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Monday, October 31, 2011

Thursday Therapy October Photos!


We had a great time getting to know new wedding pros at our Thursday Therapy Albany kick-off at Midtown Tap and Tea Room. Thank you to Nancy at Midtown Tap & Tea Room for allowing us to use their private room which is gorgeous and has its own balcony. It is the perfect spot for a luncheon, shower or rehearsal dinner. Their Chef Carla who owns Zest Catering provided us with some delicious sweets, thank you Carla!

If you haven’t heard of Thursday Therapy it is a monthly networking event for Capitol Region wedding professionals. We promote a culture of camaraderie, collaboration, and cohesion within the wedding industry. It is through our relationships with one another that the wedding industry will become stronger and our businesses will be more successful. We welcome all people in the business of weddings to join our fun and festive mixers. Thursday Therapy is a place for us to meet, mingle, and share. Our next mixer will be on November 17, 2011 at Taste. If you would like to attend please click on the link to RSVP .

Here are a few photos of our mixer provided by Kelly Faulkner of Pure Bliss Photography. Thank you Kelly!!

Monday, October 24, 2011

{Vendor Spotlight} Pure Bliss Photography


Please give us an overview of your business:
My name is Kelly Faulkner and I am the photographer/owner behind Pure Bliss Photography.  My focus is on weddings and portraiture in upstate New York and the surrounding regions.  I currently shoot on location and prefer natural light.  My style is a mixture of both posed and photojournalism.       

How long have you been in business?
About 5 years.  Although I like to think that my learning started when I got my first 35mm back when I was only 8 years old – but I’m not telling how long ago that was!   I started out in Las Vegas, Nevada and have recently relocated to upstate New York.  

When you are not taking photos you can be found......
Not taking photos??!!   Ha – then I’m either with my daughter, in front of the computer or dancing in my living room.  Or maybe doing all three at once!  Oh yeah, and once in awhile I might be with some guy known as my hubby.   

What or who inspires you?
I have two very different inspirations.   One is John Michael Cooper from Alt-f Photography in Las Vegas, Nevada.   I fell in love with his work from the moment I saw it and became an instant fan.  He is my photography God.   

My other inspiration would be one of my own personal quirks.  It sounds odd, but I’ve always been fearful that I would forget some of the most important moments in my life.  And by important, I mean my daughter’s first smile, the look my husband gives my daughter when they are playing, the laughs that I’ve shared with many friends….  Those moments are ones that I cherish and that I want to remember forever.  Time goes by so quickly – and there are too many moments where I just want time to stop.  So here I am – capturing them, for myself & for others.

Do you have any funny wedding stories to share with us?
I was at a wedding rehearsal and everyone was learning their places and having fun.  Everyone except for the ring bearer that is – he wasn’t exactly making it all the way down the aisle.   It was assumed that when it came to the big day that he would do just fine.  So his big moment came, and he started to walk down the aisle…slowly…his head looking straight down at his feet the entire time.   But hey, at least he was walking…until he got halfway.  He froze in his tracks and started backing up, without changing his position.  He walked backwards all the way back down the aisle, his head still looking down the whole time!   It was a riot!  Just goes to show that you can plan out every little detail, but you never really know what will happen on the big day!

Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Go with your gut when booking vendors.   That little voice inside your head that is saying, “Book them!”  or “Run!” is probably a better indicator than you think.   Try to enjoy the many moments throughout your day.  It’s easy to get caught up in the details, but try to pause, look at the one you love and really enjoy each other on your wedding day.   That’s why you’re there after all! 

Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Pure Bliss Photography is the realization of my dream.   To do what I love for a living.  I am reminded of how fortunate I am every time I have the pleasure of shooting a wedding, family portraits, etc.   I feel very lucky & I hope to be able to continue to pursue my dream for a very long time…


Thursday, October 20, 2011

{Vendor Spotlight} Reverend Joy Burke


Reverend Joy Burke
Interfaith Minister / Wedding Officiant

Please give us an overview of your business:
All of my wedding ceremonies are unique, hand-crafted and thoughtfully prepared especially for each individual couple. 
I begin with a free consultation, where I invite the couple to tell me about themselves -- their plans and dreams for their wedding day.  I tell them about myself -- my background, my philosophy and my process -- and answer any of their questions.  Once we decide to move forward together, our work becomes deeper and juicier… 
I absolutely love working with couples who are intelligent, creative and upbeat about the commitment they are about to undertake; couples who don’t want their ceremony to be something to get through in order to get to the party.  Instead, I work with couples who believe, as I do, that their commitment, love and devotion IS THE REASON FOR THE PARTY! 
As I listen to the couple share their vision for their wedding and their marriage, and talk about their past and future together, I begin to form an outline for their wedding ceremony.  I will advise them in regards to elements of the ceremony such as readings, songs, rituals and traditions; and will guide them in preparing their very own personal vows of commitment. 
And I will prepare and officiate a ceremony that is one-of-a-kind, unique and personalized especially for the couple. 
As a PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) member, I am over the moon with delight that NY State has finally passed legislation that allows marriage equality for all people.  I am thrilled to report that I have officiated several same-sex marriages since NY State has recognized of this important civil right. 

How long have you been a minister?
I look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of my ordination in June.  I was ordained as an Interfaith minister in 2002, after having completed a two-year training program in Interfaith studies. And although being trained and ordained gives me the legal authority to officiate weddings, I’ve worked with many couples who are not affiliated with any religious tradition.  Couples with no religious or spiritual associations can have a beautiful ceremony that is individual, unique, sacred and meaningful.  

When you are not marrying happy couples you can be found......
With my sweet little Boston Terrier BabyBear.  We live in a converted 1869 Methodist church in downtown Saratoga Springs, along with my husband, Jerome.  
Marrying happy couples is my full-time occupation, however.  So when I’m not actually officiating, I’m interviewing couples, writing ceremonies, researching cultural wedding traditions and practices, updating my website, networking with other wedding professionals, and doing all the administrative tasks associated with the business.  I’m truly all weddings all the time. 

What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by the love stories I hear from couples every day.  Every time two people come to me to talk about how they intend to take a giant leap future as one in soul, body and spirit, I am renewed with hope for the future of our planet. 

Do you have any funny wedding stories to share with us?
I was called upon to fill in for an officiant who had a personal emergency.  She emailed me the script for the ceremony, I arrived at the assigned location, checked in with the bride and groom, and the wedding began.  When I asked for the rings, the bride said “Cuckoo has them.”  “Cuckoo has them?” said I, a bit confused.  And down the aisle trotted an adorable black and white Shih Tzu, dressed in a tuxedo, with the rings tied to his collar.  I bent down, untied the rings from his collar, and proceeded with the ceremony.   I have worked with some adorable ring-bearers, but Cuckoo will always hold a place in my heart. 

Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?
Skip the receiving line, and walk away together to be alone and enjoy your first few moments as a married couple.  This is such a tender time that will pass by in a moment, and you will be happy you took the time to acknowledge it together.  You will never say “that was a wonderful receiving line!” but you will well remember the magical feeling you share with one another immediately after exchanging your vows.  
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
Your ceremony is the most important part of your wedding day, and there is so much more to officiating weddings than showing up and pronouncing you married.   Be sure to hire an experienced wedding officiant who will work with you to make it the perfect reflection of your love for one another. Photos of the ceremony are the next most important thing to consider for your wedding day.  A professional wedding photographer will provide you with memories for a lifetime. 

Phone: 518.583.4668

Sunday, October 16, 2011

The Signature Cocktail


Your reception menu is set and the cake design is picked. It's time to focus on drinks. Add a personal touch to your bar menu by choosing a signature cocktail. Pick a drink that stars your favorite liquor, matches your color scheme, seasonal to the time of your wedding or just sounds delicious. A bonus for the budget-conscious: You can save on the drink tab by offering wine, beer, champagne, and just the signature cocktail, rather than a full bar.
Here are a few seasonal recipes...enjoy!
Toast the cold weather with a twist on the classic apple cider.
Muddle 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (may substitute with 2 oz of ginger ale)
Add 1.5 oz. apple cider
Add 1/4 teaspoons of Chai tea powder (may substitute with cinnamon)
Add 2 oz. of Ecco Domani Chianti
Shake and strain into a martini glass or lowball rock glass (if served hot)
Garnish with ginger root or an apple slice
Smores Martini
1 1/2 ounce(s) Maker's Mark Bourbon
1 1/2 ounce(s) Butterscotch Schnapps
1 ounce(s) Godiva chocolate
Dash of cream
Marshmallow Fluff, for rimming the glass
Graham cracker crumbs, for rimming the glass
Coat the rim of a martini glass with Marshmallow Fluff. You may need to add some water to the Marshmallow Fluff in order to get the consistency to coat the rim.
Once rim is coated with Marshmallow Fluff, coat the rim once again with graham cracker crumbs.
Add all liquor and cream into a martini shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously before pouring into decorated martini glass.
Garnish with a skewered toasted marshmallow

Kir Royale
4 tablespoons Chambord
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 bottle moderately priced French Champagne, chilled
Add 1 tablespoon of the Chambord to each flute and a few raspberries
 Fill each flute to the top with Champagne and serve immediately

Vita Domani
Exotic lychees provide a delightful surprise in this wine cocktail, ideal for spring and summer entertaining.
Muddle 5 red seedless grapes with 1 teaspoon of sugar
Add 1 oz. of lychee juice (may substitute with pineapple juice)
Add 2.5 oz. of Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio
Add a splash of lemon juice
Pour with ice into a shaker and shake vigorously
Pour into a glass goblet
Garnish with a skewer of lychee fruit or grapes

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

{Vendor Spotlight} Lipstick N' Lashes

Please give us an overview of your business:
We are a full service salon including bridal hair and makeup trials, lash extensions, Shellac manis & pedis.  We also travel to the location where the bride and bridal party are getting ready for the big day!  We give them the first 60 miles round trip at no extra charge.  We have a staff of 14 hair stylists and makeup artists so we can accomodate large parties.

How long have you been in business?
Lipstick N Lashes began in 2008
When you are not working you can be found....
When I am not working, I can be found spending time with my kids.

What or who inspires you?
Honestly, I am inspired by so many people around me! I love to hear success stories, whether it is personal or business and that really inspires me!
Do you have any funny wedding stories to share with us?
This is funny now looking back.  When I was in a hotel room doing hair and makeup for a late morning wedding, the fire alarm went off!!  One of the bridesmaids was in the shower and the poor bride was trying to stay calm. Apparently someone burned some toast in the breakfast room!
Do you have any advice for couples planning their wedding?
My advice to couples planning their wedding is to enjoy every minute. Especially the day of.  Try not to sweat the small stuff!  At the end of the day, all of this planning comes down to you and your husband and one of the most important days in your life.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
We have a great team of girls at Lipstick N Lashes and we all absolutely love what we do. Meeting our brides and building that bond with them is so special and to see everything come together on the wedding day is truly magical!



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