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Before Pier and I met we both lived in downtown Saratoga Springs though somehow had not crossed paths.  We met by chance on a Thanksgiving Eve and shortly after began dating.  Our engagement was on the eve of Easter, four years later, at one of our favorite local spots; The Wine Bar Saratoga.  Pier grew up in Troy NY and I in Clifton Park so we both have a strong connection the Capital Region.  We both love to travel and had considered a destination wedding but ultimately decided our hometown was the best choice.  

There are so many great venues in Saratoga Springs but after visiting The Mansion Inn just outside of town we immediately knew that was our place.  The staff was absolutely amazing, and from our initial meeting made us feel like we were in great hands.  Lori Wodicka walked us through our options and made suggestions on how to best use all aspects that this beautiful venue has to offer.  Chef Rick Beiber worked with us to create a delicious menu, creative stations and delivered impeccable results.  Rachel Francisco was the perfect person to keep everyone on track and provided a calming voice as our Day of Coordinator.  She made sure all our amazing vendors had anything they needed at their disposal.

Our day could not have been more perfect, everything went off without a hitch and even the weather was the perfect “Sunny and 75!”  We are so thankful to The Mansion and all our vendors who made this the best day ever. 

Our photographer and videographer worked seamlessly together while staying very much a part of the day but unobtrusive.  I highly recommend booking Chelsey and Ben together!  Special thanks to Shannon Ramirez - Power of a Stylist for creating the perfect “lived in” color and highlights. Extra special thanks to Elegant Fashion and Lucia Bruno for all our alterations, my dress fit like a glove!


Wedding Date: July 9, 2022

Location: The Mansion Inn

Photographer: Chelsea Bos Photography

Wedding Gown: Saratoga Bride and Gown

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Elegant Fashion, Latham

Hair: Shannon Ramirez/Complexions

Makeup: Complexions

Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: Generation Tux

Rings: Philip Alexander and Elegant Fashion

Event Decorator: Eye on Decor and Total Events LLC

Flowers: Native Farm Flowers

Caterer: Chef Rick Bieber at The Mansion

Cake: Villa Italia

Party Favors: Saratoga Olive Oil

DJ/Band: The Refrigerators

First Dance:  "Perfect Symphony" with Andrea Bocelli

Honeymoon Destination: Italy & Greece

Special Touches... 

  • We had a “ring security” who took his job very seriously, it was a nice comedic break as we worked it into the ceremony right before the ring exchange. 


  • I decided on wooden bouquets after ordering a sample from an Etsy Store, Pine and Petal Weddings.  They were beautiful, looked real and will last for years!  
  • Rehearsal Dinner: Village Pizzeria
  • After Party: The Wine Bar Saratoga
  • Alterations: Elegant Fashion
  • Hotel Welcome Bags: Toga Heritage

Advice Melissa & Pier Would Like To Pass Along...

"Great food, great music and a fun vibe will make your day memorable for you and your guests.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, no one will notice but you!  A late night pub grub station was much appreciated after dancing and drinks.  Also, not everyone eats the cake!!  We had a pastry and cake desert table with Bailey’s, Amaretto, limoncello and coffees.  The next day I was the Oprah of cake, order less than your party size!"