melissa & jerome: saratoga national

Wow! This is a big post with many many images. Blame Melissa and Jerome for having all kinds of awesome details. Melissa is a graphic designer so what do you expect? She didn’t miss a beat either. Everything was well thought out from the beginning with their  Save The Dates. They did a great job on everything, I was so impressed. You should remember this couple because I actually shot their engagement session last September in Boston. That was before we were even contracted to shoot their wedding. Obviously they must have liked me since I’m now blogging their wedding 😉 In fact, Melissa became quite the “blog stalker” over the past year. So much that she was kind enough to make a few red pins with our “E” and the word “BLOG STALKER” on them. How fun is that? It has to be one of the coolest things a brides ever done for me. Make sure next time you see me to ask for one because I have a box coming my way very soon! So I’ll hook ya up with some blog stalking “flair” for your wardrobe. But lets take it from the top….

We set things off quite early in the day with Jerome and the boys. They got their “Swagger” on. Thats right. Jerome arranged to have hot towel shaves for him and his three groomsmen for the day of the wedding at Saratoga’s hippest barber shop “Swagger”. What an awesome idea right? You never hear about what the guys do the day of the wedding. I imagine they sit around and wait for the moment to get into their tux and head to the ceremony site. Well, not this wedding. The owner Daniel Breen welcomed them into his shop with Pabst Blue Ribbon and fresh sandwiches from Putnam Market. The music was bumping and the flatscreen all ESPN’d out. Can I just say this place is awesome! Seriously fella’s you should consider doing this for your wedding. Daniel told me it’s quite popular and often you’ll see a groom to be and his boys enjoying a hot shave. Oh and btw its not just for men, ladies are welcome. One of the employees Jen was starting a foil so ladies you too should check it out. I’d link to Swaggers website but its currently in production so here’s the digits 518.260.2112.

After we hung with the guys we grabbed a bite in town then headed to Melissa and the ladies. They were at Saratoga Arms which is a sweet b&b in town. It’s a great location for getting ready if you ask me. On site, we had some Sparkle and some Fabulousness. Melissa had wedding planner Katie O’ on the scene making sure things ran smoothly. I’ll say it till I’m blue in the face get yourself a wedding planner, nuff said. When I walked in I noticed my logo on Alayne from Make Me Fabulous. I had to take a closer look. She was rocking one of those pins I mentioned above. It’s only appropriate since Alayne is one of my biggest blog stalkers aside from Mona of course. After the fabulousness was finished Melissa hopped into her gown and some sweet bouquets from Renaissance Floral Design showed up. We than began the photo session. The gentlemen awaited at Saratoga National. Jerome pumped and ready for his first look. I love the stuff we shot from that too! Then it was time for their ceremony. The tent looked spectacular where nothing went overlooked. Melissa and Jerome had some awesome personalized vows too. Really, what a special moment. After that we headed out for a little session at one of the many photogenic spots on Saratoga National’s golf course. To say I love those images is an understatement. Meanwhile upstairs awaited one hell of a ballroom. Again, the details never ended. Neither did the party! DJ Music Man Mike Garrasi was on point playing everything these guests wanted to hear. Another flawless event but thats what you get when you hire this area’s best. Melissa and Jerome it’s been a pleasure working with you guys! I hope you are enjoying every minute of that honeymoon in the Tahiti islands of Moorea and Bora Bora. I’m jealous. I hope you break your rule of not going “online” and sneak a peek at this one.  Thanks for being awesome.


11:00am… at Swagger..

I love the decor and details in this place!

Buckle up Jerome..

Owner Daniel Breen is one cool dude.. he’s an artist with that straight razor.

Look at that baby face.

“So fresh and so clean clean”

Beers were in order.. as all trips to the barber you get a lollipop too!

One of Daniel and the boys all hooked up.

and the details begin.. your welcome basket.

Not too shabby huh?

Ahh yeah aside from the Blog Stalker pin she made a Time to Sparkle pin for Katie O’.. This is a of course Alayne modeling them for us.

Finishing touches.

Some Renaissance bouquets..  got cabbage?

I loved this one of Melissa.

What a fun crew of ladies.. always laughing.

Oh you fancy huh?

Still laughing..

Sup playa’s?

Love this off camera Big Joe snagged..

He’s thinking “I wonder what the gown looks like?”

I love this view of their first look. It’s just perfect.. Nikon’s 300 2.8

The ceremony tent at Saratoga National by Renaissance Floral Design

A hankie for each parent with a message was waiting on their reserved seats.

More deigns by Melissa, I love talented people. Also its nice to see the images I took of them were put to good use.

Time to get married..

Their vows were awesome.

I’m a big fan of the fabric ceiling. It softens a tent so much.

Mr & Mrs..

That sweet 300mm of Big Joe’s

I think I’ve shot in every grassy field they offer since 2006 and I’ve never seen color like this at Saratoga National.

The light was just how I like it.. but it didn’t last very long.

This is probably my favorite one. It captures their personality so well..

Big Joe with the low angle… 300 2.8

My 200 1.8..

I teased this one on facebook Saturday morning.

I love this.. just a subtle way to keep their theme going.

Jerome getting all romantic.

A little configuration I happen to like..

At cocktail hour you might find one of my favorite stations..

I wasn’t the only person who got a pin. Aside from the official logo they said random things like “I’m a dance machine” “I heart weddings” and “Sorry I’m taken”

The ballroom at Saratoga National by Renaissance Floral Design and Melissa.

And for those with a sweet tooth..

Someone’s ready to party..


I’ll end with a Debbie Coye creation complete with logo and all..

next one

nicole & nick: franklin plaza