Couples Tribute: Leah + Mike

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Leah and Mike’s wedding day held at Celebrate Snug Harbor was a very special day.  Snug Harbor has been a part of Leah’s life before she was even born. Leah’s parents were married here and as a little girl Leah took art classes at the art school.  When it came time to propose Mike knew Snug Harbor was the perfect spot to begin the rest of their lives together.  Once engaged, Leah and Mike started planning their wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor with help from Marissa Mortimer of Lavish Occasions Event Planning.

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Leah and Mike’s wedding was timeless and elegant, but also true to the nature of Snug Harbor.  Leah and Mike let the beautiful scenery of Snug Harbor inspire them for decor and the overall vibe of their wedding. From a Tuscan Garden ceremony with classic floral arrangements of soft pinks and green hues to a dreamy reception in the Great Hall, their day was stress-free and full of romance.

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We loved their intimate ceremony surrounded by family and friends in the Tuscan Garden.

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How adorable is their flower girl?

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Leah was a stunning bride in a lace gown by Ines di Santo.  Philip Siciliano Photography did an incredible job capturing every beautiful details that the couple and their family and friends created.

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We especially love all the super special, quiet moments of Leah and Mike on the Snug Harbor grounds throughout the day.

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Leah and Mike continued their wedding day with their reception following in The Great Hall.

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Beautiful white and green hued floral and lantern centerpieces adorned every table from Eltingville florist.

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They finished off the evening with an awesome reception that featured a non-stop dance party and a pizza truck!

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What a fun dance party Leah and Mike had!

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How awesome are these night photos captured by Philip Siciliano Photography???

Congratulations to Leah and Mike, and a huge thanks to Philip Siciliano for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

 

The Wedding Team

Cake: Palermos Bakery https://palermobakery.com/

DJ: Steven Retas  http://www.stevenretasent.com/

Dress : Ines Di Santo http://inesdisanto.com/

Event Planner:  Marissa Mortimer of Lavish Occasions Event Planning http://lavishoccasions.com/

Florist : Eltingville Florist http://www.eltingvilleflorist.net/

Hair and Makeup: Amanda Sela 718-316-2515  email: Selaamanda@yahoo.com

Photo: Philip Siciliano http://philipsicilianophotography.com

Video : Majestic Creative http://majesticcreativefilms.com/

 

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Couples Tribute: Maggy & Marcus

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When Marcus proposed to Maggy they made a large list of wedding venues that they found to be interesting. These two soon-to-be architects looked at everything from old houses to lofts to arboretums to Celebrate Snug Harbor.  After seeing three wedding venues in person it was on a cold December day that they stood in the Chinese Scholar Garden looked at each other and said, “I think we found it”. They set their wedding date for May 26th, 2017.

Maggy and Marcus picked Snug Harbor because they both love nature, and wanted to incorporate both of their cultures in small ways.  Maggy is also an artist and a lover of all things nature and watercolor. To them Celebrate Snug Harbor felt like it a hidden gem, without a worry of the big NYC crowds.  They truly felt like everything at Snug Harbor was the perfect backdrop for their wedding day.

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Maggy was a stunning Bride in a Sottero and Midgley dress from RK Bridal while her bridesmaids all wore different shades of blue gowns from Amsale and Lulu’s.

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Marcus wore a navy suit from Alton Lane while his groomsmen wore dark gray suits from The Black Tux.

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Their beautiful ceremony took place in the Tuscan Garden followed by cocktail hour in the Chinese scholar’s garden.

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Maggy wanted to incorporate a lot of artsy things with DIY’s elements.  They went with mostly greens, pastels colors and gold accents.  With doing this they created a feel throughout their entire day as if you were in an English Artist’s garden.

The big project for both of us was building our arch from scratch which the florist decorated the day of, Marcus is pretty good with woodwork so it was great to infuse both of our talents in our wedding.  Having these projects over the span of our long 22-month long engagement was actually a ton of fun.

Their florist Wild Floral Designs did all the beautiful centerpieces, the large sweet heart table garland, and all other garlands, the arch the aisle decor.  All the personal flowers like bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, flowers for Maggy’s hair, and even a dog wreath for our husky ring bearer.

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Maggy herself designed their invitations, programs, seating chart, menus and the table numbers. She hand-painted their escort cards, painted the bar signs that featured their signature drinks, did the calligraphy wherever needed, painted the welcome sign and direction signs, made the watercolor paper flower backdrop (with help from friends and Marcus) Maggy even hand made her veil from scratch and painted it with acrylic and gold leaf instead of using lace.

 

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Maggy and Marcus had a beautiful wedding reception in the tented pavilion.  Their guests enjoyed watching them share their first dance to “Love is here to stay” by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.

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At Celebrate Snug Harbor and we are so lucky to have wonderful couples like Maggy and Marcus to work it.  Their guests truly enjoyed their wedding day and the great music played by Rockin it Djs.

Congratulations to Maggy and Marcus, and a huge thanks to Le Image Inc. for sharing these gorgeous photos with us.

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Advice from our Bride  & Groom  – “During the last few days we were both so stressed that we went to a spa for a few hours, it was great to forget about everything for a little while and just enjoy the fact that we were getting married in a few days.”

The Wedding Vendors:

Photographer: Le Image Inc.  http://www.leimageinc.com/

Videographer: Le Image Inc. http://www.leimageinc.com/

DJ: Rockin It DJ’s http://www.rockinitdjs.com/wordpress1/

Violinist: Chelsea Smith (from Hire Julliard performers) https://www.juilliard.edu/hire-performer

Florist: Wild Floral Designs https://www.wildfloraldesigns.com/

Dress: Sottero and Midgley from RK Bridal http://www.rkbridal.com/

Suit: Groom- Alton Lane http://www.altonlane.com/

Groomsmen- The Black Tux https://theblacktux.com/

Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale https://amsale.com/bridesmaids and Lulu’s https://www.lulus.com/categories/2042_433/bridesmaid-dresses.html

Make up and hair: Warpaint International Beauty Agency https://www.warpaintinternational.com/

 

Couples Tribute: Alan Chan & Kawomi Ekanayaka

A pretty backdrop is a must for any wedding, and in Kawomi and Alan’s opinion they couldn’t think of a better and more beautiful place than Celebrate Snug Harbor to have their wedding reception.

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Snug Harbor is very special to them, it is where Alan took Kawomi on one of their very first dates and continued to bring her here for dates for the past 6 years.

Kawomi was a stunning bride in a backless Grace Loves Lace ivory gown. She carried a beautiful bouquet of pastel roses made by Designs By Ahn. Her groom Alan looked picture perfect in a navy-blue Calvin Klein suit with a pastel tie and a boutonniere made of pastel flowers to match Kawomi’s bouquet.

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Snug Harbor was the perfect backdrop for their wedding photos.  Their photographer captured beautiful photos of the newly wed couple in our rose gardens and Chinese Scholar garden before enjoying their reception in the Great Hall.

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Kawomi and Alan’s reception kicked off with a cocktail hour followed by the couple sharing their first dance to Stand by Me by Ben E. King.  The Bride and Groom planned everything themselves adding in many personal touches and elements to make their wedding picture perfect.   We loved that they had a photo book made of all their engagement photos for guests to leave sweet messages and wedding wishes in.

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The tables were decorated with beautiful fresh flowers in an array of pastel colors with twinkling mercury glass tea light candles.  Each guest was treated to a little box of fresh macaroons from Made by Pauline in NYC at their seat.

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The evening continued with tons of dancing and guests taking photos in a photo booth using a Polaroid camera provided by the Bride and Groom.  They were even so kind as to provide a fun table for all the kids at their wedding so the parents could enjoy and dance a little bit more!

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Advice from our Bride & Groom: “Do not hesitate to have your wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor.  It’s a beautiful place and has lots of photo opportunities. The staff was amazing to us throughout our entire planning process.”

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Congratulations to Kawomi and Alan, and a huge thanks to Stephanie from Le Image Inc. for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

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The Wedding Team

Flowers- Designs By www.designsbyahn.com

Dress- Grace Loves Lace (Australia) https://graceloveslace.com.au/

Shoes- Kate Spade www.katespade.com

Groom’s Suit- Calvin Klein

Favors- Made By Pauline (Macarons) http://www.madebypauline.nyc/

Photography- Le Image http://www.leimageinc.com/

DJ- 74 Events https://www.74events.com/

Cake- Madison Lee http://www.madisonleescakes.com/

Make up- Christina Caporicci (Chic Blowout Bar)

Hair- J.Lynn (Chic Blowout Bar)

Custom Signs – Everythingandmorexo (Gina Saraceno)

Cocktail music- Nina Bogomas (Harp) & Susan (Violin)

Couples Tribute: Michelle Montalvo Thomas Puma

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Michelle and Tom both Staten Island Natives knew Celebrate-Snug Harbor was the best location for their wedding day.  Snug Harbor is where they spent countless hours walking their dogs and soaking in the true beauty and nature of this location.  Everything there was so meaningful for Michelle and Tom that it just made sense for them to get married in the Tuscan Gardens and have their reception follow in the Great Hall.

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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. Both working in Design themselves, Michelle and Tom chose to have many DIY and creative details that added the perfect touch to their wedding.  After the ceremony guests tossed dried flowers that were wrapped in vintage music sheets in the air that had notes of lavender and hydrangea.

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Their reception followed with twinkling lights over the dance floor, tables adorned with flowers, succulents as favors, and so much more.

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During the reception guests were treated to a wedding cake decked with a T-Rex Bride and Groom Cake topper along with an ice-cream bar. The dance floor was packed all night long and guests enjoyed taking photos in the photo booth.  It was an amazing night filled with classic elegance, laughter and love.

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Congratulations to Michelle and Tom, and a huge thanks to Eryc Perez de Tagle for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

The Wedding Team:

Photographer – Eryc Perez de Tagle www.erycpdt.com

Florist- Sprig & Social www.sprigandsocial.com

Hair- Hairbyfrankielynn Frankie.melfi@gmail.com

Makeup- makeupart_byalissa@instagram  alissa.mangiacapre@gmail

DJ – Sound explosion www.soundexplosioneventgroup.com

Couples Tribute: : Danielle Dapiran & Daniel Clark

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Danielle and Danny are the perfect match.  Their fate aligned one day and they met on match.com.  Little did they know that one little click would begin their entire future.  Once their relationship progressed Danielle would travel to Staten Island from New Jersey to spend time with Danny.  Danny’s parent’s house was within walking distance to Snug Harbor so the two of them spent countless hours walking the grounds and enjoying getting to know one another.

After Danny proposed to Danielle they instantly knew Snug Harbor was the perfect location for their wedding.  It held a special place in Danielle and Danny’s heart, it was where they spent time getting to know each other and watching their relationship grow. While planning their wedding Danielle had Danny very much involved every step of the way.   They wanted to create a vintage floral theme with light pastels chosen as their color palette.

Danny and Danielle got married in the Tuscan Gardens on a beautiful day in April.  Latin guitarists from Columbia performed at cocktail hour followed by a DJ spinning tunes for their reception in the Great Hall.

 

Danielle and Danny shared their first dance to dancing to “Say You Won’t Let Go”  by James Arthur.

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Beautiful flowers in shades of soft pinks, corals, purples and greens were used for centerpieces on every table. Custom menu cards adorned with a vintage key and a sweet note to all their guests were placed at every seat.  It was very evident all evening that guests enjoyed themselves and had a wonderful evening dancing and celebrating Danielle and Danny.

Advice from our bride Danielle – “ Realize this is your day, so do what makes you happy.”

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Congratulations to Danielle and Danny, and a huge thanks to Peter Statkiewicz from Dream Life Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us!

Wedding Vendors

Photographer-  Peter Statkiewicz Dream Life Photography

T:917 388 2835 E-mail: newyork@dreamlifeweddings.com

Flowers- Edel Weiss Floral

T: 718.488.9888 E-mail: eka@edelweissflorist.com

Wedding Dress- Kleinfeld Bridal, Make of Dress- Marissa

T: 646.633.4300

Tux Company – The Black Tux

Wedding Cake –Palermos Bakery

Phone number- 201-641-1654

T:718-986-8540 E-mail: mike.kazis@dynomiteparty.com

Bridesmaids Dresses – Bella Bridesmaid, Make of Dress- Jenny Yoo Annabelle (Lilac)

T: 732-308-2314 E-mail- freehold@bellabridesmaid.com

 

 

A “Couple” of Great Ideas on How to Make Your Day Uniquely Yours

Some of the most fun you’ll have while designing your wedding day is finding creative ways to bring the spirit of you as a couple to friends and family.  The wedding cake, cake topper, favors and invitations are great places to start to incorporate your couple style and personality.  

The Wedding Cake:

The wedding cakes is a great place to express yourselves in a delicious way. If the trip you took to Italy was the moment when you first fell in love, a cake made with mascarpone or cannoli filling may be a great way to remember that special moment in time. The added touch of decorating the cake to showcase the geography of your trip will really bring the sentiment together. Perhaps you and your fiancé share a pet or pets. Maybe you met at the dog park. Having a custom cake topper made of your pets is a fun way to make them part of the day, as well as a great conversation piece for guests to focus on.  Do you both love the beach? Try tying in a nautical element to your cake as in the featured photo below. Work with your event planner or caterer on finding the perfect way to make your cake something you and your guests will remember.

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Photo Inspiration: Pinterest

The Wedding Favors:

Your wedding favors are a chance for you to get really creative and think about how you wish to send off your wedding guests at the end of the night. The featured collage shows just how unique some favors can be. If you and your fiancé love coffee, try sending your guests home with your favorite blend. The signage is also an adorable touch! You can’t go wrong with saying goodbye to your guests with your favorite snack. Consider something easy to pack in a container that will look pretty and pleasing to your guests, such as the featured s’mores.  Are you and your spouse garden lovers? Because thanking your guests with your favorite plant, such as a succulent, is just the cutest favor!

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Photo Inspiration: Pinterest

The Invitations:

Have fun with this process! There are so many ways to incorporate your interests in the wedding invitations to get your guests excited about attending your big day. The featured collage highlights the many ways you can present your guests with unique invitations. For book lovers everywhere, try creating a wedding booklet your guests can flip through. This is a cute and compact way to include a ton of important information about your big day. If you’re having a more rustic wedding day, take a look at the top right photo of the collage. Creating a foldable invitation that previews the details of your rustic farm wedding is unique and beautiful. Including a detachable RSVP card at the bottom is just the right touch! For couples who dominate game night or just love a good competition, consider having your invitation look like a board game, as featured in the bottom left photo. And if your guests will be traveling, we highly recommend including the travel theme to your invite. Who wouldn’t get excited about a boarding pass, like in the bottom right photo?

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Photo Inspiration: Pinterest

Thinking about how to tie in your personality is a great way for you and your fiancé to bond during what can be a stressful process. It also adds the element of excitement because it’s one of the first things you’ll create together as a soon-to-be married couple!

Couples Tribute: Caroline Polachek & Ian Drennan Wedding

Take a glimpse into the wedding day of Chairlift lead singer Caroline Polachek and Ian Drennan, featured in VOGUE Magazine https://goo.gl/28iy6R

Focused on keeping their ceremony and wedding simple and elegant, Vogue Magazine goes into the intimate details of the couple’s big day. Here’s what we loved about their wedding!

The Attention to Detail:

According to Vogue Magazine, Caroline wanted her wedding band to look similar to the band that has been in Ian’s family for years, worn by several family members. Each band has the statement, “I love our world” in it, which makes it even more special. To add, the lead singer goes on to tell Vogue that their florist was able to create a centerpiece created in segments, so that everyone could have a piece of it to take with them. So thoughtful! But what we consider to be the most precious touch of the Polachek-Drennan wedding, was that the two were married by Caroline’s opera teacher, whom she tells Vogue Magazine, later became her mentor.

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Photos by: Noah Rabinowitz

The Space:

While all of these personal touches are priceless, they are enhanced even more by the space in which Caroline and Ian chose to marry. Both fans of Chinese architecture, Caroline tells Vogue Magazine, “We loved that people could spread out and wander the paths, meeting each other in motion and sitting down together along the built-in seats instead of being closed in one area together. The circular doorways, central koi pond, and looming stones had an otherworldly tone that made everyone feel very much farther from the city than we were, and because the paths are mostly covered, we could be surrounded by nature regardless of the weather.” With the Chinese Scholar Garden’s beautiful pavilions, handcrafted walkways, and stunning architectural elements, what’s not to love?

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Photos by: Noah Rabinowitz
Chinese Wheel
Photos by Noah Rabinowitz
The space tented pavilion
Photos by: Noah Rabinowitz

 

This lovely wedding is a great reminder to all brides out there that is is so important to visit the space you wish to get married in as soon as possible. You want to be able to go through the motions of the day and be content with the flow of the ceremony to the reception, as well as determine how you’ll wish to incorporate yours and your spouse’s personal touches so that you’re as happy as Caroline and Ian!

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