Couples Tribute: Jennifer & Leo

Jennifer and Leo were married on April 24, 2020 in a garden/tented wedding celebration at Celebrate Snug Harbor. It was a very romantic, memorable day for all.

Why did you pick Snug Harbor for your wedding, was there any special reason?

Leo stumbled upon Celebrate Snug Harbor while bike riding through he park. As luck would have it, Leo walked into Celebrate to use the bathroom while a wedding was taking place. He loved everything about Celebrate! It ending up being the only place we looked at for our wedding.

“Our wedding date was 4/24/2021, which was probably the most special part and solidified that Celebrate Snug Harbor had to be our wedding venue. When we were discussing available dates we knew we wanted a Saturday in Spring. April 24th was the only one available. April 24th just so happens to be one of my best friends’ birthdays. She was killed in a car accident in 2019. We took it as a sign from her so that was very beautiful and meaningful to us.”

Can you tell us about your wedding dress?

I work as a psychiatric emergency clinician on the frontline. During covid, there were several companies that generously hosted raffle prizes to show appreciation to frontline workers. I was encouraged to enter the Brides Across America Raffle to win a wedding dress. A few months later I was notified that I was chosen as their winner! I was able to shop at Bridal Reflections on 5th avenue in Manhattan and was able to pick out my dream wedding dress.

When I tried on this dress, I knew immediately that it was the dress! Leo had always told me he wanted me to be in a princess dress, so for our first look I surprised him by adding an over skirt and straps. Another crazy part is that unbeknownst to me, the over skirt I bought was the exact same one I had in my wedding book. I didn’t realize until way later. It was the perfect combination of a form fitting dress for me and a princess dress for Leo.

Where on the grounds of Snug Harbor did your wedding take place?

We had our wedding ceremony in the Tuscan Garden and our reception followed in the Tented Pavilion.

Did you have a wedding planner or any DIY elements?

We did not have a wedding planner, but Erin at Celebrate Snug Harbor went above and beyond with everything for us.

We are both very detail oriented so we had a bunch of DIY elements and special things included. We are both therapists, so being mindful and living in the moment is big for us. Having that incorporated to our wedding day was very meaningful to us.

Did you have a certain wedding theme or color scheme?

The most important thing to us was to have a warm and loving vibe for our wedding. We used rose gold as our main color and added other soft colors to compliment our decor.

We made signs, candle holders, and probably painted everything rose gold ourselves. We also made the sparkler signs, painted and glittered the matches and made sure everything from the charger plates to the napkin rings were hand picked or painted by us, even the cake topper.

Leo made the dance floor love sign himself! I totally didn’t see myself as crafty person prior to this but this really inspired us to make sure we had everything we wanted for our wedding.

What was your 1st Dance Song?

For our first dance we danced to Never Break by John Legend.

Advice for future celebrate couples?

“Have fun with it and do it together! This is an introduction to married life and being able to know that you’re a team and that you don’t have to carry all of the weight of this big event really makes it such a fun process.”

We are so lucky to have delightful couples like Jennifer & Leo to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A special thank you to Dream Life Wedding Photography who was on hand to capture every moment of this special wedding.

Wedding Vendors:

Florist: Flowers by Bernard

Dress: Bridal Reflections

Photography: Dreamlife Wedding Photography

Violinist: Bri Blvck

Makeup artist: Kory Martinez

Celebrate Snug Harbor Couples Tribute: Valira and Mark

Hosting your special day at Celebrate at Snug Harbor on Staten Island, our premier wedding venue located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens. This lush 83-acre property boasts several gardens and two grand event spaces for a reception. Wherever your wedding takes you, our event managers will create a unique celebration that reflects your vision.

Valira and Mark were married on October 17th, 2020 in a garden micro wedding celebration at Celebrate Snug Harbor. It was a very romantic, memorable day for all.

Why did you choose Celebrate Snug Harbor for your Wedding Day?

I fell in love with the Tuscan Garden the moment I saw it. I had never thought of where I wanted my wedding to be or what I wanted it to look like, but the moment I walked in the gate, I knew I wanted to have our wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor. We loved how close to home Celebrate Snug Harbor was for us. It would be easy for us to go back and visit whenever we wanted to remember our wedding day. It made sense for us to choose Celebrate Snug Harbor as our wedding venue so that traveling was made simple for family and friends.

Where on the grounds of Snug Harbor did your wedding take place?

Our ceremony was held in the breathtaking Tuscan Garden and officiated by my older cousin Dave’s wife who is a minister at our church. The Great Hall is where we held our extended cocktail reception.

Did you have a wedding planner or any DIY elements?

A few DIY’s were sprinkled throughout our wedding, like our wedding signs, including our welcome sign, the directional sign outside the Great Hall pointing guests to the reception, and table signs for drinks, cards & gifts, and the guestbook. I had the signs printed on unfinished canvas for a delicate look and cut each one into a pennant shape for added elegance and interest. At our welcome table, we displayed escort cards that corresponded with the seating chart that was also assembled by me. It was important for me to have each of my guests have something tangible that made them feel welcome besides a wedding favor.

What was your 1st Dance Song?

We walked in to our reception to the song “Trophy” by Future feat. Kanye. That’s all it was supposed to be though…we were supposed to be announced as the newlyweds and walk to our sweetheart table to the song. Instead, all our guests gathered around us and the DJ started hyping the crowd. We were on the spot and center of attention but in the best way possible. We still slow danced to the song “Nobody” by Brian McKnight after that.

Advice for future celebrate couples?

“The most important thing for us was to stay true to who we are. I had never attended a wedding and Mark had only attended one or two before ours so we had little to go off of as far as experience. This helped us focus on what we wanted our special day to feel like and what was important to include or not.”

“We knew having a videographer and photographer were top priorities as we wanted a great photo album and wedding video to share with our children one day. Another important feature of our curated wedding were all the young, black vendors we hired, including our photographers, videographers, dj, and strings player. Having black representation on our special day was another secret ingredient to the overall vibe. Due to the pandemic, we had to switch gears and have a micro wedding of 40 guests instead of the 110 guests we initially projected, but it was a blessing in disguise. Our micro wedding was so intimate, cozy, and fun! We were truly able to celebrate with everyone there.”

We are so lucky to have delightful couples like Valira and Mark to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A special thank you to ODHO Productions who was on hand to capture every moment of this special wedding.

TD

Vendors:

Wedding dress: Asos Bridal

Florist: Flowers by Bernard email: flowersbybernard@aol.com instagram: @flowersbybernard

Cake: Alfonso’s Pastry Shoppe email: alfonsosvictory@gmail.com instagram: @alfonsosvictory

Invitations: etsy.com Pipkin Paper Company

DJ: DJ Smoovem @iamdjsmoove Smoove Sound Entertainment

Violinist: Priya DeBerry email: priya.deberry95@gmail.com

Photographer: Odho Productions http://www.odhoproductions.com instagram: @odhoproductions

Videographer: Picture Paradise http://www.mypictureparadise.com

bridesmaids dresses: White by Vera Wang

Grooms tux: custom tailored

Groomsmen attire: Black by Vera Wang

Hair: Tyra’s Hair Experience email: tyrashairexperience@gmail.com instagram: @tyrashairexperience

Makeup: Bdash Artistry Email: info@bdashmakeup.com instagram: @bdash_mua

Our team of Event Designers works closely with clients to design and produce “one of a kind” events. Celebrate is the perfect location to get married or host an engagement party, birthday party, anniversary or baby shower. Snug Harbor’s expansive grounds are an ideal setting for entertaining large groups of corporate clients for summer outings, barbecues, team building activities, concerts and picnics.

Explore all this urban oasis has to offer for your wedding, corporate or social occasion. Celebrate is conveniently located on Staten Island, a quick ferry ride from lower Manhattan as well as a short drive from Brooklyn and Queens. The property has ample parking and is close to several hotels, local museums and galleries. Operated by Relish Catering + Hospitality

718-442-2700 email: events@celebrate-snug.com www.celebrate-snug.com

Couples Tribute: Masha & Kevin

Masha and Kevin were married on August 29th, 2020 in an outdoor wedding celebration at Celebrate Snug Harbor. It was a very romantic, memorable day for all.

Why did you pick Snug Harbor for your wedding, was there any special reason?

We picked Celebrate Snug Harbor for our wedding venue for many reasons. Growing up I have fond memories of going to the art lab and walking around the grounds with my mom. Furthermore, my husband and I had gone on many dates at Snug Harbor. There was one moment when we actually walked around the field over by The Tented Pavilion, and I am pretty sure that’s where I first realized he was the one. The one I wanted to spend the rest of my life with. It was very special to get married there, in that exact same spot.

Where on the grounds of Snug Harbor did your wedding take place?

We had our wedding ceremony in the Tuscan Garden followed by our wedding reception in the Tented Pavilion.

Did you have a wedding planner or any DIY elements?

We did not use a wedding planner, but we were very fortunate enough to have my mom Victoria assist with all the wedding details and planning.

Did you have a certain wedding theme or color scheme?

We went with a garden theme for our wedding. Our beautiful flowers were done by InFlowers. We went with a color scheme of blush, grey and eucalyptus. Each guests recieved succulents for their favor.

What was your 1st Dance Song?

For our 1st dance we picked Dustin Kensrue’s song Of Crows and Crowns. Kevin sent me this song when we were dating and I absolutely loved it.

Advice for future celebrate couples?

“Celebrate Snug Harbor is beyond a beautiful venue and the team made all my wedding dreams come true. John was the most supportive coordinator and was an absolute pleasure to work with. My day of bridal attendant was my hero! When my dress was too long for the first and the father daughter dance she was able to fix it on the spot so I wouldn’t be tripping over my own feet. Aside from the most beautiful grounds, Snug harbor provides a unique experience for the wedding guests allowing them to explore and be inspired by the space.”

We are so lucky to have delightful couples like Masha and Kevin to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A special thank you to Julian Ribinik Photography who was on hand to capture every moment of this special wedding.

Wedding Vendors

Douglas Genuard (MC and band)

Inflowers (florist)

Julian and Evgenia Ribinik (photos)

Ray Estrada and Sharrone Calafiore (video)

Lotus Bridal (wedding dress)

Bridal Styles Boutique (clip and veil)

Couples Tribute: Emily & Joe

Emily and Joe were married on August 22, 2020 in an outdoor micro wedding celebration at Celebrate Snug Harbor. This couple didn’t let the pandemic put a damper on their I Dos! With a bit of imagination, they found ways to rework their celebration to make it both safe AND sentimental. It was a very romantic, memorable day for all.

Why did you pick Snug Harbor for your wedding, was there any special reason?

Our wedding date was August 22, 2020.  We picked Snug Harbor after our original plans were cancelled due to the pandemic.  We live on the North Shore of Staten Island and were familiar with how beautiful the setting was and the excellent reputation Celebrate Snug Harbor has.  We also had been guests to weddings there and were always very pleased.

Where did you wedding take place at Celebrate Snug Harbor?

The ceremony was in Tuscan Garden and the cocktail reception was in the Tented Pavillion.

Do you have a certain wedding theme? Color scheme? Special décor, favors for guests?

We opted to donate to 3 local non-profits in lieu of traditional favors in light of everything that was going on.

Did you have a wedding planner or any DIY elements?

Though we did not have a wedding planner we have to give a special shout out to Erin O’Keefe – the Catering and Events Specialist – she went above and beyond from the moment we first met with her right up thru the end of our reception!

What was your wedding song?

Our wedding song was “You and Me” by Dave Matthews.

Advice for future couples planning their weddings?

 “If anyone is considering having a wedding, we highly recommend Celebrate Snug Harbor without any reservation!  The setting, the food, the service, and all the staff involved were outstanding and beyond our expectations.”

We are so lucky to have delightful couples like Emily and Joe to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A special thank you to their photographer Rita Sykes de la Pena who was on hand to capture every moment of this special wedding.

Vendors:

Photography: Rita Sykes de la Pena

Florist: Flowers by Bernard

DJ: Josh Nieves

Wedding Cake: Moretti’s

Couples Tribute: Jackie & Steven

Photo/videographer: ytk photography

Dj: Dave Leonard productions

Florist: Erin from Rosery flower shop

Hair/makeup: samantha Carly for makeup,

hair: Samantha Setteducato

Dress: candis by millanova hair piece and veil: Bridal styles boutique

Tux: suit supply

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