jessica & jason: the sagamore

If I had a dollar for every time I received an email asking if we were available for September 10th 2011 lets just say I could retire. Ok so maybe I’m exaggerating a little? In all seriousness this was the most requested date for 2011. I couldn’t even count the inquiries but last I tried it was at almost 90 interested bride and grooms. Everyone wanted 9.10.11! We only take one wedding a day though and I can’t tell you how excited I am that this was the wedding for nine ten eleven. When I first met with Jessica and her mother Jayne back on Thursday April 8th 2010 I knew we’d be hanging out again last Saturday. We just hit it off so well! Then came Jason who I met seconds before I did their engagement session last summer. I love the guy! How can you not? He’s funny and just a good dude all around. I’ll say it again, and I know I speak for Big Joe as well when I say we couldn’t be happier to have spent September 10th 2011 (9|10|11) at the beautiful Sagamore Resort with you two.

My biggest question about 9.10.11 was will it live up to the hype? I’m not really a pessimist but I was like watch it’s going to pour all day and be freezing cold. Boy was I wrong! Upon opening my sunroof to a ridiculously blue sky on RT 9 in Lake George and seeing my temperature gage hovering around 70 degrees all I could do was smile. Can you say perfect day? I think so. It’s days like this that remind you life is good. What else was good? Well for starters the first person I saw at the Sagamore upon arriving was wedding coordinator Christine Wheat. It’s always a moment of relief when I hear a client tell me they’re working with Christine. Why? Because I know we’re good. Everything will run on time and Christine and her crew will just take care of business. Another face I love seeing in the bridal suite is Alayne of Make Me Fabulous because I know my bride will be ready on time and look drop dead gorgeous. At this point we’re two for two. Wanna make it three for three? Throw in the talents of my incredible wife Kris Ann Elario of Fleurtacious Designs and she’ll make your wedding look awesome. So awesome people will be talking about it for months! Thats how Kris Ann and her talented staff at Fleurtacious Designs bring it. To say I’ve never seen the Sagamore look so good would be an understatement. Talk about a trifecta!

Do I need to tell you how Jessica was more than stunning when she stepped into her gown? You’ll see from her fathers first look how much love was in that place that day. After a quick champagne toast we headed outside with Jess and her girls to take some snaps. You see we feed them alcohol and then photograph them. Totally kidding! After we did our thing with the ladies we headed down to lake to meet up with Jason and his boys. Then the ceremony space started to fill. It was a little windy down there but hey we’re on the lake right? The best thing about the outdoor Sagamore ceremonies is the buildup to when the bride arrives. Its a long walk down many sets of stairs and once Jess and her father got to ground level all stood and it was time. After the ceremony it was time for photos per usual. We literately dodged a mega wave down on the dock. You’ll see it was kinda crazy. With Jess rocking a new hairdo by Alayne for the reception it was time to party. Body and Soul band brought it! The reception was at level 9 then 10 then 11 πŸ˜‰ all damn night!Β You see what I did there? If guests weren’t in the Elario Photo Booth all night they could be found on the dance floor or even eating up the surprise Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream station! Word, it was like that. Jess, Jason and families we can’t thank you guys enough for having us spend the day with you. Your wedding was simply elegant and one hell of a party. I only wish we could do it again sometime! We got mad love for you all.


We remember them from this engagement session

Seriously I wasn’t lying when I said “ridiculously blue sky”

Thats one incredible gown from Angela’s Bridal

and some great shoes as well…

Oh hey there Alayne!!

Ok.. how fabulous can she get?

Wedding coordinator Christine Wheat and the Fabulous Alayne Curtis: As I mentioned above seeing these two ladies in the bridal suite will bring a photographers blood pressure down.


Killin it..

This was my favorite moment of the day..

Lots of emotion in this room.

How proud is Dad? and how beautiful is Mom?

I met most of these girls one time with Jess and she was like “this is my bridal party” Seriously? Too much beauty in one photo.

Speaking of gorgeous things.. Fleurtacious Designs brought it!


How beautiful is that gown with all the detail? Jess, this dress was perfect.

A nice high key portrait..

The handsome Jason. All men should tie their own bow ties. Pre tied are for proms.


Talk about a beautiful setting. Does it get any better than this?

The moment is here:

I’ll take this view all day.

Mr & Mrs..

Sup bridal party?

They got configured on their engagement session..

and again on wedding day..


I love this one..

And then the killer wave(s) came..

Jess just hams it up.. haha

The beauty at the Sagamore is undeniable

One more.. we’ll get back to the bride and groom portraits a little later.

Like I said the Sagamore never looked so beautiful. Mad props to Kris Ann of Fleurtacious Designs and all her ideas to pull together a phenomenal space.

The tent liner is a perfect touch to soften the room up.

Time to set it off..

First dance..

I love this one..

Some toasts…

Ok.. time to have more fun!

I love the resort in the backdrop..

You two and your pretty eyes..

This was my facebook teaser. The color, the butter light. Come on now..

What a view..


Probably something I said..

Surprise! I can vouch that Ben & Jerry’s is a hit at weddings.

Meet 2012 Elario Groom Michael. Trust you’ll see more of this next November… btw I tried these moves last night in the mirror and failed miserably lol.

What a party!

To say the Elario Photo Booth was a hit at this wedding would be a complete understatement. Thanks to Hayden for doing your thing!

Ice cream!

Grrrr! LOL


Elario brides rock!!

Congrats to you guys!!!!!!!!

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