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Elegant Saratoga Springs Summer Wedding

Saratoga Springs has a special allure to it – this quiet, quaint upstate New York town comes alive in August and this darling duo tapped into that energy for their celebrations. With subtle but stylish nods to the town’s culture and plenty of prettiness from the bridesmaids to this gorgeous gown, Lindsay Madden captured it all for us to spend some quality time with in our VAULT right this way!

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From the Bride… Brian and I wanted our wedding design to be a direct reflection of ourselves – a mix of our personal style with the vibe of the local environment. We considered a million different locations but in the end the decision was easy, a place that hit home for both of us – Saratoga Springs, NY. This is the town where I grew up and together we’ve spent a lot of time escaping our crazy, Manhattan lives. For those of you who don’t know Saratoga, it’s all about the horse racing. With the majority of our guests visiting for the first time, we had to give them the full Saratoga experience. So August it was, when the racing season kicks off and the little town is in full swing.

The summer time upstate is beautiful; we knew we needed an outdoor affair. In our design we wanted to portray the rich history and timeless elegance of Saratoga Springs with the rugged, raw beauty of the Adirondacks. Locally made, reclaimed wooden farm tables were brought in for dining; blue glass Saratoga water bottles helped our guests find their tables; a vintage lawn jockey and directional sign of cities that have impacted our lives greeted guests before the ceremony. A tree was even planted on the golf course in memory of my Dad, so that he could be there with us throughout our special day. Personal touches were everywhere, and were so important to Brian and me because it made the wedding us.

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Photography: Lindsay Madden Photography | Event Planning: Rustic Robin Events | Floral Design: Rena's Fine Flowers | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Cake: Mazzone Catering | Invitations: Makewells | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Mazzone Catering | Lighting: Saratoga National Golf Club | Band: Soul Session | Groom's Attire: Hugo Boss | Venue: Saratoga National Golf Club | Bridal Boutique: Saks Fifth Avenue

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Traditional Black + White Saratoga Springs Wedding

This elegant black + white affair kept tradition strong, while also incorporating beautiful modern details, like all-white florals with tons of texture, chic olive oil wedding favors, and gorgeous Jenny Yoo Bridesmaids’ gowns in a dramatic black chiffon. Lucky for us, 4 Eyes Photography captured it all, and shared it with us in the gallery here, so we can all soak up this fete’s sleek and elegant inspiration.

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From the beautiful Bride… I met Jeremy within weeks of moving back to Saratoga. After spending nine years in Manhattan and having my father almost pass away of a stroke, I knew it was time for a change—it was time to move “home.” I met Jeremy within weeks of moving home. It was Friday night. It had been a hard week. It was the biggest dive bar in town. There was a lot working against Jeremy that night, but I had the best night I could remember in a long time. Since he didn’t have my phone number, two days later he asked me out on a real date via Facebook. He said the offer was “non-negotiable,” so I met him, and we have been together every day since. Better still—my dad loves him.

I had a feeling the proposal was coming, but he still caught me off guard. It was the week after Labor Day and we drove down to Greenport for a vacation. We couldn’t check into our hotel until 3pm, so we decided to take a wine tour at Raphael Vineyard and Winery. It was a chilly, rainy day, so we were the only ones on the tour. In fact, we virtually had the entire vineyard and winery to ourselves! Following the tour, we could walked down to the vineyard to take pictures. I’m usually the one taking the pictures, but somehow Jeremy talked me into handing the camera over so he could take a few of me. I remember walking through the grapes in the misty air, feeling so grateful for Jeremy and that day. When I turned around he was on one knee.

Having grown up in Saratoga, and now having our home, offices and church within a 10-block radius of downtown, we wanted our family and closest friends to experience downtown Saratoga and all of its incredible offerings. The beautiful historic Canfield Casino in Congress Park blended the history of our beloved town, along with the downtown location we desired. Plus, since our dogs couldn’t be with us at the reception, the location reminded us all of the walks we had taken them on in the park and made us feel closer to them.

My style has always been clean, natural and minimalistic. Since the venue itself is very ornate, I wanted to keep the integrity of the venue while staying true to my personal style by keeping the color palette white and monochromatic. White, glass vases filled with single arrangements of white tulips, ranunculus, nerine lilies and mini calla lilies on top of white crinkle linens kept the look clean and updated. Additionally, it was it was really important to me incorporate personal touches to the décor so that the day felt personal. We had Q&A napkins during cocktail hour so that guests could get to know quirky facts about us, a specialty cocktail, “The Non-negotiable,” paying tribute to the date that made all of the difference, and a sprig of rosemary on each place setting, serving as a symbol of love and a nod to our love for nature.

In some respects tradition is important to us, while on the other hand, we are not at all traditional. While we had a full catholic mass and a sit down reception, the traditions ended there. I was completely against being announced at the reception (or anything else that drew attention to me), but came up with the perfect workaround that left me feeling comfortable and our guests being amused—Jeremy announced the bridal party! He had the time of his life, and it was one of my favorite parts of the reception! Also, I was completely against cutting a cake cutting, but knew our mother’s really wanted it, so I let them cut the cake. Guests couldn’t stop laughing as they fed each other the cake!

Since our favorite times are with family and friends around the dinner table, we thought it was only fitting to provide guests with individual bottles of Saratoga Olive Oil to enjoy at home with their loved ones !

Photography: 4 Eyes Photography | Event Design: Fleurtacious Designs | Floral Design: Fleurtacious Designs | Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier | Invitations: JennyCDesign | Stationery: LG Creative Group | Ceremony Venue: St Clements Roman Catholic | Reception Venue: The Historic Canfield Casino | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Jenny Packham | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Favors: Saratoga Olive Oil | Accomodations: Pavillion Grand Hotel

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Saratoga Springs Winter Wedding from Tracey Buyce

Once in awhile a wedding comes along that checks every single love of mine. This usually entails a sun-filled beach wedding somewhere tropical. But sometimes it is all about a romantic winter affair. And this baby has a whole lot of checks. Great photography at the hands of Tracey Buyce: check. A sea of beautiful blooms crafted by Renaissance Floral Design: another check. Modern meets whimsical meets traditional meets gorgeous: check, check, check, and check. It’s a clementine-filled love affair and you can see even more right here.


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Modern

From the Bride… Bill and I attended the same, small law school in upstate New York, but we didn’t meet each other until a school trip to Cleveland, Ohio. While there, and in true ladylike fashion, I challenged him in a drinking game. The rest, as they say, is history. After Bill proposed, we quickly decided on the historic Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, NY and picked a December date. I had always wanted a winter wedding done in bright, punchy colors. No snowflakes, red-and-green, or sparkly winter inspiration for us.

With typical winter colors out of the running, the driving force for our wedding design came from my personal style, which I describe as a “marriage” of Anthropologie and CB2—a little bit vintage and whimsical, with a healthy dose of modern. The inspiration started with two things: orange clementines in milk glass, and an edge-painted, gray letterpress Irving invitation from Bella Figura. From there, I found the most beautiful gray, pink, and orange Aimee Wilder wallpaper—which ultimately ended up as the runner on the head table, and on the escort boards—and a concept and color palette started to take shape. Because I had lots of contrasting design components, I wanted a unifying element that we could repeat throughout the day. We decided on a gray-and-white chevron pattern and incorporated it everywhere—from the flower girls’ skirts, to the napkins on the head table, and the to-go cookies for the end of the night.

I also saw the wedding as an opportunity to flex my crafty, creative side (not something that gets much use in my day-to-day life as an attorney). I designed our day-of wedding paper and, with the help of my amazing mom, executed seemingly-endless DIY details like the table numbers, escort boards, and signage. The design was very “me,” but our day also highlighted some of the most memorable moments that Bill and I have shared as a couple. The cocktail hour featured a chef-manned Thai station (a nod to a trip Bill and I took after graduating law school), and the bar poured wine from our favorite vineyard. And although Bill and I didn’t know each other in our undergrad years, I have heard all about his college a cappella group and I’ve met many of his friends from those days. As a surprise, I arranged to have the group travel to Saratoga and perform between dinner courses.

Wedding Photography: Tracey Buyce Photography / Wedding Venue: The Canfield Casino in Saratoga Springs, New York / Wedding Planning: Shannon Whitney of Wedding Planning Plus / Floral Design + Linen Rentals: Renaissance Floral Design, LLC / Rentals and Lighting: Clifton Park Rental Center / Wedding Catering: Mansion Catering / Wedding Cake: Villa Italia Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Bella Figura / Misc. Wedding Stationery: Bride’s Design / Band: Phase One of Craig Scott Entertainment / Bride’s Dress: Monique Lhuillier / Bride’s Fur Wrap: Family Heirloom / Bride’s Earrings: Honeybee Collection (Hope Star Deco Earrings) / Bride’s Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Hair + Makeup: Make Me Fabulous / Groom’s Tux: Tommy Hilfiger

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