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Kristine and John – September 28, 2013

Kristine and John were married at Saratoga National Golf Club on September 28, 2013.  To say that I had an amazing time working with these two is a complete understatement.  What first started with a phone call from Kristine’s mom looking for a wedding planner for her daughter ended up as a beautiful friendship that I now am happy to share with these two.  Who knew that when they hired me as their wedding planner back in February of 2012 that we would all get so much out of our time together.
Kristine and John are completely wonderful people each possessing a heart of pure gold.  They both love each other so much and I was actually surprised I was able to keep them apart the morning of their wedding!  Their first look was absolutely amazing, and I had to include a series of photos from that moment just so everyone can see how genuine and real they reacted to seeing one another for the first time.  You can see in all of these images that they have a true and deep connection to each other and when you are around them you can just feel the love they share.  This wedding day meant a lot to them not just because of the fun party but because they officially got to start the rest of their lives together.  And they couldn’t have had a more beautifully sunny day to do this.
It is no surprise that two people who share so much love with one another were raised in families that possess the same caring qualities.  Kristine picked her only sister to be her maid of honor, and John chose his only brother to be his best man.  During the ceremony their parents each held on to one of the wedding bands in what is known as a Ring Warming Ceremony, a silent blessing of the wedding rings that John and Kristine later placed on each other’s finger.  And for Kristine’s something blue she had a section of one of her dad’s old blue shirts cut into a heart and sewn into her wedding dress with her wedding date embroidered into it.  It was so touching to be there to watch her dad’s expression as he saw the blue heart for the first time.  
In addition to all the thoughtful pieces, Kristine also incorporated a lot of fun details into her wedding.  The purple and green color scheme is a great choice for fall, and going with flowers that have a lot of texture is the perfect match for the season.  They had custom signs made for their ceremony space as well as matching escort board and table number for the reception room.  Guests were treated to an amazing array of food and their signature cocktail was a super cute “Something Blue” martini.  Their reception tables were dressed in a soft sage green linen and their wedding cake was topped with an adorable hand made pennant flag that read “Just Married”.  They even had some fun with sparklers and surprised their guests with a full spread of sliders and fries as a late night nosh station.  This wedding had everything – plus some!
This wedding could not have been possible without the help of a team of talented wedding vendors.  Traci, Kristi and Sarah from Saratoga National were AMAZING to work with and made sure every last detail was executed perfectly.  Niki Rossi brought her photo and video team for this event and it’s always a blast working with Niki, Ray, and the crew!  Adam Conway from Piano Man DJs kept the dance floor packed all night.  Adam you rock!  Hair and makeup was done by the fab ladies at Make Me Fabulous, my girl Jessica Rowell performed their amazingly personal ceremony, and the flowers were done by Kris Ann Elario and team from Fleurtacious Designs.  And for transportation we had Today’s Limousine for their limo service and Upstate Transit for shuttling the guests back and forth.  
I am so happy that I was home to answer the call from Kristine’s mom 16 months ago, because if I had never connected with her I would never have met Kristine and John and formed the wonderful friendship we share now.  I was so happy to work with them as their wedding planner and even happier that I get to call them true friends for years to come.
xoxo,
Shannon

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