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.


Snug Harbor Wedding

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.


Snug Harbor Wedding

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.


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.


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.


Snug Harbor Wedding

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!


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.”


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


The Wedding Team

Flowers- Designs By

Dress- Grace Loves Lace (Australia)

Shoes- Kate Spade

Groom’s Suit- Calvin Klein

Favors- Made By Pauline (Macarons)

Photography- Le Image

DJ- 74 Events

Cake- Madison Lee

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


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.


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.





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


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.



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

Florist- Sprig & Social

Hair- Hairbyfrankielynn

Makeup- makeupart_byalissa@instagram  alissa.mangiacapre@gmail

DJ – Sound explosion

Couples Tribute: : Danielle Dapiran & Daniel Clark


Danielle and Danny are the perfect match.  Their fate aligned one day and they met on  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.


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.”


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:

Flowers- Edel Weiss Floral

T: 718.488.9888 E-mail:

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:

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

T: 732-308-2314 E-mail-



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.

Wedding Cake Ideas for Blog
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!

Wedding Favors
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?

Creative Wedding Stationary
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

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.

Chairlift Personal Tuch collage
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?

Chinese garden
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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