Sharing the story, the fun details, and the unfiltered advice from real True North brides.
Name: Emily Ugolino (used to be Vanacore)
Partner’s Name: Andrew Ugolino
Wedding Date: July 5th, 2019
Wedding Venue: Windham Mountain Resort
How did you and your partner meet? Tell me your story :)
Our families knew each other when we were in school growing up. I always had a crush on Andrew, he was a star cross country runner and a few years older than me. Then years later we were both coaching modified sports at our high school. He coached cross country and I coached field hockey. We started talking, he would come to my games and help afterwards, and we would hang around after practice waiting for each other.
Our first date was a hike, The Lemon Squeeze, at Mohonk and then beer and tacos in New Paltz. It was so natural and easy. He also proposed on the same hike about 2 years later.
Tell me a little bit about the experience you were going for on your wedding day!
We started searching for venues that included everything on site and Windham was a great fit. They have a great onsite Chef and everything you need for the day (tables, chairs, linens, etc.) The chairlift ride was also such a cool feature because my family skis and we are teaching Andrew. You are able to get married on the mountain and you and your guests get to ride the chairlift up and down.
They also have the option to have part of it outside (ceremony) and the rest inside (cocktail/reception). This seemed like a good compromise because we still had the feeling of an outdoorsy wedding but we also enjoyed the AC on a hot July day.
We just wanted all of our family members to be together and have a great time (with delicious food, bumping music, and drinks). Obviously the entire day is about the bride and groom, but for us it was more important that everyone was there with us and they had as much fun as we did.
I wanted a relatively small-medium sized wedding (around 150) but both of our families are large and we have lots of friends from college athletics. We ended up having a wedding of 190 people!
Overall we wanted everything to be relaxed and fun! And I knew I wanted all white flowers and greenery!
Now about that dress… tell me why you chose it!
I started my process in Kingston, at a small shop similar to True North. I found a dress that I really liked but still wanted to shop around. Then I went to True North and tried on a good amount of dresses. During that visit I tried on my dress and instantly fell in love with how simple it was but how it also just complimented me. It wasn’t too flashy to where I was lost, I felt like I was wearing the heck out of it (not the other way around). It also hugged the booty, which was a huge plus! However, my mom did not like the dress at first. We left that day without picking a dress.
Then I went to another shop in Rhinebeck, and then back to the one in Kingston. I compared every single other dress I tried on to my True North dress. It was in the back of my mind for a long time. Then finally, we drove back up to True North and I tried it on one more time. When I slipped it on I had a huge smile on my face and my cheeks and chest got rosey. I looked at my mom and saw the same smile and tears on her face and I knew it was the one.
How did you make the gown your own? How did you complete the look?
I really didn’t wear much with the dress, it honestly doesn’t need anything! I wore a silver hair piece (thanks Etsy!) and dangling earrings that had diamonds and pearls on them. My makeup artist did an amazing job the day of and my aunt Rita did a low bun for my hair. I wore black shoes and had bright red toenails. Everything came together beautifully but the dress and myself were still the stars of the day (and Andrew of course).
What wedding vendors did you use? Anything special to tell me about them?
Photographer: Jenn Morse Photography Jenn is an amazing photographer. We hadn’t met in person before the wedding but in the year and a half that I was planning it she was very responsive and helpful. We stayed in touch and talked over the phone. The day of the wedding she came to the venue an hour before her time officially started to walk around the venue and find a “first look” spot. It made me feel really good to know that she was there and ready to go. The entire there she was quick, efficient, and always right there if you needed her. She took suggestions from me and my family and captured a lot of unplanned moments throughout the day. Her and her assistant Matt made us feel so comfortable and helped us really enjoy taking pictures with each other, our families, and our bridal party. THEN we got the sneak peek album from Jenn and we were blown away. Her pictures are gorgeous and we fell in love with every single one of them. We are counting down the days until our full album gets shared by her. Overall, I can’t say enough good things about Jenn (and Matt).
Venue: Windham Mountain Resort Lodging: Winwood Inn We loved the Winwood Inn and everyone who works there. They did such a great job helping with booking, showing us and guests rooms months prior, and updating me on reservations. They were very helpful and it was a great place for our families to stay. We had a really good experience with staying there.
Makeup: Emily Elle Makeup. She is amazing and so kind. After my trial I had lots of thoughts and she listened to every one of them. She nailed the look the day of, which made me feel so confident and ready. She also did 2 bridesmaid and 2 family members and they all looked stunning. I absolutely recommend her to other brides/couples. She is based in Highland, NY but does travel.
Video: Dan Keese Media It took a little while to convince Andrew to get a videographer for the wedding. We found Dan online and talked to him over the phone. We got a really good feeling from him and booked him quickly. He (and I) are so glad that we hired him. He worked so well with Jenn and Matt and made us feel comfortable. It’s not every day that you get video taped. He was there to get the special moments with Andrew and I but we are the most excited to see the video that he got of our guests and moments that we missed. We can’t wait to see the video he sends us! We definitely recommend him to other couples!
Any advice to future couples about the whole “getting married” thing?
Stay organized, ask questions, and ask for help! Also, don’t think you have to do something or not do something because that’s what someone else did. It is truly your day and most places are pretty flexible nowadays.
As for the day of, the day before, the day after: enjoy every minute of it. It is such an amazing day and you will feel like you can do anything after it (Andrew’s words).
Anything else to tell the fans?
Unfortunately, the reality is that costs add up quick so start saving before you think you need to!!