What are your wedding colors and/or themes?
Our florist Jackie described our theme as “garden fresh and elegant”. We chose a bright, summery assortment of flowers, including coral charm peonies, dark pink dianthus, and peach roses, to complement the grey, cream, and dark blues of the bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen suits. We chose our silver mercury centerpieces to keep it classy, but not overwhelm the already stunning Otesaga dining room.

What is your inspiration when planning your wedding?
Our “must have” when we first starting looking for venues was to be near a body of water. My family grew up going to the Jersey shore every summer, and Kyle’s family on the lakes of upstate New York. We knew we wanted to have an outdoor ceremony, and get married with a view! My extended family stayed at the Otesaga Hotel when I was 8 years old for my grandfather’s 70th birthday, so when we thought of it as a venue for our wedding, it brought back all the happy feelings from that trip. We loved the fact that there were plenty of things to do in Cooperstown for our guests, including the Baseball Hall of Fame and Ommegang Brewery. Many of our family and friends stayed the whole weekend, and we loved that!

Did you incorporate any fun themes/motifs or design elements?
We wanted to incorporate our family and friends in the wedding planning process as much as possible, and help design some of our wedding accessories. Our close friend Hannah designed our wedding programs with beautiful watercolor flowers. Kyle’s mom made our gift box, a wooden yellow house that looks like our own in Binghamton, NY. My mom put together our welcome bags, filled with crackerjacks and other baseball-themed goodies to reflect our Cooperstown location. We gave out donuts as favors at the end of the night with wrestling and field hockey toothpick decorations (we met playing these sports in college). All of these special touches and contributions from those we love really made the day feel like ours!

Is there anything else you’d like to share?
A few things that made our wedding day unique and we will always remember:
Our nephew on the way. My sister and Matron of Honor was due to have him 4 days after my wedding. We were unsure if she was going to make the wedding because she lives in Baltimore, MD, and we were worried that she might go into labor early. Luckily, our sweet little nephew is a patient little man, not to mention that my sister is an amazing trooper for managing a long car ride at 9 months pregnant. Is there an award for best MOH ever?
Break-dancing. We had some incredible moves on the dance floor from my former field hockey coach and two of Kyle’s former athletes that he coached. They were so good, you would have thought we hired them!
Rainbow. The weather was absolutely perfect for our outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour. As soon as we walked inside for the reception, it started raining really hard. By the time we were due out for our sunset photos, the sky had cleared again, with an added bonus…a rainbow! It was absolutely perfect, and made us take a moment to think about our family and friends who couldn’t be there in person but in spirit.

Dress Designer: Rebecca Schoneveld
Dress Shop: Hitched Bridal Couture
Hair/makeup: Timeless Salon & Studio
Bridesmaid dresses: LulaKate through Bella Bridesmaids
Flowers: A Rose is A Rose
Cake: The Otesaga Hotel Pastry Shop
Catering: The Otesaga Hotel
Entertainment: Nicky Wood
Coordinator: Brooke Tallman-Birkett at The Otesaga Hotel

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