for getting ready with your family and bridal party. http://www.thebarnatlibertyfarms.com/silo-view-farmhouse

For more information, pricing and availability check out their website: http://www.thebarnatlibertyfarms.com/thevenue/

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