Steph and Alexander

Ballston Spa, New York



Photography | Danielle Gardner Photography | @daniellegardnerphotography

Venue | Ellms Family Farm | @ellmsfarms

Floral Designer | Balet Florals | @baletflowers

Gown Salon | Ferri Formals and Bridal | @ferriformalsbridals

Shoes | Betsey Johnson @betseyjohnson

Men’s Attire | Suit Supply

Jewelry | Bittersweets New York

Beauty | Krystal Rose Studio | @krystalrosestudios

Bakery | Chef Marty Quinn

Caterer | Charlton Tavern | @charltontavern

Invitations | Minted | @minted

DJ | Conway Entertainment | @conwayentertainment

From the Photographer

Bronx native, Steph, a Communications and Marketing Manager for the City of New York Office of the Mayor and Alex, a Construction Project Manager for The NYC Parks Department, met in the Bronx during a work volunteer event hosted by the NYC Parks Dept. They decided to marry on Alex’s childhood friend’s farm in Upstate New York, near where Alex grew up. It was the perfect place for the gorgeous, caring and adventurous couple to marry and celebrate with 250 of their family and friends from around the country.

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

The theme was jungle disco, mainly we just wanted to have fun! Guests were encouraged to wear sequins and sparkles. I had a full PowerPoint presentation with mood boards, color palette, etc. We chose the location because it was meaningful to Alex’s (the groom) upbringing, gave us a lot of freedom and flexibility, and allowed for us to have the party outdoors. We aren’t religious, so our ceremony was short and my uncle was our officiant.


Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

All decor was simple! I do not like waste. We went with flowers as the only decor. All of the arrangements were unique and different in vintage glass vases of different shapes and sizes. I had one DIY letter board sign with details about the after party and that’s it!


What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Flowers were the only design element involved in the wedding! They were soft, pale and wispy flowers with pops of dark blue and black. The ceremony background was a bit thrown together. At the last minute, our cater covered a ladder with a table cloth and the florist hung flowers. It was really beautiful and you couldn’t tell what was really going on.


Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

We had personalized drinks for guests. The playlist was also super curated as I worked closely with the DJ on his set. Dancing under a disco call with everyone we loved was our favorite part.


Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

I went to about 8 bridal shops and finally found a long sleeved non-lace dress! My shoes were easy, I found a pair of matching Betsey Johnson shoes on eBay. My sister-in-law also wore Betsey Johnson shoes on her wedding day and it was something special for us to share. Alex felt strongly about wearing linen and searched for the right color and style for a while. He ultimately went with a pale blue and white houndstooth suit with a pink elephant patterned tie he’s had for years.


How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

We met in the Spring of 2014 at Orchard Beach in the Bronx during a work volunteer event hosted by the Parks Dept. We decided to spend our lives together with a family heirloom specially designed to reflect Alex’s blue eyes and fit to Steph’s hand. Alex surprised Steph on a Sunday morning in November. He tied the ring around Pat’s cat, Bones (they were cat-sitting). Bones crawled onto Steph’s lap when Alex got on one knee to ask her the big question.


What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

Hearing each others vows!


Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?

Don’t send out a save the date until you have an actual quote from a vendor. The goal is to have fun and not break the bank. Get a great photographer that is relaxed and organized like ours!