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!
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!)
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!)
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’!
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!
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!
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
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
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