What is your story?
It all started in 2015.
A true modern day love story that started with a simple “swipe right” on a well-known dating app.
Nick and Annie were both in college at the time; Nick attending Utica College and Annie attending Le Moyne College in Syracuse. That night, Nick was in Syracuse shopping and stumbled upon Annie’s profile and just like the name of the mall Nick was at, it was “destiny” that their paths crossed.
After a few weeks of getting to know each other, Nick found himself back in Syracuse taking Annie out on their first date. It was an immediate connection; the guy that everyone describes as quiet couldn’t stop talking with Annie. Both knew this was something special, but had no idea just how incredible it would become!
Annie and Nick began a relationship that was built on the foundation of friendship, trust, and true love. Through everything life threw at them, they were by each other’s side. They experienced the highest highs and lowest lows together and continued to grow as individuals and as a couple.
They went on so many adventures where life-long memories were made. From Boston to San Diego, Annie and Nick have truly have been blessed to experience it all. Nick has shared with Annie his love of the Red Sox and Raiders and Annie taught him that no meal is complete without dessert!
After a cross country drive in Annie’s Jeep with their two English Bulldogs, Coco and Chanel, in the backseat, Nick and Annie found themselves in California; first in Santa Barbara and, a year later, in San Diego. It was here that Nick asked Annie’s dad for his blessing, got down on one knee and asked Annie to marry him! Just when they thought they couldn’t love each other anymore, they began preparing for husband and wife and felt their love and bond grow even stronger!
Nick and Annie are soulmates; the ying to the other’s yang. Where one lacks, the other provides. When one is down, the other is lifting them up. They are best friends and look forward to a lifetime full of laughter, happiness, and love!
How did the two of you meet?
Nick and Annie met online with a simple “swipe right” on a well known dating app!
What was your favorite memory of your wedding day?
After a year and a half of planning, the wedding day of Nick and Annie’s dreams came to life and was the definition of perfect! From start to finish, Nick and Annie felt immersed in love and couldn’t stop smiling from ear to ear all day and all night! Although it’s hard to pick just one favorite memory, one that stands out is when the church doors opened and Annie and Nick saw one another for the first time. It was as if there was no one else in the room but the two of them! Both Annie and Nick felt pure bliss and awe in that moment.
What were the main influences behind the style of your wedding, its location and your venue choice for your big day?
Annie and Nick wanted a wedding where they looked back in 10 years and had no regrets on anything they chose! They followed the vibe of “simple elegance” and watched that transform in front of their eyes. Since the start of Annie and Nick’s relationship, Annie has envisioned her wedding at the Shenandoah Clubhouse at Turning Stone and when they toured it after their engagement, Annie felt a swell of emotions and knew this is where she would celebrate their forever! The Clubhouse was the epitome of “simple elegance” and the most beautiful venue Annie and Nick could have picked! Their family and friends enjoyed the little getaway, as well!
What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding?
Don’t forget about what that day means to you and your soon-to-be husband/wife. This is a day to celebrate the love you two share and the commitment of forever to one another; you have found your soulmate and that is something to be celebrated! It is SO easy to get caught up in stress and drama but try not to forget why you are doing this all. Surround yourself with a support system who will help you during those moments. Ground each other amidst the chaos. Make decisions that will make you and your spouse happy, do not try to please the masses! All of the hard work is worth it!
What made you decide to hire a wedding videographer? Any tips for couples on the fence for a film?
I want to be able to relive my day over and over again for the rest of my life and I wanted to experience that in both video and picture! Both your photographer and videographer capture such special moments but bring a different view to it! I always knew I wanted a videographer but I needed one to capture the emotion behind the day, not just the excitement and I knew Gavin was the one for the job! His videos make you feel the love the couple shares and truly captures the reason behind the day! Gavin made us both feel SO comfortable and helped keep our focus on one another throughout the day.
Photographer Company Name Janelle Rodriguez Photography https://janelleshootsphotos.com
DJ/ Entertainment Company Name Classy Cat Entertainment https://classycatentertainment.com
Wedding Venue Turning Stone Resort and Casino https://www.turningstone.com/weddings
Ceremony Location St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church https://www.mountcarmelblessedsacrament.com
Hair Dakotah Schaff
Make Up & Beauty Kristin Ciotti
Florist Backyard Garden Florist
Pets names Coco & Chanel
Officiant Father James Cesta
Venue Décor Events Made Easy by Erica https://www.facebook.com/Eventsmadeeasybyerica/
Paper Products / Invitations Zola https://www.zola.com
Catering + Cake Turning Stone Resort & Casino https://www.turningstone.com/weddings
Transportation Walkabout Limousine Walkabout Limousine
Wedding Favors Utica Coffee Roasting https://uticacoffeeroasting.com
Photo Booth Big Shot Photo Booth https://bigshotphotobooths.com
Dress Store NY Bride & Co. https://syracusenybride.com
Dress Designer Essense of Australia https://www.essensedesigns.com
Suit Store Men’s Warehouse https://www.menswearhouse.com
Suit Designer Vera Wang https://www.verawang.com