{loveletter} loveGIVESwell: a gifted wedding part two!

Leo Timoshuk Photography

As thrilled as I have been to bring you part two of this incredible gifted wedding day (and I really think you’re going to be blown away!) I have also been equally unsure how to present it! There are so many incredible vendors to represent, a love story to tell and oodles of gushing to be had— OH! And there’s a perfectly crafted film by Cullen Studios that brings the nuance of this day to life that has to be included. So much goodness! Well, delaying any more is pure silliness! So, I’m not going to be shy and skip photos or moments, I’m not going to worry that I’ll lose your attention, I’m not going to split it up into a bunch of smaller posts– why? because by this point in the wedding day, all the elements had come together, all the teamwork was surmounting into one of the most incredible moments in Becky & Craig’s history, and this my friends, is when dreams come true! So, while the snow is falling, grab your coffee/hot cocoa/ eggnog/ local wine or craft brew and come enjoy the ride with us! Starting us off are sweet day-of accessories gifted by Smock Paper, proceeded by a short tour of the grand & gilded Landmark Theatre!

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The variations on sugar were unbelievable! La Dolce Vita Bakeshop with a glorious cake design, modern & glamorous, perfectly suited for this day. CNY Cookie Delights welcomed the guests with shortbread cookies in sweet and savory flavors accompanied by tasty lemonade & fruit waters. A perfect way to say welcome! (Originally we had planned for an outdoor wedding in Franklin Square, but with testy skies, we couldn’t take chances. I always tell my clients to create a plan B they love. Together with  Pamela Beth Weddings we used our creativity to stage a plan B ceremony that literally took everyone’s breath away! Phew!)

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Setting the stage for the processional was the effortless Candlelight Music string quartet. Their joyful and moving pieces rang through the age-old rafters, only increasing our excitement for what was to come. The Bride’s brother had passed on within recent years, and to bring memory to him and keep him close, we placed a cardinal in her bouquet and a rose on his chair. Simple, shiny chiavari chairs, gifted by Taylor Rental of Auburn, patiently waited for guests to arrive.

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The journey down the aisle began with Chris Fowler of Syracuse First, our officiant, leading these gents to place. Swelling music, anticipatory guests, a surprise bagpiper and a grand entrance made for a magical, moving and momentous processional. The ceremony was touching and funny, with a wine ceremony (graced with a fabulous arrangement by Mary Schalk Design), and a hellova first kiss!

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As the localists they are, Becky & Craig waltzed right into Armory for photos where Leo, Tyler & Zach obviously had a blast with this crew! The couple met a few new friends along the way, including the police department & firefighters!! While they were off galavanting, the guests were treated to a plethora of incredible appetizers by Joelle’s French Bistro and jazz standards with high standards by Hanna Richardson Trio! Delightful!

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Introductions & Toasts, emceed by Bobby of Platinum DJ’s, sparked the atmosphere: playful, touching, intimate and heart-felt. Guests proceeded upstairs, to find elegantly modern programs, designed by  Sugar & Type with calligraphy design by Bedsidesign (printed by Avalon Printing!) and a hand-poured, custom labeled votive by Witty Wicks Candles at their place at the table! The decor married the nostalgic elegance of the venue and the modern style of the couple, with linens by Lovewell Celebration Design (Northeast Decorating‘s tables!) Tall romantic candelabra floral center pieces by Fleur de Lis Florist & lower modern floral centerpieces by Mary Schalk Design adorned each table. Everything looked stunning together! The Landmark really set the tone for our color palette, we simply brought the mint, dusty teal, midnight blue, natural greens, gold and deep reds to the forefront to give color-focus and create a unique look for the couple.

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No celebration is complete without impressive food!! Our amazing, local, inspired caterers wowed our guests with their gifted offerings: honey brined roasted chicken & endless farm-fresh sides by Vernak Farms, 317 on Montgomery‘s braised beef & pasta, short rib ravioli & roasted veal bone marrow by Gentile’s! Can you believe such generosity? The guests & couple were blown away– and even further to their surprise– everything is local! (Hello new date spots!)

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And just as generosity does, it doesn’t stop there! Cake smashing can only lead to one thing… a dessert bar! Featuring the fine confection creations of 83 & Company‘s mini-crafted cheesecakes and fine French macarons by The Sweet Praxis. Have mercy! All these bite-size beauties displayed on vintage cake stands by Petunia Rose Vintage China, including the sweetly adorned cake plates. Completing the culinary experience, Cafe Kubal gifted a pour-over station featuring their locally roasted beans. Sugar + Coffee + Dance Floor? This place was hoppin’!

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First dances and a wild dance party hosted by Bobby of Platinum DJ’s– no better testament to a DJ then a memorable and fun time on the dance floor! And all the incredible lighting you’ve seen throughout the night? The ever-talented Visa Versa Entertainment shows off the architecture and brilliant design of the Landmark with a contemporary flare!

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The night ended with a sparkling parade to Armory &  nightcaps at Empire (thanks Tyler Brown Studio for leading in the chaos!) and one last incredible moment captured by the daring (I mean laying down in on South Salina Street people!) Leo Timoshuk Photography!

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For anyone who ever fears collaboration, this event proved to me that we truly can do magical things when we work together. It took 32 vendors, plus staff & volunteers to make this day possible (not to mention my amazing interns who aided me every step of the way!). It took flexibility, creativity, putting aside egos, pursuing passion, lots of do-good-ing and a strong understanding of community to mount this day. I am still in awe and overcome with gratitude to see this love story made even more beautiful by the generosity, talent and collaboration of Central New York wedding professionals. But as much as I could go on for hours, I think I’ll stop all this sappy shenanigans with the perfect capturing of this day by Cullen Studios. “All’s well that ends well” my dear friend Will (Shakespeare) said, and I must concur. Thank you to those who gave so well and continue to love well through your craft. All of our giving and loving started this couple off to an encouraged, playful, happy marriage, where our bride and groom can continue to inspire and adventure through life together!

loveGIVESwell Dream Team

Photography: Leo Timoshuk Photography | Tyler Brown Studio

Videography: Cullen Studios

Planning & Design | Linens: Lovewell Celebration Design

Day-of Coordination: Pamela Beth Weddings

Hair: Hair Habitat

Makeup: A-List Artistry

Bridal Gown: Mirror, Mirror Inc.

Men’s Attire: Giovanni’s Mens Formal Wear

Personal Flowers: Whistlestop Florist

High Centerpieces: Fleur de Lis Florist

Low Centerpieces: Mary Schalk Design

Calligraphy Design: Bedsidesign

Invitation Design & Day-of Accessories: Smock Paper

Program Design: Sugar & Type

Program Printing: Avalon Printing

Favors: Witty Wicks Candles

Appetizers: Joelle’s French Bistro

Dinner Stations: 317 on Montgomery | Gentile’s | Chef Landon of Vernak Farms

Cake: La Dolce Vita Bakeshop

Ceremony Cookie Display: CNY Cookie Delights

Cheesecakes: 83 & Company

Macarons: The Sweet Praxis

Coffee Bar: Cafe Kubal

Vintage China & Cake Stands: Petunia Rose Vintage China

Chiavari Chair Rentals: Taylor Rental of Auburn

Table Rentals: Northeast Decorating

Ceremony Quartet: Candlelight Music

Cocktail Jazz Trio: Hanna Richardson Trio

DJ & Emcee: Bobby of Platinum DJ’s

Lighting Design: Visa Versa Entertainment

Venue: The Landmark Theatre

Officiant: Chris Fowler of Syracuse First

{loveletter} loveGIVESwell: THE gifted wedding day!

Leo Timoshuk Photography

I have been so excited for this day! Not only do I get to share the gorgeous wedding day of Becky & Craig, but I get to show off all the incredible GIFTED talent you’re about to experience. On top of all that, do you know what today is?! It’s the day of Syracuse First’s Buy Local Bash! Do you remember how this couple met? And how I was so delighted by their locally-inspired lovestory, it became the beginning of this gifted journey? In this season of gratitude I can’t help but overflow with thanksgiving for the immense generosity and talent these professionals brought to this day. I hope I can do justice in showing them off, through the lens of the stunning Leo Timoshuk Photography [assisted by Tyler Brown Studio] with upcoming video footage by Cullen Studios. This day is so jam-packed with goodness it’s going to take two installments! Without any further adieu, I present to you loveGIVESwell: a gifted wedding.

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Frank & his staff over at Hair Habitat created unique looks for all the ladies, With no exception, our bride. The Gents enjoyed a hot shave and fresh cut at Saving Face Barbershop right down in Armory Square, with yumster lunch at EmpireLeo Timoshuk Photography Leo Timoshuk Photography Leo Timoshuk Photography Leo Timoshuk Photography Leo Timoshuk Photography Leo Timoshuk Photography Leo Timoshuk Photography

Our bride was gifted this incredible bridal gown by Mirror, Mirror Inc. out of Baldwinsville. Do you remember the dress picking journey? Well, this was the winner! Her handsome groom surprised her with a framed cover of Syracuse Woman Magazine’s spotlight feature of the big day!

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Lush and lovely bouquets and boutonniere’s by Whistestop Florist– they were so patient to find us just the right touch of blush, a bit of burgundy and lots of ruffle-y texture!

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Completing our ladies look is Holly & Christina of A-List Artistry. I loved just how elegant and dramatic they all looked, and I think they had just a little fun! (and we caught Zach Cullen between action-shot-moments…)

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Making our Groom & his Gents look dapper was a huge priority and Giovanni’s Mens Formal Wear came through with style, charm and class. Look at these guys!

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And the day has only just begun!! All those amazing moments, services and wedding items were gifted! Can you hardly believe it?! I’m still in awe, truly. So many more dripping-details and magic to reveal to you. Here is our cast of stars– love their work? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with them, while the photos show you how great they are, you can take my word for it: they are all so wonderful to work with!

loveGIVESwell Dream Team

Photography: Leo Timoshuk Photography | Tyler Brown Studio

Videography: Cullen Studios

Planning & Design | Linens: Lovewell Celebration Design

Day-of Coordination: Pamela Beth Weddings

Hair: Hair Habitat

Makeup: A-List Artistry

Bridal Gown: Mirror, Mirror Inc.

Men’s Attire: Giovanni’s Mens Formal Wear

Personal Flowers: Whistlestop Florist

High Centerpieces: Fleur de Lis Florist

Low Centerpieces: Mary Schalk Design

Calligraphy Design: Bedsidesign

Invitation Design & Day-of Accessories: Smock Paper

Program Design: Sugar & Type

Program Printing: Avalon Printing

Favors: Witty Wicks Candles

Appetizers: Joelle’s French Bistro

Dinner Stations: 317 on Montgomery | Gentile’s | Chef Landon of Vernak Farms

Cake: La Dolce Vita Bakeshop

Ceremony Cookie Display: CNY Cookie Delights

Cheesecakes: 83 & Company

Macarons: The Sweet Praxis

Coffee Bar: Cafe Kubal

Vintage China & Cake Stands: Petunia Rose Vintage China

Chiavari Chair Rentals: Taylor Rental of Auburn

Table Rentals: Northeast Decorating

Ceremony Quartet: Candlelight Music

Cocktail Jazz Trio: Hanna Richardson Trio

DJ & Emcee: Bobby of Platinum DJ’s

Lighting Design: Visa Versa Entertainment

Cheers to days filled with gratitude and loving where you live!

SignedLovewellKate

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