Kaitlin and John both attended Colgate University in different years and actually met at an alumni event a few years later. As everyone knows about Colgate alumni, they are fiercely loyal to their school (hence the high attendance at alumni events) and the Colgate University campus itself means an awful lot to them. So it’s not surprising that these two Raiders fell in love at a college event and chose to celebrate the joining of their union on the campus of their alma mater.
Kaitlin and John live in NYC so all of our planning was done online and over the phone. My calls with them were always hilarious, and they had me laughing every time they they said no to a traditional wedding element. That doesn’t mean that they weren’t hyper focused on what was most important to them, which was making sure the day looked beautiful and throwing a party that their friends and family would never forget. (Spoiler alert – they were massively successful at achieving both!)
The wedding day itself was like a dream, with bridesmaids in the most gorgeous colors I may have ever seen, a first look on Willow Path that could make even the sternest person cry, a beautiful ceremony in the Chapel on campus, cocktail hour on Upper Merrill House lawn, and a stunning tent reception with fun blue goblets in a sailcloth tent on Lower Merrill House lawn. The night ended the way that many good nights end at Colgate with song New York, New York played for all to sing to, then everyone headed on over for the after party at the Bacon. Add in a Colgate University guest book and plenty of photos of alumni friends and family behind a Colgate banner and you have yourself a perfect campus celebration.
Kaitlin and John, you are beautiful souls and I am so glad when you were looking for a wedding planner you picked me! Congrats you two!!
Wedding Planning & Coordination – Wedding Planning Plus
Photo – Katherine Marchand Weddings
Venue – Colgate University
Catering – Colgate Inn
Entertainment – Metropolitan Players
Florals – Blooms For Rooms
Beauty – All Brides New York
Rentals – Rain or Shine
Transportation – Colgate Cruisers
“When we decided to have an outdoor wedding 4 hours away from home we knew we would need an amazing team of vendors to help us pull it off. After our first conversation with Shannon, we knew she would be the perfect wedding planner for us and she did not disappoint.
From our first call to our wedding day, Shannon was incredible to work with. She did a remarkable job of breaking down each step in our planning process into manageable components. Shannon kept us right on track leading up to our wedding and made excellent vendor recommendations along the way. Not only was every call with her fun, but my fiance and I always felt like she understood us and that she had everything under control.
On our wedding day Shannon kept the day moving smoothly and was such a calming presence. My fiance and I were really able to take a step back and be present with our family and friends.
We had a very particular vision in mind for the day and when Shannon brought us into the tent before our guests arrived, it took our breath away. She absolutely nailed every aspect of our wedding. Our wedding was incredibly beautiful and when I see pictures of the day, I am in awe of what we were able to accomplish.
Shannon is extremely hard working, from making changes to our rental tables the day before our wedding to pinning up my dress because I danced so hard it broke, she took care of everything.
To make a long story short, hire her, you will not regret it. And if you’re a Colgate Alum getting married on campus, DEFINITELY hire her. “
Kaitlin and John
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