January 30, 2018

Intimate Winter Wedding | Saratoga Springs NY

Everyone loves a Winter Wedding, especially in Saratoga Springs.

This wedding had even more to love–it was a small, intimate winter wedding with fabulous details.  I have noticed a trend toward smaller weddings lately.  There are many people getting married who want a beautiful wedding without the major stress involved in planning a larger event.  Intimate weddings allow couples to have beautiful details with a fraction of the stress and cost.  What is not to love?!

Intimate Winter Wedding Photo Saratoga Springs NY
It was the coldest day in December, but we still managed to get some stunning outdoor portrait photos in Congress Park.

Kathryn and Dominick live in Saratoga Springs and decided to have their event at The Thirsty Owl, a local wine garden that features wines from their own vineyard in Cayuga Lake.  Add in a one of a kind dress from Something Bleu Bridal. Hair and Makeup by Make Me Fabulous, and lovely florals from Simply Sidney and you have a perfect bespoke Winter Wedding.  Read about Kathryn and Domenik’s story below:

Bridal Bouquet Saratoga
White Roses and Succulents with Evergreens–so perfect.

How did you first meet?

We met at the University of Maryland while Dominik was completing his PhD and I was working in a communications position and getting my MBA. I had a strict no-grad students policy with one exception: the “Hot German Grad Student” as I referred to him to my friends after he helped me clean up after a conference event.

Saratoga Groom Getting Ready
Getting ready at your own apartment is so great!
Wedding Dress Detail Saratoga
Check out the back of this dress from Something Bleu.
Bridal Detail Photo
And aren’t the shoes fabulous?
Wedding Dress Something Bleu Saratoga Springs
The dress was absolutely perfect.


How did he propose?

Dominik proposed at Yaddo at the beginning of October, just the two of us. It was perfect! He bought my ring from Fox after it caught my eye in the window and surprised me with it. The day was perfectly sunny and a little on the warm side for fall, so I was surprised he kept his jacket on until I turned around from photographing a rose to find him down on one knee.

Groom First Look Photo
We did a First Look in the beautiful stairwell of their apartment building.

First Look Photo Saratoga Springs

Saratoga Springs First Look Photo
Film Noir Wedding Photo
This just reminded me of Film Noir/Old Hollywood.
Black and White Wedding Photo Saratoga
It was super cold outside, so I wanted to make sure we had some photos indoors before we headed outside. The stairwell had perfect light!

What made you choose your venue?

The decision on where’s/when’s/how’s of the wedding was much harder. Because neither of us are from the Saratoga area originally – and we are an international couple – having a traditional wedding was going to be a production and, inevitably, a destination for pretty much everyone involved.

Congress Park Wedding Photos
Coldest day ever, and the Bride still looks amazing!
Congress Park Bride and Groom Photo
Late Winter light with a snowy background–romantic.
Winter Bride Photo Saratoga Springs NY
Those eyes!

Saratoga Winter Wedding Photo

In the end, we realized that there was a perfect solution: an immediate family only wedding at Christmas when both our families were already planning to be in Saratoga for the holidays.

Thirsty Owl Wine Photo
Thirsty Owl features wines made at their family owned vineyard in Cayuga Lake.

Thirsty Owl Wineglass Photo

Thirsty Owl Winegarden Wedding
Arriving and greeting family.
Getting Ready wedding photo
Roses and Pinecones.
Bride Groom Photo Thirsty Owl
People do the most amazing things if you watch them.

Tell us about planning your wedding:

Once that decision was made, everything else just fell into place. We immediately knew that we would have the ceremony and reception at the Thirsty Owl because their wine pairing dinners are one of our favorite date night treats (and Lyndsey and Josh are just fantastic)! In fact, the day I called to tell Lyndsey we wanted to get married there, I was meeting friends for happy hour at the Owl. When I ordered my wine, Lyndsey got a big grin on her face and was like, “I knew it! I just put three bottles of that wine away for your wedding”. It’s attention to detail and customer service like that that makes the Owl so special.

Wedding Ceremony Photo Thirsty Owl Saratoga

Wedding Ceremony photo Thirsty Owl
Fabulous view from a window overlooking the ceremony.

Thirsty Owl Wedding Ceremony PHoto

Wedding Ceremony Thirsty Owl Saratoga Springs

Wedding Ring Exchange Saratoga Springs

Wedding Ceremony Saratoga Springs NY
Both Dads performed the wedding ceremony–very special.

First Kiss Wedding Ceremony Photo Saratoga

Wedding Sparkler Photo

Flowers and photography were next on my list, and as you know Tas found out at knitting that I was getting married and he gave me your and Sidney’s info. After doing a bit of investigating and talking to you both, I knew I couldn’t possibly look anywhere else.

Wedding Rings Photo
Beautiful rings from local jeweler N. Fox on Broadway.
Wedding Reception Photo Saratoga Springs NY
The Dining Room at Thirsty Owl set up for the five course meal with wine pairings.
Wedding Toast Photo Saratoga
The bride’s dad gave a speech.

Wedding Toast Photo Thirsty Owl Saratoga

Saratoga Wedding Toast Photo
Thirsty Owl Dessert Photo
There was lots of fabulous food, but I am all about this brownie. LOL.

I was absolutely convinced I’d have a non-traditional wedding dress until I put on my French-lace dream of a gown at Something Bleu. I could not have found a more perfect gown if one had been designed for me. Honestly, my sister joked that maybe this one had.

Oh! And my coat was from H&M and I bought the shoes before the dress.

Winter Bridal Bouquet Saratoga

Intimate Winter Wedding Saratoga Springs NY
Kathryn and Domenik have a 1950’s film star vibe, so that is what I kind of wanted to capture in their wedding photos.
Saratoga Springs Wedding Photo
Fun with off camera strobe.
Wedding Photo Saratoga Springs NY
My personal favorite from the day–the expression is just great.

As you can see–small weddings are fantastic!

Congratulations to Kathryn and Domenik!

Wedding Vendors for Kathryn and Domenik’s Saratoga Winter Wedding:

Wedding Photography | Blackburn Portrait Design                   Wedding Venue | The Thirsty Owl

Bride’s Dress | Something Bleu Bridal                                         Wedding Flowers | Simply Sidney

Wedding Rings |  N Fox Jewelers                                                  Hair and Makeup | Make Me Fabulous     

Did you enjoy reading about Kathryn and Domenik’s Intimate Winter Wedding in Saratoga Springs?  You might also enjoy this Winter Wedding in Lake Placid  Post.

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Photographer Susan Blackburn of Susan Blackburn Photography specializes in photographing Seniors, Family, Weddings, Glamour, Boudoir & Commercial Photography sessions. With a photography studio location in Saratoga Springs, NY, Susan serves the Saratoga Springs, Lake George and the Adirondack Regions. She is also available for travel assignments.  Susan has been a professional photographer for 20 years. Her goal has always been simple—take pictures that her clients love.