Look no further for the most gorgeous, elegant, and classic Otesaga Wedding you will ever see! These Cooperstown wedding photos are the creme de la creme from a stunning Catholic ceremony, to a pitstop at the Farmers Museum for a ride along the carousel, to drinking and dancing on the veranda and in the ballroom of the Otesaga Hotel. What a glamorous event to celebrate Allegra & Alexander!
Alex and I are both professional opera singers and we sang our first opera together when Washington National Opera brought "The Little Prince" to Cooperstown. The Otesaga, our venue, is actually where we had gotten engaged after seeing our friends performing at the Glimmerglass Festival in 2021! It seemed only natural that we would get married there.
My Auntie Jane, Aunt Ann, Aunt Stephie and Mother-in-law had a blast exploring a number of bridal shops, from Anthropologie to boutique, before we stepped foot into Kleinfeld. I tried on over 20 dresses but fell in love with this Tony Ward as soon as I ran my hands over the hand embroidery. Still, it took 2 more fittings and some alterations - I wanted to ensure it was modest enough for our Catholic Ceremony. They achieved it and more!
Alex and I were lucky to have spent two years working at Washington National Opera, and meeting incredible people. One of those amazing people being Kai, who introduced us to their incredible mother, Lam. Mindy Lam designed us a set of jewelry for our entire bridal party. Alex and his mother had matching styles of boutonnière. Both our fathers had crystal orchids. The groomsmen had multi colored crystal flowers and the bridesmaids had sage colored floral earrings.
We knew we wanted to get married in a Catholic Church - it was the last wish of my mother and very important to me. We found St. Mary's Our Lady of the Lake and knew we wanted the Leatherstocking Trolley Company to bring our guests from the Otesaga to the church. Father Lomnitzer had been ordained just a week before under the guidance of St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull, CT and married us by guiding us through the marriage rites with humor and grace, bringing a quiet solemnity to the beauty of the day.
I walked in to "Intermezzo" from Cavalleria Rusticana and we processed out to The Triumphal March from Aida. The highlight though was the meditation piece, where the lovely soprano Yvonne Trobe and our dear friend and superstar tenor, Arnold Geis, sang "The Prayer" in honor of my mother.
Our color palate really fell into place thanks to the beauty of the Otesaga. We wanted to make sure we didn't distract from the natural beauty of Lake Otsego. Sage and white seemed like the perfect balance.
- Alex & Allegra
Alex and I treasured our time at Washington National Opera, and were lucky enough to work with world famous choreographer Karma Camp. When we asked her if she would choreograph our first dance, she said "ABSOLUTELY!" Getting to dance to "Your Song" from Moulin Rouge in front of all our friends and family was a memory I will always treasure.
My favorite part of the day was when the more ceremonial parts of the day were over and the entire party descended on the dance floor. Being able to see the joy on everyone's faces up close was a heart-warming indicator of just how wonderful the day had turned out to be for everyone involved.
Have patience - prioritize each other. Throw the party YOU want to have and everyone will love it.