For pretty much her entire life, Biz Zast has been immersed in the world of horse racing. Every summer, her father, a former racetrack president who used to own and breed horses, took his family on vacation to Saratoga Springs, New York, to be close to the action. So when Micah proposed to her after five years of dating, there was no question that they'd tie the knot in Saratoga Springs. They wanted an out-of-the-box venue, so they settled on Fasig-Tipton, a thoroughbred sales and auction house. ‚ÄúThe grounds are beautiful and simple,‚ÄĚ says Biz, ‚Äúyet so chic and different."
Guests caught the sport of kings at Saratoga Race Course, a short walk from the venue, before the wedding and again at the next-day brunch. As two friends were leaving, they handed the bride and groom a ticket for the next race as an impromptu wedding gift. ‚ÄúThey had made a $3 bet on two long shots,‚ÄĚ says Biz. ‚ÄúWe won $3,100!‚ÄĚ
The leaves of an enormous sugar maple acted as a canopy over the couple‚Äôs I do‚Äôs. Before trading vows, Biz and Micah asked three couples in various stages of matrimony‚ÄĒeight months, eight years, and 34 years‚ÄĒto speak at the service. ‚ÄúThis was my favorite part,‚ÄĚ Biz says. ‚ÄúEach had an incredibly unique take on marriage.‚ÄĚ
For centerpieces, Eugenia topiaries were set in gleaming pots tied with grosgrain ribbons and small Z charms. Huge white balloons anchored by horseshoes that Biz‚Äôs dad sourced from a local supplier made the table numbers easy to spot. Menus were folded and slipped into cheery linen napkins sewn by Biz‚Äôs mom.
Event Coordination: Katie O‚Äô Weddings & Events
Catering: Mazzone Hospitality Events
Flowers: Ariella Chezar
Wedding Photography: Matt Gillis
Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper
Calligraphy: Feast Fine Art & Calligraphy
Music: Creations featuring Kim Sozzi
Rentals: Rain or Shine Tent Co.
Hair and Makeup: Angela Wakefield and Emily Potter of Make Me Fabulous
Confetti: Artistry in Motion
Balloons: Balloon Salon
Cocktail Napkins: For Your Party
Welcome Bags: Bagmasters
Chips: Moon Brand
Shoe Bag and Coasters: Branders
Highball Glasses: Discount Mugs
Ginger Beer: Barritts