Jordan and I met at the University at Albany. I was in my freshman year, while Jordan was just finishing up undergrad. We saw each other in passing a lot as Jordan was very heavily involved in athletics, and I was on the cheerleading team. Over the course of 2 years, Jordan and I got to know each other and became closer friends. In 2012 Jordan started grad school and we officially started dating. We both graduated in 2014; me with my bachelor’s degree, Jordan with 2 masters, and we moved to New York City.
Three years of living together in NYC flew by, and In April 2017 we headed back up to Albany to celebrate Easter with my family. When we are in town, we always stop by the old campus to walk around and check out anything new. We walked around for bit and ended up in the front of the campus, Jordan told me there was no better place than "where it all began.” He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Soon after, our parents ran out of one of the buildings so excited; they had witnessed the whole proposal! It was so amazing to have both families present for our engagement.
We had been planning a trip to California, and it ended up being the week after we got engaged. I spent the entire 6-hour flight researching and planning. Living in the NYC area and being from the Capital Region, we both knew there was no better place to get married than Saratoga. We were lucky to have booked some of the best vendors in the area and our planning process was a breeze.
Our wedding day was magical. That’s the only way I know how to describe it. We felt overwhelmed with love by our friends and family, and that was a feeling we will never forget.
wedding date: November 17, 2018
ceremony & reception location: Hall Of Springs
photographer: Matt Ramos Photography
videographer: LaRose Medias
stationery suiteAmber Michaniw Designs
event decorator: Total Events
wedding gown: Angela's Bridal
bridesmaids' dresses: Badgley Mischka
tuxedo and groomsmen clothing: The Black Tux
rings: Kent New York
flowers: My Mom!
wedding planner: Family
hair: Kelsey Gabriel
>makeup: Amy Caridi
caterer: Mazzone Hospitality
cake: Cake Street Sweets
transportation: Exclusive Chauffeur
music: Fernando, Piano Man
first dance: "So High" John Legend
honeymoon: The Maldives
get ready location: Pavilion Grand Hotel
aisle Runner: The Original Runner Co.
My mom created all of the florals, including the bouquets, boutonnières and centerpieces. I'm the youngest in my family, and she helped make all of my siblings florals for their weddings. So it was very special she did the same for mine Jordan LOVES Bourbon, The Hall Of Springs set up an amazing Cigar and Bourbon Bar.
advice to pass along
Hire vendors you LOVE and feel comfortable with. I'm so glad we splurged on photography. It's a keepsake for the rest of your life; and we got beautiful images. Most importantly, Relax and enjoy the best day of your life.