I wrote this post only four days after I got to marry the love of my life, Chris, because I didn’t want to forget a single detail. *WARNING* It’s a long one :-P. You have no clue how hard it has been keeping our wedding photos under wraps until now, but I am so excited to announce that Style Me Pretty picked it up for their front page and you can see all of their favorites here. I just couldn’t hold back some of my favorites to go along with it… So without further adieu - our wedding… finally!:
I am here still smiling four days after the most incredible day of our lives thinking about every little moment that made our day absolutely perfect. I know this blog is posted much later than this, but I just had to write it down so I didn't forget anything.
The day started in a nearby house where the girls got ready. We knew there was no AC so we brought a portable one with us. As luck would have it, the electrical system in this old house is a bit spotty and we blew a fuse almost immediately when the hair dryers turned on. The hair stylist and I went upstairs to finish the rest of my hair while everyone else continued downstairs. I sat there as my sweet bridesmaids constantly checked on me and brought me fruit and things I needed from downstairs, but boy was it hot. Keri (Always Yours Events), Jessa (Love and Light Photographs), Margaret and Matt (Buell Productions) had already started working on my details and I was feeling awful as I saw EVERYONE sweating! Although I don’t mention these four specifically much in the rest of the post because they were making things happen behind the scenes, it’s important to note how thankful I am for them all. They truly worked their bums off in ridiculous humidity and heat and made/captured our day so perfectly that this truly wouldn’t have come together without them.
Meanwhile guests were arriving to their hotel rooms and getting their welcome canvas bags stamped with our hashtag #thekerrageoushuntisover. Inside they could find a little poem “Welcome to Troy, We hope you enjoy! These are a few of our favorite things, Just incase you didn’t bring!” calligraphed by Emilee Ann Hopkins, an itinerary, local Saratoga Spring Water, Dinosaur BBQ sauce (a nod to our welcome drinks location and Chris’s home town of Syracuse), Smartfood and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (two treats that our friends all know are our absolute favorites). I must say though, my absolute favorite part of the welcome basket was the little booklet designed by Amanda Day Rose with watercolor illustrations by Reani and my mother explaining the history of our venue and the reason we chose it, along with ideas for what to do in the area! Our venue was very special to us because it was truly a second home to me and my family until my mother retired, however because they do not typically host weddings I must keep their name close to my heart. I just hope they know how they were the perfect backdrop to our dream wedding day and we are truly thankful they made such an exception.
Outside the rain was pouring down in sheets. Having shot several weddings that started this same way, I wasn't worried. The radar showed it clearing up at noon and I kept my faith in that. I watched every one of my girls get super glammed up and Alexandria's Beauty made them all look spectacular. I was luckily only called a bridezilla with a lower case "b" once when I realized my matron of honor accidentally wound up with the same style as mine :-P Whoops! I apologized profusely and asked if she could change it and being the super sweet lady she is, she did.
It was time for me to start my makeup any my mother's had already begun. She looked as beautiful as I had ever seen her and as with many things in life, I was going to be happy to measure up to half of the beauty she had that day. Katie and Rachel at Alexandria’s Beauty did an absolutely amazing job on everyone!! Once we were finished it was time for some fun in my bridesmaid’s By Catalfo robes (mine was made by my mom!) and some champagne. Then the ladies got dressed and I went upstairs to get dressed as well!
The heat was real, but I was able to get my dress on without too much damage to my hair despite having to put my skirt on over my head (a detail Chris didn't yet know about!). I watched both my parents tear up as I gave them their gifts and it all started becoming more real!
Next my dad and jumped into the 1937 Rolls Royce to get over to my first look with Chris. When I arrived Chris thought I was going to be even later than I was so he wasn't quite there yet. When he arrived I tapped on his shoulder and tears were already streaming down his face. All of the excitement leading up to that moment had been tugging at him and then it all came to a head when we saw each other. He looked so dashing in his tux and the excitement of the moment really sunk in.
Our bridal party arrived and we took bridal party photos and then a few more bride and groom photos while guests got off the shuttle bus from The Best Western Franklin Plaza. They were greeted with water and lemonade, a 1968 vintage olive Vespa donated by Cycle 128 and two floral installations by The Wild Dahlia. One encircling one of the iconic lamp posts hanging a sign that said “Kerr Wedding” (in case there was any confusion) and the other in an asymmetric arch dazzling the already gorgeous chapel entrance. Once everyone had entered, my dad and I made our way slowly up the chapel steps and the nerves grew and grew as we entered the chapel. More heat... I was definitely distracted from it due to the excitement and then the added laughter as a reaction to my nephew completely falling asleep helped ease stress.
As we walked down the aisle listening to the string quartet’s Pachebel’s Canon in D (a life long dream of mine) I kept my eyes on Chris. He looked so handsome there smiling at me and I was so excited to become his wife. Our ceremony was everything I had dreamed of with interludes of Kisses and Cake from P.S. I Love You and I’ll Be by Edwin McCain all in strings. We both read our vows, but leading up to them I mayyyy have almost fainted from the extreme heat (sorry guests!) but I was quickly brought back to life while listening to Chris's vows (both of our vows can be heard in the video below!) and then knowing we were moments from our first kiss as husband and wife!! Just as we kissed the Wedding March began and we walked up the aisle as husband and wife! (Also I got water as soon as humanly possible! :-P)
As we exited the chapel, we ran down the steps to beautiful streamers from all our guests and it was truly magical!! Once we finished family photos we had a chance to stop by cocktail hour briefly and say "hello" to as many of our guests as possible (thank goodness we did a first look!). Guests enjoyed our “Whiskey Two Ways” signature drinks of the Blushing Bride (muddled blackberry and whiskey) and the Dapper Groom (let’s be honest- this was basically a shot of whiskey) as a nod to our love of whiskey and scotch. Beer drinkers got to hang on to one of our koozies adorned with a moped from our first date four years ago (almost to the day!).
At the end of cocktail hour, we gave a quick newlywed toast and poured an epic champagne tower of coupe glasses (inspired by Chris’s love of the Great Gatsby) and lead our guests over to the tent. Once we got there we were able to give quick hugs to more people we hadn't seen in a fast “receiving line”! This allowed us to see the remaining guests by popping by a couple more tables during the reception but didn’t take away from us being on the dance floor the entire night (a must for both me and Chris).
For our entrance we danced in to Fetty Wap "Feels Great" and broke out the dance moves on the dance floor! Then our dear friends Zach and Christie sang our first dance song "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" by Thomson Square. We love that song as it is, but we felt like it might be a little too country for our wedding day so Zach and Christie did a beautiful job arranging it to a more acoustic feel.
Our first dance was followed by my father’s welcome speech (partially heard in the video just below), the blessing and two maids of honor and best men speeches (all can be heard in the bottom video!). All were so heartfelt and moving. It was so special to hear them all! (We've since asked for copies so we can reread them any time we want!)
The Old Daley Inn did a beautiful job serving all of our guests dinner as fast as possible after the lengthy time allotted for speeches and I have heard nothing but amazing things about how good the food was (we were so busy we didn’t get a chance to eat ours!). During dinner guests could get up and use the “Photo Booth” by One Chance Media that was actually more like a Video Booth and have their own personal flip book of their video as a little favor. We also thought it would be fun to have background dinner music be theme songs from our favorite movies and tv shows like Titanic, Jurassic Park and Stranger Things. We’re not sure if anyone noticed… but we sure thought it was funny!
We cut the most beautiful cake created by Lauren’s Specialty Cakes and then my father and I danced the Laendler from the Sound of Music because of our strong connection and love to the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT.
Once our dance was over all of the guests literally jumped onto the dance floor. Zane of Superfly Sounds completely outdid our expectations, seamlessly blending music together and keeping our dance floor packed the ENTIRE evening… Aside from one small interruption :-P. Every year we attend the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival near Lake Placid, NY and our favorite part is when Quigley Scottish Highlanders Pipe and Drum band “crashes” the party at the Waterhole. Since I was a Scottish Dancer growing up, I often will dance while they play and we wanted to create a smaller scale version of this at our wedding, so two pipers and a drummer from the Schenectady Pipe Band “crashed” our wedding for two songs and then we were right back to dancing the night away. I was surprised that one of my favorite parts of the whole night was dancing around to every group on the dance floor and knowing them!
Thank you all for following along on this entire unbelievable journey. Chris and I feel incredibly blessed to have such loving friends and family (who even helped set up and take everything down!) who made this day everything it was. More than anything we wanted to have the best day of our lives and have our guests love every moment, and we had just that. We are so so thankful. Of course I must also give an overwhelming thank you to my incredible parents who made all of our dreams come true. We truly don’t know where to begin to thank them for everything over the planning process and the day of. I cry thinking of how they made everything perfect. Thank you Mom and Dad.
Designer: Always Yours Events
Photographer: Love and Light Photographs
Caterer: Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake
Videographer: Buell Productions
Floral: The Wild Dahlia
Gown: Blue Thread Bridal purchased at Head Over Heels Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Rachel and Katie at Alexandria’s Beauty
Calligraphy: Emilee Ann Hopkins
DJ: Superfly Sounds
Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent Company, PEAK Event Services, True North Event Rentals, BBJ Linen, and Cycles 128
Cake: Lauren’s Specialty Cakes
String Quartet: Musicians Of Ma'alwyck
Priest: Father Ed Kacerguis
Singers: Zachary Miller-Hope and Christine Teeters (email@example.com)
Flipbook Photobooth: One Chance Media
Stationary: Amanda Day Rose
Tuxes: The Black Tux
Bridesmaids Dresses: Weddington Way
Thank You Note and Flip Book Cover Design: Reani
Robes: By Catalfo
Shoes: Kate Spade
Wedding Hat Box: eAGAPIcom
Accommodations: Franklin Square Inn and The Hilton Garden Inn