Where to begin. It’s hard not to start with how I met and fell in love with Crystal but I think the story here is about how she met and fell in love with Jon! Crystal is one of the most reliable, strong, and kind women I know. She met Jon while out one evening with friends. When I finally got the scoop on this “new guy” she just kept saying how kind and supportive he was! Boom! That was it. She needed someone who would stand beside her. Not in her shadow, but not afraid of it either. In walks Jon. An engineer who takes care of the people in his life and to whom family is priority. Strong in his self. Kind. Loyal. Handsome.
Crystal is a determined and successful Mary Kay Director and future National Sales Director. Her dream day was perfectly complimented by this pink Maggie Sottero dress from Jocelynn’s Bridal. And we can’t forget the Badgley Mischka heals, a perfect compliment!
Life often throws us curve balls. But the Lord steps in. Crystal’s Mom wasn’t able to be at the celebration but Crystal was surrounded by love and support from her Mother-in-Law Rose. One of the most talented skin care and make-up professionals I know, Crystal did her own flawless make-up using only Mary Kay products!Delaney was right there to lend a hand and enjoy in the princess festivities!What’s not to love about the boys and their matching pink socks!
I love when our couples choose to do a first look. It gives them a few minutes alone before the craziness begins! Oh these perfect, perfect flowers from Douglas Koch designs! I have to insert a little thought here. I’m not a big flower person. They are pretty but have to be cared for and well they die by my hand. That being said, I’m not easily impressed. I was BLOWN out of the water at the floral design and the details Douglas Koch and his team put into this wedding! I was still commenting by the end of the evening how incredible it all was. Thank you Douglas! We didn’t spend much time outside on this FREEZING New Year’s Eve in Albany, NY but we made the most of it! What a crew! Starting life with this kind of support is the way to do it! A special thanks to the magical Sara Courcelle wedding planner who managed to make a Cosmo magically appear when it was needed most!Family *swoon* 90 State was gorgeous from the entry way to the vault, to the bathrooms!How fun is this gorgeous, modern vault?!
Father Jay (Jon’s Unlce) performed a beautiful service and vow renewal for this couple that was actually already married. They did a quiet service this summer near Jon’s grandparents so that they could attend. The details were perfect. The celebration endless… DJ Mark knows how to run a party! The dancing unending.Special, quiet moments… Always a son.The surprise choreographed dance inspired by Miss Delaney!Ringing in the New Year in a perfect place with friend’s and family; celebrating what was, what is, and what will be. Happy New Year! Bring on 2016! Congratulations Crystal & Jon!
Bridal Wedding Planner: Sara Courcelle Courcelle Consulting
Venue: 90 State Street Albany
Catering: Mazzone Catering
Floral Design: Douglas Koch of Douglas Koch Designs
Dress: Jocelynn’s Bridal
Music and Entertainment: Mark Brenneisen CSGI Events
Bride MUA: Crystal McDaniel Gardner
Bridal part MUA: Whitney Blomberg
Hair: Jenna Boyd and Candice Bruce of Jenna’s Salon
Officiant: Father Jay
Invitations: Jacqlene McAllister Inviting Designs
Video: Cameron Gallagher Espience Films
Photo: Krystal & Daniel Brayton Photography