The Saratoga Six: Aray Montalvan-Till
Six inquisitive questions with Saratoga’s most interesting people.
By Alyssa McClenning
We're all about fellow glossy boss ladies. Creator and editor-in-chief of Save the Date in the 518 Bridal Magazine, Aray Montalvan-Till, recently invited us behind-the-scenes to chat and witness the creative process behind their editorial photo shoots. We loved the first issue, we can’t wait to get our hands on the second!
1. Tell us about your earliest Saratoga memory.
I was in high school and pointed out the National Dance Museum while driving into town via Route 9 with my dance teacher and fellow dancers. We were headed to an audition for the New York State Summer School of the Arts for Dance at the Skidmore College. After the audition, we went downtown and grabbed lunch at Uncommon Grounds.
Never in a million years did I imagine I would fall in love with a Saratoga native several years later and would call Saratoga Springs home.
2. The Saratoga Social was created to highlight the work of our local nonprofits. Which organization is most important to you?
Nonprofits and startups are where my heart is at - particularly within the creative sector. I've recently become involved with the Saratoga Foundation for Innovative Learning. Members share a common goal of fostering forward-thinking and creative opportunities in the Saratoga Springs City School District. The foundation challenges administrators, teachers and students to create new and innovative initiatives that will enhance the curriculum already in existence, extending the educational experience.
3. Which spot in town serves your favorite drink or dish?
Macaroons from Mrs. London's are my go-to treat in Saratoga Springs. When I have editorial meetings for upcoming magazine shoots and features, you will find us hunkered down at one of the corner tables munching away at those gluten-free pieces of heaven.
4. You just launched a regional wedding magazine. Where did you come up with the idea?
The concept for the magazine was born out of the Creative Economy study. The wedding creatives industry in the 518 is strong and I saw a gap in properly showcasing their talents in the market. We believe our creatives will generate unique and unconventional trends for brides and grooms. The inaugural issue hit newsstands the week of Valentine's Day (serendipitous) and is available to order online now. This is a passion project and to say that I'm excited is an understatement!
5. What's the first app/website you open in the morning?
I do a good amount of social media/community management work nationally, so Facebook Pages and Facebook Messenger is the first thing I glance at before jumping out of bed to get myself ready before my 19-month old wakes up.
6. "I consider Saratoga's greatest hidden gem to be..."
...it's entrepreneur scene. This region is bursting at the seams with amazing start-ups.