Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens Spring 2018 Events

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. If you’re looking to have family friendly and noteworthy experiences this coming spring, Snug Harbor has unique events for you. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the Into The Woods production, Richmond County Orchestra, Horticulture Walks and more!

Into the Woods:


The Brothers Grimm hit the stage with a little help from Stephen Sondheim in Into the Woods, an epic fairytale about wishes, family and the choices we make. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King’s Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch’s curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone’s wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results. Catch the show times: March 17th, 18th, 24th, & 25th!

Flowering Tree & Shrub Walk:


The magnolias, cherry blossoms, mahonia, jasmine, and redbud flourish in our unique NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden.  Come see the glory of the NYCSG in the spring and learn about the long-standing horticultural tradition that seeks to find beauty in all seasons.  Your tour tickets include admission to the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden for the rest of the day after the walk. This event is rain or shine on April 7th at 1:00PM.

Richmond County Orchestra:


“Richmond County Orchestra at the Movies” features popular songs from movies including music by John Williams used in Star Wars, Harry Potter, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jaws, Superman, and more. Featured performances include the Brighton Heights Reformed Church Youth Orchestra, a world premiere by composer Gregory Houston, and movie favorites Somewhere over the Rainbow and Let It Go performed by Alison Madill.

Beauty And The Beast in May!

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Spotlight Theatre Company is proud to present Disney’s Beauty & the Beast, featuring some of your favorite Disney characters.
The events you can attend are endless. Visit to see all of the other events that are constantly going on at Snug Harbor. No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable.


Spring Wedding Colors

With spring just around the corner, there is no better time to start thinking of floras and color accents for your wedding day. Today’s blog features images Celebrate couples have used to compliment the stunning grounds located at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens.  Check out this post from WeddingWire pinpointing the latest color trends.

Colors: Deep Hues & Black Accents

Vivid hues of burgundy, forest green, purple, gold and fuchsia go perfectly with the grounds of Celebrate Snug Harbor.

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Colors: Metallics

Using metallic to accentuate the details is a great way to add a touch of elegance to the day. A recent wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor, created custom napkins embellished with a special message from the bride and groom scripted in metallic text.  


Colors: Greens & Greenery!

Having a hard time choosing between colors to pair together? Try adding varied greenery to your floral arrangements and bouquets as a unique way to tie in mixed colors. When getting married at Celebrate Snug Harbor, the lush gardens surround you with greenery so you don’t have to plan too much!


Gorgeous photos on your wedding day are a big part of what makes hosting your wedding day at Celebrate Snug Harbor so special.  The property’s 83 grounds, multiple gardens, water features, historical architecture and working farm provide infinite photo opportunities to create lasting memories.

Couples Tribute – Alice and Nick


Alice and Nick could not think of a better or more beautiful place than Celebrate Snug Harbor to host their wedding day.


The couple lives a short distance from the property and enjoy frequent trips to the Harbor with friends and family. Long before they were officially engaged, they both envisioned a wedding day at Snug Harbor.

Alice and Nick had a beautiful wedding ceremony in the Tuscan Garden.


We love how they used a bright bold combination of greens, pinks, purples and reds in the flowers. The balance of bright bold colors and softer tones matched the Tuscan Garden perfectly.



After the ceremony, the couple’s photographer, Olya Vysotskayatook made great use of the grounds, snapping photos of the couple in candid moments as well as posed images in the Chinese Scholar Garden, Tuscan Garden and a fun graffiti wall they found outside of Snug Harbor.



Dinner Reception followed in The Great Hall.


The over-sized windows, barrel ceiling and historic charm of the space was a great compliment to the garden experience guests had enjoyed at ceremony and cocktail hour.  The centerpieces designed by Enchanted Florist perfectly translated the couple’s wishes for a bright and colorful look.

Alice and Nick share a love of Matryoshkas (Russian nesting dolls).  The dolls became a fun design element throughout the reception. A friend designed a logo for the dolls that incorporated the couple’s initials.  The couple’s logo was used for the photo booth pictures and made into stickers. The wedding cake was adorn with a Matryoshkas cake topper.

For wedding favors, guests were treated to petite bags of coffee beans and jelly beans each with a custom logo sticker.  Coffee for nick ( he LOVES coffee), jelly beans for Alice.


Alice and Nick’s advice for future couples planning their weddings.


“Space out the tasks over the duration of the engagement. Because of how our lives were at the time, we did a lot in the beginning and a lot at the end and had to really cram to get everything done right before the wedding. If we were able to, we would have done a lot more in the middle period.”


“There are also some tasks that were way more time-consuming than we anticipated. Everything about the invitations took so much time (finding the right design, ordering samples, putting them together, writing out the addresses, etc.). Better to leave yourself enough time for things you don’t even know will come up.”


Congratulations to Alice and Nick, and a huge thanks to Olya Vysotskaya for sharing these wedding gorgeous photos with us!



Flowers – Enchanted Florist –

Photographer – Olya Vysotskaya –

Videographer – David Troth Wright –

Band- Joelle and the Pinehurst Trio –

Photo Booth – Ish Photo Booth Rentals –

Dress – David’s Bridal for primary dress, Amazon for top skirt with custom alterations

Groomsmen suits – Men’s Warehouse –

Groom’s suit – Suit Supply –

Hair – Nicole Tulotta –

Makeup – Dani Scarcella –

Officiant – Ross Decker –

Invitations – Basic Invite –


Custom Details for Your Wedding Day

The best part about planning a wedding is coming up with creative and custom details to incorporate in your big day. We’re sharing the adorable and unique details that recent couples who married at Celebrate shared with their guests!

Guest Book:

This couple had their guests sign their names on a map of the world. This allows guests to sign and write a message on a location they’ve traveled to together or just sign to a fun place in the world that would be fun to visit.

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Custom Thank You’s:

This couple created an adorable thank you note and a miniature bottle of Bailey’s to thank their guests for attending their special day!

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His/Hers Bathroom Signage:

We loved this unique way to distinguish his/her bathrooms. This couple took childhood photos of one another and placed it on the bathroom door. 20170812 - SC 0894 (low-res)  20170812 - SC 0895 (low-res)

Food Truck:

Who doesn’t love a food truck? Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor has over 83 acres of land, this couple had fun with some of the space and hired a food truck for a late night treat for their guests.


When getting married, make sure your venue has grounds that are accommodating to the details you carefully planned for your big day. Check out the Celebrate at Snug Harbor Pinterest page for more inspiration!.

Outdoor Wedding Decor

Spring time is a wonderful time to get married outside and delight in the spirit of new beginnings.  At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, lush grounds and manicured gardens create endless opportunities for entertaining alfresco.

Wedding Arch

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Photo credit: Lato Photography

A great way to bring out the romantic feel of the Tuscan Garden at Snug Harbor is to accentuate the natural greenery. This couple chose bamboo-style chairs and bright white flowers to highlight the wedding aisle.

Wedding Signage


Photo credit: Olli Studio

We love fun wedding signage! At the entrance to the ceremony, this couple placed subtle flowers in an elevated planter with their calligraphy signage leaning against it.

Unique to Venue Decor


Photo credit: Eryc Perez de Tagle


Photo credit:  Olya Vysotskaya

Celebrate at Snug Harbor is home to a variety of world class gardens and botanical settings. An authentic Tuscan, Chinese Scholar Garden, White Rose Garden and Garden Maze can be found on the grounds.

The first image highlights ivory growing up and around the charming brick exterior, while the second photo has an abundance of colorful wild flowers surrounding the bride and groom.

Celebrate at Snug Harbor is the perfect setting for beautiful outdoor events.

Spring Wedding Bouquets

As spring quickly approaches, it’s time to think about the seasonal touches you can add to your bridal look. There’s nothing that highlights a wedding gown like a springtime bouquet. The best part about selecting a bouquet is that you can’t go wrong if you focus on seasonal flowers. We’ve selected our favorites, highlighted by Martha Stewart Weddings and are pairing them with our favorite spots of Snug Harbor!

Soft Tones

When you think spring, you think soft, pastel tones. Combine your favorite pastels with light greens to create a unique, seasonal bouquet!

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These pastel tones will pair beautifully with the old world charm of the Great Hall at Snug Harbor and custom centerpieces!

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Sunny Spring

You can never go wrong with yellow. Perfect for any outdoor ceremony, bring together all types of yellow flowers to create a lovely bouquet to hold going down the aisle.

Sunny spring Bouquet

Allow your sunny hues to pop in the beautiful and custom tree tunnel of Snug Harbor!


Pop of Fuschia

The best part about adding in a bold pop of color is in your bouquet is that it becomes your statement piece. Not only will it be a fun statement piece, but it will also bring out the white or ivory tone of your wedding gown.

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The unique bamboo garden of Snug Harbor is the perfect backdrop for a wedding photo. Your pop of color in your bouquet will look stunning!


Springtime Succulents

Who doesn’t love succulents? The best way to bring your favorite florals together is to have a flower or greenery that works as the “glue” in your bouquet. Succulents add the perfect texture to any bouquet!

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Imagine setting down your succulent bouquet on your reception table in the rustic Tented Pavilion of Snug Harbor!

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For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Spring Wedding Color Trends

Spring is right around the corner and your wedding guests will be looking for those gorgeous springtime hues at your ceremony and reception. Once you choose your wedding color scheme, all other decisions become easier to make because you can tie them into your chosen colors. We’ve highlighted our favorite spring color trends from The Knot to help you tie your details together.

Go Bold

Spring weddings are a great opportunity to have fun mixing up bold tones. This table setting and menu capture a fun combination of orange, pink, gold, and royal blue.

Bold Spring Colors

Match these bold colors with any of the bold flowers in the botanical gardens of Snug Harbor!

Photo Credit: Olli Studio



We love the combination greens, pinks, and oranges in this bouquet. The balance of some bolder colors and softer tones can allow for your colors to match any background or setting.

Bohemian Colors

Pair your boho-chic style with the chic tones of the gardens and benches of Snug Harbor.  Photo credit: Philip Siciliano


Elegant Whites

You can never go wrong with focusing your color scheme on ivory, white, and your venue’s natural setting. Notice the variation of white in table cloth, centerpiece, napkins, and chair seat. They tie in with the garden setting beautifully.

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Elegant whites look stunning in the Tented Pavilion of Snug Harbor!

Photo credit: Lato Photography

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Rustic Blush

Never underestimate the power of pink. Light pink tones are the most popular spring colors for a reason. They pair perfectly with the blooming greenery of spring.


Rustic Blush

The Tuscan Garden of Snug Harbor highlights all of the beauty of a blush colored wedding ceremony.

Photo credit: Eryc Perez de Tagle


The beauty of having your wedding at Celebrate at Snug Harbor is that you can match any color scheme to the large 83-acre property. You have endless options to choose from and place in the lush gardens and scenic grounds.

Engagement Ring Trends for 2018

While classic and traditional styles are always beautiful, some new trends are worth considering! shares the latest with engagement bands for 2018!

Chevron Bands:

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These chevron bands are not only adorable in style, but also unique and allow for you to have fun with diamond patterns.

Colored Stones:


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We love the colored stone trend! Depending on the stone you choose, you can have fun matching the stone with the band. This rose-gold diamond looks stunning with its yellow gold band.

Oval Cut Diamonds:


Oval cut diamonds are a great way to combine both the emerald and classic round cut diamonds. For the brides who can’t decide, this may be the shape for you!
If you’re unsure about the ring you want, we suggest trying on a few bands to see which looks best on your ring finger. For more ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

Couples Tribute: Yev & Greg


When it came time to plan their wedding day, Yev and Greg knew that Celebrate at Snug Harbor was the perfect setting to have an intimate wedding ceremony and reception. Yev and her family have been visiting Snug Harbor for many years.  They have spent countless hours visiting the grounds and one of their favorite spots to visit is the beautiful and serene Chinese Scholar Garden.


Given the family’s sentimental attachment to the property, the Chinese Scholar Garden was the perfect setting to host their ceremony and cocktail hour.


While planning their big day, the couple’s goal was to plan a wedding that was elegant, serene and true to the natural beauty of Snug Harbor.  Yev and Greg did all the planning themselves with help from the Celebrate team to ensure everything came together perfectly.


Red was the signature color of the day and woven throughout various design elements.  Splashes of red popped in contrast to the lush green landscaping and blooming gardens.  Red was used for the bridesmaid’s dresses, groomsmen’s ties, flowers and table settings.

Guests made their way to the historic Great Hall for dinner and dancing.  The rustic beauty of The Great Hall, with its barrel ceiling, hand carved wood fire places and oversized palladian windows is timeless.


The couple introduced a bit of whimsy by adding string lights above the dance floor along with red paper lanterns.


Yev designed their save the dates, invitations, signs, card box and menus. For their place cards Yev recycled Greg’s pilot maps to create paper cranes (which are a symbol of happiness and good luck). She really enjoyed putting all her creativity to use and incorporated as many DIY elements that she could.


Yev assembled all the center pieces, bouquets and boutonnières herself.

For their first dance, the couple choreograph a fun tango, making good use of the couples tango lessons they had taken a few years back.  Yev and Greg said it felt awesome completing the dance and sharing it with their loved ones.


Yev and Greg also had a photo booth at their reception for their guests to enjoy.  For wedding favors they gave their all their guests frames for their photos and print outs.


Yev & Greg’s advice to our future couples – “It’s fun to add personal touches so that guests can see a part of you in your ceremony, dance and/or decorations.”


Congratulations to Yev and Greg, and a huge thanks to Minnow Park Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!


Wedding Team

Cake: Palermo’s Bakery

Dj: DJ Electra (Erica Osterlo)

Hair and makeup: Aleetha Clanton

Photography: Minnow Park

Photobooth: Photobomb Photobooths

Video: ArtLine Studio




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