What are your wedding colors and/or themes? We did not want a theme for the wedding. Instead, we chose a classic look that would never go out of style – Tim actually chose many of the design elements. We decided on a simple palette of creams, ivories and greens, with some navy throughout to pull in the tuxedos the men wore. We were married at the Hall of Springs, where the old Saratoga architecture really shines, so we wanted to add details that would complement that feel, not compete with it. The room was rounded out by warm amber lighting, two roaring fire places and lots of tapered candles, all of which gave the whole evening a warm, cozy feeling.

What is your inspiration when planning your wedding? We planned the whole wedding ourselves, and honestly Tim chose many of the design characteristics. It was actually really fun planning it because we did it together and it was a reflection of us. Our inspiration was simply to do it as a team and make it as beautiful, delicious and awesome as we could for our family and friends.

Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements? The Hall is such a great reminder of Saratoga’s history, so we wanted to incorporate just a few touches to reflect that: each table number was a different jockey silk, designed by a local artist who’s friends with Tim. Also, because most of my bridesmaids and I went to Skidmore, and of course many of our friends live here, we had to have Doughboys from Esperanto’s as our late night station! One of the best parts of the wedding!

Did you include any special traditions, old or new? I am Greek, and because we didn’t do a full, traditional Greek Orthodox ceremony, I wanted to incorporate some of that culture. We gave silk bags containing five Jordan almonds as favors, with the traditional poem, “Five sugared almonds for each guest to eat. To remind us that life is both bitter and sweet. Five wishes for the new husband and wife –Health, wealth, happiness, children, and a long life!” We also included traditional Italian deserts as a nod to Tim’s family. Most special, however, is that I wore diamond earrings that I inherited from my grandmother and which Tim had slightly redesigned to suit my style (as a surprise) for me to wear at the wedding.

Is there anything else you’d like to share? The wedding was one of the best days of our lives, and having those closest to us there to share in those moments was priceless.

Dress Designer: Augusta Jones
Dress Shop: Lily Saratoga
Hair/makeup: Make Me Fabulous
Bridesmaid dresses: Sorella Vita
Flowers: Renaissance Floral Design
Cake: Mazzone Hospitality
Catering: Mazzone Hospitality
Entertainment: Soul Session
Coordinator/Planner/Designer: Alex and Tim!

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