The Desmond, Unveiled

The Desmond, Unveiled is an event blog where you can find highlights of weddings and events held at The Desmond, along with features about the creative professionals that we work with on a regular basis. We hope you enjoy seeing snapshots of these special occasions, as much as we enjoyed helping to create them.  To learn more about weddings at The Desmond, click here.  View our additional photo gallery here, and our 2018 Wedding Packages here.
Choose the venue as unique as you are.


– Featured Wedding –
Lauren & Mike

One of our favorite April couples was Lauren and Mike, who had a beautiful spring day for their wedding. They chose Fort Orange Ballroom for the reception, with simple glass vases and floating candles for their table décor paired with our white damask house linens.  Their photographer Katie took some GORGEOUS outdoor photos on our property at sunset, here are a few of our favorites to enjoy.

Photography – Katie Finnerty

– Our New Bridal Ad –
Fall in Love all over again, at The Desmond.
We hope you enjoy our new ad, to schedule a site tour or speak to a Desmond Event Planner, click here.

-Behind The Scenes –
Filming our new Bridal ad

We are excited to share a few photos from behind the scenes of our new Bridal ad that was filmed last week at the hotel.  A collaboration between our Marketing Director Beth Desmond and the creative teams at Fine Affairs and Surroundings Floral Studio, the new video will showcase four different wedding scenes and designs.

Our unique indoor courtyards, with their large atrium skylights and landscaped settings, provided the perfect backdrop for an evening “garden party” style cocktail hour with pops of bright pink floral linens, beautiful yellow tulips, and sparkling glass chandeliers.

If you are dreaming of an outdoor-like reception with beautiful lighting, our Koi Pond glowed at sunset with a rustic, boho theme setting complete with farmhouse tables, rattan chargers and flickering wood lanterns.

The Fort Orange Ballroom was completely transformed into a luxurious, sparkling reception with glamorous gold sequin linens, breathtaking tall arrangements of white hydrangea, lilies and pink roses, and the perfect color of soft pink lighting in the background.   

The ceremony scene highlighted a beautifully draped huppah, with a gorgeous glass candelabra centerpiece, scattered rose petals and floating candles – the perfect spot to exchange vows. 

There was so much beautiful content to record and photograph, we can’t wait to share the final video with you.  Follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for the release, and to see more featured weddings and events at The Desmond.

THANK YOU to our creative partners, who took our visions and made the designs come to life.
Decór – Fine Affairs – Thank you to Michael & Rachel
Floral Design – Surroundings Floral Studio – Thank you to On & Steve


– Featured Wedding –
Alissa & Scott

Alissa and Scott had a beautiful winter wedding with us the day before New Year’s Eve.  It was a very COLD day, but the fresh snow made for fabulous outdoor photographs. They chose King Street Ballroom for both their ceremony and reception, and classic décor with gorgeous red and white floral arrangements, walnut chiavari chairs and our white damask house linens.  Thank you for letting us share some of your gorgeous photos, we loved helping you create your dream wedding!

Flowers – Surroundings Floral Sudio
Photography – Katie Finnerty
Entertainment – Saratoga Sound DJ
Hair & Makeup – Lipstick n Lashes

– Featured Wedding –
Colby & Joe

Colby and Joe were married this past October, and their beautiful photos are a reminder that fall was not that long ago!  They chose King Street Courtyard for their cocktail hour and King Street Ballroom for their reception, with gorgeous red and orange fall colors that perfectly complimented the bridal party’s emerald green gowns.  We loved their creative design for the placecards – with touches of wood, moss and leaves.  Their photographer also captured some of the most beautiful sunset photos we have ever seen in our garden area – absolutely stunning!  Congratulations again to Colby and Joe, thank you for letting us share a small part of your special day. 

Flowers – Blossoms & Bows by Theresa Parillo
Photographer and Photobooth – Matt Ramos
Entertainment – Conway Entertainment
Day of Event Planner – Christine Wheat Special Events Firm
Videographer – Ray Zanta Video Services