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Wedding Spotlight: Brittany and Kevin

If you’ve fallen in love with the idea of a Fall wedding, then let this spotlight be an inspiration for you. Beautiful foliage, hues of amber and maroon and adorable bridal party flannels set the tone for Brittany and Kevin’s October wedding at

The Glen Sanders Mansion.

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Two bridesmaids (and sisters) wrote a personalized love song for the couple and performed it at the reception.

For the menu, the food was mainly Italian inspired.

Hors d’Oeuvres

Shrimp Fra Diablo, Clams and Parmesan Crumbs

Parmesan Crusted Lamb Chops

Ricotta Basil Gnudi with Yellow Tomato Marinara

Mini Margherita Pizzas

Antipasti Display: Italian Cheeses, Rosemary Cracked Olives, Salami, Capicola, Tomato and Basil Bruschetta, Grilled Asparagus, Breaded Eggplant and Tomatoes, Marinated Mozzarella, Thinly Slice Prosciutto Platters, Sausage Involtini

Crispy Calamari

Slow Cooked Pulled Chicken with Cipollini Onions, Olives, Fontina Cheese and Rigatoni

Eggplant Rollatini

Soup and Salad

Italian Wedding Soup

Harvest Salad with Endive, Arugula and Roasted Squash, Dried Cranberries, Black Pepper Goat Cheese, Speck Ham, Maple Candied Pecans, Cider Vinaigrette

Entree Course

Roasted Sliced Tenderloin of Beef with Crispy Risoli Potatoes, Haricot Verts, Cabernet Demi Glace

Chicken Milanese with Melted Fresh Mozzarella, Pecorino Tomato Orzo Pilaf, Lightly Wilted Arugula Tomato Salad, Marsala Butter

Butternut Squash Ravioli with Brown Butter and Sage Cream, Shaved Manchego

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Photographer- Bryer Photography

Location- Glen Sanders Mansion

“Only The Best”

Mark your Calenders! The Second Annual Only the Best Bridal Show is back at The National Museum of Dance on November 7th, 2010.  This event, from 1-4pm will feature top notch vendors from all around the area.  Be sure to check it out, we’ll see you there!

Fun Find: Maptotes

I came across this on The Knot and just loved it!  Maptotes are canvas bags (reusable!) that literally have maps printed on the front of them, and they come in a variety of cities.  No Saratoga yet, but who’s to say you couldn’t make one?  Or contact the company to see if they will customize one?

When I saw this, the first thing I thought was Guest Bags!! Remember this post? How great would this be because it doubles as a map!! I LOVE this idea, everyone can always use more reusable canvas totes, and this saves you from printing maps on paper, and saves trees! Plus they’re cute! Also, they can double as a favor for your guests!

Hotel Highlight: The Hilton Garden Inn

The first time I met Jason Bretz from the Hilton Garden Inn he was stopping in to Saratoga National to bring us chocolate chip cookies-needless to say I knew right from the start that we would be pals.  I then had the privilege of meeting with him again at the Hilton Garden Inn just prior to the Holidays.  Jason and his team have always been fabulous to our couples so I wanted to get the inside scoop on the hotel and everything they have to offer.  Here is what I found…

Location Location Location

Located right on Broadway you just can’t get any better than this for you and your guests.  You are just a stone’s throw away from the Saratoga Scene and close to some great attractions like museums, the track, and those ever famous natural springs.

Full Service

The hotel has 112 guest rooms with three suites, a pool, a great patio, free parking, a workout facility, complimentary laundry facilities, complimentary wireless internet access throughout the hotel and a complimentary 24 hour business center!

The hotel also boasts a great breakfast spread from their Great American Grill with bacon, eggs, yogurt, bagels, cereal, fruit, granola, you name it! You can enjoy all of this deliciousness in the fabulous lobby-I am loving the windows and natural light here!

The rooms have everything you or your guests could need; refrigerators, microwaves, individual climate control, iron & ironing board, hair dryers, a 32″ high def LCD flat screen tv and the world’s most comfortable desk chair.  Now I know what you are thinking…”A desk chair, Sarah? Really?”  Well I wouldn’t believe it if I didn’t sit in it either.  Jason insisted that I try it out and after just a few seconds I knew the Mirra chair by Herman Miller would be on my office wish list for 2010.  At nearly $800 smacks each I may be waiting a while for that one… 🙂

Guests can also enjoy food and drink late into the night-the hotel works with Inferno located across the street so guests can have lunch or dinner delivered right to their room.  There is also an honor bar set in the lobby most evenings until midnight so if you or your guests want to stay close  and enjoy a cocktail look no further than the lobby! At $5 each you can’t beat it!  For a snack anytime there is the Pavilion Pantry, open round the clock, which has ready to eat items and microwavable meals.

Wedding Blocks

Jason has been great to our couples and starts everyone off with 10 to 20 rooms for their block-depending on the date or dates and subject to availability.  As they book up and you need more he will add more to your block if they are available.  Everything is on a case by case basis and Jason and his team will work with you to customize based on the size of your group and dates you need the rooms.

Jason will also set up a personalized Group Webpage which allows your guests to book online 24 hours a day at the special rate you locked in with the hotel.  It also lists information on the room types available, directions, check in information, and amenities available at the hotel.  You can put the link to this site on your personal wedding website or send it out with your Save the Dates.

There is also the Guest List Manager which gives you access to your block information and allows you to keep track of which guests have booked rooms and who is slacking off!

So if you are looking for a great hotel with a friendly staff and stellar amenities check out the Hilton Garden Inn in Saratoga Springs!

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