Sabrage /səˈbrɑːʒ/ is a technique for opening a Champagne bottle with a sabre, used for ceremonial occasions. The sabre is slid along the body of the bottle to break the entire neck away from the bottle, leaving only the base of the bottle open and ready to pour. The force of the backside of the blade hitting the lip breaks the glass to separate the collar from the neck of the bottle. Note that one does not use the 'sharp' side of the blade, but instead, turns it around. The cork and collar remain together after separating from the neck.
Let's just call him Dan the Sabre man. When presented with a bottle of champagne and a sabre, he grabbed both with authority, took one swift swoosh with the blade and removed the top of the bottle like a champ. At that point, the festivities were to begin .. and begin they did.
Ah yes, the Saratoga Polo Association. We've been honored and privileged to have shot there on many an occasion, and each time we do we usually get to see something new and interesting. Aside from Dan killing a poor defenseless bottle, we also witnessed Matt Ramos' mad piloting skills with his quadcopter of danger, as he hovered high above the Polo Association building to snap a few aerial shots. If you've never seen it, I suggest finding out when he's flying next and check it out. It's something to behold.
Congrats to Steph and Dan. For without you none of the above would have been possible for us to capture.
The following had the distinct pleasure of being able to hang out with us on such a grand day:
Hair & Makeup:A & Company Salon
Flowers:The Posie Peddler
Photography: Matt Ramos Photography
DJ:Patrick Bergeron/Metro Music
Venue:Saratoga Polo Club
Catering:Old Daley Inn
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