Brandon and I grew up in New Jersey and met in high school through a mutual friend. We instantly connected through a shared love for outdoor adventures, and animals, especially horses. We stayed together long distance through college, while I was at Boston University and Brandon at University of Connecticut. After years traveling to visit each other, we finally both lived in Boston, where I went to medical school at BU and Brandon went to veterinary school at Tufts. Even though our schedules were busy over the years, we spent every bit of free time we had together exploring outside, backpacking in the mountains, cycling and running with our triathlon and cycling teams.
We share a love for National Parks, and during a trip through the Pacific Northwest, Brandon proposed on top of a mountain in Olympic National Park. It was a magical moment surrounded by mountain views, deciding to spend the rest of our lives together.
When we found The Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm, with its beautiful open space, stunning draft horses, and perfectly restored barn, we immediately knew it was the perfect fit for us. Kimberly is also an incredible wedding planner and venue manager, making sure every detail flowed seamlessly, so we could focus on enjoying the best party of our lives.
We got married two weeks after Brandon graduated from veterinary school and I graduated from medical school. We now live in Seattle, where Brandon works as a horse vet, and I’m a resident doctor in Internal Medicine.
wedding date: May 27, 2018
ceremony & reception location: Wedding Barn at Lakota's Farm
photographer: Heather Bohm-Tallman
event decorator: Kimberly Finney
wedding gown: BHLDN Wedding Dresses
bridesmaids' dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
groomsmen clothing: Blue suit with bowtie matching bridesmaids
rings: Kay Jewelers
wedding planner: Kimberly Finney
flowers: Ten West Events
hair& makeup: Lipstick and Lashes
caterer: Hudson Valley BBQ
music: Stolen Moments
first dance: Cowboy Take Me Away
special touches: Brandon hand made a wooden archway for our ceremony that we were able to get married under at the farm! It was such a sweet touch and it looked beautiful with the flowers draped across it too.
advice to pass along: Try not to get lost in the little details, and soak in every moment of the wedding day!
The day after Traver’s Day 2014, there was a message in my FACEBOOK inbox from this random guy named Dan Furman: ”Were you at the track yesterday?”
You know that feeling when you do or say something you wish you could dig a hole and hide from…yup, that was my exact feeling! I thought of every embarrassing scenario that could have unfolded in front of this handsome stranger.
Sure enough, he did notice me and wanted to approach, but chickened out (HA!) lo and behold Facebook has a "people you may know" feature that brought my husband and I together.
After our first date, it was off to the races! I gained a best friend and “my other half.” There is no other human who will ever make me feel as special and strong as does Dan.
When Dan proposed, he caught me totally off guard—which is super hard to do! I had spray tan running down my cheeks from happy tears.
Our starting gate as husband and wife was held on Travers Day 2019. It was a picture-perfect day with Lake George as our backdrop. My most cherished memory is walking up the fairytale, castle stairs to see my groom for the first time; the emotions I felt was everything you want love to feel like.
Every wedding guest left with a customized lottery ticket that read, “Wishing you riches from the new Mr and Mrs.” We wish everyone luck finding their “other half.” and maybe give that person in your inbox a chance!
wedding date: August 24, 2019- Travers Day
reception location: Top of the World Golf Resort -Lake George
1st look location: Highlands Castle, Bolton Landing
photographer: Matt Ramos Photography
videographer: Eunoia Visuals- Shane Hawthorne
stationery suite: Carol Jo Dufort
event decorator: Whimsical White Fox- Ballston Spa
wedding gown: Lily's Bridal; second dress bought from Something Bleu (customized by Beth Whitbeck)
bridesmaids' dresses: Saratoga Elegance
groom and groomsmen clothing: Men's Warehouse
rings: Northeastern Fine Jewelry
flowers: Felthousen Florist
hair: Juliet Smith
makeup: Cassandra McKenna D’Alberto and Amanda Pierce
cake: Villa Italia
music: New York Players
transportation: Royale Transportation
first dance: It was supposed to be "Dirt" by Florida Georgia Line -instead they played "Dirt on my Boots" haha
photobooth: Matt Ramos
honeymoon: Mediterranean Cruise: Italy, Greece and Malta
bridesmaids jewelry: Wits End --Kendall Scott earrings
tent rentals: Rain or Shine Tent Rentals
wedding concierge for furbaby: Canine to Five
ice cream station: Stewarts
special touches: We didn't want to trouble family or friends with our furbaby sharing our special day so we hired Canine to Five. They were fantastic, they created an amazing video that showcased our dog's perspective of the wedding. He literally had a gopro on him! Right before the party ended, we had a lantern release ceremony. And if the cake wasn't enough, we had a sundae bar with our favorite Stewart's ice cream flavor--Crumbs along the Mohawk. Whimsical White Fox created hilarious drink signs to go along with our signature drinks. These drinks were inspired by our alter egos and our beloved dog, Cesar. "Tipsy Mermaid" "Pick Six" and "All Hail Cesar" Instead of the traditional father daughter dance, my Dad and I surprised our guests with a performance inspired by the Little Mermaid's ending scene when King Triton gives Ariel her legs to be with her prince. My bridesmaids and groom were a part of the routine!
advice to pass along: I recommend first look, it was the most authentic experience in our entire relationship, such RAW emotion. I get teared up thinking about it. The details of your bridesmaids go far! I am so happy I didn't buy my bridesmaids gifts that weren't featured in the wedding. The Kendall Scott earrings will always remind my girls how much I appreciate them, and the earrings were a perfect accent piece! Please get the wedding videographer! You will want to look back on this day. And video captures the candids, the jokes and smiles. I can't wait to look back on our wedding for years to come.
- real bride
- Saratoga Springs, NY
- Saratoga Bride
- Top of the World Golf Resort Lake George
- Highlands Castle, Bolton Landing
- Matt Ramos photography
- Lily's Bridal
- Something Bleu
- Saratoga Elegance
- Men's Warehouse
- Northeastern Fine Jewelry
- Felthousen Florist
- Juliet Smith
- Cassandra McKenna D’Alberto and Amanda Pierce
- Villa Italia
- Royale Transportation
- New York Players
- Rain or Shine Tent Rentals
- Canine to Five
A few short months after I moved to Boston, I joined a co-ed soccer team named "Victorious Secret" where I met my husband Mike. He says he was instantly charmed by me and I say I couldn't take my eyes off his flashy foot skills. Neither of us knew what this fateful day would be "kicking off."
A couple of weeks after that first game, he invited me to his St. Patrick's Day Parade party, which is a very big tradition in Boston. Little did I know the party would conveniently consist of only 2 people...seemed fishy! The party started with some traditional Irish car bombs and ended with Mike asking me out on our first date! From then on, he continued to court me with his quirky sense of humor and adventurous spirit. We spent the next few years making unforgettable memories exploring New England and traveling around the world together.
He proposed to me on a weekend getaway to Burlington, VT in July 2018 with our loveable dog, Zoey, and my best friend and her husband. After dinner, we walked along the beautiful Burlington waterfront at sunset and when my best friend asked if she could take a photo of us along the sunset waterfront, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and he was met with a happy, tearful "yes!"
Fast forward 13 months, we were married at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany, NY and had our reception at The State Room on September 7th, 2019. I always knew I wanted to be married in a church and we were drawn to St. Peter's Episcopal Church because of its gorgeous architecture and it is the church my father often visited when he worked in downtown Albany. The State Room is conveniently located across the street and when we saw the venue and met with the staff (Eric, Tara, & Tom) we knew it was the perfect place for us with its gorgeous ballroom and unique architectural features-it preserved its previous elements of when it used to be a savings bank.
For our wedding, we chose September because it is our favorite month of the year as the summer transitions into the fall. We were incredibly lucky that we had a gorgeous sunny day in the 70s. It was important to us to incorporate as many personal touches as possible into our wedding. One of our favorite things to do together is travel, so for our seating chart, we did a world map and each table was named by a location we had traveled together. And our table numbers at each table featured a different framed photo of us at each location. Our signature drinks were a Moscow Mule-our first drink we had together on our first date and a Caramel Apple Bellini-a drink we love to make for our friends every fall. Our wedding favors were macarons, our favorite treat! And we loved incorporating a dog biscuit bar in honor of our dog, Zoey and her furry pals who couldn't make it to the pawty! Ending the night with a sparkler send-off was a wonderful way to end our perfect day. It was like a fairytale. We are so thankful to our vendors who helped bring our dream wedding vision to life!
wedding date : September 7, 2019
ceremony location: St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Albany, NY
reception: The State Room in Albany, NY
photographer: Bryer Photography-Heather & Jason
stationery: RSVP Hingham
videographer: Ebabil Film
event decorator : The State Room
wedding gown: Flair Boston
tuxedo & grooms’ clothing: Men's Warehouse
rings: Long's Jewelers
flowers: Ambiance Florals-Michele Peters
wedding planner: Eric Stewart & Tara Cometti
hair & makeup:: Krystal Rose Studio
caterer: The State Room
dj: Hollister Entertainment
first dance "Speechless" by Dan & Shay
photobooth: Bryer Photography
honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii and Kauai, Hawaii
Day of Details-ceremony booklet, seating chart, menu cards: Hirokawa Design Company
Favors: Maca Boston
Dog Biscuit: Bar-Bella & Lindy's Saratoga Pet Boutique
Welcome Bags: Saratoga Candy Company
advice to pass along... On the day of your wedding, don't stress over all the little details and try to soak in every moment since it goes by so fast. It is an incredible feeling to have everyone who loves and supports you all together for the first time ever. Don't forget to have some private moments as a couple because it is your relationship and commitment to one another that made this day possible. Some of our favorite memories of the wedding were private moments together to reflect on how grateful and lucky we are to have found each other.
Jason and I met many years ago, casually chatting here and there but nothing major. Then one day something just felt different between us. As we tried to explore what this was, it was difficult for us to accept what we were feeling. With so many differences between us, surely this could not be right. Once we finally stopped fighting it and trying to deny our true feelings an undeniable bond was formed. We became best friends, true loves, and soul mates.
I never thought I would get married, not that I was against it, I just didn't see marriage as something that solidified a relationship. Then one day in our kitchen, when I turned around and saw Jason down on one knee, with Jason's son AJ standing nearby, I knew immediately I wanted to marry him and have these wonderful boys in my life forever.
Saratoga was the only option for our wedding, we both were born and raised here. With so many beautiful locations and endless possibilities, it is easily the most magical place to have a wedding. Our friends own a farm and kindly let us use it as our venue. With the sun setting during cocktail hour and all the candles twinkling upon entering the reception tent, it was nothing short of a dream come true!
wedding date : September 21, 2019
ceremony and reception location: The Bovee Family Farm (Charlton)
photographer: Niki Rossi Photography
stationery: Zazzle and Paper Dolls of Saratoga
Officiant: The Reverend Joy Burke
event decorator : The bride and groom!
wedding gown: RK Bridal NYC
tuxedo: Mr. Formal Wear
rings: Cartier (groom) and NYC Wholesale Diamonds (bride)
flowers: Dehn’s Flowers
hair & makeup:: Kassie at Rumors Salon and Spa (Latham)
caterer: Lily and the Rose
cake: The Cupcakecakery
dj: Platinum Entertainment, DJ Eric Cooper
first dance "Die a Happy May," Thomas Rhett
honeymoon: The Bahamas
miscellaneous: Rain or Shine Tent Company, napkins/place cards holders - Etsy
special touches... Jason's son AJ walked me down the aisle, this wedding was the joining of the 3 of us so it meant a lot to me to include him as much as possible and have an important role. Jason made a beautiful speech that mentioned those who were not able to join us on our special day (his Dad and a guest’s mother both recently passed away).
advice to pass along... Trust your heart and do what YOU want to do. This is YOUR day, you do everything the way you want to do it, it is all about YOU today (maybe the groom too, but just a little bit). Enjoy every single moment, from the little ones to the big, from the planning to the big day, it really will be over in a blink of an eye!