Wow, what a magical whirlwind of a wedding! Remember the Fort Lauderdale Bachelorette Party I was on not long ago? Well apparently time flies because this past weekend was Alexis’ wedding weekend! She planned the most incredible weekend in Saratoga Springs, NY, and made the entire experience feel like a vacation for her guests. I’d never been to that part of the country and was wowed by how charming the streets of Saratoga Springs are. We flew in Thursday night, and David and I grabbed a martini (for me, and a Manhattan for him) at Salt and Char before joining the group in a meet and greet at the hotel.
The celebration lasted well past midnight, and we crashed hard to try and catch some sleep before Friday’s festivities.
Friday morning David and I put on our fanciest garb and ubered our way downtown to grab a bagel breakfast at Uncommon Grounds, a happening coffee shop with top notch bagel sandwiches. After being called out by the uber driver for using the word “y’all,” I couldn’t help but to play it up, so David and I began a game of trying to work as many southern phrases into our conversations as possible. The man at the bank got a special tickle out of my “I reckon we’re fixin’ to head over yonder to the horse race” and to the horse race we went!
It was opening weekend at the horse track and Alexis had procured tickets for all of us. David I wandered near the track checking out the scene for a bit.
Then took off through the crowd for the wedding tailgate tent to find the bride and groom.
The day was a total blast. The energy was high and the people watching was fantastic. We tried our luck placing a few bets based on important research we conducted into the horses, like which name we liked best.
I did pick the winning horse for one race and walked away about $8 richer. Crazy gamblers, we are not. The festivities lasted until around 4:30 when we all piled into an uber to head back to the hotel, where I promptly fell asleep. Mama can’t hang! David woke me up an hour later to get ready for the rehearsal dinner.
The dinner was a backyard style BBQ held at the National Museum of Dance. It was such a wonderful, laid back atmosphere and I wish I would have brought my camera to snag more of the details.
Friday was the one night we didn’t burn the midnight oil, knowing we’d have a full day Saturday. The morning of the wedding I snagged a quick breakfast before heading to Alexis’ suite at The Pavilion Grand Hotel. My my, it was quite the fancy place to get ready for a wedding!
The suite was simply gorgeous with large windows providing a ton of natural light.
The bride was as cool and calm as you’ve ever seen a bride to be. We all wanted to see the details of her bridal ensemble, including the garter (can I get a go dawgs?!).
We filled the hours taking out time getting ready, snacking on wraps and salads, sipping mimosas, telling stories and laughing, and playing photographer.
How could I not snap away with a bride this gorgeous?
Alexis gifted us all the most beautiful robes as a bridesmaids gift. I feel like bridesmaids gifts aren’t always known for their longevity, but I know I’ll wear this for years to come. We all loved the look and the feel and it sure made for some fun pictures.
Around 2:00 the flowers arrived and it was time to get the bride in her dress.
She looked absolutely stunning as we made our way to watch Alexis and Terry have their first look at a nearby gardens. We easily snapped through the bridesmaids and groomsmen photos, then were off to the Polo Club for the wedding. The venue was incredible. I’m a sucker for a big white tent.
And the details? True to the bride’s style, not a single one was overlooked!
The ceremony was set up on the lawn where we all watched Alexis and Terry become the Kozmors, and the celebration began immediately with a cocktail hour on the lawn.
I managed to snap one more picture, of my plate before I licked it clean.
Then I retired my phone to fully immerse myself in the evening (AKA, to tear up the dance floor).
The entire weekend went so smoothly. The weather, the adorable town of Saratoga Springs, everything was wonderful. David and I wandered the streets for a bit in the morning, snagging a tasty breakfast at Max London’s, before flying back home to our girls.
David’s mom was, not surprisingly, incredible with them. She took them to Discovery Place, Chick-fil-A, bowling, to volunteer at church, and more. I’m pretty sure they weren’t ready for us to come home, but at least they faked it well by giving us some big hugs. Thank you Mema!
And just like that, our whirlwind weekend is over. Congratulations to the Kozmors!
Let’s talk weddings!
Where did you get married?
What was your favorite detail?
We got married at Lake Chatuge in the mountains of North Georgia. One of my favorite details was my garter. My Nannie made it with cloth from my mom’s wedding dress and sewed pearls from David’s mom’s wedding dress onto it as well.
I’m a sucker for sentimental details and this one was so special!