melissa & dave: hall of springs
Hot hot hot! Thats all I have to say about this one. Seriously, I put this wedding in the top three of the warmest, hottest and most humid weddings we’ve ever shot. July 23rd 2011 was hot! It was the kind of day you pack extra water for sure. It’s the type of day I bring a change of clothing because I knew I’d sweat thru my first set of threads easily! I don’t know how they did it but Melissa and Dave managed to look cool, calm and collect all day!
As always we set things off where our bride Melissa was getting ready. Sue from Make Me Fabulous was on site with her brushes and all the makeup type stuff and Melissa looked smoking too! Dave Bigler of Bigler Productions was in the house as well shooting their video. One more vendor I’d be crazy not mention was the talented and beautiful Kris Ann Elario (aka my awesome wife) of Fleurtacious Designs. The flowers were on point, you’ll see. Once Melissa was dressed and ready we headed downstairs and out onto the grounds of the Gideon Putnam Hotel. This year it seems like a lot of our brides are using this place and I have to say that I’m really digging this hotel and all it’s photo opportunities. It also just has that old Saratoga vibe. Walking outside that day was like stepping into an oven but we found a shaded spot and went to work. About halfway through the photos a breeze came along and that was quite nice. We then did a first look! I love that Dave showed some emotion too, it was great! With the heat in mind we worked quick and did our thing. Meanwhile at St Mary’s church in Ballston Spa Melissa and Dave’s 300 guests were beginning to arrive. To say the church was HOT would be an understatement but listen these two were there to tie the knot and that they did! Then we ventured to the Hall of Springs where Melissa and Dave’s special guests Poison and Motley Crue were warming up! Just kidding, but there was a concert happening that evening at SPAC but it had no effect at all on their day. How about the room though? That was just WOW! Kris Ann and her employees killed it. Those trees and colors were just phenomenal. Did I mention Hayden Yund and the Elario Photo Booth was in the house? Thats right! We debuted a new drop it MODERN backdrop too! It was a super fun event and everything about the day was just beautiful. Melissa and Dave, THANK YOU! Thank you for having us document the day! What more can we ask for? You’re easy to photograph and super fun as well. I hope you’re able to see this blog at some point of your 3 week honeymoon!!
Lets start with one from their engagement session last summer.