Husband-wife duo Mark and Marina Frost know what it's like. They saw each other from the opposite ends of a crowded room. They felt a pull toward one another. They knew. Since then, they've been committed not only to one another, but to helping other couples document their own stories through gorgeous wedding and engagement photography. Their expertly lit and strikingly composed shots capture moments big and little: a boutonniere waiting to be pinned on a lapel, the laughter of giddy bridesmaids, newlyweds clasping hands on the dance floor.
Their excitement for each couple and attention to the little things has earned them accolades such as The Knot's Best of Weddings award and Wedding Wire's Bride's Choice award, each for three years running. In addition to wedding-related photography, they also have a photo-booth-rental service for couples who want to remember what their guests looked like 50 years later, when they'll be uploaded to flying cars—the license of which will still only be earned after a four-hour wait at the DMV.
Muscle-kneading duo Linda Mehleisen-Kelly and Bryan Bauer eradicate back-bound aches with nine massage and energy-balancing services, calling upon years of training from Albany's own Center for Natural Wellness. Swedish and deep-tissue massage work kinks out of tired physiques, and reiki employs dexterous hands to clear away energy blockages and detoxify the body. Hot stones and bamboo sticks gently unwind tension with pulsating warmth, loosening even the most tightly wound of muscles and thawing out backs frozen from giving snowmen piggyback rides.
Fountain Laser's skilled professionals help visitors achieve stubble-less skin by zapping hair follicles during laser hair-removal treatments. An efficient and precise computer scanner moves the two-headed laser across targeted zones, incinerating unwanted hairs and alien spies disguised as unwanted hairs while simultaneously diminishing discomfort with a sapphire contact-chill plate. An in-office or over-the-phone consultation before treatment allows the staff to answer any client questions about the procedure, as well as tailor each treatment to individual needs.
In a house on tree-lined historic Union Street, board-certified vein specialist Dr. Fort eliminates unwanted spider and varicose veins by using an array of noninvasive techniques, such as traditional and foam sclerotherapy, laser therapy, and minimally invasive surgical solutions. Esthetic Laser Centre's medical esthetician, Amy Perka, focuses attention on faces, using different types of lasers to reduce hyperpigmentation and tone complexions, along with chemical peels and dermaplaning. The lasers are also used to banish unwanted hair.
At Sunraes Tanning Salon, it can be difficult to decide just how to get that golden bronze glow. The root of this happy problem is the salon’s arsenal of six different tanning bed types, which range from basic level one tanning beds to unparalleled level five beds equipped with a cooling water mist, face and shoulder tanners, and 52 low pressure bulbs. Sunraes also offers UV-free color, misting away paleness with customized, hand-applied airbrush spray tanning.
The stylists at Reflections Salon tame tresses and dote upon digits, leaving a pampered parade of newly styled clients in their wake. Men's manes are tastefully trimmed, producing hairdos dapper and robust enough to suffice for a firm handshake. A warmly lit, inviting wood interior and cream-colored chairs snuggle guests into friendly comfort as they choose their follicles’ next form, be it long layers, a sassy bob, or a mohawk in honor of indigenous punk bands. Highlights further transform just-dyed and snipped hair so visitors can step out of the salon with a new and bold look. Those who indulge in the mani-pedi can count on a set of 20 expertly prettified fingers and toes, shaped and polished to perfection by nail gurus.