For the man giving you away

The tradition of "giving away the bride" is a way to honor and give thanks to the father-figure in your life. For any daddy's girl, it is important to let your father know that he isn't losing a daughter, but gaining a son (or daughter). A classic father of the bride gift is a framed photo of their father-daughter dance from the wedding, or a photo of dad walking her down the aisle. Other great gift ideas include personalized items such as cuff links, a flask, money clip, tie clip, a handkerchief, or even a hammer or tool for the craftsman in the family.   

Take a look here for a couple gift ideas for the man giving you away...

Romantic Hudson NY Wedding - Christina and Geoff

When Christina and Geoff first came to us, they had nothing booked except their venue (Shakespeare on the Hudson in Hudson NY). We clicked immediately, and shared many common interests such as traveling to the most exotic destinations, a mutual love for Canada (Christina and Geoff's homeland and Sarah, Bisou owner's, homeland!), and an intense love for the classic quebec poutine (unfamiliar with this cheesy goodness?....TAKE A LOOK HERE). We managed to book Lily and the Rose (a fantastic catering company in Saratoga Springs NY) who went above and beyond for these foodies during their tasting and customized menu. They managed to incorporate elements into the menu that were of great importance to Christina and Geoff (for Christina, Kombucha shared the passing trays with champagne during cocktail hour, and for Geoff, foie gras was the star of the hors d'oeuvres and a late night poutine station satisfied those 1am cravings). The food was spectacular, the water view from the sailcloth tent during the reception was breathtaking, and with three different bands playing throughout the night, the guests had the time of their lives and  danced the night away into the wee hours of the morning. 

Photo Credit: Olya Vysotskaya 

Photo Credit: Olya Vysotskaya 

Bisou Couple of the Month

Bisou has decided to honor one amazing couple per month. The month of July belongs to John and Will. When we first skyped with John and Will (who were planning their Nipmoose Barns wedding from Manhattan), we were immediately struck by their sweet and calm energy with each other. They finished each others sentences and thoughts in the most loving way. When Sarah finally met these two in person, she fell even more in love with this amazing couple. John, Will and Sarah shared some amazing cocktails at a great speakeasy in downtown Albany and chatted for hours about weddings, family, their shared love for NYC, travel, and much more. Fast forward to their wedding day, and it was no surprise that their family and friends were just as loving and genuine as John and Will. Some tears of joy were shed during their beautiful ceremony, the customized menu created by Mazzone Catering was a PERFECT reflection of their individual likes and backgrounds, and the music provided by Metropolitan Hot Club during dinner and Cool Cat DJ during the dancing portion of the evening was amazing. Speaking of dancing....this group could DANCE. They literally danced the night away, and as the party came to an end, guests moved out to the fire pits to warm up before following the lantern lit pathway to the party buses. When we contacted John and Will to let them know they were chosen as couple of the month, they had this to say about Bisou:

When my husband and I got engaged one of the first things we agreed on was that we needed a day-of wedding coordinator. We knew that the wedding day was going to be crazy and that we would need someone who could steer us through all the hubbub! Also, we wanted a little (a lot of!) guidance. We were terrified about missing some small detail and so we wanted an expert in our corner as “insurance”.

Sarah / Bisou came recommended to us from several of our venues so we arranged for a Skype introduction call. We liked her straight away - she has an enthusiasm that can only be matched by her amazing ability to plan and organize. She helped coach us with some key questions around what exactly we were looking for - questions Will and I never thought to ask ourselves. We met with her in Albany several times (once at an awesome speakeasy we ended up hosting an afterparty at) and she was always a fantastic resource for us - keeping us on track while reminding us about pesky planning details before they became problems.

We had decided not to go with a full wedding planner package because we wanted to be hands on with a lot of the design, and we were trying to be cost conscious. Well, despite our best intentions we ended up changing our minds on centerpieces (we didn’t think we wanted them at our rustic/modern venue but flipped entirely a couple weeks before). We asked Sarah if she could design and source some terrariums for us. It was an impossible task, based on the timing. But she made it happen, her team was showing us moodboards before we could even say “succulent”. She made sure the centerpieces were *exactly* what we wanted, and arranged for them to be delivered and assembled at the venue.

Will and I got to go to tastings and pick a DJ and our favorite songs, meanwhile Sarah took care of all the details that make wedding planning.... less fun. She’s a saint. Bus pickup times, working with the caterer and DJ on equipment delivery, working around the venue’s setup schedule... the list goes on and on and I don’t even know the half of it. Day of she checked in just often enough that we never had a worry in our heads.

We can’t recommend her more highly. Our wedding went off without a hitch (well, with only ONE hitch!) and we are still so grateful for the work she put in and her amazing energy.

John & Will