“One of my favorite things to do as the younger sister is snoop. In Marissa’s journal, she wrote that the best day ever was the day I was born. I’m so happy to be here celebrating her new best day.” Marissa’s sister, Linnea, exclaimed in her Maid of Honor toast. Alex and Marissa are officially married and it really was the best day at the State Room in Albany, New York.
We first met Marissa and Alex at our Virginia wedding last year, where Marissa was a bridesmaid. Nicole urged her to reach out to us and we couldn’t be more thankful! We formed a bond over brunch in April when the pair travelled down to Florida for their engagement session. Finally, the time arrived for us to head to New York for their Labor Day weekend wedding. Jack and I couldn’t have been more excited. With our new friend, Hurricane Dorian, lurking over our shoulders, we hopped on a plane to Albany.
We were greeted with open arms on Marissa and Alex’s wedding day. Literally. Marissa’s mom, Mary, hugged me immediately and welcomed us to the new city. We felt so much like family within the first 20 seconds of walking through the getting ready room door! Everyone at the wedding was so sweet and made us outsiders feel at home.
Our favorite part of this wedding day had to be the first look. Alex was driven to the New York State Capitol building in a 1940 Cadillac Limousine, provided by the venue. He sat down outside of the Capitol to read his card from Marissa and open his gift. Arriving in the Cadillac as he was reading his card, Marissa watched Alex trying hard to hold back his tears. Marissa was a little anxious stepping out of the vehicle, but so ready to be with her groom.
Jack brought Alex to the front of the building to meet his bride-to-be. Walking down the sidewalk to her groom, Marissa tapped Alex on his shoulder. His face when he turned around was priceless. With his hand over his mouth, the tears started flowing as he looked in awe of his future bride. We can’t blame him, Marissa looked STUNNING. You could see the genuine love in their eyes and we were tearing up behind our cameras. Such a beautiful moment that we will never forget.
There was no shortage of tears on this wedding day, and honestly, it’s our favorite part. Seeing the couple, family, and friends so emotional on the wedding day shows just how much they care. From the bridesmaids when they first saw Marissa in her gorgeous Willowby wedding dress, all the way to the toasts at the reception, the emotions on this wedding day ran high. It truly is amazing to experience.
Marissa and Alex, thank you for allowing us to be a part of your most special day. Seeing two individuals so in love makes our hearts so happy. You two are going to go so far in this marriage and we cannot wait to see where life takes you next. We hope you have the BEST time in Napa Valley for your honeymoon! Take a sneak peek into their wedding day at the State Room in Albany, New York.
A huge thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this wedding day possible!!
Getting Ready Venue: Albany Hilton
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The State Room Albany
Officiant: Frank Brady
Hair & Makeup: Lipstick N Lashes
Barber: Patsy’s Barber Shop
Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie
Florist: Flowers Forever by Linda
Coordinators: Eric Stewart and Tara Cometti
Invitations: Living Hue Design
Favors: Sugar Oak Farms