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Frozen yogurt shop owners’ nuptials a sweet affair

Friday, January 18, 2013
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Photo courtesy of Casey Connell Photography
Photo courtesy of Casey Connell Photography

Sweet.

That’s the best word to describe Melissa and Joshua Hadcock’s wedding.

The couple owns the 16 Handles frozen yogurt shop franchise in Clifton Park, and their big day was sprinkled with delicious reminders of that.

Melissa and Joshua call Clifton Park home but were married June 2, 2012, at Transfiguration Parish in Schaghticoke, where Melissa grew up.

After the ceremony, the wedding party of 14 hopped into a massive, white Cadillac Escalade limousine that whisked them off to Saratoga National Golf Course for the wedding reception.

The scenery is what sold Melissa on the reception site.

“The drive up to the golf course was so pretty,” she recalled.

It was a perfect place for photos, and the photographers took plenty — more than 1,000, Melissa estimated. The happy couple and their extensive bridal party were recorded smiling in front of rolling fairways, beside a wandering stream and strolling across a wooden bridge that spanned a pretty pond.

The moment that set the wedding day in motion — when Joshua asked Melissa to marry him — took place near water as well, but that happy event took place near Cooperstown.

“We were just sitting out on the dock by the lake and he got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. It was a complete surprise. I had no idea,” Melissa recounted.

Two years later, wedding bands on their hands, they were cutting into their five-tier wedding cake and dancing the night away to the sweet sounds of Soul Session.

“They played something for everyone. Everybody danced, since the moment they stepped into the reception hall. It was crazy,” Melissa recalled.

On the dinner menu was rib eye steak, chicken Milanese and butternut squash ravioli.

“It was all really, really good food and there was so much of it,” Melissa said.

But the thing that stands out most in her mind about the reception is the flowers: bold, pink-and-white bouquets bursting with calla lilies, hydrangeas, peonies and roses, arranged in towering glass vases that immediately drew the eye. Surrounding them on the dining tables were smaller vases, each holding a single pale-pink hydrangea bloom that brought to mind a hand-dipped scoop of frozen yogurt.

The tables held even more sweet surprises: Each was identified by a frozen yogurt flavor sold at 16 Handles. Sitting at the Peanut Butter Confession table was surely more fun than sitting at a table labeled with a plain old number would have been.

Ice cream scoops double-dipped as both place markers and favors for the guests, and each place setting was topped off with a jar of homemade caramel sauce or hot fudge sauce, encircled with a ribbon securing a note that read, “Handmade with love.”

 
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