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 – https://www.verawang.com/

Bridesmaid Dresses – Jenny Yoo – https://www.jennyyoo.com/index.php/bridesmaid.html

Groom’s Tux – The Black Tux  – https://theblacktux.com/

Photographer – Latophotography, Contact: Laura  – Email: info@latophotography.com

Videographer – By Design Films, Contact: Brittany – Email: brittanyr@bydesignfilms.com

http://bydesignfilms.com/

Flowers– Eugenie Chen and Wendy

Photo Booth– Amazebooths – http://www.amazebooths.com/

DJ– DJ Valdi – http://djvaldi.com/djvaldi/Home.html

Wedding Cake – Palmeros Bakery https://palermobakery.com/

 

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Couples Tribute: Diana & Chris

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When Diana and Chris were planning their wedding day, they knew they wanted to escape the everyday hustle and bustle of Staten Island.  They fell in love with how you felt when you entered Snug Harbor; you were instantly surrounded by history, architectural elements and lush beautiful, gardens.

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Their wedding day had all the classic elements with some rustic touches that gave it a twist. Diana and Chris let the vibe of the Snug Harbor give them inspiration for their wedding day. They played off the architecture, wood, and natural greenery of the grounds.

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They began their day with a beautiful, very intimate “First Look”.  The smile on their faces to see each other for the first time on their wedding day was a breathtaking moment.  Danny their photographer, from Olli Studios captured the emotion perfectly.

Their ceremony took place in the Tuscan Garden surrounded by family, friends, and their dog Copper.

Diana looked stunning in her wedding gown from R.K Bridal while the rest of the bridal party was in blush and navy blue.

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Copper looked dapper in his bow tie as well.

After the ceremony guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the Tuscan Garden.

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As a DIY element Diana and Chris incorporated for guests to sign Jenga game pieces to write well wishes or little notes to the couple.

Danny their photographer, from Olli Studios captured beautiful shots of Diana and Chris and their bridal party on the Snug Harbor grounds.

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Diana and Chris kicked off their reception in the Upper Great Hall by sharing their first dance in front of guests to La Vie En Rose the version by Daniela Andrade. 

Diana and Chris wanted a clean, rustic look for their reception.

The centerpieces, created by Carroll’s Florist consisted of wooden birch boxes with white roses, hydrangeas and baby’s breath.

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The entire day you could just see how much love surrounded Diana and Chris, the smiles on their faces, especially during their parent dances brought us such joy.

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We love how Diana and Chris never stopped smiling during their wedding day.

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At the end of the evening guests were given favors made by Chris’s sister which consisted of cucumber lime aroma beads in white satin bags.

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Diana and Chris shared this piece of advice with us for our future couples

“Be prepared for the unexpected to happen. But don’t stress out about it.  Just take a few deep breathes and roll with it. Everything will work itself out. The most important thing on that day is for the couple to take in the experience and just have fun. The day goes by fast so soak in the moments!”

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Congratulations Diana and Chris, we could not have been happier to have you share your special day with us at Celebrate at Snug Harbor.  A special thanks to Danny from Olli Studios for their breathtaking wedding photos.

 

Wedding Vendors

Diana’s Dress – RK Bridal: 212-914-1155

DJ – Tom Banis – Supreme Entertainment: 646-523-4181 http://supremeentertainment.net/

Florist – Chad Cannizzaro Carroll’s Florist: 718-351-5206 http://www.carrollsflorist.com/

Photographer – Olli Studios Danny: 212-239-8511 http://ollistudio.com/

Gina Cannarozzi – Stylist: 201-674-4408

Ruth Fernandez – Makeup Artist: 646-314-2400

Videographer: Visualize Media: 201-399-4477

Fretless NJ/ String Players- Jenn Fantacione/Nicole Scarsone: 732-330-2416

Tony Zecca – Officiant: 862-210-0284

Mondrion Limousine: 718-884-7777

Robbie & Co Suits: 212-904-1384

 

 

Holiday Events Ideas at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

Celebrate at Snug Harbor is truly a unique venue that is ideal for hosting a wedding, engagement party, anniversary party, or holiday event. Snug Harbor’s expansive grounds are an ideal setting for entertaining large groups of corporate clients for holiday gatherings, team building activities, and cocktail parties.

As you plan your next anniversary party or family gathering, consider placing a long serving table in front of our oversized Palladian windows for family to gather around and enjoy the view of the gardens in the background.

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If you’re looking to host a corporate holiday gathering, our Great Hall can accommodate up to 350 guests. This is perfect for a brief meeting and a delicious dinner and cocktails by Relish Caterers!

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However, if you’re hoping to host corporate holiday party with no meeting, our Great Hall can be transformed into a beautiful reception space to make your employees feel like they’re attending the holiday event of the year!

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Our team of Event Designers works closely with clients to design and produce “one of a kind” events. When you arrive, all you’ll have to worry about is making sure you’re enjoying yourself and celebrating the special occasion during the holiday season!

Fall Centerpieces

Whether you’re getting married indoors or outdoors, there’s nothing not to love about fall weddings. For this reason, have fun and be creative with your table centerpieces. We’ve gathered our favorite pieces from Bridal Guide to help narrow down your choices!

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Photo Credit: Josh Lynn Photography

You don’t have to have an unlimited amount of flowers for your centerpiece. Try elevating a smaller assortment of roses and eucalyptus leaves with an oversized flute vase. Top the centerpiece off with rustic branches to complete this wow factor piece.

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Photo credit: Cary Pennington Photography

Give rustic a whole new meaning by painting any existing branches or twigs in your centerpiece. You can keep your floral arrangement small, while making the painted branches your focal point of the table. Very chic!

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Photo credit: Lisa Lefkowitz via Snippet Ink

Allow the fall season to inspire your centerpiece by adding a touch of autumn harvest to it. Infusing small apple branches in this blush centerpiece is absolutely stunning and fitting for both an indoor or outdoor reception.

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Photo credit: Carrie Wildes Photography

Sometimes the perfect centerpiece can be so simple and elegant that you don’t need flowers at all. This assortment of antiqued candle holders paired with a jeweled branch is just the right touch for a long dinner table.
You’ll want your table to capture the essence of the fall season: cozy and inviting. So be sure to use elements of the season to grab your guests’ attention at your reception. For more inspiration, check out our Pinterest page!

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/

 

Holiday Events to Host at Celebrate

The holidays are right around the corner and findings unique locations to host your holiday event can be difficult if you wait too long. With over 80 acres of stunning grounds, Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers a space for every holiday event: corporate, anniversary, family gathering, and a holiday wedding!

Corporate Holiday Events:

For corporate events, consider our Great Hall Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 350 guests for a seated dinner, or more for a cocktail event. With 40 foot ceilings ensconced with Palladian windows and authentic woodwork, your company and their guests will love their unique and elegant surroundings.

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Family Gathering:

It can be difficult to get everyone together for the holidays. Celebrate is conveniently located in Staten Island and is only a short ferry ride or drive from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’ll be the perfect urban oasis for you and your family to escape to. Consider hosting your family holiday gathering in our Gallery, which can accommodate between 75-150 guests comfortably.  You and your family can enjoy the holidays by enjoying all the property has to offer without having to prepare a thing!

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Holiday Wedding or Anniversary Celebration:

Whether it’s for a wedding or momentous occasion, such as an anniversary or milestone birthday, Celebrate has the added benefit of offering one of a kind spaces for photo opportunities. The expansive Botanical Garden & Cultural Center features a hornbeam tree tunnel, bamboo garden, and a Chinese Scholar Garden with unique architecture and a rich history to make your celebration even more special.

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Celebrate at Snug Harbor is also owned and operated by Relish Caterers, who are renowned for their culinary innovation and impeccable service. With a team of Event Designers working closely with you, your event will be everything you want and more for the holidays!

 

Photo credit: Whimsy Weddings, Premier Digital Weddings, SMC Nulty, & other photographers.

Happenings at the Harbor

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. If you’re looking to have family friendly and noteworthy experiences this coming fall, Snug Harbor has unique events for you. Some new and exciting events to keep track of include the Autumn Moon Festival, Richmond County Orchestra, Opera Exposures, as well as a Fall Horticulture Walk through the gardens!

Autumn Moon Festival:

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Enjoy traditional Asian music and dance, storytelling, tours, demonstrations of martial arts and Tai Chi, food, lessons in Chinese calligraphy, and more at the annual Autumn Moon Festival. The Autumn Moon Festival spotlights Snug Harbor’s NY Chinese Scholar’s Garden and celebrates the seasonal harvest fest in East Asia, which dates back to at least 2000 B.C. Learn more about how to attend here! https://goo.gl/6oZyuo

The Richmond County Orchestra:

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The Richmond County Orchestra’s “From Russia with Love” theme marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution.  Music by Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto #1 will be featured, played by Staten Island’s own Dan Auerbach, as well Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Symphony #5.  Kids in attendance will enjoy a performance of music from Disney’s Fantasia, the Tetris theme, and “Flight of the Bumblebee.”

Opera Exposures:

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Opera Exposures will perform arias and duets from “La traviata,” Verdi’s opera based on the novel La Dame aux Camelias by Alexander Dumas. Learn more about how to attend here! https://goo.gl/oYgGQe
Fall Foliage Horticulture Walk:

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Wander the Snug Harbor campus when the fall colors are at their most beautiful.  The Fall Foliage Tour begins at the Carl Grillo Glasshouse and continues through the Pond Garden, ending in the NY Chinese Scholar’s garden. Learn more about how to attend here! https://goo.gl/eRwahi
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.

Corporate and Social Events at Celebrate at Snug Harbor

When planning a corporate or large scale social event, it is important to consider space, time of year, and who your caterer will be. You’ll want your employees or guests to enjoy the ambiance and meal so that your event is a success. Celebrate at Snug Harbor offers its clients a variety of locations on the 83-acre  Snug Harbor property, both indoors and outdoors so that your selected space can best fit the type of event and season.

Hosting a Corporate Lunch or Dinner

The featured collage displays the varied table settings in both the Great Hall and Gallery of Celebrate at Snug Harbor for a large corporate event. If you have a larger party, consider having small tables scattered throughout a grand room so that teams or groups can have smaller conversations. If you’re looking to host a smaller group, consider having a more intimate space with a U-shaped table so that all members of your team can engage in important conversations.

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While team building meetings can be accommodated at Celebrate, so can more lecture-based meetings. In the featured collage, the Great Hall is prepared to host a large scale group with a head table for the keynote speaker of the event.

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Hosting a Corporate Picnic or Gala Event

If you’re looking to host a less corporate and more philanthropic event, look no further than the Tuscan Garden of Celebrate at Snug Harbor. With formal water elements and a glass enclosed Lemon house, filled with olive and lemon trees, your guests can enjoy the outdoors and lush gardens of the property. The featured collage captures the magic of a recent Neptune Ball, in which guests were able to enjoy the gardens and a few hot air balloons!

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Catering at Celebrate

Part of what makes an event so successful is the quality of food being served. Because Celebrate at Snug Harbor is operated by Relish Caterers + Event Planning, the staff are used to preparing elegant meals for large groups. The featured collage displays delicious edamame, smoked salmon galette, and fried chicken sliders that your guests or employees are able to enjoy a variety of options on the big day!

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Planning large scale events at Celebrate allows for you and/or your company to focus on the people attending your occasion. The Event Designers at Celebrate at Snug Harbor will work closely with you so that your event is truly one of a kind.

Creative Wedding Signage

Wedding signs are a great way to get creative and keep your guests up to date on what to pay attention to. You can place signage as a welcome for your guests, to give directions as to where the party is, or just use them to get a warm-hearted laugh from your wedding guests. Martha Stewart Weddings and Brides.com offer a charming selection of wedding signs to get inspired by!

Welcome signs:

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This adorable wedding sign is on framed glass with gold markered to match the frame. The bits of greenery at the top compliment the garden setting. Just lovely!

Photo credit: Paperlily Photography

2 Brides Welcome Joseba Sandoval Photography

Creatively stationed on the stairs of this wedding venue, this wedding sign is written on an antique mirror, with roses and green leaves wrapping the frame. Stunning!

Photo credit: Joseba Sandoval Photography

Signs with Direction:

3. Brides Driftwood Directions Brandon Kidd Photography

This wedding sign is a lovely combination of different pieces of driftwood. Not only does it help guests see where the ceremony will be, but the nautical driftwood is just so appropriate for a beach wedding!

Photo credit: Brandon Kidd Photography

4. Brides Wood Board Paige Jones Photography

This wedding sign is a great way to enhance the rustic feature of this garden wedding. The information is also adorably entertaining!

Photo credit: Paige Jones Photography

Charming Signs:

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As if we didn’t already love a chalkboard sign! This sign captures the love of the couple by placing the Song of Solomon verse. Heart-warming!

Photo credit: One Love Photography

6. MSW Jen Fariello Photography Dog Sign

This wedding sign reminds us all that signs are a great way to incorporate a loved one into your ceremony!

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Signs at your wedding can be easy, fun, and an inexpensive way to add detail. If you are all set on your venue, you can choose frames, colors, and calligraphy to match the ambiance of your wedding. Wedding signage can be the elegant touch you and your bridal party work on to bond before your big day!

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