polina & tony: saratoga national golf club

Oooooh boy! Ok so who plans a wedding in four months?? Well let me answer that for you. Polina & Tony do, thats who! How? Well, they got good connections and got all the top vendors in this area on the same page for Friday May 18th 2012! Plus with Polina being in the wedding industry she knew who to look for. Yeah, thats whats up! Back when Polina was emailing me for my open dates and telling me she was thinking May 18th I was like yeah right. OK I can admit I was wrong, it all came together and this wedding that was planned in four months looked and felt like it had been in the works for well over a year…

The day was set off at their home in Albany. Wedding coordinator, Katie O’ was on the scene and ready to keep this day moving for us all! Again, how spoiled are we with all this amazing coordination during the month of May? Also as I walked into the room where Polina was getting ready in I thought “how spoiled are we with these stunning brides?”. So lucky! Obviously Polina did her own makeup because thats what she does and man did it look great! Once she was dressed and ready it was up to Saratoga Springs for their first look! We arrived in the park where Tony and his best man Brian (former Elario groom too) were waiting. Now you local people might know Tony (Brian and Mike) aka BM&T Management Group. They own and operate some of Albany’s finest establishments and actually most of Madison Ave 😉 To name a few, The Point, Juniors, Cafe Madison, Spinners.. you get the deal. They are neighbors of us at Elario Photography Inc and we’re honored to share the block with them. Anyway back to the wedding day! Also in Congress Park was their dog, Pulo. I’m staring to see a lot more dogs at weddings and I’m loving it! Makes me wish we had Lex at our wedding. Once we finished at the park it was off to Saratoga National.

The ceremony tent at Saratoga National looked incredibly stunning thanks to some sweet fleurs and decor by Fleurtacious Designs. Upstairs there was a Ketubah and our pal, Rabbi Sugarman. Once it was official with the signing we headed to the tent which was full of some of Albany’s finest 😉 After the ceremony the new terrace opened at Saratoga National and was packed with guests! This party was officially underway. I headed upstairs to the ballroom. I gotta tell you guys I think this was probably one of the nicest ballroom setups I’ve seen at National and I shoot literately a dozen weddings there a season. Mad props to Fleurtacious Designs on this one!! Before the room would fill up we needed to take care of business! There was some sweet light to be found and I headed out onto the course with the boys from Nu Vue Cinema to capture some sick sunset shots! Once we were done it was all in the hands of the man, the myth, the legend, DJ Vinny Vin of NonStop Music. Did you know he DJ’s so hard all the brides wanna find him? (Ye and Hova reference). Anyway this one was off the chain. They partied like it was their jobs until late in the evening! The floor was packed, the energy was at level 10 and I had a blast working this one. Hell, it wasn’t work for me it was a blast! You guys are great and pulled off one amazing wedding in four months. Congrats and thanks for choosing your neighbors down the block!


We’ll set it off with the gown..

Some fly shoes!

And our pretty bride Polina getting ready. If you didn’t read my write up (shame on you), Polina is an amazing local makeup artist which is why she’s doing her own makeup.

Getting ready..

Insert stunning bride here: I just love this image!

Tony, getting his swag on..

First look..

Another amazing creation by Fleurtacious Designs

The bridal party how I like them, simple.

Love the all the green in this one.


More dogs at weddings please!

They were so easy to photograph!

You gotta love a bride who’s not afraid to sit down..

Ok so how pretty is she?

Yup.. killing it.

One more because its my blog and I said so! I love her makeup.

Classic car, check!

Arriving at National.

Making it official..

The ceremony tent by Fleurtacious Designs. Paper by Jenny C Design, check out her facebook page to see their amazing lace invites.

Time to get married!

Love that one of Polina on the left..

Mr & Mrs..

Sunset time!


Killing the Elario Configuration..

so sweat!

My facebook teaser! Love this one.

“Hot butter” (inside joke.. haha)

Seatign chart by Jenny C Design

The amazing ballroom by Fleurtacious Designs and the paper goodies by Jenny C Design

I’m telling you one of the best setups I’ve seen there!

Each table had food and vodka waiting for everyone!

Seriously a home run by Fleurtacious Designs.

They entered to a packed floor. DJ Vinny Vin of NonStop Music was killing it all night!!

1st dance..

A great toast by best man, Brian..

Dance floor insanity.

I’ll end with the rings on the lace.. Love this. Congrats you guys!!

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