Stress and wedding planning usually go hand in hand. But for Jennifer DeNovio, it's been smooth sailing. She's been planning her and her fiance Jim Ambrose, the two got engaged in May.
The proposal, which happened in Key West, was surprising. Although looking back, DeNovio realized there were hints along the way.
"It was our first big vacation and I could tell he was nervous," DeNovio said. Ambrose popped the question while the couple spent the afternoon on the beach.
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Ever since DeNovio has been dividing the planning process into little projects. First, she scheduled the date and the venue: October 13, 2018, at the Century House.
"I wanted somewhere people could stay over because his family has to travel," DeNovio said. The Latham-based House makes for a manageable drive for Ambrose's family, who are driving from Pennsylvania and for DeNovio's family, who are from Guilderland.
The beauty of the brick-front and expansive grounds weren't lost on DeNovio, though it's helped that the people there have been attentive and easy to work with, taking a load off her to-do list.
Plus, it was available on the day that she and Ambrose were hoping for, which is their anniversary.
"I knew the fall was going to be a busy season, but even a year and a half [out] places were booked," DeNovio said.
The Century House offers packaged deals for weddings, which include catering, the wedding cake, and an open bar, among other things. For those who decide to get the catering done through Century House, for every meal purchased the house donates a meal to the Regional Food Bank. Since starting the program, they've donated over 750,000 meals. For DeNovio's wedding, that will mean around 110 meals will be donated.
"I was like, 'wait, you can do that too?'" DeNovio said.
The venue also provides a wedding consultant, but DeNovio said she hasn't had to lean on the consultant too much.
"I'm trying to do a lot of stuff involving family," DeNovio said.
She is the first of her siblings to get married and she said her mother has been eager to help with anything she can.
Ambrose's mother will be making the flower arrangements and DeNovio said she's had plenty of help and input from her friends as well.
When it comes to the dress, DeNovio went with a Capital Region favorite as well. She tried David's Bridal but ultimately went to Xena's Bridal on Central Ave.
"They were so helpful and reasonable," DeNovio said.
The sales associate took the time to show DeNovio around, entertain her family members and give honest feedback.
As for what's next, DeNovio said she'll be ordering her bridesmaids' dresses soon (which are an eggplant color) and picking out wedding favors. Even though there are some snags that can come up while planning any wedding, DeNovio is taking things as they come.
"I'm not high maintenance . . . as long as there's a dance floor, I'm good," DeNovio said.