Our Wedding

Kaitlyn McMurray
Sean Helmes

Are getting married

on Saturday, August 15th, 2020 at 3:00 PM in Syracuse, NY

Our Story

We first met at an outdoor barbecue and party on Candlewood Isle in the summer of March 2010 and became friends. A playful friendship turned into more after Sean asked Katie out on a date in November of 2011. We met for some drinks after Katie’s shift at Molly Darcy’s, where we held hands, and the following day we went to Fiesta Mexicana for dinner. After dinner we watched a movie at Sean’s apartment and went to Fiddler’s Green Pub in Carmel, New York where we had our first kiss. Sean visited Katie nearly every weekend that she was away in Syracuse for the next two-and-a-half years, before Katie graduated and moved in with Sean. We reside happily together with our dog, Dublin, in Danbury, Connecticut. Syracuse is where our love grew and it holds a special place in our heart, as well as amazing memories. We chose to have our big day at the campus chapel of Syracuse University (Hendrick's Chapel) and our reception at the historic Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles because of our fond memories in the Syracuse area.

Wedding Details

Attire: Cocktail Attire

Wedding Ceremony

Hendricks Chapel is located in the center of Syracuse University's campus and is considered the spiritual heart of Syracuse University. It aims to connect people of all faiths and no faith through dialogue, reflective spirituality, and a commitment to social justice.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2020 — 3:00 PM —
Hendrick's Chapel, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

Wedding Reception

The Sherwood Inn is situated in the heart of the historic Village of Skaneateles, New York, which is known as the "Eastern Gateway to the Finger Lakes." The Inn is located on the shore of Skaneateles Lake, one of the most beautiful and cleanest bodies of water in the world.

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Saturday, August 15th, 2020 — 5:30 PM —
The Sherwood Inn, 26 W Genesee St, Skaneateles, NY

Other Events

Attire for Welcome Drinks & Wine Tasting: Casual

Welcome Drinks

The Blue Tusk is situated right next to Syracuse's Armory Square and offers over 66 craft beers on tap as well as a wide selection of wine and cocktails.

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Friday, August 14th, 2020 — 9:00 PM —
The Blue Tusk, 165 Walton St, Syracuse, NY

Wine Tasting

Anyela's Vineyards overlooks Skaneateles lake and offers amazing lake views & world class wines from the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

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Sunday, August 16th, 2020 — 12:30 PM —
Anyela's Vineyards, 2433 W Lake Rd, Skaneateles, NY

Travel & Transportation

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Privately chartered coach bus transportation will be available on the day of the wedding for those that RSVP indicating that they plan to make use of it. The coach buses will receive guests at the Sheraton Hotel in Syracuse to go to the wedding ceremony at Hendrick's Chapel (about a 5 minute drive). The coach buses will then take guests directly from the wedding ceremony to the wedding reception at The Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, New York (about a 35 minute drive). At the end of the wedding reception (11:00 pm) the coach buses will take guests from The Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, New York back to the Sheraton Hotel in Syracuse, New York.

For guests that prefer to drive themselves to the ceremony and/or reception, there is free parking at both locations. The ceremony at Hendrick's Chapel is about a 5 to 10 minute drive from most Syracuse hotels. The reception at The Sherwood Inn is about a 30-35 minute car ride from most Syracuse hotels and from Hendrick's Chapel.

Uber, Lyft, and taxi service is also available in Syracuse and Skaneateles, New York. It is about a $5 to $10 one-way fare for an Uber to take you from most Syracuse hotels to where we are hosting Welcome Drinks on Friday, August 14th, 2020 at The Blue Tusk in downtown Syracuse. It is about a $30-$45 one-way fare for an Uber to take you from most Syracuse hotels or from Hendrick's Chapel to where the wedding reception is being held at The Sherwood Inn in Skaneateles, New York.

If you are flying into Syracuse, there is a major airport in Syracuse (Syracuse Hancock International Airport - SYR) and it is located about 15 minutes outside of central Syracuse. The Sheraton Hotel offers airport shuttle service to and from the airport.

Registry

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Accommodations

The Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles, NY

Rates range from $228 per night to $372 per night for a room or suite with 1 queen bed for 2 people in mid-August.
This is also the location of the wedding reception. No coach bus service will be available from this hotel to the wedding ceremony
Check-in time 3 PM
Check-out time is 11 AM
Free parking
Pets not allowed
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There is a room block for the wedding at this hotel. Please call and ask to be within the Helmes / McMurray wedding block.
Call (315) 685-3405
or Visit Website

Sheraton Hotel, Syracuse, NY

$162 per night for a room with 2 double size beds or $172 per night for a room with 1 king bed in mid-August. 4 star hotel.
Chartered coach buses will be available at this hotel for transportation to & from the wedding ceremony & reception
Check-in time 4 PM
Check-out time is 12 PM
$16 on-site parking fee per day
Airport shuttle service available
Dogs are allowed
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There is a room block for the wedding at this hotel. Please click the "Visit Website" link below to book a room within the wedding block.
Visit Website
or call (315) 475-3000

Wedding Party

Kelly McMurray - Maid of Honor
Brian Kahn - Best Man
Amy Gertig - Bridesmaid
Peter Bundy - Groomsman
Nicole Culhane - Bridesmaid
Bryan Curley - Groomsman
Sarra Young - Bridesmaid
Ryan McDonough - Groomsman
Samantha Baldanza - Bridesmaid
Matthew Rosen - Groomsman
Alexandra Helmes - Bridesmaid
Molly Helmes - Bridesmaid

Things To Do

Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Ranked in the top 10 percent of zoos in the US, on 43 acres of land with hundreds and hundreds of animals.

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Destiny USA

The largest mall in New York State and the 6th largest mall in America. Tons of shopping, indoor go-carting, movie theater, comedy club, and more.

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Dinosaur BBQ

Famous BBQ restaurant and biker bar with a retro setting and live blues music in downtown Syracuse, NY. Southern comfort food in New York.

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Skaneateles Lake Boat Tour

Skaneateles Lake cruises feature crystal waters, shoreline beauty and village amenities.

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