My husband and I got married on October 21, 2017 in upstate New York. We got engaged in September of 2016 and, like every other “basic b***h” out there, I dreamed of having a rustic fall wedding. I’m hoping this post will help some future brides who are just as clueless with their planning as I was!
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Venue: The Barn at Lord Howe Valley, Ticonderoga NY
Finding the venue was no easy task for a picky bride like myself. I contacted every barn and winery within a 3 hour radius of where we live. They either laughed at my request because they had no dates available until the fall of 2018, couldn’t accommodate 200 guests, were way out of our budget, or just not my style. We were about ready to settle for an off-season date at a local country club, but found an article at the last minute about a new barn venue being built in Ticonderoga, NY. They had just held their first wedding and were almost completely finished with the barn when we went up to see it. The entire property photographs beautifully, but is even more stunning in person. It was exactly what we had been looking for and, since it was their first season, a fraction of the cost of other venues who didn’t offer half of what they did and weren’t nearly as beautiful. They included farm tables, reception chairs, two arbor choices, ceremony chairs, lighting and decor options, as well as luxury bathroom trailers at no additional cost. There is truly nothing else like it out there. Sarah, the owner, was amazing to work with throughout the entire process.
The venue also has a second barn on site for the bridal party to get ready. The bride’s side is basically what I would want my own home to be designed to look like and the groom’s side is a rustic man cave complete with leather chairs and a putting green.
Catering: Mazzone Hospitality
The only reason that my husband agreed to a barn wedding was because of Mazzone Hospitality. They are an unbelievable catering and event management company out of Albany, NY that provided full service off-premise catering. We were so impressed by their menu, staff, and planning resources. Cassie, our event coordinator, helped us pick our package and menu items. She sat with us during our amazing tasting and walked us through the entire day starting with a refreshment station before the ceremony and ending with a late-night wood-fired pizza station on the patio. Cassie and our event manager, Sean, from Mazzone met with us at the venue the day before the wedding for a final run through. Sean was there for the entirety of our wedding and made sure that it was all perfect. We heard so many great things from our guests about the catering and were so happy with how it all looked and (most importantly) how it tasted.
Floral: Fleurtacious Designs, Latham NY
I contacted several different florists in the Albany/Lake George/Vermont region to compare quotes and ended up choosing Fleurtacious Designs. I loved that they were willing to re-purpose our ceremony flowers for the cocktail hour/reception and would stay on site to do the switch over. Our venue had long farm tables and we decided to do half of the tables with garland and the other half with three small centerpieces. We alternated tables and got the look we wanted at a lower price. They also provided long stemmed candle holders for the tables with the garland. Even though I purchased all of the other votives and candles myself they set everything up and styled it all beautifully. Kris Ann, the owner of Fleurtacious Designs, made my vision come to life. We met once in person, spoke on the phone a few times, and emailed back and forth with some minor details. She made the whole process so easy and stress free and we could not have been happier with the end result.
Stationary: Paradise Invitations
Let me start by saying that I had NO idea that invitations could cost so much. I had my heart set on simple letterpress invites, but quickly realized that it was not an option. I found Paradise Invitations on Etsy and contacted her to recreate a design I had found online. She designed, printed, and assembled my invitation suite with belly bands for half of the cost of anyone I contacted locally or online. She also made my menu cards that doubled as place cards and digital files for a few signs that I printed and framed. She is based out of Australia, but included free express shipping!
So.. I saw a seating chart on Style Me Pretty using photos of the guests and I NEEDED to have it. I promise I know the difference between want and need and this was an absolute necessity. At first I was naive and thought that I was going to have the time and ability to make it myself, but started to panic when it was two weeks before the wedding and I didn’t have a single photo printed. I had already done a lot of Facebook stalking and digging for old pictures, which were saved on my phone, but knew that if it was going to happen at all I would need to find a calligrapher to actually make the board and put it all together. Amanda was local to the Lake George area and had a lot of beautiful work on her facebook page. She took on the challenge of making this seating chart with short notice and also created two chalkboard bar menus. She bought all of the materials for me including the chalkboard stand and I printed the photos from foxprint.com, wrote the table numbers on the back, and mailed them to her with five days to spare. It would have cost more to purchase just a plain seating chart board on Etsy than what she charged me for all of the materials and her time. I highly recommend her for all of your calligraphy and wedding project needs!
Photo: Lauren Fair Associates
I think there was a period of time when I was following almost every wedding photographer in the Northeast on Instagram. I fell in love with Lauren Fair Photography’s style, but they were out of our price range. They do, however, offer a package for their associate photographers who are also extremely talented. This was such a great alternative and the owners, Lauren and Tim Fair, still edited our photos to get the look we loved so much.
Video: Railroad Productions
We cannot say enough great things about Molly and Cory from Railroad Productions. They captured our entire wedding weekend and truly kept us (me) sane through everything. A videographer was not at the top of my must-have list when we started planning, but my husband was adamant that we have it. I am so happy that he pushed for this because the trailer (below) and full video are my favorite things from the wedding.
Day of Coordinator: Katelyn Taylor Events
Early on in our planning I had contacted a few well known wedding planners to see what they charged for day of services and they were all VERY expensive. Then about six weeks before the wedding I started to have nightmares about wedding day disasters. I ended up searching again and found a day of coordinator who was local to the Lake George area and very reasonably priced. Kate Taylor met with us at the venue prior to the wedding and went over all of the details. The day of our wedding she was everyone’s go to person and it was so great to not be stressed about all of the little details.
Officiant: Pastor Joshua Stewart
DJ: Next Generation Entertainment
Greek Band: George Floradis; Patra Neamonitaki
Photobooth: O Snap Photobooth
Hair/Makeup: Erica Sherman (Beauty by E)
Bride: Plumed Serpent Bridal , Westport CT
Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige
Overskirt: Monique Lhuillier
Clutch: David’s Bridal
Veil: Preownedweddingdresses.com (Lazaro)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid (Watter’s Lottie Gown in mink)
Shoes: Chinese Laundry
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse (Joseph Abboud)
Ties: Tie Bar
Silver & gold votives: Paper Lantern Store
Long-burn candles: Candles4Less
Sweetheart Table Candleholders: Kirkland’s
Floating Candles: Candles4Less
Gold Chargers: Dollar Tree
Cake topper: Etsy
Chairback signs: Etsy
Cigars: Thompson Cigar
Dog collar with matching leash: Etsy