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Guest Vendor: Reverend Joy Burke

Reverend Joy Burke is a full-time interfaith minister who specializes in personalized wedding ceremonies. She shares her thoughts on the ministry she has provided to several hundred couples that have become like family to her. Describe your style and what distinguishes you from others? When a couple hires me, we begin a dialog that will evolve over the months leading up to their wedding and culminate in a wedding ceremony that will be sacred and…

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Guest Vendor: Dave Bigler Photography

Enthusiasm and passion exudes from Dave Bigler, owner of Bigler Photography and Saratoga Portrait Studio.  We sat down in his studio to discuss what it takes to be a top-notch wedding photographer and videographer. What makes a great wedding photographer? A servant heart, meaning the bridal party and everyone else is first.  They are not there for my photos nor are they my subjects for the day.  They are there for an awesome party and…

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Photo Blog: Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm

Mixing it up a little with a photo blog this week, photos courtesy of Daniel Rahal!  These beautiful shots are from an early September Friday evening wedding at the Wedding Barn at Lakota’s Farm in Cambridge. This off-site wedding was catered by the dedicated staff at Longfellows.  Planning a wedding?  Call one of our planners at 518-587-0108 or visit http://www.longfellows.com/weddings/  

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Blog Guest: Mike Garrasi from Music Man Entertainment

Energy and excitement oozed from Mike Garrasi over the phone.  He is the sole owner of Music Man Entertainment and clearly loves what he does.  Mike is this week’s blog guest vendor and here are his thoughts on providing DJ services to weddings: What makes a great wedding DJ? Somebody fun, exciting and motivational who brings the life of the party to the party! Describe your style: My style is fun, classy, cool, exciting, energetic,…

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Featured Blog Guest: Cake by Alissa

Today we begin our weekly highlight of the many wonderful vendors we work with and recommend to our wedding couples.  Our featured blog guest this week is Alissa Woods.  She has owned Cake by Alissa in Schuylerville for 5 years and prior to that was the Pastry Chef at Putnam Market for 8 years.  Her degree is in Baking & Pastry Arts from Paul Smith’s.  Here’s what she had to say about her business and…

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Happy Monday!

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Mondays…… They never seem to be a very popular day. You just enjoyed a nice relaxing weekend with your loved ones and back to work you go. Today might be even harder for some considering the spring snow storm we are currently getting. Personally, I think today is a great start to the week. A fresh, blank slate. I’m refreshed from the weekend and ready to tackle any project. The Special Events Team here at Longfellows wants to…

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Choosing Your Wedding Party

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Let’s face it- there are a lot of people involved in planning a wedding! The most important people to consider are your bridesmaids and groomsmen. They’re your support group, your A-team, your wedding day front-line. One of a couple’s biggest decisions is deciding how large or small their wedding party should be. There are both benefits and disadvantages to consider when selecting the size of your wedding party. Choosing a wedding party is difficult because…

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Hiring the Right Vendors!

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Congratulations!  You are engaged!  And so begins the search for your venue, your flowers, your dress, your Officiant, your caterer, your groom’s attire….the list goes on and on.  And, honestly, it can be overwhelming at times trying to interview and hire all the best vendors for your big day.  I’d like to share with you some of my top qualities to consider when hiring a vendor. Personality! It’s at the top of the list for…

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It’s all in the details!

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Many couples don’t realize how many details go into planning a wedding. With resources like Pinterest and Weddingwire the ideas are limitless and a lot of couples are getting into the craftiness of DIY.  DIY can be a fun and a really personalized way to incorporate little touches throughout the different events, but I won’t lie- unless you are Martha Stewart, multiple DIY projects will be overwhelming and very time consuming. Just like hiring a…

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Off Peak Wedding Dates

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Congratulations! You just got engaged over the holidays and now you have to set your wedding date. Do you have a budget? Wearing white doesn’t have to leave you feeling green. You may want to consider booking an off peak wedding month. Peak season for most wedding venues is May through October. However, it may vary from venue to venue. Weddings can be celebrated anytime of the year, but if you set your big date…

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