Valentine's Day Inspired Weddings!

It’s the holiday that spreads a little love and a little warmth into each cold February; Valentine's Day. While many may view this holiday as commercial or cheesy, here at Bisou we celebrate Valentine’s Day by reminding our loved ones how much they really mean to us!

For some couples, there is no better day than Valentine’s Day to commit to one another in love and marriage. Here are some of our favorite Valentines inspired wedding ideas!

Photos: Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides.com, JOSH LEE PHOTOGRAPHY, JENNY HAAS PHOTOGRAPHY, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Bridal Musings, Weddingomania, Popsugar, Wedding Colors

Winsome Winter Wedding Ideas

As we all look to stay warm during this seriously cold winter, here are some cozy winter wedding ideas to help take the edge off.  While nothing warms the heart like witnessing two people celebrate their love, a nice warm cup of cocoa and an extra soft blanket to snuggle up in certainly helps.  A snowy wedding can be absolutely magical, and you can help your guests stay warm with these thoughtful, festive touches.  

Signature Cocktails

Whether you decide to have an open bar, cash bar, soft bar or any other type of bar, a signature cocktail is a great way to add a personal touch!  This is a fun way to encourage guests to try something new and get in on the love.  Signature cocktails are a popular (and tasty!) way to celebrate your newlywed status and share your drink preferences with your guests.  Use your favorite spirits or even choose a drink that fits with your color scheme!

Venue Spotlight: Takk House

If you're in the process of picking a venue for your wedding, then you NEED to check out the Takk House in Troy, NY.  This incredibly charming venue is just as gorgeous in person as it is in pictures.  A venue with a distinctly unique charm that is both elegant and eclectic, it is a space that is also adaptable to each couples' style.  The Takk House was originally a Knights of Columbus building, bringing historic flare to the space.  The building now belongs to Heidi and Frank Sicari who have imbued the "old" with their own artistic taste.  They have perfectly married the historic elements with their modern flare to create a building that is stylish and unique.  A couple looking to celebrate bits of the past with a glimpse into the beautiful future that awaits will find the Takk House a perfect fit. See some of Heidi and Frank's beautiful images below for just a taste of what this amazing venue has to offer.

The word Takk means Thanks in Icelandic. Why Icelandic? My mom was born and raised in Iceland and I have A LOT of family over there. I took Heidi to Iceland two summers ago and she quickly realized why I love it so much. It was our first vacation together and we look back on it fondly. Using an Icelandic word in our name seemed like such a great way to recognize a place that is important to both of us. So why Thanks? The basis of most celebrations is gratitude. Thank you for coming. Thank you for inviting us. Thank you for everything you’ve done. Thank you for being in our lives. Thank you for caring. A space to celebrate with the people in your life that you are thankful for. It doesn’t hurt that it’s one of the few Icelandic words that’s easy to say! Lastly, why house? A house is welcoming. A house is a home when it is filled with people you are grateful for...and a home is where we are all most comfortable. Your event should be in a place that feels like home. Not the house you grew up in, but your own personal home. Not a building, hall or plaza. A house where everyone is invited in for the celebration. Takk House.
— Frank Sicari

For more information on all the Takk House has to offer, click HERE!

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Photo Sources: Takk House, Rock 'n Roll Bride

June Couple of the Month

This June we are reminiscing over Nora and Joe's stunning Fall wedding. The bride and groom sparkled through the rain of the day. We loved Nora's elegant a-line dress with a lace bust and silky off-white skirt, with a ribbon accentuating her waist. She looked euphoric, sophisticated, and purely over-the-moon! Accents of yellow, orange, and plum accompanied the beautiful ceremony and reception. 

Nora and Joe had this to say about working with the Bisou team:

I am not sure where to begin. My husband and I went back and forth on whether or not we needed a wedding planner and I managed to win the debate. A colleague had recommended Sarah so I reached out and from the moment I spoke to her on the phone, I felt a sense of ease. I knew Sarah and her team were top notch just from our initial phone call.

Sarah and I met in person a few weeks before the wedding and she made me feel so comfortable - it felt like I was getting coffee with a friend. I shared our vision for the day with Sarah and left our meeting knowing she would help make it happen. Sarah was on top of reaching out to all of our vendors to create a timeline and plan for the weekend.

Sarah came to our rehearsal and in that moment, I put all trust into Sarah for the rest of the weekend. She knew our plans inside and out and was so friendly to our wedding party, family, and friends who were a part of the mass.

And then came the wedding....I wish I could sum into words the calmness I felt when Sarah arrived. It was pouring rain outside but she came in like a ray of sunshine. Sarah kept us on schedule and helped all of my bridesmaids off the bus with her umbrella so they did not get wet and made sure we were all smiling despite the sideways rain and high winds. While we were at the church, Sarah’s assistant Maria was at the venue making sure everything was setup properly and everything was exactly where we wanted it to be.

Sarah and Maria were there if any of us needed anything that night and I honestly feel like we had the best day ever because of them. By the end of the night, they felt like family. They went above and beyond in every detail and I plan on recommending them to anyone I know. If you are on the fence about hiring a wedding planner, I would highly suggest working with Sarah and her team....I promise you it is worth it.

The next day, Joe said that hiring Sarah was the best decision we made besides getting married so I think that says it all!

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May Couple of the Month

This May we remember the summer of 2016 and look back at Megan and Brendan's beautiful and classic summer Otesaga Resort Hotel wedding. The bright and colorful Gerbera Daisies were the perfect pairing with the crisp and classic navy bridesmaids gowns.  Large white lanterns were set amongst a bed of greenery and Gerbera Daisies and adorned the window sills along the perimeter of the gorgeous ballroom, as well as the outside sitting area overlooking Lake Otsego. Wedding guests were invited outside to play yard games, such as cornhole, and to watch fireworks over the lake, and were not disappointed! Megan and Brendan's fun filled wedding bash went out with a bang! 

Megan and Brendan had this to say about their experience with Bisou Weddings and Events:

Looking into a wedding planner just made sense: my parents are snowbirds and my husband’s family had never planned a wedding. After doing some research, Bisou popped out for us and immediately became a no brainer. Sarah was completely professional from start to finish. Her timelines, calls, advice and connections to vendors were everything we needed and more! We were so pleased with her attention to detail and honoring our wishes. Our wedding day was completely flawless and we owe it to Sarah! I’m pretty sure she even made sure it didn’t rain during our photographs as well (she’s THAT good).

Modern Botanical Garden Wedding Inspiration

This photo shoot is the perfect inspiration for a modern botanical garden wedding. Where do I sign up?! The dramatic bouquet, pops of color, fun with unusual combinations is certain to make your heart skip a beat! I especially love the greenery in combination with bold shades of blue, hot magenta, and black. 

Source: The Perfect Palette

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To Buy Two Wedding Dresses, or Not?

What do you do when you have a "that's the one" wedding dress moment...with more than one dress? For an increasing number of brides, the answer is, buy them both! Anyone who has seen Say Yes to the Dress knows that the hottest trend for bridal fashion isn’t strapless or sleeves -- it’s both! The two wedding dress trend isn't going away anytime soon, and we can understand why.  Who wouldn't want the chance to wear multiple gorgeous, sparkly dresses in the same evening? More and more brides are buying two wedding dresses for the big day to change up their look from ceremony to reception, and Bisou bride, Allison, is no exception! 

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Unique Centerpiece Ideas

It can be hard to think outside of the box when it comes to wedding centerpieces, and that’s OK! Flowers in vases will always look beautiful, and there’s no need to overthink every item that should go on your wedding tables. But when you DO come across fun wedding ideas that you haven’t seen a gazillion other times, your creativity levels can get a much-needed boost. I love some of the unique wedding centerpiece ideas below, for a whole variety of reasons. Aside from one or two (hello, “Up in the Air” tablescape), they are all relatively easy to DIY or show to a wedding planner for inspiration! At Bisou, we make these centerpiece dreams come to life. 

Do you have a fun idea for a unique wedding centerpiece? Comment below to let us know! 

1) Arrange roses on a tiered cake stand.

2) Vintage oil lamps are perfect for a spring or summer garden wedding. The more the better!

3) Suspend miniature air balloons or flowers for an amazing "up in the air" hanging centerpiece. Or tie balloons to your table for a similar, floating effect.

4) Upside down wine glasses for a 2-in-1 wedding centerpiece!

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March Couple of the Month

Bisou's March Couple of the Month features Megan and Matt's beautiful Saratoga Canfield Casino Wedding. As always, we were blown away by the understated, simple color palette made up of nudes, whites, and greenery. The classically romantic design brought us back to an Audrey Hepburn era, and Megan's wedding gown was the icing on the cake! There is no doubt that Jenn Moak Photography captured them at their BEST!!!  

Megan and Matt had this to say about working with Bisou: 

Sarah and her team were absolutely amazing. I participated in the “day of” wedding planning with Sarah. I was reluctant at first as I felt I had already done so much work (finding my vendors, establishing time frames), but someone recommended that a wedding planner would help with making sure the day went smoothly. They were right! So many little things that would have made my day beyond stressful (on top of the stress already), Sarah and her assistant were there to take care of them. From tracking down employees who were supposed to unlock my venue for setup, knowing to ask the hotel to utilize their steamer to press bridesmaid dresses and scarves, sewing my bridesmaid’s ripped dress, to standing out in the cold during pictures to hold my shawl and veil...Bisou did it all. Sarah mapped out at a detailed timeframe for all my vendors (hair/make-up, videographer, photography, food, music, priest) and reached out to all of them to ensure we were all on the same page. This took away the majority of my stress in the days leading up to the wedding. She is so organized, so calming, and such a pleasant person to have by your side on your wedding day. Thank you Bisou Weddings and Events!

Florist: Heavenscent Floral Art

Band: Silver Arrow Band

Photographer: Jenn Moak Photography

Videographer: Ben Pliss Media

Hair/Makeup: Blush 518

Caterer: Malozzi's

Cake: Malozzi's

Transportation: Upstate Transit