Couples Tribute: Kevin and Tommy


Kevin and Tommy’s Broadway themed wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor was a very theatrical and magical day. Given that Kevin and Tommy live close by to Snug Harbor, they decided to tour our venue and instantly fell in love with the architectural charm and the stunning visuals all over the property.


However, the real compelling element for them once they arrived at Snug harbor was seeing that there was a Music Hall on property.  Kevin and Tommy are theater buffs and they knew they wanted to incorporate theatrical elements into their big day.  They have seen many shows over the years and toyed with the idea of incorporating theatrical elements into their wedding.  Seeing the Music Hall when they arrived at Snug Harbor was the icing on the cake.


And really, what’s more theatrical than getting married on the stage of the second oldest theater in the five boroughs? It was a smash hit in their eyes!


Since Kevin and Tommy had their ceremony on stage in the Music Hall, there wasn’t a need for a ton of decor, and the decor for this wedding inspiration was simple and elegant.

The couple’s creative photographer, Paul Valisiades of Paul V Photography made great use of the grounds on this rainy May day.  He caught these two candidly Singing in the Rain as well as in posed images throughout the grounds of Snug Harbor.



They showed their love of theater wherever possible. Their reception program was a faux Playbill for their “show,” which they named Say Yes to the Tress.  Kevin and Tommy incorporated this through to their reception that took place in The Upper Great Hall.

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Each table number was also a mocked-up Playbill. The color scheme was wisteria and gray. The floral design team at Lace + Blooms also doubled as Kevin and Tommy’s event planning support.


Their reception kicked off with the two grooms walking in to “Brave” by Sara Bareilles and continuing into their first dance “The Reason” by Celine Dion.

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The real dance party started when their DJ played “It’s Raining Men” by the Weather Girls.


The music rocked all night with a packed dance floor and these two sure had a blast on their wedding night.  Every detail of Kevin and Tommy’s wedding was exceptionally and thoughtfully crafted by the couple and their planners.

Kevin and Tommy’s wedding sure was a smash hit!


When asked what advice they would like to share with other couples planning their big day Kevin and Tommy stated:

“Plan the wedding that you want, and that most authentically represents who you are as a couple. Everyone will have an opinion along the way, but yours is the one that counts, so go with your gut.”


Thank you, Kevin and Tommy, for inviting us to share these marvelous wedding moments, and Paul V Photography for these gorgeous photographs.




Wedding Vendors

Florals/Centerpieces/Design: Lace + Blooms

Photography: Paul V Photography

DJ: Sound Explosion

Grooms Tuxes: Acustom Apparel


Couples Tribute – Dina and Mike


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Dina and Mike’s Fall wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor was elegant and crafted to compliment the couples individual style. Dina and Mike immediately fell in love with the aesthetic of the Great Hall.

Lina Kreisberg, Founder of Lina Kreisberg Wedding Planning and Event Design helped bring the couple’s vision to life with a rich-toned color palette.  Sunflower floral arrangements created by Lydia Andrien of Wyld BK. Dina and Mike fully embraced a formal look and feel while keeping their wedding down-to-Earth. They even managed to show off their inner love for the show “Doctor Who” lite, with special touches that were based in the series.

20171112_untitled_0134-3.jpgThe natural charm and astonishing outdoor views from the windows in the Upper Great Hall was the perfect ceremony setting to officiate their union.


One of the most significant DIY elements of the wedding was the handmade Chuppah Mike built for the couple to exchange their vows under.



The couple’s creative photographer, Igor Khodzinskiy of Antigo Studio made great use of the grounds on this crisp, sunny Fall day, snapping photos of the couple in candid moments as well as posed images throughout the grounds of Snug Harbor.



The evening continued with a dinner reception in The Upper Great Hall.  The oversized windows, barrel ceiling and historic charm of the space was a great compliment to their reception that was equal parts rustic and elegant without losing any of the natural charm of the venue.

Dina and Mike shared their first dance to a very special song called “Moonlight Serenade” by the Glenn Miller Orchestra. It’s a song from a very special episode of “Doctor Who” and fit perfectly into their wedding theme.

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A big thank you to their photographer Igor Khodzinskiy of Antigo Studio who captured it all beautifully!


Wedding Vendors

Bridal gown and Bridesmaids dresses – Jenny Yoo

Cake –  Palermo Bakery –

Ceremony and cocktail music was provided by Zisl Slepovitch of Litvakus klezmer group.

DJ Gary – Craig Scott Events –

Florals – Lydia Andrien of Wyld BK –

Photographer was Igor Khodzinskiy of Antigo Studio

Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator- Lina Kreisberg Wedding Planning and Event Design-






Couples Tribute – Allyson and Andrew

11.3.17 Allyson_Andrew-613Long before their union on November 3, 2017, Allyson and Andrew knew that Celebrate Snug Harbor would be the only location to offer them the historical eloquence and lush nature views they were looking to share with guests on their wedding day.

11.3.17 Allyson_Andrew-636They had spent much time in this enchanted environment, walking with their dogs among the well-manicured grounds and romantic structures. The harmonious balance of rich antiquity, sophistication, natural charm, and wondrous outdoor views made this more than just a venue; it was a bewitching, picturesque echo of all things past, a perfect fit for the next chapter of their love story to begin.

Allyson was a vision of timeless beauty in her long-sleeve Castle Couture Bridal gown, articulated by a cascading bouquet of white florals gently mixed with bold hues of crimson and greenery.

Her bridesmaids and flower girls offered a vibrant visual compliment in their emerald dresses from Dessy Group, exquisitely captured by Anee Attelier Inc., their photographer.

All colors popped against the rich wood finishes of The Great Hall, which had been meticulously trimmed in the understated elegance of glowing candles and lush vegetation, crafting the ultimate dreamscape for the bridal party and party-goers alike to celebrate Allyson and Andrew’s commitment.

A 1946 Plymouth was chosen to deliver the antiqued gold candelabras for the tablescapes, each one overflowing lusciously with verdant gifts, bringing the outside gardens into the center of the merriment.

Whether dancing, socializing or celebrating, it was evident that all patrons to this love story had enjoyed themselves immensely.

11.3.17 Allyson_Andrew-874Perhaps most especially while witnessing Allyson and Andrew’s first dance to, “A New Beginning,” by Bluegrass band Elephant Revival. Though the couple had heard this song many times in the months preceding, their enjoyment was heightened by their new understanding as husband and wife, deepening the spell cast over all those fortunate enough to bear witness.

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As the evening’s conclusion drew near, the bride and groom had planned one last sweet memory, favors of Bailey’s Irish Cream and coffee for all their treasured guests.

11.3.17 Allyson_Andrew-1192When asked what advice they would like to share with other couples planning their big day, Allyson and Andrew stated, “Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but also a very stressful time. In the end it will all come together, but the road is not straight.”

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Thank you Allyson and Andrew for inviting us to share these intimate moments, and to Anee Attelier Inc. for these gorgeous photographs.


DJ: Sound Explosion Event Group –

Flowers: Sam Gregorio’s Florist –

Dress: Castle Couture –

Hashtag – “#McGowantotheChapel”

Photographer: Anee Attelier Inc. (previously Gina Esposito Inc)

Tuxedos: Men’s warehouse –

Bridal Party: Dessy Group –

Photobooth: Binx Entertainment (Thomas Stolz)

Couples Tribute – Serena & Ola

_J3A9407When Serena and Ola first got engaged they were considering a destination location wedding, but quickly changed their minds to make it easier for family and close friends to share in the day.  They wanted their wedding to represent them, where they lived and how they liked to spend their time.


Serena and Ola fell in love with the idea of a garden wedding.  The Botanical Gardens at Snug Harbor are only a short drive from their new home in historic Hamilton Park. Home is where the heart is; Snug Harbor would serve as the perfect backdrop for their wedding day.


The Tuscan Garden at Snug Harbor reminded Serena of the gardens of Versailles she had always loved.  On a sunny day at the end of September, the couple was married among the abundant plantings and Fall foliage.

Serena was a stunning Bride in a Pantora Bridal gown.  The Bridesmaids wore charcoal  gowns from Dessy Group. They decided bold, gold accessories paired with floral bouquets in hues of magenta, deep red, green and white really popped against their grey dresses.

Ola and his groomsmen looked dapper in their attire from The Black Tux. Their boutonnieres, made of magenta and purple orchids, stood out against their navy tuxedos.

_J3A9505Columbia Florist created a stunning floral archway for the ceremony and lush statement centerpieces for The Great Hall.


After their ceremony Serena and Ola had a beautiful wedding reception in The Great Hall.  Their guests enjoyed watching them share their first dance to “Adorn” by Miquel,  an updated version of Prince’s classic “Adore”.


The wedding cake, provided by Palmeros Bakery, was decorated with a custom Monogram of their initials. Guests enjoyed dancing all evening to the tunes of DJ Greg Poole.


Serena and Ola shared this piece of advice with us for our future couples. “The only advice we have is to give yourself time to plan, and enjoy planning! And stick to your guns about what you both want.”


We are so lucky to have wonderful couples like Serena and Ola to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thanks to Oluwaseye Olusa and team for sharing these gorgeous photos with us.

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Vendor List

Bride’s attire: Pantora Bridal (@pantorabridal) –

Bridesmaids attire: Dessy Group (@dessygroup) –

DJ: Mr. Greg Poole (@djgregpoole) –

Florist: Columbia Florist, Bronx, NY –

Flower girls attire: David’s Bridal –

Groom and groomsmen attire: The Black Tux (@theblacktux) –

Hair stylist: Lawanda Pierre Hair (@lawandapierrehair)

Makeup: Raquel Campbell (@raquelchaylanbeauty)

Photography and Videography: Oluwaseye Olusa and team (@theoluwaseye)

Couples Tribute – Sara & Chez

When planning their fairy-tale wedding, Sara and Chez started with a vision statement of “Drum. Design. Fried Chicken.​” And the rest as they say is history. 20170812 - SC 0609 (low-res)

Sara and Chez both love the outdoors and wanted a space that was beautiful yet close to New York City.

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They immediately fell in love with Snug Harbor, it was the first venue they saw, and they knew Snug Harbor was the best fit for their wedding day.

A little fun fact about Sara and Chez? They share the same birthday and met through Sara’s sister.

It was very important to Sara and Chez to pay tribute to their family cultures on their wedding day.  The couple honored Chez’s Chinese heritage by hosting their ceremony and cocktails in the Chinese Scholar Garden.

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A traditional Tea Ceremony was presented in front of friends and family among the hand crafted Ghongshi scholar’s rocks, Koi-filled pond and magnificent rockery that resemble mountains that inspired the poetry and paintings of Confucian, Buddhist and Taoist monks.

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The tea ceremony is a significant way for the bride and groom to pay respect and show their gratitude towards their parents for all the years of nurturing and love. In turn, the family will express blessings for the newlyweds as they start their marriage as husband and wife. The tea ceremony also symbolizes that the bride and the groom officially part of a new, extended family. During the ceremony, the bride and groom will address the relatives with their new titles while serving them tea. It was a special moment for both families. ​

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The highlight of their wedding was, without a doubt, the big surprise for their guests, a marching band!  Chez’ friend and former students from the NY Crimson Kings Drum Fife and Bugle Corps where he teaches, and Sara volunteers, performed a special set in the Chinese Scholar Garden at the end of the cocktail hour while leading everyone into the tented pavilion.

Guests were encouraged to “march” their way into the reception.

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Sara and Chez’ Bridal Party was filled with fun and lots of energy throughout the evening.

The couple used the Tented Pavilion to embrace Sara’s Miami/Cuban roots.  As their guests entered the tent they were welcomed by a “wall of fame”.  Sara and Chez took the time to put up pictures of themselves with all of their guests.

It was a touching gesture that shined a spotlight on just how important friends are family are to this dynamic couple.  At the end of the evening guests took home their framed picture from the “wall of fame”.

Sarah and Chez crafted a very personal wedding day, incorporating many DIY elements.  A warm, bright color palette tied everything together for a fun, festive evening.  Sara’s Sister is a talented Event Planner that worked closely with the Celebrate team to plan and coordinate every detail.

20170812 - SC 0761 (low-res)Three of the couples friends who are designers and event professionals, helped assembled the centerpieces Sara and Chez designed using flowers bought from the flower district.


Talk about a talented Bride and Groom, Sara and Chez co-designed their wedding programs, illustrations, table settings, website, menu, signage and invitations.  As if that wasn’t impressive enough, the couple designed the bright red, hand cut paper flower wall artfully displayed behind their sweetheart table.

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The flower wall was stunning along their photo booth back drop which was composed of hand cut paper leaves and took four people to assemble.

Chez’s talented cousin designed and baked their wedding cake; which​took Three days to prepare and was thoroughly enjoyed by guests. The bride and Groom’s talented friends added to the day by crafting many of the bespoke touches featured in this blog such as the hand-sculpted porcelain wedding cake topper and giant paper mache’ dolls of them.

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For favors, Sara and Chez had Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone to take home plus they could take home their framed picture from the wall of fame. After the wedding they mailed everyone printed photos from their awesome photo-booth.

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The night ended with “Hora Loca” which translates to crazy hour; basically, a Latin dance party during the last hour of the reception.

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Sara and Chez’ wedding was full of impeccable style, accented with charming details, and overflowing with the purest moments of love and memories from their relationship.

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Congrats to Sara and Chez and a special thanks to their photographer Edward Chan for sharing these special photos with us.

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Future Advice to Celebrate Snug Harbor Couples from Sara and Chez –

“Pick a venue that feels like the two of you.”

“Find vendors that really understand you. Austin Abbott our videographer, Edward Chan our photographer, and our DJ Bryan Kudlek, were phenomenal. They felt like our friends and it was never awkward to be around them on one of the most special days.”

Vendor Info

Bride’s Wedding Dress – Schone Bride 

Bridal Bouquets and Bouttenniers – Sprove

Cake – Erwin Tan (Family member)

DJ – DJ Excel Bryan Kudlek

Floral Centerpieces – Flowers purchased from the Flower District

Groom Suit – John Varvatos

Groomsmen Suits – Zara, Uniqlo, Converse, Tie Bar

Hair – Beyoutiful Bride

Illustration & Graphic Design – Bride & Groom

Sara Juarez

Chez Bryan Ong-

Invitation Printing – GotPrint

Make-Up – Maria Sirb

Newspaper Program Printing – Newspaper Club

Photo – Edward Chan

Photobooth – Simplebooth

Rings – Macha Jewelry

Video– Austin Abbott

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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 –


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




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 –

Bridesmaid Dresses – Jenny Yoo –

Groom’s Tux – The Black Tux  –

Photographer – Latophotography,

Contact: Laura  – Email:

Videographer – By Design Films, Contact: Brittany – Email:

Flowers– Eugenie Chen and Wendy

Photo Booth– Amazebooths –

DJ– DJ Valdi –

Wedding Cake – Palmeros Bakery


Wedding Party Photo Musts

Your wedding day is meant for you to enjoy the day with the people you love most. One of the best parts about being in a bridal party is getting to enjoy the day exclusively with the bride and groom. Consult with your photographer about capturing these special moments. We’ve highlighted a few stunning bridal party photos taken at Celebrate at Snug Harbor to provide you with some inspiration!

Groomsmen Shots:

Celebrate at Snug Harbor has 83 acres of gorgeous grounds to make your backdrop photos beautiful. Gather with your groomsmen near one of our 26 elegant buildings.

Photo credit: Philip Siciliano
Photo credit: Eryc Perez de Tagle


Bridal Party:

Celebrate at Snug Harbor, along with offering 26 elegant Greek Revival, Beaux -Arts, Italianate and Victorian buildings, also offers stunning botanical gardens for various photo backdrops. Gather with your best girls in our stunning gardens or our newly renovated bridal suite for endless photo opportunities.

Photo credit: Philip Siciliano
Photo credit: Eryc Perez de Tagle


The Whole Party:

But don’t forget the most important photos: the ceremony! Stand in front of our formal water features in our Tuscan Garden or stand in front of your romantic wedding arch during the ceremony so the most priceless moment of your wedding day can be captured with the people you love most.

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Photo credit: Dream Life Photography
Photo credit: 1314 Studio Photography

Celebrate is a quick ride from Manhattan, Queens, or Brooklyn. Reach out today to see how Celebrate can be the ideal venue for your wedding day! Call 718-442-2700 or 212 228 1672 or email

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