The State Room

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Tom Nicchi owner of The State Room Albany weddings venue photographed by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
Tom Nic­chi, own­er of The State Room wed­ding venue in Albany, strikes a pose beside a pair of his vin­tage cars used for bride and groom “cool down” rides at the end of every wed­ding. (Pho­tos by Due­tim­age Pho­tog­ra­phy Albany wed­ding pho­tog­ra­phers)

 

There are cer­tain venues where the per­son­al­i­ties of their own­ers are tight­ly inter­wo­ven with the wed­ding expe­ri­ences they offer.  The State Room in Albany is one of them, with own­er Tom Nic­chi play­ing a large role in every event,  from cook­ing to host­ing to chauf­feur­ing “cool down” rides in vin­tage cars.

I tell all my brides, I’m your father for the day,” Tom likes to say.  And The State Room is a venue that seems to go out of its way to pro­vide a per­son­al touch on a street where a num­ber of down­town wed­ding venues have sprung up in recent years, all in the refur­bished inte­ri­ors of his­toric bank build­ings.

 

Interior of The State Room wedding venue in Albany by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
The ball­room of The State Room set up for a wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny; after the nup­tials, tables will be rolled in and seats rearranged to trans­form the space into a din­ing area.

 

The State Room’s sto­ry begins some­time in the late 1970s when Tom left his job as a spe­cial edu­ca­tion teacher in New York City to work in the ban­quet busi­ness.  He soon moved upstate with his wife, a native of the Cap­i­tal region, and opened The State Room at its orig­i­nal loca­tion at the old De Witt Clin­ton Hotel on Eagle Street in Albany.  The venue was a suc­cess, but the DeWitt Clin­ton Hotel began a painful process of rede­vel­op­ment which saw The State Room involved in a legal bat­tle to pre­serve its long-term lease.

 

Ceremony dais at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
This wed­ding dais con­verts to a sweet­heart table after wed­ding cer­e­monies.

 

In the midst of the strug­gle, Tom recalls walk­ing down State Street one day and notic­ing that the ground floor of the his­toric City & Coun­ty State Bank — Albany’s first sky­scraper — was avail­able for adven­tur­ous entre­pre­neurs who could han­dle the cost of exten­sive ren­o­va­tions.  “I saw it and said this is it, this is our new home,” says Tom.

 

Another view of the sweetheart table at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
Anoth­er view of the sweet­heart table.

 

The new loca­tion pre­serves many of the his­toric details of the site’s for­mer bank­ing oper­a­tions, such as a hand-paint­ed can­vas ceil­ing and Corinthi­an columns with 24 karat gold inlays.  Almost all the mar­ble that was once a part of the site’s bank­ing oper­a­tions has been re-pur­posed, such as bath­room van­i­ties made from mar­ble bank teller coun­ter­tops.

 

Ceiling and gold inlaid columns of The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
The hand-paint­ed can­vas ceil­ing and gold inlaid Corinthi­an columns are lov­ing­ly restored archi­tec­tur­al details at The State Room.

 

I spent a lot more than antic­i­pat­ed on bring­ing this place back to its orig­i­nal beau­ty,” says Tom, “You’d nev­er know that the last ten­ant was a Fedex/Kinko’s facil­i­ty and that they had a drop ceil­ing in here.”  The impres­sive­ly restored 6,000 square foot space can accom­mo­date up to 250 guests for cer­e­monies and recep­tions in a grand ball­room that can be illu­mi­nat­ed to any col­or match­ing your wed­ding theme.

Up front there is an oak bar which evokes a classy Albany water­ing hole atmos­phere from a bygone era.

 

Bar at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography an Albany wedding photographer.
The Main Bar at The State Room: cou­ples can have the bar stacked with their favorite liquors, wines, or beers and get to choose one of the beers on tap.

 

In the rear of the ball­room is an old-fash­ioned dessert bar, where ice cream, pas­tries, cap­puc­ci­nos, and espres­sos are served.  Pub food like slid­ers and ruebens are also served here as recep­tions wind down.

 

Dessert Bar at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography an Albany wedding photographer.
The State Room’s dessert bar serves ice cream, pas­tries, and even pub food as the par­ty winds down.

 

Locat­ed behind the dessert bar is anoth­er fun fea­ture of The State Room — an old bank vault where wed­ding par­ties can “hide out” before mak­ing their first appear­ance.  “It’s a place where the groom and his grooms­men usu­al­ly like to have a pri­vate drink togeth­er,” Tom tells us.

 

Bank vault at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
The Bank Vault at The State Room is where wed­ding par­ties get to hang out and secure their pri­vate belong­ings.

 

The vault is a sort of Fortress of Soli­tude for wed­ding par­ties, a place where they can secure­ly stash there per­son­al belong­ings, charge their cell­phones, and take self­ies.  Cig­ar rolling sta­tions, car­i­ca­ture sta­tions, and even a tat­too sta­tion are ways that cou­ples have per­son­al­ized the space.

 

Bank vault at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
Inside the Vault: the light­ing can be adjust­ed to your wedding’s theme and fun activ­i­ty sta­tions can be arranged here, like pho­to booths and tat­too par­lors.

 

For brides seek­ing more pri­va­cy, The State Room offers a get­ting ready room upstairs in the one­time bank president’s office.  The room has a large one-way mir­ror which pro­vides the bride with a bird’s eye view of the ball­room.

 

Getting ready room at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
This bridal get­ting ready room in the old bank president’s office is one flight up from the ball­room.

 

Getting ready room at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
Crack out some bub­bly: brides can enjoy cham­pagne and appe­tiz­ers up here before the main event.

 

View from the getting ready room at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
A bird’s eye view over the ball­room from the one-way win­dow of the bridal get­ting ready room.

 

There is also anoth­er room on this lev­el which can be uti­lized for cock­tail hours or small­er events.

 

Secondary bar room at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
Extra space for cock­tail hours and small events, on the same floor as the get­ting ready room.

 

Secondary bar room at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.
A sec­ondary bar area pro­vides addi­tion­al ser­vice for your guests.

 

The food is impor­tant and after I greet every­body, I head to the kitchen to over­see all the cook­ing,” says Tom.  The State Room offers a num­ber of pack­ages rang­ing from $119.95 to $169.95 per guest with an open bar as of this writ­ing.  Liquors, wines, and beers can be stocked at the couple’s request to per­son­al­ize their bev­er­age offer­ings. They also get to choose one of the light or dark drafts that are on tap for the week­end, and sig­na­ture drinks can be cre­at­ed on request.

 

Historic photography of Albany's first skyscraper the City & County Bank Tower on display in The State Room Albany weddings venue photographed by Duetimage Photography.
This his­toric pho­to­graph of the City & Coun­ty Bank Tow­er is on dis­play at The State Room, show­ing Albany’s first sky­scraper in all its glo­ry.

 

For Tom, every wed­ding day begins with pick­ing up cou­ples at their hotel room (a part of every State Room wed­ding pack­age) and trans­port­ing them to the venue in one of his vin­tage sedans.  Tom main­tains a fleet of about 71 antique cars, includ­ing a 1930’s Rolls Royce that appeared in “The God­fa­ther”; Tom’s  uncle, actor John Mar­ti­no, played gang­ster Paulie Gat­to in that film.

 

Vintage car used for bride and groom "cool down" rides at The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by Duetimage Photography Albany wedding photographers.

 

Tom will stay with the cou­ple from that point on, tak­ing them to loca­tions around Albany for por­traits, keep­ing track of time, mak­ing sure that all pho­tos are done while keep­ing the bride and groom hydrat­ed and nour­ished.  “If you need a gra­nola bar, you’ll get gra­nola bar.  If you need some tis­sues, you’ll get some tis­sues,” says Tom.  As the guests begin to arrive, Tom turns the cou­ple over to his gen­er­al man­ag­er then heads into the kitchen where he over­sees the cook­ing for the rest of the night.

After cut­ting the cake, Tom will pack a pic­nic bas­ket for the bride and groom then swap out his antique sedan for a vin­tage con­vert­ible.  Thus the 45-minute “cool down” ride begins, with Tom tak­ing his cou­ples on a night­time cruise around Albany.  “There’s a lot of great archi­tec­ture around Albany and I love for cou­ples to get one last great pic­ture at those loca­tions,” says Tom.  “As none of my antique cars are for show, it gives me a chance to dri­ve them and have peo­ple enjoy them.  It’s fun, fun, fun.”

 

Tom Nicchi owner of The State Room Albany wedding venue in one of his vintage cars photographed by Duetimage Photography.

 

I’ve been in this busi­ness for over 40 years and I plan to keep on work­ing,” says Tom.  “My goal is to always give cou­ples more than they expect.”

 

Vintage cars of The State Room wedding venue in Albany NY by photographed by Duetimage Photography.

 

Imagining your wedding or event at The State Room?

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Additional Information:

To learn more about The State Room vis­it http://thestateroomalbany.com/.

To dis­cuss your State Room  wed­ding with Due­tim­age Hud­son Val­ley Wed­ding Pho­tog­ra­phers, call (845) 905‑6323 or vis­it: http://www.duetimage.com/contact.

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