Matt and I started dating about 2 years ago. Given that we both had children from previous relationships we were very cautious and intentional from the beginning. What started out as a solid friendship bloomed into love as we both realized we had common goals and priorities.
I grew up in Saratoga and Matt relocated here after college, but it has become one of our favorite places. Even though we live here, there was no question that we wanted to have a very Saratoga wedding. Matt proposed in front of The Adelphi Hotel in June 2020.
The Adelphi has always been a favorite place of ours downtown and I think we both knew we'd like to get married there. But, 2020 meant the pandemic and COVID. We decided we really wanted to start our lives together with our kids so we planned a wedding for September 12, 2020, just 12 weeks after getting engaged!
Because we could only have a ceremony and a dinner, we focused all our energy into those things. We had only 27 guests; immediate family, and a handful of close friends.
The day was about our union and our children, and it could not have been more perfect. Our vendors perfectly understood our vision and worked so carefully to keep everyone safe without compromising on the experience. We had amazing weather, the best vendors, the perfect venue and at the end of the day we were married!
What could be better?
wedding date: September 12, 2020
ceremony: Adephi Hotel
reception location: The Blue Hen, Adephi Hotel
photographer: Rob Spring Photography
stationery suite: Paperdolls
wedding gown: Lily Saratoga
groom/groomsmen clothing: Simon's Menswear (Mike), Greenfield
wedding bands: N. Fox, Engagement ring from a jeweler in Texas
flowers: Samantha Nass Floral Design
hair & makeup: Revive Hair and Skin (Juliet Smith)
cake/caterer: The Blue Hen
dj: Anthony & Tyler from Non-Stop Music
first dance: "Love Like This" by Ben Rectort
officiant: Dianne Patterson - From The Heart Ceremonies.
"Guest Book" print of the Adelph: Impressions of Saratoga
special touches: It was important to us to keep our vendors local. As someone who works in the wedding industry, I know how much business our fellow vendors have given up. We wanted to support our local wedding industry. We also wanted to make sure our guests felt as comfortable as possible during a pandemic. Everyone was socially distanced during our ceremony and we had mostly two tops for dinner, spaced out.
Advice to pass along... Keep the focus on what the day is really about which is getting married to your best friend. Yes, we would have loved to have more friends and family present with us and danced the night away, but at the end of the day that's not what the day is really about.