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Brian and Mal’s Big Wedding Day!

by Courtney on February 11, 2013

Where do I even begin?


Well, I guess for starters, I could start by saying what an absolute BLAST Brian & Mal’s wedding was on Saturday. I mean, it was a seriously awesome time.

The day started out nice and early with all the girls, as we got our hair and makeup done (I got my hair done and LOVED it, and also got some eyelash extensions but took care of my own makeup), ate lots of food, and got ourselves ready for the day ahead. Before we knew it, it was suddenly time to leave and head to the venue, so me, Sarah, and Mal hopped in my car and headed out for the main event.

I was so honored to get to chauffeur the bride to be. Winking smile

Unfortunately, since both Jay and I were in the wedding, we didn’t get any photos of the actual ceremony, but I can most definitely say that it was brief and beautiful. Once the ceremony was over, we all celebrated, got some photos taken, and then joined in with the rest of the party at the cocktail hour.


There was plenty of food, and I did enjoy a couple meatballs and pieces of bruschetta; but since Mal had already clued me in to the fact that we were going to have a LOT to eat at dinner, I attempted to save my appetite.


Not long into cocktail hour, we also ran into the rest of our buddies who were there for the celebration and spent the hour chatting away with everyone.



A little while later, the bride and groom also made their appearance! Such a beautiful stinkin’ couple, aren’t they?


After cocktail hour, everyone was escorted back downstairs to the main ballroom and it was time for the bridal party to make our entrance. Of course, as we waited for the rest of the bridal party to make their way out, we had some fun out on the dance floor.


I just love these cousins of mine!


Congrats to Brian & Mal!!!


In case you couldn’t already tell, the wedding venue (the Franklin Plaza in downtown Troy) was absolutely gorgeous inside. They even had sparklers shooting out for their entrance…loved it!


Once the first dance was over, it was time for all of us to take our seats and get our eat on.


And although we were sitting at the head table, our good friends were not far away! You should see some familiar faces over there. Winking smile


So yeah. Let’s talk about the food for a second. First, we started out with lobster bisque,


followed by Caesar salad,


and shrimp cocktail for the table,


and then our entrees. I went with the filet mignon, which was delicious, and by this point, I was totally stuffed.


All of the food was incredible, but I think my favorite had to be the lobster bisque. Oh man, it was so, so good.

Once we were all finished with dinner, it didn’t take long for everyone to get out on the dance floor and have some fun.


But there was way more fun going on than just the dancing…


Our friend Joe (the best man for the evening) recently started up and is running an awesome new company in NYC called One for the Book. Basically, what he does is sets up a big photo booth of sorts, and projects all of the photos instantly on a big white sheet.


So all night long, everyone was able to get a kick out of all of the fun and hilarious photos that were happening, and Brian and Mal will also get a guest book with everyone’s photos and well wishes. I mean, how awesome are these photos?

(from One for the Book’s Facebook page)

The whole set up really is just phenomenal, and if you are in the NYC area, I would totally recommend checking out One for the Book. Yes, Joe is our friend, but he is amazing at what he does and a true professional…I cannot say enough about it!


Jay and I totally had some fun in there. Winking smile


The rest of the evening basically consisted of dancing, along with a few breaks to cool off, hit up the bar for Shirley Temple’s made with club soda (omg so good), or in one case, hit up the dessert cart.


In addition the dessert cart, we also had carrot cake, which I most definitely ate but forgot to snap a photo of. I did wind up taking a piece of tiramisu from the cart, but it wasn’t my favorite so I stuck with my carrot cake.

Other than that, if you were looking for us, we were out on the dance floor bustin’ a move.


I was so honored to be a part of Brian & Mal’s wedding special day, and the entire thing was just an unbelievably good time.


Now all that’s left is some honeymoon invasion in Mexico next week! Eeeeek!! Smile

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1 Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl February 11, 2013 at 8:09 am

What a gorgeous and fun wedding. It looks like you all had a blast! AND had some fabulously delicious food!!

P.s. You look fabulous in your dress. It looks like all of the dress fittings and alterations turned out perfectly!
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2 Avery @ Southern Belle Living Well February 11, 2013 at 8:11 am

How exciting! The pictures look beautiful, ya’ll all are stunning. Congratulations, Brian and Mal!


3 Sherri February 11, 2013 at 8:18 am

Such a fun wedding and you looked GORGEOUS!


4 Sarah @PickyRunner February 11, 2013 at 8:23 am

You look absolutely gorgeous! I love the dress and the color on you and I love how happy you look!!! The picture of you with the dessert cart made me laugh a little. It’s totally something I would do. I’m glad you had fun! The photo sheet looks like such a great idea :)
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5 Claire @ Flake And Cake February 11, 2013 at 8:32 am

Oh my goodness Courtney you look amazing in your dress – so beyond pretty! It looks like a beautiful wedding and a lot of fun!
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6 Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes February 11, 2013 at 8:33 am

What a beautiful wedding! You looked stunning!!! You must be so excited to go to Mexico next week! What an awesome trip that will be :-)
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7 Sam @ Better With Sprinkles February 11, 2013 at 8:50 am

Such a fun, gorgeous wedding! All the food looks incredible – but especially that lobster bisque!

Joe’s company is such a good idea! Definitely taking the photobooth trend up a notch :-)


8 Kim@hungryhealthygirl February 11, 2013 at 8:55 am

What an awesome weekend you had! The wedding looks absolutely beautiful. And that food…I think I could’ve made a dinner with the appetizer buffet. Have a great week, Courtney!
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9 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

You look stunning!!! The wedding looks like it was so much fun :D
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10 Laurie @ Love, Laugh, Laurie February 11, 2013 at 9:11 am

What an incredibly fun and beautiful wedding! Celebrating friends is the absolute best!
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11 Nicole @ Fruit 'N' Fitness February 11, 2013 at 9:17 am

What a beautiful wedding! Everyone looks soo happy! Love her dress!


12 Lauren @ Berry Sweet Lauren February 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

You look beautiful! And that food looks amazing :)


13 Melanie @ Beautifully Nutty February 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

Okay this post really gives me the warm and fuzzy love feeling. There wedding was gorgeous! You looked unbelievable Courtney. Man, I can only hope one day when I’m pregnant I look as stunning as you. Seriously. xoxo :smile:
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14 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life February 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

Looks like an absolutely beautiful wedding! I can tell how much fun everyone had just by your pictures. I am in love with Mal’s dress too, so gorgeous! I bet you are pumped for vacation! You are definitely inspiring me to try and plan a little getaway too! :)


15 Chelcie @ Chelcie food files February 11, 2013 at 9:25 am

The wedding sounds like so much fun! That photo booth idea is so awesome the pictures turned out great!


16 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries February 11, 2013 at 9:28 am

How fun! I just love weddings! And you look gorgeous girl! The photo booth idea is super neat too – love it!
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17 Steph @ StephSnacks February 11, 2013 at 9:54 am

oh my gosh everything about that wedding looks perfect! the food looks amazing, too :)
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18 Annette@FitnessPerks February 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

Everything looked so pretty & fun!!

And that food looks delicious!! :)
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19 melissa (fitnessnycblog) February 11, 2013 at 9:59 am

Wow, so pretty. I have two questions that I hope don’t sound creepy, but I am getting married in Saratoga in the fall, and I am trying to book hair and make up for the bridal party. Can I ask who did yours and anyone you recommend? They second question is also a little crazy bride, but I actually bought the same dress as Mal. Do you happen to know if hers is white or ivory? I am second guessing my color choice and hers looks AMAZING!
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20 Linz @ Itz Linz February 11, 2013 at 10:06 am

Looks so fun!! And you of course look gorgeous!!
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21 Allison February 11, 2013 at 10:09 am

How fun! It looks like such a great time. You and Mal both look absolutely beautiful.
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22 Julie February 11, 2013 at 10:12 am

What a gorgeous wedding! And you look stunning, Courtney! :-) And crazy: I think my sister-in-law wore that same wedding dress. Absolutely beautiful!
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23 Amanda @ .running with spoons. February 11, 2013 at 10:19 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous! You, the married couple, the venue, the food (err… can food be gorgeous?). It really looks like it was an amazing wedding, though, and I love the idea behind One for the Book!
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24 Katie @ KatieEnPursuit February 11, 2013 at 10:38 am

Looks like such a FUN wedding! There’s nothing better than having an absolute blast at a good friends wedding! Makes the memories so awesome!
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25 Katie February 11, 2013 at 10:50 am

Wow- congrats to the beautiful couple! The venue, food and guests,incl the wedding party looks amazing :) you sure make one gorgeous mama-to-be. Looks like you guys had a blast!
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26 Jess February 11, 2013 at 10:57 am

So glad you had a good time at the wedding – everyone looks gorg as usual :-) And you MUST be having a boy because I swear I can’t even tell you’re pregnant unless you turn to the side!


27 Lauren February 11, 2013 at 11:00 am

So fun! And girl, you look just stunning as always!! xoxo


28 Debbie @ Clean Life, Happy Wife February 11, 2013 at 11:06 am

Such a pretty wedding! And I have to say they did a great job with your alterations! I just moved to the Capital District about a year and a half ago and just started exploring Troy, have yet to attend an even at Franklin Plaza yet–looks like you had a blast!


29 Amanda @ Sistas of Strength February 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

Who says you can’t have fun at a wedding when you’re preggo, right? :)
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30 Brooke @ Running In Heels February 11, 2013 at 11:10 am

What a gorgeous wedding! The photography looks great!
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31 Mallory February 11, 2013 at 11:11 am

I am going to be stalking the blog and re-reading this post all day! So fun and you got so many great pictures : )


32 Courtney February 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

Hehehe…I thought you’d like it. :) xoxo


33 alyssa - life a la wife February 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

I love LOVE! Weddings are so much fun – Especially when it’s two of your best friends! The food looks amaaazing. I enjoy a wedding with good food – that’s so important to me!
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34 Blogging Runner February 11, 2013 at 11:20 am

The whole wedding looked like a blast and everyone looked just beautiful! Glad you had a great time!
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35 Sarah February 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

You all looked gorgeous! Congrats to Mal and her husband!
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36 Natalie @ Free Range Human February 11, 2013 at 11:51 am

It looks like a beautiful ceremony! Congratulations to the happy couple!
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37 kat February 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Looks fun! Glad you didn’t get snowed out!


38 Fizz @fizzsbizz February 11, 2013 at 12:26 pm

This looks like a seriously fun wedding!! I love that the photos were displayed on a big screen, that’s awesomeness!

Your hair looks gorgeous! So chic but modern at the same time. And it looks like all the alterations nightmares were worth it, dress looked perfect!


39 Jenna @ Crazy Healthy Fit February 11, 2013 at 1:08 pm

OMG! That photo booth projector is such a great idea!
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40 Cassi February 11, 2013 at 1:23 pm

you all looked amazing! :)
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41 Shel@PeachyPalate February 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Looks like an amazing wedding!You got some good pics! You’re also glowing and look positively radiant lady!
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42 Erica @ For the Sake of Cake February 11, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Looks like a beautiful wedding! The food looks fantastic and the venue is gorgeous!
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43 Danielle @ Truffles n' Treadmills February 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

I love weddings and it looks like everyone had a blast! That photo booth is such a fun idea
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44 Bek @ Crave February 12, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Looks awesome! My heart warmed when I saw those pictures :) Was their a wedding cake? (or was that the carrot cake you referred to?) Would love to see a shot :)
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