What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
Our wedding theme was 1920’s jazz brunch with a 2020 twist and our colors were rosy neutrals like blush, gold, champagne, taupe with some sparkle!

What is your inspiration when planning your wedding?
The Old Daley is a beautiful historic inn on Crooked Lake, where John spent summers as a kid at his family’s camp, and we wanted to pay homage to the history of the Crooked Lakehouse with a 1920’s theme. We also wanted to have a brunch wedding because, during her time living in Albany, Shelly spent most winter Sundays having rotating brunches with friends as a way to build community (and get through the winter!). This was one way we wanted to continue that brunch tradition. The Old Daley created an amazing brunch menu that combined foods from our personal traditions with nods to John’s Irish heritage, Shelly’s Jewish roots, upstate New York and Texas (had to have chicken and waffles!). We also wanted to feature local businesses like cold brew from Shelly’s favorite coffee shop Stack’s Espresso and donuts from Cider Belly.

Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
We dated long distance at first and would meet in amazing places around the country and the world. On one of our first trips (to New Mexico), we went on a hot air balloon ride and saw the most beautiful rainbow. We incorporated that theme into our ceremony with the Rainbow Connection and Somewhere over the Rainbow for our processional and a rainbow made out of flower petals as our aisle. We also had a 1920’s Kermit and Miss Piggy for our cake toppers with beautiful original art by my stepmom of us in a hot air balloon with the words to Rainbow Connection :)

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
In the middle of a global pandemic, we found a way to celebrate our committment to each other. We are so grateful to everyone who made this beautiful weekend happen!

Dress Designer: BHLDN
Dress Shop: BHLDN and Global Briday Gallery
Hair/makeup: Vilma Hairstyles & In Style Beauty By Mia
Bridesmaid dresses: Assorted!
Flowers: PoppyTree Floral
Cake: A Perfect Blend
Catering: Old Daley
Entertainment: Saratoga Sound
Coordinator/Planner/Designer: Old Daley

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