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Photos by
Elise Ruocco Photography

Joe and I have a love story 21 years in the making. We first met in 7th grade. We went to the same school and played hockey together. We became best friends after I turned him down for a date and remained close friends throughout high school. 

After college, Joe moved to Lake Placid, and I would always join a group of friends that went to visit him. Joe was always my rock and my escape place when I was going through a bad breakup. In 2018, I found myself looking for a new job. I decided to see what Lake Placid had to offer and asked Joe if I could move into his second bedroom. The rest is history. 

Two months after living together, we took a leap and started dating. After two years of dating, Joe proposed on a sunrise hike on the top of Mt VanHoevenburg (with our to-be flower dog present.)

We quickly started looking at venues and had toured, fallen in love with, and booked The Promise Gardens in less than two weeks. The venue is a dream, and we would get married there over and over again if we could.


Wedding Date: October 23, 2021

Location: The Promise Gardens

Photographer: Elise Ruocco

Videographer: Bokeh Film Studios

Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero

Bridesmaids' Dresses: Revelry

Hair: Sarah Poirier of The Beauty Loj at Norm's

Makeup: Roma Beauty

Groom's & Groomsmen's Attire: The Modern Groom

Rings: Darrah Cooper Jewelers

Flowers: Blooms Floral Design

Caterer: Nicole's of Albany

Cake: Lauren Yaniro

Donuts: Cider Belly & Coccadotts

Transportation: L&S Journeys

DJ or Band: Lake Placid DJ

First Dance:  "Hold You Down" by X Ambassadors

Honeymoon Destination: Iceland

Special Touches... 

Our place cards were multi-purpose. They were bud vases with everyone's name and table number. The guests would find their name, take it to their table and create their own center piece. It made for a unique display on every table. They could also take their vase home at the end of the night. 

Advice Joell & Joe Would Like To Pass Along...

"Take time to be alone or have a moment together. The day goes by so fast and everyone wants your attention. We did a first look and said our vows privately which was the best decision. It gave us time to really soak in the moment and made the vows even more special."