Wedding Day at the Races!
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Saturday, September 14, 2019
By Karen C Ricci
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Wow.  What a pleasure it was to work for Amy and Bill Morcone of Massachusetts.  A couple of months ago, Amy contacted me and said she was starting to realize her "Day at the Races" wedding was going to have quite a few moving parts.  She needed help!  And I stepped in, and what a team we were!!  


Amy's happy place is at the Saratoga Race Course.  So many wonderful family memories.  She tragically lost her sister and mother 11 months apart a few years ago, and she just couldn't decide what place would allow her to feel the happiness she should when marrying the love of her life, while missing her mother and sister.  She and Bill visited the race track last summer and Amy knew.  This was it.  This was the place!  


Amy and Bill had done a lot of preparation by the time I stepped in, but I slid right in and we instantly clicked.  I could be one of their go to's, and they loved that.  We texted on a regular basis, each took our responsibilities, laughed, cried and made it through to make it the best wedding ever!  


The following photographs are all to the credit of Timothy Burke Mannle, a talented, wonderful, happy father of three!  He is based out of Connecticut, but travels country-wide for his photography ventures!

Their florals, created by The Posie Peddler, were exquisite and complemented their Saratoga Race Course theme perfectly.


specialty flowers

Amy's Bouquet


Moving parts?  Oh yes, there were moving parts alright.  


Amy and Bill had an early start and got married at the Saratoga Casino Hotel, which afforded them a little of the "traditional" wedding experience.  They had the amazing Spa City Duo play while guests arrived to enjoy breakfast cocktails, fruit and of course a doughnut wall! They had a "Hole Lotta Love" in that room for certain.   Their ceremony was the sweetest and filled with so much love as well, and directly after, they had their first dance as a married couple and Amy got to dance with her dad as well.  Then, guests raised their glasses to the newlyweds as special toasts were given in their honor.  Such a unique and efficient celebration!  The guests of honor then mingled with their loved ones during a mini-reception as the Duo continued to play and the bar remained open until the trolley runs, by Royale Transportation, to and from the track began to head to the track for the PART-AY!! Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Morcone!

Doughnut Wall 2

The I do's

first dance

champagne toast

Amy and Bill outside Saratoga Casino Hotel

Amy and Bill Morcone



Amy with bouquet

Then, off to the races we go!!  They reserved the Festivities Tent near the Big Red Spring for their celebration.  Their decor of red, black and white perfectly set the mood for the day of eating, drinking, betting and love at the races! Betting tips and racing programs were provided for all and everyone was abuzz with excitement!  



SRC sign

off the trolley


decor 1


The self-service bar was created in collaboration with the wedding couple, Total Events and K&Co.  The Capital City BBQ Company catered quite a spread.  Sweet Mimi's Cafe and Bakery provided the most scrumptious cupcakes, bars and their famous Chocolate Chunk Cookies, among others.  In addition, Carol's Confections made beautiful and intricate custom cookies.  The Morcone's guests imbibed very happily!!  



And to top it all off, the Morcone's Sponsored a race!  One of the owners of the winning horse, Three Technique, is Bill Parcell's, so the new couple got to get pictures in the winners circle surrounded by family, friends, Bill and winning jockey, Jose L. Ortiz!

What an amazing day for these two amazing, loving people.  I couldn't be happier to have been able to help make their dreams for this important, special day come to reality!  Amy and Bill, here's to you, and your beautiful future together.  I'll see you soon!  xo Karen



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