Veil Styles

Adding a veil or headpiece is a great finishing touch to the bridal look. There are so many gorgeous styles that whether you choose a bird cage, cathedral, tiara or fascinator, you can’t go wrong! We’re highlighting some of our favorite veils from our Celebrate Snug Harbor Brides!

The layers of this veil blend beautifully with the layers in the gown.

Photo: Studio A Images

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Show off the delicate lace of your veil in the Allee of Snug Harbor!

Photo: Philip Siciliano

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We love the lace trim on this veil and how it stands out in the Bamboo Garden of Snug Harbor. Perfect for a reveal!

Photo: Chris Palladino

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A cathedral veil is just stunning in this Tuscan Garden ceremony.

Photo: Stephanie Parsley Photography

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Another cathedral veil favorite in our Bridal Suite.

Photo: Philip Siciliano

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This headpiece and detachable cape/veil combo is everything we hoped it would be. Breath-taking!

Photo: The Oluwaseye

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One of our all time favorites, this beautiful pink and white headpiece!

Photo: 1314 Studio

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Like we said, you really can’t go wrong with the finishing touches to your bridal look. Just make sure you have a gorgeous backdrop to flaunt it in!

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Upcoming Snug Harbor Events

Revel in the lush beauty of Spring at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens by taking a class, strolling through the craft and farmers markets, or walking the impeccable landscapes and gardens. Filled with the possibility for family fun, these stunning grounds are also home to Celebrate Snug Harbor!

Balancing Yin & Yang: The Place of Chinese Philosophy in Garden Construction

What are the principles behind traditional Chinese garden design? Why do the ponds possess such a distinct jade hue? Do the bat-shaped door fittings hold secret meanings and messages? In this talk, we’ll explore how the classic Chinese worldview and ancient wisdom of yin and yang, The Book of Changes and the Dao De Jing, are embodied and brought to life within the garden walls.

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Plant Sale: Snug Members Only

Make your garden the envy of the block by procuring hard-to-find annuals and hardy perennials at the Plant Sale. Snug Harbor horticulturalists will be available to help with plant selections, offer professional advice, and answer questions about the myriad of herbaceous peonies, iris species, cultivars and many other outdoor-suited flowering plants for sale. The NYC Compost Project will also be onsite to give away 15-pound bags of compost, while supplies last. All Plant Sale purchases will help fund Snug Harbor’s horticulture program and maintenance of the beautiful botanical garden. This event is rain or shine.

 

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Orchid Show & Sale:

Each year Staten Island’s Orchid Society offers the Orchid Show & Sale, featuring a wide selection of in-flower orchids for sale, expert advice and takeaway fact sheets for ensuring robust orchid growth at home. This year’s Orchid Show and Sale also offers members of the S.I.O.S and Deep Cut Orchid Society the option to create beautiful displays with their own blooming orchids. Bring friends, family and anyone interested in learning more about these lovely flowers, everyone is welcome! Remember, Mother’s Day is just a week after the sale.

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Jane’s Walk: Snug Harbor Heritage Farm Tour

Take a behind-the-scenes peek at Snug Harbor’s Heritage Farm, a better-than-organic 2.5 acre sustainable urban farm, now in its eighth growing season. This expedition, brought to us care of the Jane’s Walk series in partnership with the Municipal Art Society, will explore our seeding area, learn about crop planning and discover our methods for nourishing the soil to ensure the best produce possible. This event is rain or shine.

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Spring Flowers Walk:

Visit Snug Harbor at its most beautiful! Take a walk through the Perennial, White, and Pond gardens, led by Snug Harbor’s Director of Horticulture, Greg Lord, and professional horticulturalist, Wambui Ippolito. Explorers will enjoy the flowering bulbs while learning about their origins and significance. This event is rain or shine.

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Tuscan Garden Party

Attend to a Tuscan-style garden party, to take place in the Tuscan Garden and Lemon House at Snug Harbor, hosted by Christina Mantz of Christina’s Day Trips. A light Italian repast, complete with refreshing beverages, will be served amid a backdrop of fun, party favors and raffles. All proceeds will support Snug Harbor’s botanical gardens and horticulture department. This event is rain or shine.

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For more fun at Snug Harbor, check out their monthly calendar!

Personalizing Your Wedding Reception

Creating custom and memorable details for your wedding reception does not have to be a daunting task. Sit down with your special someone and think about some of your favorite things. Check out some of Celebrate’s most creative couples and how they customized their wedding receptions with adorable and unforgettable details!

These adorable Russian Doll cake toppers matched the custom icon on the coffee bag favors!

Photographer: Olya Vysotskaya
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These handmade paper crane place cards were made from recycled maps of the groom’s pilot routes!

Photographer: Minnow Park
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This creative couple had Jenga games and markers ready for their guests to write love advice on them so they can look at them as they play in the future. Adorable!

Photographer: Olli Studio
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This stunning couple, after having their ceremony in the theater of Snug Harbor, got very creative and did a play on Playbills!

Photographer: Paul V Photography

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Have any cake you want! Check out this yummy crispy treat cake and adorable animal cake toppers!

Photographer: Stephanie Parsley Photography

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You can do just about anything when celebrating your wedding with Celebrate at Snug Harbor. For more inspiration on personalizing your wedding reception, check out our Pinterest page!

 

Table Setting Decor

Guests often remember the little things from a wedding that were carefully selected and well planned. Wow your guests by having a stunning table setting. It’ll set the tone for your guests to mingle as they await the grand entrance of the happy couple! We’re highlighting some of our favorite table setting ideas from our very own couples who hosted their weddings at Celebrate!

Have Food Out

It’s always nice for your guests to arrive at a table with their salad out and ready for them. It also makes the table look full and lavish.

Photo: Eryc Perez de Tagle

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Have a Color Contrast

Perfect for a spring wedding, incorporate navy with light spring colors on each table with elevated floating candles of various heights.

Photo: With Love & Embers

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Choose Copper

A copper charger plate creates the perfect look for a rustic, romantic, and high end table setting.

Photo: Lina Jang Photography

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Compliment the windows

The Great Hall of Snug Harbor offers 40-foot palladian windows, perfect for tall centerpieces.

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At Celebrate Snug Harbor, you can plan for any table setting decor for the wedding of your dreams! For more wedding inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Bridal Party Gowns

Choosing bridal party gowns can be a daunting task because you want every girl in your party to love their look. Martha Stewart Weddings is giving us some of our favorite suggestions for choosing gowns that can please all of your bridesmaids and make your wedding photos looks as stunning as you’d always hoped!

Beaded Beauties

Go for different dresses with one commonality: lovely beads and sparkles!

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Different Lengths

Consider going for the same color scheme, but dresses of different lengths.

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Lovely Lace

If your gown does not have lace, have your bridesmaids rock this beautiful material to mix up the texture in your bridal party look!

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Jumpsuits

Who says your party needs to wear dresses? Jumpsuits can look elegant and stylish!

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Same Color, Different Styles

Allow your bridal party to be in the same dye color, but different gown styles. Each bridesmaid can wear the style that best compliments their body type.

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At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of lush gardens to choose from, so you’re able to make just about any dress styles, patterns, and looks work for you for your big day! For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Winter Wedding Accessories

Winter weddings are a great opportunity to show off fun and festive ways to stay warm. We’re using inspiration from One Fab Day to highlight some of our favorite ways to cover up for a winter wedding.

Blazer:

Use a linen or cloth blazer to elevate your bridal look.

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Shawl:

Get matching shawls for your bridal party to keep your best friends warm!

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Retro Shawls:

Consider multiple styles of crochet shawls to add beautiful details to your bridal party look.

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Cape:

Who doesn’t love a cape? It’s always a gorgeous option for any gown.

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Formal Coat:

Consider a formal coat, such as a military style coat that has shoulder lapel details for an elegant twist.

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Winter weddings offer limitless options for style and detailing. It’s important that you look and feel fabulous throughout the night. For more inspiration on ways to enhance your winter wedding look, check out our Pinterest page!

Rings & Band Trends

It’s true what they say, diamonds are, and always will be a girl’s best friend. But sometimes a giant or bulky ring can get in the way. Don’t get us wrong, we love anything that sparkles, but we are also loving the new trend of minimalist engagement rings and wedding bands for the simple elegant look it provides. Not to mention the practicality! Here are some of our favorites, courtesy of WeddingWire:

Low Emerald Cut:

Check out this non-elevated emerald cut diamond ring with a thin wedding band to accommodate it. We also love that the emerald is sideways!

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Something Blue:

We love this solitaire blue diamond and yellow gold band. Just stunning!

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Eternity times infinity

We love this eternity band. The marquise diamonds make it look like an infinity band with bling all over!

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Rose Gold Dainty

We love the elegant look of a thin, rose gold band. Accompany it with a small diamond band beneath the engagement ring and you’ve got an elegant and chic ring finger!

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For more ideas for engagement rings and wedding bands, check out our Pinterest page!

Boutonnieres for Every Groom

When planning your wedding flowers, remember that the groom needs a finishing touch to his look! Traditionally, the groom would pin a flower from the bride’s bouquet. And while we love a tradition at Celebrate, we also love new trends. Here are some of our favorites from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Really Romantic:

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Makeup: Blue thistle, eucalyptus, and soft pink blooms.

Rustic & Seasonal:

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Makeup: Green-and-white bout, complete with exotic greens and a single cream flower.

Elegant & Regal:

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Makeup: A sprig of greens, an orchid, and a calla lily.

Soft & Subtle:

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Makeup: Wrapped in tuxedo black satin, an un-unopened peony and textured greens.

Textured Pop:

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Makeup: A speckled magenta bloom with surrounding greenery.

At Celebrate at Snug Harbor, you have over 80 acres of lush gardens to choose from, so you’re able to have just about any floral combination you wish for your big day! For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens November 2018 Events

Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, a proud Smithsonian affiliate, offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the performing arts, visual arts, history, and more. Snug Harbor has the ideal family friendly events for you for the month of November!

Newhouse After Dark: Sartoirial Stories: Fashion, Autobiography, and Staten Island

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Fashion is an integral aspect of our daily life practices and visual landscape. What we wear defines each experience we have; it is both a personal decision and a social marker. Historian Alexis Romano will lead a discussion and brief image-led lecture, followed by a workshop in which participants write their “fashion autobiography.” Focus will be given to their experience of dress on Staten Island and their experiences of Staten Island through dress.

Hemlock Theatre Co. Presents American Idiot!

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An energy-fueled rock opera, American Idiot, features little dialogue and instead relies on the lyrics from Green Day’s groundbreaking album to execute the story line.

Staten Island Children’s Museum: Cool School Holiday- Veteran’s Day Observed

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Cool School Holiday – visit the Museum for FREE all day! Play in Big Games, build in Block Harbor or go on an adventure in our Great Explorations exhibit! NYC Public Schools are closed.

We The People: Black Indians in America: Photographs and Words of Fern Metcalf

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We the People: Black Indians in America is an exhibition of Fern Metcalf’s photography and storytelling which depicts the history and present-day life of Black Indians and Mardi Gras Indians living in today’s United States. That they still exist is testimony to their unending resilience in America.

NYC Winter Lantern Festival

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This holiday season, the first ever NYC Winter Lantern Festival is coming to Staten Island!  The NYC Winter Lantern Festival is the China National Tourist Office New York 2018 signature event, produced by New York Events & Entertainment (NEWYORKEE) and Haitian Culture, and co-sponsored by Empire Outlets and Snug Harbor.Under 3

Between November 28, 2018 and January 6, 2019, seven acres of Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden will be illuminated by 40 LED installations that stretch up to 30 feet tall. The LED lanterns will be accompanied by live performances of traditional Chinese dances and art. Along with this, NEWYORKEE is partnering with a variety of holiday vendors to create an experience for guests of all ages.

The events you can attend are endless. Visit http://snug-harbor.org/ to see all of the other events that are constantly going on at Snug Harbor. No matter which event you choose to attend, your experience is sure to be nothing short of memorable.

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