In 2016, I moved to Philadelphia for work, providentially just one 1 minute down the street from Colin. We had many mutual friends, so there were plenty of parties and gatherings that put him on my radar. Colin was always so funny and kind, I developed a crush pretty quick. I didn’t know until a year later (finally!) that he had feelings too. Our first date was on a private rooftop above a local pizza shop; we had lots of pizza and wine and easy conversation, and we both left with a hunch that this could be it!
A little over a year later, with plenty of trips and hikes and fun dates behind us, we went on a local hike. I was a bit suspicious that Colin would propose, we had talked about marriage and were excited to start our life together. Yet it was still a surprise when he pulled out the perfect ring and asked me to marry him. We were giddy idiots for the rest of the day!
Growing up in Rotterdam, I was very familiar with Saratoga and the Hall of Springs, but never dreamed I’d one day have a wedding there... that seemed too good to be true! My mom suggested checking it out; with the staff being incredibly hospitable and a few Saratoga Bride magazines ending up in my possession, I was sold.
Colin and I could not have imagined a more joyful and gorgeous wedding day. We still cannot believe we were able to get married in one of the greatest destinations in all of New York State!
Wedding Date August 24
Ceremony St. Mary's Catholic Church
Reception Hall of Springs
Photographer Elizabeth Mahon
Videographer Rose Wetmore
Wedding Gown Bijou Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses As long as they were floor length and navy blue, the bridesmaids purchased their dresses wherever they felt most comfortable for their body type and their bank account!
Hair Erin Ingold
Groom's Attire Calvin Klein
Rings Bride engagement ring and groom wedding ring: James Allen. Bride wedding ring: Helzberg Diamonds
Flowers Sam Madia
Stationery Suite A friend who is a graphic designer designed all of our stationary as a gift.
Wedding Planner All the Essentials Wedding Planner organizer from Amazon.
Event Decorator Sam Madia
Caterer & Cake Hall of Springs
Transportation Saratoga Transit
DJ or Band Vince Liotta, Experience Events. Spa City Duo played at wedding Mass.
First Dance "Millionaire" by Chris Stapleton
Honeymoon Destination St. Lucia
Having our wedding in Saratoga WAS the special touch! Our out of town guests loved the town, people were able to go to the racetrack the next day, some of our guests went to Lake George for a little vacation afterwards. It was beyond ideal.
Advice to pass along...
Our DJ was incredible. He had no agenda except our agenda, and he catered to our preferences perfectly. Think about the sort of vibe you want for your reception, and communicate that with your DJ so that you and your guests have the sort of evening you have envisioned.