Engagement Ring Trends for 2018

While classic and traditional styles are always beautiful, some new trends are worth considering! Brides.com 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:

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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!

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Couples Tribute: Yev & Greg

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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

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Wedding Team

Cake: Palermo’s Bakery https://palermobakery.com/

Dj: DJ Electra (Erica Osterlo)

Hair and makeup: Aleetha Clanton http://theglassslipperwedding.com/

Photography: Minnow Park  https://www.weddingsbyminnowpark.com/

Photobooth: Photobomb Photobooths  https://www.yourphotobomb.com/

Video: ArtLine Studio  ArtLineStudio.us

 

 

 

Groom Wedding Trends

When it comes to bridal wardrobing,  the brides have endless resources to help them “ say yes to the dress”.   If you’re a groom looking for inspiration, check out Rock My Wedding for some insight into upcoming 2018 trends for grooms and we are loving what is to come!

Black Tie:

Never underestimate the power of a black tie. Elegant and classic, this suit makes this groom look like he’s ready for the red carpet!

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Light Jacket:

Depending on the season of your wedding, have your groom wear a light jacket. Finish this look with a fun boutonniere and you’ve got yourself one stunning groom!

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Royal Blue:

Perfect for any time of year, a royal blue suit will make the groom stand out look dapper. Not to mention, he can be the bride’s something blue!

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Plaid Patterns:

Have fun incorporating a plaid pattern to the groom’s final look. Not only does it match a rustic wedding look, but the varied colors for plaid patterns can make this look appropriate for any season in 2018!

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It is so important that the groom loves his look from top to bottom. While going classic is always a handsome look, keep an open mind to less traditional trends to make your wedding day memorable. For more ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

Winter Wedding Centerpieces

Centerpieces are the focal point of your wedding tables. No matter what size or colors you choose, make it your goal to have your winter wedding centerpieces be the light of your table that draws your guests together. Brides.com offers some inspiration!

Go for the winter rustic look by gathering some white tulips and leveling them with trimmed twigs. The different textures compliment each other beautifully.

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For a unique and less traditional centerpiece, scatter pine cones throughout the table and strategically place raised candle holders between them. Your table will look chic and have the charm of winter.

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If you’re looking for a winter “wow factor,” try using a tall vase the hold dendrobium orchids with hanging votives. Elegant and fun!3 tall dendrobium orchids with hanging glass votives

To really capture the essence of winter, place pine cones and your favorite winter greens in a vase with faux snow. Accent the vase with a birch bark tube for the ideal winter look.

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You can’t go wrong with adding a bit of winter charm to any centerpiece. Let this be a detail you have fun planning and take risks with. For more ideas, visit our Pinterest page!

2018 Wedding Gown Trends

Choosing a wedding gown is one of the most important decisions you’ll make when planning your wedding. With 2018 around the corner, staying up to date on trends can help you make the right decision. Brides.com gives us a few trends that will be popular in the coming new year. We’ve narrowed down our favorites.

Capes:

Adding a cape to your wedding gown is a fantastic way to combine a classic look with a modern twist. Capes, no matter the length, are an elegant touch to any bridal look.

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Detached Sleeves

Detached sleeves add bold flare to your bridal look. It’s simply stunning!

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Mid-Length Gowns

Wearing a mid-length wedding gown adds a beautiful mid-century touch to your bridal look.

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Shades of Nude

Wearing ivory, blush, and white are still the classic looks. Designers are now including nude-tones for their wedding gowns and we are loving this versatile look!

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The most important thing to remember is that you feel beautiful in your wedding dress, no matter what trend you choose. To see more trends, visit our Pinterest page!

Wedding Reception Cocktails

Creating the perfect signature cocktail should be fun and delicious.  Brit + Co offers some inspiring ideas to help make your reception fun and inviting for your guests.

Champagne and Fruit:

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It is traditional and classic to serve champagne at weddings. You can add a nice twist by adding a seasonal fruit to the top of your drink to add a bit of flavor and an adorable look to the glass!

Margaritas with a Twist:

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Everyone loves a good margarita. Have fun serving yours with a festive straw to reflect your wedding color scheme or the season of your wedding.

The Blushing Kiss:

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A Blushing Kiss is a grapefruit and gin martini. The beautiful blush tone makes the drink look inviting and fun for guests to try.

His & Hers/ Hers & Hers/ His & His Drinks:

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The two of you may be married, but you can still express your individuality at your wedding reception by labeling each of your favorite drinks at a separate table or at the center of your table.

To get more ideas about what kind of cocktails to serve at your cocktail hour or reception, visit our Pinterest page!

Snug Harbor Winter 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 summer, look no further than Snug Harbor. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the Edible Island Market & Tasting Pub, an Evergreen Walk through the gardens, as well as a New Year’s Eve Day Party for families to enjoy together!

Edible Island Market:

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On December 2nd, wine and dine your way through a market full of delicious local and regional treats to give this holiday season! Since the farmer’s market season has ended, the Museum is bringing these artisanal tastes, bites, and gift-able take-homes indoors! Specialty items from the purveyors of mouthwatering edible goods, expertly curated by Staten Island Advance Food Editor, Pamela Silvestri, will be for sale. Some spectacular features include signature dressings, raw honey, gourmet pastries, kosher artisan chocolates, and more!

Evergreen Walk:

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End the year with a wonderful evergreen walk on December 30th. Stroll the campus with us and see the different types of broadleaf and needle leaf evergreens growing at Snug Harbor. The walk includes the Pond Garden, the New York Chinese Scholar’s Garden, Tuscan Garden, and White Garden.

New Year’s Eve Day Party:

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On December 31st, between 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, ring in the New Year at the Children’s Museum! Celebrate with music, games, crafts, and light refreshments. Count down to 2018!
No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable. To learn about more events offered, visit http://snug-harbor.org/ !

Winter Wedding Favors

Finding the perfect wedding favor that sums you up as a couple can sometimes be a challenge.  Personality, seasonality and functionality, should all come into play when creating the perfect thank you to friends and family.  Bridal Guide lends us some inspiration for unique and fun winter wedding favors your guests will be sure to love.

gloves favors

Who doesn’t need a pair of gloves over the winter? These favors are perfect because you can choose colors to match your wedding color scheme.

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Everyone loves goodies in a mason jar! Try putting together yours and spouse’s favorite hot cocoa or cookie recipe in a mason jar for guests to make on a cold day.

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Hot cocoa stirrers are a fun treat for all wedding guests!

smores lollipops

S’mores lollipops are perfect for any cold winter day. The snowflake marshmallows are also an adorable touch.

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If you’re looking for a classic gift with a winter twist, try giving out macarons with winter decor on them.

pine cone fire starter favor

If you’re looking for something truly unique, consider these pine cone fire starters. They are pinecones dipped in beeswax, which helps get the fire going when you need it to.

Winter is the season of giving and so you want to give your guests a favor they’ll love. You can gather inspiration from the spirit of the season so that your gift is practical and adorable. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Couples Tribute: Wendy & Walter

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Wendy and Walter got married on a beautiful day in June 2017.  While planning their big day, the couple’s goal was to plan a wedding that was both timeless and elegant, but also organic and true to the nature of Snug Harbor.  Wendy and Walter wanted to incorporate both of their Chinese and Polish cultures into their wedding.  When picking the wedding date Wendy referred to the Chinese Calendar to pick their wedding date.  When you do this in their culture it is known if you hold the wedding in such a day, you will enjoy a happy and harmonious marriage.

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Wendy and Walter’s ceremony took place in the Tuscan Garden.  It was a breathtaking ceremony with many green and white floral elements true to the nature of Snug Harbor.  The flowers and all of the décor were added a DIY element to the wedding.  Florals were created by Wendy’s friend Eugenie Chen and herself.  Wendy loved working on the floral arrangements together along with the help of bridesmaids and friends.

They used bamboo chairs for their guests.  Every row of chairs was adorned with greens and baby’s breath to match the rest of the bridal party florals.  The floral design carried through to Wendy’s bouquet and the beautiful arch their ceremony was conducted under.

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After their ceremony Wendy changed into a red dress.  Red plays a vital role in Chinese weddings.  The color red is associated with success, loyalty, honor, fertility, and love, amongst others things.  It was important to Wendy to bring that aspect of her culture into their wedding.

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Cocktail hour was held in the  Chinese Scholar Garden followed by their wedding reception in the Tented Pavillion.

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Their reception under the tent made for a beautiful evening filled with lots of love and dancing.  The tables were adorned with green and white florals and gold accents.

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Flowers cascaded down from the ceiling with twinkling lights above the dance floor as Wendy and Walter shared their first dance before their guests as husband and wife.

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Congratulations Wendy and Walter, we could not have been happier to have you share your special day with us at Celebrate at Snug Harbor.  A special thanks to Laura from Lato Photography who came all the way from Italy to capture their special day.

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Wedding Vendors

Brides Dresses – Vera Wang – https://www.verawang.com/

Bridesmaid Dresses – Jenny Yoo – https://www.jennyyoo.com/index.php/bridesmaid.html

Groom’s Tux – The Black Tux  – https://theblacktux.com/

Photographer – Latophotography, Contact: Laura  – Email: info@latophotography.com

Videographer – By Design Films, Contact: Brittany – Email: brittanyr@bydesignfilms.com

http://bydesignfilms.com/

Flowers– Eugenie Chen and Wendy

Photo Booth– Amazebooths – http://www.amazebooths.com/

DJ– DJ Valdi – http://djvaldi.com/djvaldi/Home.html

Wedding Cake – Palmeros Bakery https://palermobakery.com/

 

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