Today we feature the beautiful wedding of Julianna and Brian at Old Daley on Crooked Lake, NY. As soon as this arrived in our inbox we fell in love! The colour scheme of light blue is throughout the theme and looks stunning.
Thank you to Krystal of Krystal Balzer Photography for submitting this to us. She added: “The wedding was filled with flawless details. Each detail embraced the beginning of spring and warm days. Julie and Brian got ready at a hotel close to the venue where they did their first look. Of course, their fur baby needed to be included in their first look! Rosie, their puppy, came to watch her owners see each other for the first time of their special day. We even got to include Rosie for some family photos.
Julie and Brian had a traditional Christian ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Albany NY. As Julie walked down the aisle, Brian couldn’t contain his emotion. The ceremony was filled with so much love and devotion it was inspiring to capture.
At the Old Daley on Crooked Lake, the details were endless. Each detail was carefully planned by the super talented Poppytree Floral Design team starting with the breathtaking bouquet down to the tiny strips of moss that accented the decor on the tables. The bouquet smelled delicious! Julie and Brian incorporated tulips as centerpieces, which are the perfect spring flower for the wedding!
Their bride and groom session was to die for. With the sun backlighting the couple and their wedding party, it’s as though the entire day was a dream from the way the images turned out. We even got the opportunity to go out during sunset. They ended the night with a sparkler exit! Who doesn’t love a sparkler exit!?”
Your love story…
Julianna: “Brian and I met early in our freshman year of college. I had seen him around campus a few times but never interacted with him until one day I was looking for my roommate. Another girl in our hallway told me she was hanging out in Brian and Rick’s room. I had no idea who Brian and Rick were, but found out their dorm room was just down the hallway. Turns out my future husband would be Brian. I immediately felt an attraction towards him, but was still dating my high school boyfriend. We became very good friends and a few months later I was single allowing our relationship to progress. Brian will tell you that his first thought when he saw me in his doorway was “Finally, a cute girl!”. He was the more hesitant of the two of us to take our relationship from friends to romantic. He was worried that it wouldn’t work it and he’d lose a great friend. Now, 9 years later we married on the same day that we officially started dating.
The proposal – I spend the better part of 2014 away from Brian and our beloved dog Rosie to complete my master’s degree. Upon finishing in August we planned a weekend trip to my favorite place in the world, Cape Cod. My family had vacationed there since I was younger at a house my uncle owned. Brian had never come to the Cape with me so I was very excited for him to experience the place I loved so much. One evening as we were getting ready to go out for a drink I noticed our dog Rosie was wearing a hot pink t-shirt. When I asked why she was in a shirt, Brian responded that it was her “Cape Cod shirt”. He tried to get her to sit, but she refused so finally he lifted up her front paws so that I could see that across the front of the shirt was a proposal “Will you marry me?”. Instantly my happy place became the happiest place in the world as Brian got down on one knee.”
How did you arrange your wedding?
“For the most part, stereotypically I did a bit more, but only because I care about details. We both decided that the wedding would be in Albany, NY, the area where I had grown up and were we lived together for 3 years after finishing college. Brian actually picked out things like the invitations, something very simple and elegant, the boutonnieres and our cake flavor. I picked the color scheme, soft blues and greens set against bright corals, tangerine and salmon colors and did the organizing.”
What did you both wear?
“I wore a gorgeous Pronovias trumpet style dress made with mikado silk and Spanish lace (the name of the dress was Madrid, which ended up being where we went on our honeymoon funny enough). It was cathedral length dress so I had to pair it with a cathedral length veil by Malice Henderson.
Brian wore Vera Wang’s BLACK tuxedo from Men’s Wearhouse in black. He paired that with a white handkerchief and a simple white ranunculus as a boutonniere.”
What venue did you choose for the ceremony and reception?
“The ceremony site was a given. We would be married at my uncle’s church in Downtown Albany, St. Mary’s, and my uncle would perform the ceremony. It’s the second oldest church in the state of New York and absolutely beautiful on the inside.
We decided to hold the reception at the Old Daley Inn on Crooked Lake because of it’s amazingly beautiful location on Crooked Lake, amazing food and great venue! Brian and I both loved the difference in each room and how they seamlessly flow together. It’s just a gorgeous spot. My father also told me that the Crooked Lake House was also where my Nana had her senior dance in high school back in the late 30s. She passed 7 years ago and I knew I had to have my first dance in the same space she once danced.”
Was the day how you imagined?
“It was. It was perfect. Obviously some things did not go according to plan, like my dad cutting himself shaving and then getting blood on his tuxedo shirt resulting in me not being able to take photos with him prior to the ceremony or no one getting on the first shuttle to go back to the hotel and having to pile people in cars to get back. Brian and I ended up with a few friends who had to move their kid’s car seat before my dress could fit inside their SUV. The funny moment would have been when we were all on the shuttle limo on our way to the ceremony and the best man realized he forgot the rings. We had to turn around and go back making us a bit late for the wedding! What makes it a bit funnier is that we had decided to use the same ring box that Brian’s brother, the best man, and his wife used. Just prior to their ceremony their Dad and Brian (the best man at that wedding) lost the ring box for 20 minutes and found it in a potted plant right before the ceremony started. So now we believe that ring box to be cursed.
I would have done absolutely nothing differently except for 1 thing (see below).”
What advice would you give to other couples?
“Everyone wants to make it to cocktail hour. We were so impressed with ourselves that we got there for a whole 40 minutes. Except that, we didn’t get to eat anything at all. People were so excited to see us that we felt it would be rude to say “Sorry, can I just grab some cheese?” So my advice is this: take 10 minutes before the cocktail hour and have your venue bring a sampler platter for you two to sit down and snack on before greeting guests. It would make a world of a difference.
My other piece of advice is to plan, plan, plan. Then stop. Everything should be done two days before the wedding. Nothing else should need to be done the day of the rehearsal. If there are loose strings, let the maid of honor or best man step in. Hand the maid of honor your planning binder with all the vendor’s contact info and give the best man the envelopes with the money to pay people. Then step back and enjoy the ride of a lifetime. Be relaxed and enjoy yourselves. You stressed about this day for so long. Allowing yourself to enjoy the day will be the best gift you ever gave yourself.”