Real Wedding: Andrea & James

Apr, 8th, 2020

Andrea and James got married this past fall at Cornerstone at the Plaza. They shared their experience with us and we're here to share it with you! So let's dive on in and take a look at their special night.

When asked why they picked the venue, they had this to say..."We knew we wanted to find a venue in the city of Albany, something that had more of a city feel. We loved the plaza and the view at night, so the Cornerstone allowed us to get those views right from the reception space. The decor and space at the Cornerstone is modern and not overly themed. We were looking for a space that would fit 100 people comfortably and this space was perfect."

It is so hard to pick one moment of the whole night! We loved having friends and family from all stages of our lives there to celebrate. The fact that every detail was perfectly executed by the team, and our vision really came to life made the whole day very memorable. From the last minute decision of moving to the Corning Tower for the ceremony and the AMAZING food, to the dancing and attentive service ALL night - it all came together perfectly.

Our favorite food item was the butternut squash ravioli, we had been dreaming about it since the tasting! We thought it was a really great touch that the bride and groom had a plate with all the entree options, so we could try a little of each. We got so many raving comments from guests about the dinner, and even some of the cocktail hour items - best wedding food they had ever had.

Katelyn helped us with various customized items and was always very attentive to the details of the items we were adapting. We were able to adapt sides to the entrees, and even reorder some cocktail hour items to create a late-night station. James's father can be very picky and we wanted to make sure he had a great meal, so we asked if it was possible for him to have a burger. The team made this happen with no problem, even cooked to his requested SUPER well done. We also had a good friend joke that the entrees all sounded too good to decide on just 1, so we requested a plate with all 3 options like the one the bride and groom gets as a surprise! The team also arranged for a traditional Colombian cheese bread to be served instead of a traditional dinner roll, a small personal touch that many guests commented on.

They want to say this to couples planning a wedding...Enjoy it all! The process (and your wedding) is meant to be your own, so focus on what you as a couple want and ignore all outside expectations and pressures. Know that the day of the wedding, what's meant to be will be! Don't stress over the little things, and trust that the Mazzone team is in the background ensuring that you and your guests have a memorable night! And like everyone says, it goes by so fast so take time to be present that day and take in all of the small moments.


Reception Venue & Caterer: Cornerstone at the Plaza by Mazzone Hospitality

Ceremony Venue: Observation Deck at Corning Tower

Florist: Olive & June Floral Co.

Baker: Different Blend

DJ: Jamel Mosely

Officiant: Claudia Meyer

Rentals: C.W. Whalens and Sons

Hair & Makeup: Heart & Soul House of Beauty

Photographer: Joe Vogel

Transportation: Royale Transportation

Dress: Essense of Australia from RK Bridal in NYC

Menswear: Tommy Hilfiger from Men's Wearhouse