Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding


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When I first chatted with Jessy on the phone about a year ago it was obvious to me that her wedding was going to be AMAZING! I don’t book too many weddings after October so I knew that this was going to be THE perfect way to end my wedding season. The day was the epitome of class and glamour! I felt like I was transported back the the 60’s for a night at an elegant gala event. Jessy is a classic beauty! I could easily see her on the silver screen decades ago. All of the details of the day just added to the elegant feel…oh yeah and having the whole thing at the Hall of Springs in Saratoga Springs definitely pulled the whole thing together. My photographer’s brain was ecstatic with all of the delicious details to capture! Thank you so much Jessy and Evan! Your day was an event to remember!



How did you meet?
College- I was having a get together and Evan was invited through a mutual friend. We met and just talked and talked all night about everything, even finding out our birthdays were a day apart. He was so cute, he showed me card tricks he had been working on…2 out of 3 were successful. But all of them won me over:)
How did your fiance propose?
It was in December. We went on a big elaborate date in NYC…. a beautiful dinner, visiting our favorite stores, even seeing the tree in Rockefeller Center, I was so excited and just “KNEW” he was going to ask me there. That night was so cold and Evan was taking his time popping the question. I was getting sad that I had gotten my hopes up and that I was completely wrong. Then a giant gust of wind came blowing through the air and I said ” OUCH MY EAR” but nervous Evan swears that he heard “DON’T YOU DARE!” ( as in propose) we got on the train to go back home and I was still really sad and freezing. When we got home- Evan was more in his element and ended up asking me in front of our own Christmas tree. It ended up being a funny and special story anyway.
Tell me a bit about the planning process for your wedding (how did you pick the venue, colors, funny stories, etc..):
I wanted the most incredible venue I could find, and it sounds silly but my most important thing for a venue was that it couldn’t have “hotel” style carpet anywhere ( you know the kind with the designs to mask big stains). That was such a big deal because I wanted the wedding to have a flawless appearance. I didn’t want to have to work around anything, or pretend that my colors went with that red, gold, brown and “is that green supposed to be there?” carpet. For my wedding colors I went with gold, silver and navy…nice beautiful winter-time colors. However, my bouquets were made up of jewel toned, brooches. We didn’t want flowers because we wanted a keepsake and something to make people remember our wedding as just a little bit different. Now, my bouquet is on display in our living room, and it’s something we can always cherish. Plus, it added a very unique piece to our wedding.
What details at your wedding had special significance?
My brother is a youth pastor and was taking classes to become ordained but he specifically planned his class schedules to be able to be ordained in time to officiate our ceremony. It was his first wedding and it was really special to have him do it. We also passed around Italian cookies to all of our guests at our wedding as a way to personally say “thank you for coming”. Our guests were wowed by this even when Evan dumped half a tray on the floor….whoops!
What was the most memorable moment(s) of your day?
For me it was standing at the alter, knees shaking, because I was so excited, I didn’t know how to calm down at that point. For Evan, he says it was watching my face as he read his vows to me…and seeing his sisters cry from of the corner of his eye.
If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?
We both said we would have danced together more. We barely saw each other the whole night because we were bopping around so much trying to talk to everyone.
Funniest memory from your wedding day?
Everyone was so excited to get to the venue that we completely forgot to bring the bouquets with us….in fact they were still in my car! Evan’s dad had to go and get them at the last minute, and I was parked FAR away. There were also some key dance moves by our friends and family that we can’t WAIT to see on video.
What was your favorite wedding purchase?
My dress, it was exactly what I wanted. Evan’s favorites were the brooches. He really liked the idea. Ohhh and the hot chocolate bar at the end of the night…wow- such a great call.
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
We went on a mini getaway to Disney World and plan on going to Italy sometime in 2012.
Any advice for future bride & grooms?
Make sure you spend as much time as you can together during the wedding. It gets crazy with a lot of guests and you get pulled in a lot of directions. Just take the time to dance and enjoy the day together.

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Saratoga Springs NY Romantic Vintage Wedding

Hair: Fusion Salon – Saratoga Springs//Makeup Artist: Fusion Salon – Saratoga Springs//Dress Designer & Store Location: Pronovias- Something Bleu Bridal Saratoga Springs (HIGHLY recommended)//Jewelry: Bracelet- Gemini//Veil or Hair accessories: Italian lace with Swarovski crystals ( don’t know the make)//Shoes: Steve Madden and Capparros//Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal//Grooms Attire: Jos. A Banks//Ceremony Venue: Hall of Springs//Reception Venue: Hall of Springs//Florist: DIY Brooche Bouquets and Center pieces were by Laura Abbott Designs//DJ: Jeffrey Scott//Caterer: Glen Sanders Mansion//Cake: Glen Sanders Mansion- with brooch decorations by Audrey Hardenburg//Lighting: Jeffrey Scott//Invitations & Stationary: Michael’s DIY

Special Ceremony Music: Vitamins Strings Versions of Stolen, At Last, & Song Bird
Father/Daughter: Dream by Priscilla Ahn
Mother/Son: I’ll Stand by You-the pretenders
First Dance: The Way I Am- Ingrid Michaelson

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There are times in our lives where everything comes together like it was ment to be. That’s how it was when we met Julia and Lee. We met at the tail end of a bridal show and we hit it off immediately! We would run into each other periodically at the grocery store because, hey we live a hop, skip, and a jump away from each other! Their You + Me session was ridiculously amazing and fun and then there was their wedding day…..OOOOHHHH their wedding day I still drool over when I look at their photographs!

I wont say I’m biased (*cough*) Ok so I’m biased, every time I go to the Aurora Inn, magic happens! Something about the way the light filters through the windows, the historic feel of the building, and the 5 million things that inspire me constantly! Combine all of that with the creative juices of Julia and Lee and you have an amazing wedding no one will soon forget! (I definitely wont!)

The day was so mellow, I arrived to a bride who was calm, collected, and enjoying being pampered by the fantastic ladies of Makeup On Demand! The room was full of jokes, laughter, and a couple of “awwwwwww” moments. Their ceremony was full of genuine, deep, raw love! You could cut it with a knife it was so thick!

Heather, wedding coordinator extraordinaire, timed everything perfectly! The light for the formals was so delicious and I could have shot much longer than we did!

Their reception was a rockin’ party brought by Black Tie Entertainment and Tim and I couldn’t help but dance ourselves while taking pictures! We had so much fun and I’m so excited to attend Julia’s Cookie Swap! Consider this my RSVP lady! I can’t wait for you to tell me all about Ireland!

I am so blessed to have met you and Lee! Thank you for choosing us to capture your amazing day!


The Details

Hair: Makeup On Demand (Danielle Kellogg)

Makeup Artist: Makeup On Demand (Kris Kellogg)

Dress: Maggie Sottero (from Spybaby Bridal in Syracuse)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Aria Bridal

Tuxes: Jos. A. Banks

Venue: Aurora Inn

Florist: Sinicropi Florist in Seneca Falls

DJ: Black Tie Entertainment

Caterer: Aurora Inn

Cake (Pies!): Heart ‘n Hand in Skaneateles

Wedding Planner: Heather Davidson at the Aurora Inn (the best!)

Other: Ice Sculpture from the Ice Farm in Auburn

Photo Booth from Blue Apple Productions in Pittsford

Dance Lessons with Terry Perrone Dance Studio in Syracuse

Their Songs:

First Dance: “It Had to Be You” by Harry Connick, Jr.

“Some Kind of Wonderful” by Michael Buble

Father/Daughter: “Time After Time” by Eva Cassidy

Mother/Son: “You’ve Got a Friend In Me” by Randy Newman

Introductions: Parents: “I Got a Feeling,” Black Eyed Peas

Bridesmaids/Groomsmen: “SexyBack,” Justin Timberlake

Lee & Julia: “Tik Tok,” Ke$ha

About the day:

Bride & Groom:

What was the most memorable moment of your day?

For Julia, seeing Lee and Scout (our dog) walk down the aisle.  I could see them, but they couldn’t see me.  It suddenly became real and it was hard to hold back the tears at that moment.  For Lee, seeing Julia walk down the aisle.

What was you favorite detail?

Everything!  I often tell people that we had the best vendors and their attention to detail was amazing.  I was never stressed or worried about anything because everyone else had it handled.

Any advice for future bride & grooms?

Choose your vendors wisely.  Get recommendations and meet with them to discuss your “vision” and get to know their style.  We got very lucky and picked people who complemented and enhanced our dreams.

Funniest memory from you wedding day?

Lee’s college friend serenading Julia to “Start Me Up” doing his best Mick Jagger, complete with power slide!

If you had to do it all over, would you change anything?

Nothing.  Some things didn’t go according to plan, but they make for great stories now and it’s all a part of the experience.

What was your favorite wedding purchase?

Dancing lessons.  We did two dances that were able to set the tone for the night (a more elegant foxtrot right after the cocktail hour and a fun swing to get the party going after dinner) and we had a lot of fun!

Where did you go on your honeymoon?


What is your favorite wedding photo and why?

A photo of us during our first dance with each of our parents and all of the attendants looking on from the background.  It reminds me that although we shared a special day, it was only possible with the support of the people who love us.

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3 & 4)

Isn’t Julia’s Mom gorgeous?


Some of my fave dress shots, yay reflective surfaces!

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10 & 11)


Hi light, can I have you all the time? K thanks! YUM!


Julia, really? You’re SO STUNNING!!!

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Lee walked down the isle with their dog Scout!

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overwhelming love!


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One of my faves! <3



That’s right, you get your GQ on!


Old foundation + gorgeous light + amazing couple = These pictures! Wowzah!

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All of the details were so devine!


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My fave photo from the day. We were trying to get a group picture together and grandma kept on dancing. I love the reactions of everyone and the giant smile on grandma’s face!




Mick Jagger!



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