Couples Tribute: Christina + Josh

Christina and Josh’s wedding day in the Tuscan Garden at Celebrate Snug Harbor transported their guests straight to Italy. The elegant, romantic atmosphere, cast in complimentary hues of cream, gold, and pink, was further punctuated with emerald foliage and sophisticated details around every corner.


D85A3877The couple wanted a relaxed environment on their big day, but with a hint of glamour, something that would showcase their fun-loving personalities in a majestic tone. The planning team at Celebrate Snug Harbor was there to support them at every decision, helping transform this celebration into a regal affair.

When Christina and Josh saw the Tuscan Garden, they knew for certain the Snug Harbor would give their guests the truly unique experience they were searching for, while still staying true to the vision they had of how their forever would begin.


It held all the elements their families would cherish. The lush vegetation reminded Josh of his grandfather, a passionate and successful florist who also happened to be blind. For Christina, the thoughtful design was reminiscent of Italy, her family’s origin. Getting married in this spot was truly meant to be.Christina&JoshWeddingEdit-0651Christina’s walk down the aisle was the true showstopper of this enchanted wedding ceremony. Her Hayley Paige gown, a gentle shade of blush with stunning floral details cascading down, was highlighted perfectly by the rich tones of the Tuscan Garden.D85A4585She paired the dress with simple accessories and a cathedral length veil with matching floral details, the quintessential version of Old Hollywood glamour.veil shotWicked Florist infused classic sophistication into their designs for both the Tuscan Garden and the Upper Great Hall where the reception was held. Utilizing a soft palette of blooms and flora, they added a burst of colorful magic that flawlessly complimented the chic atmosphere.Christina&JoshWeddingEdit-0916ceremony shot 2

D85A4705The evening continued with a dinner reception in The Upper Great Hall. D85A4767.jpgD85A4732They shared their first dance to “Sunshine of my life” by Stevie Wonder.  Their band, Jesse and Forever had also performed this song the night Josh proposed to Christina on their Manhattan rooftop. When she stepped off the elevator, “Sunshine of my life” filled the air. Hearing it again, this time for the first time as husband and wife, surrounded by their loved ones, created a heartfelt, tender moment that all who witnessed will never forget.


D85A4835Keeping with their extraordinary theme, in lieu of a traditional wedding cake Christina and Josh chose a delicious donut tower. The guests loved it!Christina&JoshWeddingEdit-1731D85A5070

Christina&JoshWeddingEdit-1291.jpgPhilip Siciliano unobtrusively photographed every intimate detail, from Christina’s stunning entrance, to the fully bloomed Cherry Blossom trees that covered the Tuscan Garden.


We are so lucky to have wonderful couples like Christina and Josh to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor, and photographers like Philip Siciliano to immortalize their memories!


Band – Jesse and Forever (ceremony and cocktail hour)

DJ – Beat Train Productions

Florist – Wicked

Photography – Philip Siciliano

Video – FT Cinematography

Wedding Dress – Hayley Paige

Tux – The Black Tux

Bridesmaids – Amaze



Couples Tribute: Diana + Shaun

Bride and Groom .jpgDiana and Shaun’s chic garden wedding at Celebrate Snug Harbor was an ethereal dream brought to life! The couple embraced the venue’s rustic surroundings, adding only minimal decorations, all of which were elegantly captured by Miho Grant Photography.

CEREMONY_11Diana’s sister first suggested Snug Harbor as a unique location for the lovebirds to host their union.  After doing some research online, Diana and Shaun made an appointment to visit and fell in love instantly with the Tuscan Garden. When they saw the stunning, high ceilings and windows of the Great Hall they knew they had found their perfect venue.

FAMILYFORMATS_42Before the ceremony, Diana and Shaun had a private “first look” session, an opportunity to unveil their wedding day couture to one another.

Miho Grant Photography unobtrusively recorded these incredibly sweet, adoring first glances of the betrothed.

FIRSTLOOK_44The impeccably curated details chosen by the Bride and Groom were intertwined with the lovely arrangements of soft pink, green and creamy ivory hues fashioned by florist Sam Gregorio, to stitch a ceremony full of warmth and love.

CEREMONY_73Diana floated down the aisle to “Pure Imagination” from Willie Wonka, enhancing the transcendent tone.

“Married Life” the recessional song from the movie Up, was a fitting ending to the beautiful words spoken during the ceremony.


FAMILYFORMATS_95.jpgIt was finally time for an evening of celebration, filled with close friends and family, sumptuous food and live music by Skyline Drive Orchestra.

UGH RECEPTION_12.jpgRather than choose a specific theme for their reception, Diana and Shaun focused on weaving an intimate atmosphere in the Upper Great Hall, filling it with exceptional details that truly made their family and friends feel special.

The tables were memorably set with place cards comprised of photos of Diana and Shaun with each of their guests. Everyone was able to take home a frame with their photo.


Diana and Shaun also decided to have charity donation favors. Each guest received a token to place in a box for one of the four charities chosen by the bridal party. After the wedding, donations to the charities were made based on the number of tokens in each box.


The festivities continued all night with a packed dance floor, with Diana and Shaun at the center having a blast amidst a sea of joyous faces.



Though Diana and Shaun did not have a wedding planner, they created a most romantic, personal and memorable wedding day with the help of the entire Celebrate Team.

bride and groom CSG.jpg“They held our hands throughout the process, made us feel so comfortable, were endlessly patient with us and our parents, and made wedding planning FUN.  They are some of our favorite people ever, and there is no way that our day would have been the same without them.”

FAMILYFORMATS_127When asked what advice they would like to share with other couples planning their big day Diana and Shaun stated:

“Take a few minutes during the day with your new spouse.  Be alone.  Take it in.  Feel giddy. It’s so special to have that time away from everyone else.”

FAMILYFORMATS_129.jpgWe are so lucky to have delightful couples like Diana and Shaun to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thanks to Miho Grant Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us.


Band: Skyline Drive Orchestra

Cake: Bruno’s Bakery

Flowers: Sam Gregorio’s Florist

Photographer: Miho Grant Photography

Videographer: Live Picture Studios






Couples Tribute: Gerrianna + Jason


GJ121518-S0569-SAM04008Once upon a time in New York City, a Harry Potter devote met a Game of Thrones devote and an epic love story began.  Gerrianna and Jason set a date of December 15th, 2018 and the search for the perfect wedding venue began.

As devoted Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fans Gerrianna and Jason wanted a wedding venue that looked and felt as close to a castle as possible. They selected Snug Harbor because the Great Hal” was the space of their “dreams”.

GJ121518-M1232-BW300545Gerrianna and Jason knew as soon as they walked in, that “this was it.”  Everything about The Great Hall spoke to them; the wood finishes, vaulted ceiling and stone floors created the perfect backdrop for their sci-fi/fairytale wedding.

Gerrianna and Jason were married at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island which they said was a gem of a find and is less than a one-minute walk from Celebrate at Snug Harbor.

GJ121518-M1195-BW300443The reverend Emily DeTar Birt, was very accommodating of their nontraditional ceremony requests. Everything from their vows to their readings were composed of Disney, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones quotes.  As they left the church, the bridal party waved the happy couple off using wands, a playful nod to Harry Potter.

GJ121518-M1209-BW300484The wedding’s creative DIY elements were a joint effort between Gerrianna, Jason, family members and friends, along with the Snug Harbor team.  Gerrianna created the day of plan to resemble the “Daily Prophet” from Harry Potter. The “Profit” featured a crossword with fun facts about Jason and Gerrianna, pictures, a vendor list, and everything their wedding guests would need to be “in-the- know” about for the celebration.

GJ121518-S0639-SAM04199Gerrianna’s bouquet was breathtaking. Her grandmother passed away when she was in her teens and she inherited her Grandmothers brooches.  To honor her Grandmothers memory, Gerrianna handmade her bouquet using the beloved broaches.

The bridesmaid’s bouquets were handmade entirely out of paper.  Each bridesmaid picked a book they loved and Gerrianna designed the accent flowers to have quotes from their favorite books.

The boutonnières for the groomsmen were also made from paper. They had a marvel theme and the Jason’s had a Game of Thrones House stark theme.

GJ121518-S0011-850_9076The evening continued with a dinner reception in The Upper Great Hall. GJ121518-M1549-BW300686The over sized windows, barrel ceiling and historic charm of the space was a great compliment to their wedding reception.

GJ121518-S0811-SAM04625The reception was filled with Game of Thrones and Harry Potter touches enhancing the natural charm of the venue.

The tabletop decor was a low, linear design of simple fresh greenery spanning the entire length of the table accented by lanterns.  They achieved the exact “feast” look they wanted and purchased many of the elements themselves at Hobby Lobby.

Gerrianna being very talented herself wrote and recorded the songs she danced to with Jason for her first dance and for her parents dance with her mom and dad.

She wanted it to be personal and something that matched the relationships with these amazing people in her life. Tina Kenny helped orchestrate the songs Gerrianna wrote and brought them to life.

No Game of Thrones wedding would be complete without a themed cake such as this fantastic design from Palermo’s Bakery.

GJ121518-SP0035-BW3_2041The bakers at Palermo’s were super excited to be a part of the creative process and results tasted as good as they looked.

Jason collects vinyl pop figures and these figures became the inspiration for the cake topper.  Gerrianna hand painted the toppers to match their outfits and added accessories the themed accessories to match.

GJ121518-S1249-SAM05237Dash of Class kept the dance floor packed all night. They even accommodated Gerrianna and Jason’s wish to have Game of Thrones and Harry Potter music played during dinner.

GJ121518-S1039-SAM05064As a surprise for their families and guests Mr. Met made an appearance at their wedding.


He came and spent an hour dancing and they said it was a dream come true since they are big Met’s fans.  It didn’t quite match their GOH/Harry Potter theme, but they didn’t care because it was indeed Mr. Met!

GJ121518-S1205-850_9964Gerrianna and Jason gifted each guest with wedding Legos and wrapped them to look like Harry Potter packages. These were super adorable and affordable.

GJ121518-SP0016-BW105025Every detail of Gerrianna and Jason’s wedding was exceptionally and thoughtfully crafted by the couple and their vision for GOT/Harry Potter wedding came true.

GJ121518-S0830-SAM04691When asked what advice they would like to share with other couples planning their big day Gerrianna and Jason stated:

“Never hold back on your vision, especially if it’s outside the box. Vendors love creativity and when you give them the chance to dream along with you the possibilities are endless”

GJ121518-SP0036-BW3_2069-EditThank you, Gerrianna and Jason, for inviting us to share these spectacular wedding moments, and Studio 27 for these gorgeous photographs.


Wedding Vendor Team

Bride’s Dress, Bridesmaids and the flower girl dress – Always a Bridesmaid

Cake – Palermo’s Bakery:

DJ- Dash of Class:

Limo- Family Limo:

Photographer and Video – Studio 27:

Tuxedos- tuxedo world:

DIY Items – Hobby Lobby:




Couples Tribute: Emily + John

00295After living and falling in love in NYC, Emily and John knew they were destined to get married in Manhattan but wanted a wedding venue that was away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

00566From the moment Emily and John visited Celebrate, they fell in love with the botanical gardens and historic cultural center. Hosting their ceremony in The Chinese Scholar Garden, was the perfect way to honor John’s heritage.

00654Between the beautiful outdoor ceremony, the photo ops around Snug Harbor, and the abundance of natural greenery, Emily and John created an elegant atmosphere with an earthy twist.

00489Because the couple chose an autumn wedding date, their outdoor ceremony was accented with burgundy, whites and the greens of nature, which looked gorgeous against the Chinese Scholar Garden and Tented Pavilion.

00799The couple wanted a day that was as relaxed and fun as their relationship.  They hired Louis Avanti owner and founder of AMG Events and Visuals as their day of coordinator.  Louis helped them bring their whimsical, natural, and elegant vibes together into a beautifully designed wedding.

00785Emily and John’s reception in the tented pavilion was a magical night, accented with a little sparkle, gold accents, lanterns, and lush florals.

00768.jpgTheir guests enjoyed watching them share their first dance to “What You Don’t Do” by Lianne Le Havas.


Their reception continued into the night with a packed dance floor.  Friends created a fun video booth where their guests could record video messages to the bride and groom. Guests were gifted handmade origami rose favors, crafted by a dear friend. Guests were provided light sticks that could be used to write messages to add to their recording.

00765.jpgIf was evident that these two sure had a blast on their wedding night.  Every detail of Emily and John’s wedding was exceptionally and thoughtfully crafted by the couple and their planner.

46951280_1067087133465341_282053354186604544_oWe are so lucky to have wonderful couples like Emily and John to work with at Celebrate Snug Harbor. A huge thank you to Lina Jang, their photographer for sharing these gorgeous photos.

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Cake: Palermo’s Bakery

DJ: Platinum Entertainment

Wedding Dress: Michelle Roth

Florist: Carrolls

Invitations/Save The Dates/signage/place/table markers: Sara Miller

Photographer: Lina Jang

Photo booth: TapSnap 1153 (

String Quartet: Yelena Khaimova,

Tux and Groomsmen attire: The Black Tux






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.

first dance 2.jpgEvery detail was exceptionally and thoughtfully crafted by the couple and their planner Lisa.


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.

_J3A0243.jpgCongratulations Serena and Ola!

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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