Alaina & Todd
How did the two of you meet?
We met at the Silverado Inn in Herkimer. Todd’s dad owns the bar. Funny side note the first night I met Todd I looked at his father and told him I was going to marry his son someday!
What happened the day he proposed? How did he do it?
It was a Monday night we were just hanging out home ate dinner and he asked me after dinner.
What were the main influences behind the style of your wedding, it’s location and your venue choice for your big day?
When talking about the wedding i wanted something different never done before kind of deal. I chose the fairgrounds because my family’s restaurant caters a lot of events there and I knew the possibilities there were endless! I knew from the beginning i wanted everything black and white for the wedding. I wanted a very classy and elegant look. It wasnt until like 3 days before that the deep purple accent was added.
How did you approach wedding planning? did you use any computer systems, apps or social media?
Used facebook to find Tom and Gavin. Wendy (decorator) a friend had used for a wedding and DJ ( Joe Natarelli) is a friend. The invitations the fatheads of Todd and I and all the lists ( bar list, seating chart, etc.) were done by Tom March who is also a friend. Just kinda ended up all over the place with everything and was hoping it all fell together in the end!! Haha!
What made you decide to hire a videographer?
We had attended 9 weddings in 2013 and after wedding season i had asked what was the one thing that you wish you had done, and all the ones who didnt have video footage of their weddings said they wish they did.
Did you have any surprises for each other, or for your guests on your wedding day?
The surprise was what they saw when they walked into the warehouse.
What would your top tips be for somebody planning their wedding?
Write everything down!!! I just winged everything and ended up lucky!
What were your favorite parts of your wedding day (or perhaps most memorable)?
I remembered nothing the next day, and I didn’t even drink during the reception because i was so dehydrated i got sick because it was so hot. One thing that sticks out was my dads pants being too short and that being the crisis of the day! We definitely got a good laugh out of that! And, just everyone being together having a great time!
Wedding ceremony venue –Annunciation Church, Ilion
Wedding reception venue –Herkimer County Fair Grounds
Wedding planner – myself
Wedding stylist – decorator- Wendy Miga Cherpak
Catering – Valeriano’s ( My parents business)
Photographer – Tom Sblendorino
Wedding dress – Oleg Cassini (Davids Bridal)
Bride accessories & shoes – My shoes i bought about 5 years ago from Macys… they were comfortable
Bridesmaid dresses – Bill Levkoff ( Pickers)
Groom’s attire & accessories & shoes – Mens Warehourse
Groom’s party attire – Mens warehouse
Hair – Niki Mairie’s Salon in Ilion
Make up & beauty – Niki Maire’s Salon
Stationery –Tom March
Venue décor – Wendy Miga
Wedding cake – Click’s Cakes- Cheesecakes Cupcakes Harry James
Wedding favours – Donated to Amazing Gracie’s Gift Foundation. Todd and I are both on the foundation committee.
Wedding rings – Beldens
Transportation – Impressions
Entertainment – Joe Natarelli DJ Distortion
Florist – Mohawk Valley Florist